K12 Research Training

A Physician-Scientist Career Development Program

About the Program

Our CHRCDA training program provides two years of initial funding. Support is renewable for up to four years and is at the discretion of the CHRCDA Principal Investigator and contingent upon satisfactory progress. K12 scholars receive extensive individual, research, career and faculty development mentoring from established NIH funded faculty. Our Scholars also receive focused training in research methodology, biostatistical applications, responsible research conduct, grant and manuscript writing and research presentation skills.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have completed a pediatric residency and be no more than four years beyond attaining subspecialty board eligibility at the time of K12 Scholar appointment. A Scholar must spend a minimum of 75 percent of full-time effort on research and research career development activities.

Apply for a CHRCDA Award

Qualified pediatricians interested in applying for a K12 Scholar Award or learning more about our training program should contact:

The Office of Academic Affairs
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd., #71
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323-361-2266

Our hospital's Department of Pediatrics is the recipient of a prestigious Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 

This K12 training program is designed to bridge clinical pediatric training with a career in basic research relevant to child health. The CHRCDA grant provides pediatric research institutions with an enhanced capacity to mentor junior investigators and to foster translational research on clinically relevant pediatric problems.

K12 Scholars

  • Current Scholars
  • Past Scholars

Yuhua Zheng, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Division of Gastroenterology


Jeffrey Bender, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Division of Infectious Disease


Chintan Parekh, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Division of Hematology/Oncology


2010 - Jon Detterich, MD 
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Division of Cardiology
Research Project “Nitric Oxide Regulation of Sickle Erythrocyte Deformability and Aggregation”

2009 - Pedro A. Sanchez, MD 
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Division of Medical Genetics
Research Project: “Analysis of Risk Factors for the Development of Craniosynostosis”

2007-2009 - Hae-Ri Song, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Division of Neurology
Research Project: “Role of the Nuclear factor 1A (NF1A) Gene in Glioma”

2006-2010 Shahab Asgharzadeh, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Hematology Oncology
Research Project: “Genomics of Metastatic Neuroblastoma Lacking MYCN Amplification”

2006-2009 Steven D. Mittelman, MD, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology
Research Project: “The Link Between Obesity and Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia”