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“From the Sources’ Mouth” with CDMRP

March 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Don’t miss your chance to hear directly from Dr. Gayle Vaday, the Civilian Deputy Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC), Fort Detrick, MD.


The CDMRP strives to transform health care for Service Members and the American public through innovative and impactful research. The CDMRP fills research gaps by funding high impact, high risk and high gain projects that other agencies may not venture to fund. All the programs managed by the CDMRP share the common goal of advancing paradigm shifting research, solutions that will lead to cures or improvements in patient care, or breakthrough technologies and resources for clinical benefit.


Join this overview of the CDMRP program and learn, from the source, what technologies they are looking for and what’s needed to submit a successful proposal. Following the presentation there will be ample Q&A time with the presenter.


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Dr. Gayle Vaday,

The Civilian Deputy Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC), Fort Detrick, MD.

Dr. Vaday provides senior-level leadership for medical research programs totaling $1.5 billion in Congressional appropriations each year.  She supports the Director in overseeing all aspects of CDMRP research administration and business execution.  She leads strategic initiatives and processes to further the mission of CDMRP and USAMRDC. Dr. Vaday engages with DoD and external stakeholders, including federal, academic, non-profit, and consumer advocacy organizations, to facilitate collaborations, ensure transparency, and communicate CDMRP’s accomplishments. Dr. Vaday became CDMRP’s Civilian Deputy Director in October 2021 after serving one year as the Interim Deputy Director. She joined CDMRP in January 2006, serving as the Program Manager of the Breast Cancer Research Program for 14 years, as well as Deputy Director for Program Management for seven years. She has represented CDMRP as a speaker for diverse forums including the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and White House initiatives for Cancer Moonshot and Women’s Health Research. Dr. Vaday served as a federal liaison on several interagency committees, and she is currently a steering committee member of the Innovation Equity Forum, a global collaboration led by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health and the Gates Foundation. She has Defense Acquisition Workforce –Level III certification in Science & Technology Management. Dr. Vaday is the recipient of Army Civilian Service Commendation Medals and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. Dr. Vaday graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Whittier College. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she received Melville Hare Awards for distinguished research and teaching. She completed postdoctoral training at the Weizmann Institute of Science as the recipient of a Feinberg Fellowship. Dr. Vaday was a Research Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University and a Research Scientist at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She received grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.




Training Provided By: Michigan’s SBIR/STTR Assistance Program
The Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program provides SBIR/STTR training and proposal development services to technology companies with costs covered in whole or in part by the state. The program is funded by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and managed by BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting.


Do you know about Michigan’s SBIR/STTR Assistance Program?  The Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program provides SBIR/STTR training and proposal development services to technology companies with most costs covered by a state grant. The program is managed by BBCetc.


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Funds for this initiative were provided by the 21st Century Jobs Fund, a MSF program designed to accelerate the growth and diversification of Michigan’s economy.




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