Enrichment Program

Enrichment Program

The Enrichment Program of the CIHD is designed to foster sharing of ideas and research strategies, and to educate the broader academic community concerning research in hematologic and iron linked disorders (Enrichment Srategies). Established investigators, junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students will interact through core workshops, symposia such as invited guest seminars.


Information on all educational activities, research in progress presentations and public information coordinating these activities, will be disseminated via website announcements with links to detailed information.  Direct email announcements will be sent to CIHD participating faculty, junior faculty and lab members (postdoctoral fellow and students).  These enrichment activities will provide the backbone of technologic expertise to utilize the cores and provide for career advancement.  An enrichment activities calendar will be posted on the University of Utah CIHD website along with links to the University of Utah Core website as the calendar is developed.


The laboratories of established investigators and core facilities within the CIHD will be open to any participating scientist who wishes to learn new methods offered by these entities.  Interested individuals, whose research focus meets those of the CIHD, will coordinate with the host P.I. or core facility director in the CIHD for proposed training.

2018 Hematology and Metals in Biology Symposium

Friday, April 27,2018 HSEB


American Society of Hematology (ASH) www.hematology.org

International Bioiron Society (IBIS) www.bioiron.org

The Porphyrias Consortium www.rarediseasesnetwork.org/porphyrias

FASEB Trace Elements in Biology and Medicine www.faseb.org/src

East-to-West Iron Club (EWIC) www.eastcoastironclub.org/

For a list of upcoming Hematology faculty presentations, please click on the following link:

Metals Research Interest Group Schedule 2018-19

Hematology Faculty Faculty Schedule 2018-19

The CIHD Enrichment Program at the University of Utah has organized several different seminars/workshops.  These seminars and workshops are available to established and new investigators whose research is focused on iron/metals and heme.  Inquiries for participation in the seminars/workshops should be directed to the Enrichment Program Director (Diane M. Ward, PhD diane.mcveyward@path.utah.edu).

2016 – 2017

We hosted a Seminar Series with guest speakers including:
Robert Fleming M.D., St. Louis University,
Barry Paw M.D., Harvard Medical School,
Robert Kranz Ph.D., Wash U and
Jodie Babitt M.D., Harvard Medical School.

We also cosponsored (CIHD, NIDDKT32 and University of Utah VP Offfice for Research) a Metal Symposium May 5th 2017 with guest speakers and T32 recipients including:
Dennis Thiele, Ph.D., Duke University
Dan Kosman, Ph.D Buffalo University
Caroline Enns Ph.D., OHSC
Rick Eisenstein, Ph.D., Univ Wisconsin
Roland Lill, Ph.D., University of Marburg
Caroline Philpott, M.D. NIH

and T32 recipients
Megan OkadJared Wallace
Eric Fredrickson, Ph.D.
David McClellan Ph.D.

We also hosted workshops for Iron and Heme, Metabolomics and Mutation Generation Detection throughout the year.


2017 Metals Symposium

CIHD members and guest speakers hiking in the East Rim of Zion’s. Dennis Winge, Marie Thiele, Dennis Thiele, John Phillips, Caroline Enns and Caroline Phipott

CIHD members and guest speakers hiking in the East Rim of Zion’s. Dennis Winge, Marie Thiele, Dennis Thiele, John Phillips, Caroline Enns and Roland Lill

Roland Lill and Dennis Winge – mouse goats

Dan Kosman and Dennis Thiele after an intense discussion and hiking

Guest and local CIHD members and T32 faculty hiking in Zion ‘s National Park. Caroline Enns, Diane Ward, Dennis Thiele, John Phillips, Sandy Kaplan, Jerry Kaplan, Dennis Winge, Caroline Philpott, Roland Lill, Dan Kosman, Gabiela Popescu and Marie Thiele

Roland Lill’s creation of Fe and Cu Black Forest Cake

Dinner at Red Iguana with CIHD, T32 and guest speakers. Ah the Moles!!! Betty Leibold, Roland Lill, Caroline Phipott and Dennis Winge

Two hungry scientists observing the beautiful Fe and Cu cakes, Roland Lill and John Phillips

Jerry, Dennis and Caroline appreciating the fine food

Roland Lill preparing the dessert

Jerry Kaplan, Dennis Thiele and Maria Thiele bird watching

CIHD Women in Zions, Caroline Enns, Gabriela Popescu, Caroline Philpott, Sandy Kaplan Diane Ward and Maria Thiele

2017 – 2018

We hosted a Seminar Series with guest speakers including:
Mitch Knutson, Ph.D., University of Florida
Suzanne Cloonan, Ph.D. Cornell Medical College
Jan Abkowitz, M.D., University of Washington
Hossein Ardehali, M.D. Ph.D., Northwestern Medicine.

We hosted a 2016-2017 P&F recipients seminar and workshop on December 5th 2017.  Speakers included P&F recipients
Matt Barber, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Amy Medlock, Ph.D. University of Georgia
Paul Sigala, Ph.D.,University of Utah

and Workshop CIHD core directors

James Cox, Ph.D. Metabolomics
Laurie Jackson, Ph.D. Iron and Heme

We also cosponsored (CIHD, NIDDKT32 and University of Utah VP Offfice for Research) a Metal Symposium May 5th 2017 with guest speakers and T32 recipients including:
Iqbal Hamza, Ph.D. University of Maryland
Helene Puccio, Ph.D., Institut de Genetique et de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire

and T32 recipients
Amanda Mixon
Mattie Casey
Carol Ferreira dos Santos, Ph.D
Eric Fredrickson, Ph.D

2018 – 2019

We hosted a 2017-2018 P&F recipients Rising Stars Symposium and Workshop on November 9 and 10th 2018.  Speakers included
Rising StarsShadi Khalil, Ph.D. M4, University of Virginia,
Yvette Yien, Ph.D., University of Delware,
Mark Hanudel, M.D., UCLA,
Francesca Vinchi, New York Blood Center
Jessica Sheldon, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

P&F recipients
Elizabeth Leibold, Ph.D., University of Utah
Matt Barber, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Diane Ward, Ph.D. University of Utah
Paul Sigala, Ph.D., University of Utah
Adam Hughes, Ph.D. University of Utah

Workshop CIHD core directors James Cox, Ph.D. Metabolomics
Crystal Davey, Ph.D. Mutation Generation Detection
Laurie Jackson, Ph.D. Iron and Heme

2018 Rising Stars Symposium

Workshop Metal Analysis presentation by CIHD sponsored Iron and Heme Core

Workshop Core presenters (James Cox, Laurie Jackson, Crystal Davey) and Rising Stars/P&F speakers (Adam Hughes, Matt Barber, Shadi Khalil, Jessica Sheldon, Mark Hanudel, Francesca Vinchi, Yvette Yien)

Workshop core presenter Crystal Davey and Workshop attendees

Presentation by Francesca Vinchi at the Rising Stars Symposium

Workshop core presenter Laurie Jackson

Workshop core presenter Crystal Davey with attendees

Attendees at the Rising Stars symposium morning session

Rising Stars and P&F recipients hike in Park City. Diane Ward, Shadi Khalil, Matt Barber, Yvette Yien, Jessica Sheldon, Francesca Vinchi,Mark Hanudel, Adam Hughes, James Cox

Rising Stars and P&F recipients in Park City” Matt Barber, Yvette Yien, Jessica Sheldon, Franchesca Vinchi, Mark Hanudel, Adam Hughes, James Cox, Shadi Khalil





The following areas will be the focus of these seminars/workshops-

Visiting Scholars:  The CIHD will sponsor four to six visiting scholars to come to the University of Utah CIHD.  The visits will be organized in consideration to core workshop and seminar schedules to provide the maximum opportunity for training and education associated with iron/hematologic disorder related research.

Postdoctoral Fellow Exchange Program:   A competitive post-doctoral fellow exchange program, in which post-docs come to the University of Utah, is being organized to introduce early stage investigators to new techniques or model organisms available for analyzing hematologic/iron-related homeostasis.

Seminar Series:   The CIHD will sponsor four to six guest speakers annually.

Core Workshops:   Core directors have a long history of providing up-to-date training to investigators, postdoctoral fellows, students and staff on the facilities/methods offered by the cores. The core directors also attend national meetings and participate in workshops designed to improve methods and technology.  One workshop/core/year will be organized and interested researchers will contact core directors to coordinate participation.  These workshops are available to all CHSCC members and will be announced on the University of Utah Enrichment Calendar.  Further, emails will be send to local CIHD members and to Enrichment directors at other CHSCC.

Workshop Friday November 9th, 2018:

Academic Workshop:  Our philosophy on inspiring and attracting new researchers to nonmalignant hematology-centered research is focused on engaging students early in their careers. Students (high school, undergraduates and graduate level PhD/MD) will be exposed to work in the field of nonmalignant hematology and iron-related disorders through participation in several programs including: 1) Bioscience High School Summer Research Program; 2) Summer Undergraduate Research Program; 3) Bioscience Undergraduate Research Training Program (BioURP) and; 4) Interest Group Seminars (e.g. Metals, Membrane Trafficking, Metabolism, RNA) where students participate in research, give local poster and oral presentations and are encouraged to submit abstracts to national and international meetings. The Enrichment Advisory Committee will encourage trainees to participate in career development workshops to help prepare predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees for academic careers. One workshop entitled “Grant-Writing Crash Course” sponsored by the Office of the University Vice President for Research (Dr. Tom Parks) provides one-on-one mentoring by successful University of Utah faculty grant writers and focuses on individualized instruction in the mechanics of effective proposal writing and in developing specific aims and justifications pages.  Trainees will also be encouraged to apply for T-32 training grant funding and assistance will be provided for identifying and writing grant proposals.  (SEE TRAINING GRANT APPLICATIONS ON THE ENRICHMENT CALENDAR).  

An academic workshop is being organized to provide expert advice on grant writing, grant administration, lab management, publishing a paper in a peer-reviewed journal, creating a good CV, reviewing papers, and faculty development and advancement.  Experienced, established investigators with a history of successful NIH-funding will provide instruction and critical evaluation.  Follow-up grant/paper evaluation will be made available to interested investigators.  These workshops will be advertised on the CIHD website.  We will survey attendees and take into consideration any suggestions for workshops members might have.


Diane M. Ward, Director of Enrichment CIHD University of Utah

Associate Professor

University of Utah School of Medicine 5B310

Department of Pathology

Salt Lake City, Utah 84132

Ph 801-581-4967

Email diane.mcveyward@path.utah.edu