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

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New Clinical and Translational Scientist Certificate Program (CTSCP)
Applications due February 13

This one-year program (with a second-year option) includes a carefully structured, but time-limited didactic curriculum on topics relevant to early-career clinical and translational investigators. The program involves a full-time, four-week summer program followed by 2.5 hour meetings up to twice monthly through June 2016. The goal of CTSCP is to create a community of well-trained clinical and translational investigators at Harvard Medical School, beyond those who are formally enrolled in a degree program. For more information, visit the CTSCP section on the Harvard Catalyst website.

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Resourcing Big Data: A Symposium & Collaboration Opportunity: March 23 & 24, 2015
Register by March 18

Extant data is an inexhaustible resource that is not yet very well understood and is underutilized. The focus of this symposium is to explore this area from various perspectives – privacy and security, policy, open clinical trial data, systems and disease-oriented synthetic efforts and individually-provided, aggregated crowd-sourced data. The goal is to engage our biomedical and public health research community in a more nuanced appreciation of these and similar issues. This one-day symposium will be followed by half-day, topic-specific workshops on March 24 that will focus on various aspects of big data use, reuse, integration, and collaboration. More information, including speakers and registration for both dates can be found on the website.

KL2 Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT) Award Information Sessions
February 19 and March 10, 2015

The KL2/CMeRIT program offers advanced training through educational activities and mentored research for senior fellows and junior faculty in clinical and translational research. Two information sessions will give prospective applicants and overview of the program and answer questions. February 19, 4:00-5:00pm, Small Room (3130), Simches Building, MGH, and March 10, 1:00-2:00pm, Ware Room, Countway Library, HMS. Applications due April 16. Please see the RFA for application instructions and detailed eligibility requirements.


Fundamentals of Clinical Research (FaCToR), April-June 2015
Applications due February 20 

Fundamentals of Clinical and Translational Research (FaCToR) is an opportunity to gain a thorough knowledge of the concepts of clinical/translational research through the dynamic and interactive medium of online learning. As a selected participant of this online course, you will receive an overview of the translational domains from first-in-human studies to global health. Course participants will engage with teaching fellows and faculty through online discussion and other interactive media. 

Leadership Strategies for the Researcher, April 7-8, 2015
Applications due February 26

Navigating a career in research can be challenging. In this two-day interactive course, learn how to develop programs and manage projects, negotiate effectively, hire and manage a workforce, and manage budgets and grants.

Advanced Imaging in Clinical/Translational Neuroscience Research, April 13-15, 2015
Applications due February 27

This three-day course offers an overview of the utility of imaging in research related to the neurosciences, the potential and limitations of these approaches, data analysis approaches for MRI and MEG, and the different systems being used for human optical studies.

Grant Review and Support Program (GRASP), April 21-23, 2015
Applications due March 5

As junior investigators make their way through their first year of NIH career development awards toward a R01 grant, this Harvard Catalyst program offers firsthand guidance and preparation each step of the way. GRASP provides workshops, tools, and resources that support investigators throughout this important career shift. 

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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. 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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