Harvard Catalyst Announcements from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Council.
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Harvard Catalyst Education & Courses
Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Seminar Series, a series a talks on recent advances in biostatistics with a focus on translation into practice. Topics and sessions vary; for more information, please click here.
Maximizing the Mentee-Mentor Relationship
June 2-3, 2015
Opportunity for individuals who are early in their careers and interested in examining the mentee-mentor relationship with an emphasis on the perspective of the mentee. Applications due April 23, 2015, at 5pm. Please click here for more information.
Models of Disease Boot Camp
July 6-24, 2015
Before starting their basic/translational research fellowships, clinical fellows and residents have the opportunity to participate in the MoD Boot Camp. This popular three-week course is offered annually, and consists of a variety of group activities that include interactive lectures presented by leading faculty on their recent discoveries, reviews of topical updates in biomedical science by leaders in academia, and panel discussions on topics ranging from academic-industry interactions to strategies for translation to team science. Fellows enrolled in the course have the opportunity to lead discussions on key papers, participate in a mock study section, attend sessions with department chairs to discuss job-negotiating strategies, and take part in career workshops with senior research fellows and junior faculty. Graduates of previous camps have uniformly shared enthusiastic reviews about their experiences.
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Introduction to Translational Medicine
October 13-16, 2015, Applications due August 21, 2015
An introduction to the principles and practice of T1 Translational Research for MD, DMD, PharmD, DNP, PhD or equivalent who are involved in basic or clinical research. Utilizing both case studies and a didactic curriculum, Introduction to Translational Medicine (ITTM) is a survey course that offers an introduction to the skills necessary to embark on a career in translational research, particularly in the process of bringing an idea from the laboratory to first-in-human trials (called T1 translational research). This course focuses on the principles and practices of translational medicine as they apply to the development of a new drug (small molecules and/or biologics), device, or diagnostic. Case studies allow participants to grasp the realization of the concepts discussed. Each attendee receives training in the pre-clinical development of novel targets and leads, clinical pharmacology, the regulatory process, and design of the first-in-human clinical trial. In addition, participants learn about funding opportunities for translational research, as well as how to navigate academic/industrial collaborations that lead to the successful development of new drugs or methodologies.
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Harvard Catalyst Events
Harvard Catalyst Funding
Stress and Health Disparities: Merging Laboratory, Clinical, and Population Scientific Approaches
Due May 14, 2015, at 5pm
This pilot grant opportunity seeks to engage a broad range of basic, clinical, public health, and other investigators from across the Harvard community, and will provide seed money for cutting-edge interdisciplinary translational research to enhance understanding of fundamental biological mechanisms involved in disease conditions that disproportionately affect health disparity populations and to develop therapies or interventions that can directly or demonstrably contribute to the reduction or elimination of health disparities. This pilot grant opportunity will provide seed funding for collaborative pilot grants. Through this mechanism, we are seeking to create teams of investigators that ultimately will be self-sustaining, thus laying the groundwork for an even broader and more robust community of stress and health disparities investigators than exist at present. 1 Grants will begin approximately in September 2015 and should be completed within one year. Grantees will be required to attend two grantee meetings as a condition of award – an initial meeting in January of 2016, (four months after the start date), and then a second meeting in August 2016, (12 months after the start date) – where grantees will share findings and discuss implications of their work. It is expected that the funded projects will lead to additional funding from other sources, including both federal and non-federal funders, which will extend results of the pilot project and will broaden the goals, scope, and scale of the investigator’s research program. We anticipate that Harvard Catalyst Stress and Health Disparities investigators may be eligible to participate in the Reactor Program, which is designed to provide additional assistance and resources to promising research projects (http://catalyst.harvard.edu/programs/reactor).
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Harvard Catalyst Resources
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
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