Research Council Announcements: Harvard Catalyst

Harvard Catalyst Announcements from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Council.

Harvard Catalyst

Featured News and Announcements

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.

Update to MGH CLR Laboratory for HCCRC users

MGH has now formally announced they are closing the CLR lab as of 1/16/15.


Please note the following:

  • Services will discontinue on Friday, January 16, 2015
  • Final batches will need to be submitted no later than Wednesday, December 17, 2014
  • Last date for receipt of any other samples will be Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Starting 1/17/15, LabCorp will become the lab for the HCCRC.  This means that effective immediately, the HCCRC will continue to support ancillary labs in two ways following the current guidelines*:

  1. Routine stat labs (run at each institution)
  2. LabCorp

*$50 per visit assay for Junior Investigators and $20 per visit assay for Senior Investigators


Harvard Catalyst Education & Courses

Harvard Catalyst Events

Medical Research Officer (MRO) Information Session – December 16, 2014, 5:00-6:30pm, Yawkey 4-820.  An MRO is available at each of the four Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Centers (BWH, CHB, MGH, BIDMC) to assist basic science and clinical researchers with planning, implementing, and conducting both institutional and cross-institutional research. The MRO can also help identify clinical research collaborators, and assist with obtaining medical oversight for procedures that require an institutionally-credentialed provider. Each information session will include a tour of the clinical research center. Pizza and refreshments will be served.  RSVP by November 21, 2014.

Harvard Catalyst Funding

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. 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 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.

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