Research Council Announcements: Harvard Catalyst

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

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Spotlight: SHRINE Read how the Shared Health Research Information Network (SHRINE) helps researchers overcome one of the greatest problems in population-based research: Compiling large groups of well-characterized patients. Eligible investigators may use the SHRINE web-based query tool to determine the aggregate total number of patients at participating hospitals who meet a given set of inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Harvard Catalyst Events

Biostatistics Seminar: Risk Prediction with Biomarkers under Complex Study Designs – May 5, 2014 
Tianxi Cai, ScD, professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) will present at the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Program seminar on May 5, 3:30-5:00pm, HSPH, FXB G-12.

Harvard Catalyst Education & Courses

Models of Disease (MoD) Boot Camp, July 7-25, 2014 – applications due May 15
Before starting their basic/translational research fellowships, clinical fellows and residents have the opportunity to participate in the MoD Boot Camp. This three-week course offers a variety of group activities including interactive lectures presented by leading faculty on recent discoveries and topical updates in biomedical science. Panel discussions on topics ranging from academic-industry interactions to strategies for translation to team science are an integral part of the experience. Open to clinical fellows and residents who are scheduled to start their basic/translational research fellowships this year.

Harvard Catalyst Funding

KL2 Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT) Award – applications due May 29, 2014
The KL2/CMeRIT program offers advanced training through educational activities and mentored research for senior fellows and junior faculty in clinical and translational research. The award provides two years of salary support at 50-75 percent of the awardee’s institutional salary base within NIH guidelines. Applications due May 29. Please see the RFA for application instructions and detailed eligibility requirements.

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.

Additional Courses, Events, Funding, and Resources


Course: Imaging Biomarkers in Clinical Trials – April 25-26, 2014 In this course, review the current practice of imaging biomarkers in clinical trials in oncology, and address knowledge, competence, and performance gaps. Didactic lectures along with Q&A will highlight best practices and advanced imaging techniques that have potential as surrogate biomarkers. April 25-26, Simches Research Building, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston. For more information and to register, please see the website.


Conference: Harvard Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer Center – May 12, 2014
The Harvard Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Center Annual Conference will provide an overview of the Harvard TREC research center and highlight the role of collaborative, transdisciplinary science in investigating the relationship between obesity and cancer. It will provide a framework for understanding the link between obesity and cancer and a discussion on development of strategies for the prevention and control of these conditions. May 12, 2:00-5:30pm, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, HMS. For more information and to register, please see the website.


2014 Neurodegenerative Diseases Pilot Study Grants Program – applications due April 21, 2014
The MGH Neurological Clinical Research Institute, Massachusetts ADRC, and Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center will fund the best novel ideas for pilot study applications from investigators within the Harvard community, including the affiliated hospitals and institutions, for pilot projects aimed at understanding and developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. Grants, up to $40,000 (direct costs), will be awarded for the duration of one year. Please see the website for complete information on how to apply.

Osher Center Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Integrative Medicine – application due June 15, 2014 Beginning in the spring semester of 2014, the Osher Center will fund pre-doctoral fellowships in integrative medicine research. The fellowship program will be open to Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) graduate students and will provide $10,000 per year to cover part of the student’s costs (to include stipend and/or supplies), as well as a $2,000 travel stipend; the fellowship is renewable for three years. Please see the website for complete details on how to apply. 



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