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Accelerating Multi-Site Research through IRB Reliance A critical element in speeding up the process of discoveries that improve health is multi-site collaborations that are able to quickly enroll subjects into clinical research studies. The traditional Institutional Review Board (IRB) review process can be cumbersome and requires each site to submit a review. Harvard Catalyst, in partnership with Tufts CTSI, found a way to hasten this process: the Harvard Catalyst Common Reciprocal Reliance Agreement. Read more on how multi-institutional research collaboration can rely on a single IRB.
Pilot Funding Opportunity: Up to $75,000 for Proposals that Address Child/Adolescent Mental Health – applications due January 6, 2015 Attendees at the forthcoming Child Health Symposium (see below) are eligible to apply for a new pilot funding opportunity: Addressing Mental Health in the Second Decade of Life Through Translational Lifecourse Research. Proposals are welcome in the following two research priority areas of child/adolescent health: (1) mood dysregulation and its consequences, including suicide, and (2) interpersonal violence. The anticipated funding start date is May 2015. If you have questions, please email us. Please note: To be eligible for this award, the principal investigator or a co-investigator must attend Harvard Catalyst’s Child Health Symposium on October 6. See the website for symposium details and to register by September 29.
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Biostatistics Seminar: Survival Analysis with Uncertain Endpoints Using an Internal Validation Subsample – October 8, 2014 Sharon Xie, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania, will present at the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Program seminar, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) on October 8, 12:30-1:30pm, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Building 2, fourth floor, room 426.
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New Video Series for Prospective Participants The Research Subject Advocacy Program has developed a series of brief informational videos for those considering research participation. The series discusses the importance of clinical research, risks, and benefits of participating, and participant rights and protections. Watch the series on the Harvard Catalyst website.
ClinicalTrials.gov: What is it? How do I register? Federal law and journal publication standards require that investigators register their clinical studies in a publicly accessible database. It's a complex topic, but don't worry, Harvard Catalyst has resources and guidance available to help you understand how the regulations impact you and your research, and how to register your study on clinicaltrials.gov. If you're a research administrator looking for tools to help present this information to your investigators, we've got that too.
Research Subject Bill of Rights & Brochure Available in 15 Languages Looking for materials in translation to support conversations with non-native English speakers? The Research Subject Advocacy Program has translated the Research Subject Bill of Rights and informational brochure "Should I Be A Research Subject?" into 15 languages: Albanian, Arabic, Cape Verdean, French, Greek, Haitian Creole, Italian, Khmer/Cambodian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and Vietnamese.
New Informational Brochures for Research and Prospective Research Subjects Available Looking for materials to support conversations with research and prospective research subjects? The Massachusetts Research Subject Advocacy Group has developed informational brochures to provide prospective research subjects with basic information and important issues to consider on genetic research, social and behavioral research, MRI, PET, and CT Scans, as well as blood draws. Please see the website to preview and download these brochures.
Additional Courses, Events, Funding, and Resources
Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare Startups – October 6, 2014 New healthcare startups face a range of legal and ethical challenges as they develop new products and services and solicit financial support from investors. Building on the success of the President’s Challenge at the Harvard Innovation Lab, which invites teams of Harvard students to develop innovative solutions to a range of global issues including healthcare accessibility and affordability, the Petrie-Flom Center will host a discussion of the issues that past winners of the President’s Challenge have faced as they seek to move their ideas out of the lab and into the private sector. Complete information on panelists can be found on the website. October 6, 4:00-5:30pm, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B, Cambridge.
Petrie-Flom Center Annual Open House – October 6, 2014 Come learn more about what the Petrie-Flom Center does and how you can get involved at this gathering for faculty, colleagues, and students with shared interests in health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics. We will review our sponsored research portfolio, introduce our staff and fellows, describe various opportunities for students and others, and demonstrate key features on our website. October 6, 5:30-7:00pm, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B, Cambridge. For more event information, please visit the website.
Value creation is key to success in the life sciences industry. Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies must be attuned to value drivers today more than ever. Join us to learn how stakeholders perceive value in a variety of ways and how companies can balance the needs of all key stakeholder groups. October 7, 8:00am-10:00am, MassBio, 300 Technology Square, eighth floor, Cambridge. Registration is required.
Autism Consortium 2014 Research Symposium – October 21, 2014 The annual symposium brings together over 400 scientists, clinicians, advocates, and families to hear about new innovations and collaborations in autism research and clinical care. The day will include a Family Resource and Research Fair, a poster session, panel talks, and plenary talks by Matthew State, MD, PhD, Rudolf Jaenisch, MD, and Sarah Spence, MD, PhD. October 21, 8:00am-3:00pm, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, HMS. For complete information and registration, please visit the website.
Conference: Addressing Irreproducibility in Target Validation – October 23, 2014 This one-day conference addresses a critical and timely topic in preclinical drug discovery which was succinctly stated in a recent article by Drs. Collins and Tabak (NIH): "A growing chorus of concern, from scientists and laypeople, contends that the complex system for ensuring the reproducibility of biomedical research is failing and is in need of restructuring." (Nature 505, 612–613,30 January 2014). The conference includes a series of talks and panels by industry, academic and government scientists, as well as editors from leading journals to lend perspective and brainstorm practical solutions. See the website for more information and to register.
Boston Children’s Hospital’s Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards 2014 – October 30-31, 2014 Taking on Tomorrow provides an engaging forum to build partnerships, accelerate innovations, and help reshape the future of pediatric medicine. The dynamic and comprehensive agenda gathers innovators, thought leaders, investors and more from across the globe to examine clinical, informatics and business opportunities in pediatric innovation. Taking on Tomorrow will also recognize pediatric innovators with two awards: the Lifetime Impact Award and the Rising Star Award. October 30-31, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. For program details, award nomination information, and to register, visit Taking on Tomorrow.
Integrative Medicine Research Forum – November 3, 2014 The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine will host the Inaugural Integrative Medicine Research Forum at HMS on November 3. Bringing together experts and practitioners with interests in integrative medicine research, this forum will find common ground, foster collaboration, and start to build a platform from which integrative medicine researchers, educators, and clinicians can speak with one voice. Please see the website for complete details.
BWH Research Day – November 20 , 2014 Brigham and Women's Hospital Research Day is a way to engage the hospital community, as well as the public, industry professionals, and invited guests, with the innovative and cutting-edge research that happens here every day. It is an opportunity for researchers in all fields and academic levels to share their discoveries and learn from others, while the entire event recognizes the achievement of so many outstanding members of the research community. Please see the website for details on this event.
Conference: Integrative Approaches to Understand Allelic Function – November 20-21, 2014 The 2014 PQG Conference: Integrative Approaches to Understand Allelic Function will examine the use of evolutionary functional genomics, statistical genetics, and integrative approaches to understand the function of rare and common human alleles, as well as discuss the interdisciplinary challenges of data analysis involved. Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts for the poster session. Three abstracts will be selected to be presented as 15-minute platform talks. November 20-21, Joseph B. Martin Conference, HMS, Boston, MA. Please see the website for complete information and to register.
Call for abstracts: Law, Religion, and American Healthcare Conference– abstracts due December 1, 2014 The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law’s annual conference on May 8-9, 2015 aims to identify the various ways in which law intersects with religion and healthcare in the U.S.; understand the role of law in creating or mediating conflict between religion and healthcare; and explore potential legal solutions to allow religion and healthcare to simultaneously flourish in a culturally diverse nation. To encourage both interdisciplinary and international dialogue, a call for abstract submissions on both broad conceptual questions and more specific policy applications on a wide variety of topics will be accepted. Please email a one-page abstract of the paper you plan to present by December 1. For complete information and to register, see the website.
Exploratory Seminars at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study – applications due October 27, 2014 Exploratory Seminars bring together scholars, practitioners, and artists from Harvard University and around the world to develop ideas and research across the disciplines in one- to three-day meetings hosted at Radcliffe. These seminars have led to new scholarly research, publications, cross-disciplinary partnerships, and successful grant applications. Any Harvard ladder faculty member (assistant, associate, and full professor) or former Radcliffe fellow can apply for a seminar during the 2015-16 academic year, and all disciplines and subjects are welcome. For additional information and an online application, please visit the Radcliffe website.
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