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New: The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University
Convened by Harvard Catalyst, the Study’s goal is to understand the physical and mental health conditions former players face, while furthering our understanding of the benefits and risks of participating in football. Learn more about the Study on the website and see below for an announcement on a pilot funding opportunity.

Up to $150,000: Improving the Health and Safety of Football Players – applications due October 24, 2014
The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University is seeking novel, breakthrough proposals from all levels of research with actionable results within a one-year funding period. These studies will have the potential to affect the health and wellbeing of future, current, or former football players. A broad range of areas will be considered: sports medicine studies; repetitive brain trauma; topics in wellness, aging, and cardiovascular disease; medical ethics; and additional topics that address common diagnoses observed in professional football players, and in athletes in general. Applications in any of these areas are encouraged, but applications outside these areas will also be considered. Please see the website for complete information.

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.

Alert: Harvard Catalyst Website Outage – October 24, 5:00pm to October 27, 12:00am
Due to maintenance of the IT infrastructure, the Harvard Catalyst website and related tools and services will be unavailable October 24, 5:00pm to October 27, 12:00am. All tools will be unavailable for the duration of the outage except eagle-i and HCCRC Scheduling System. If you have any questions about the outage, please contact us.

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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.

Additional Courses, Events, Funding, and Resources




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.

Promotions: Instructor to Assistant Professor and Assistant to Associate Professor  – October 23 and November 13, 2014
Carol Bates, MD, assistant dean, Office for Faculty Affairs, HMS will discuss the professional requirements for promotion from instructor to assistant professor on October 23 from 3:30-5:00pm in Shapiro 247, Shapiro Clinical Center, second floor, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). On November 13 she will review the requirements for promotion from assistant to associate professor from 3:30-5:00pm in the Shapiro 10 Conference Room, Shapiro Clinical Center, tenth floor, BIDMC. Please see the website for more information, and contact Amber Lovendale 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.

Pinnacle Lecture Series: Organizational Leadership: Experiencing Empowerment through Authenticity – November 10, 2014
Maureen E. Gormley, chief operating officer, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, will speak at the Boston College Pinnacle Lecture Series on the changing role of the nurse leader. November 10, 5:00pm, Yawkey Center, Murray Room, Boston College. For complete information and to register, please see the website.

Cancer Survivorship: Optimizing Care and Outcomes – November 13-14, 2014
Through lectures with pre- and post-survey testing and interactive panel discussions, the Cancer Survivorship: Optimizing Care and Outcomes CME conference will educate providers who care for cancer survivors on our evolving understanding of the medical and psychosocial aspects of cancer survivorship, the latest research regarding prevention and management, and strategies for implementation in clinical practice to enhance a provider’s or practice’s ability to collaboratively provide high-quality care for cancer survivors. November 13-14, Jimmy Fund Auditorium, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Registration is required.

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.

Next Steps for Postdocs – November 20, 2014
Harveen Dhilllon, PhD, and Terry Maratos-Flier, director, Office of Academic Careers and Faculty Development, BIDMC, will discuss how postdocs who are interested in working in the industry should approach the job search. November 20, 3:30-5:00 pm, Riesman Lecture Hall, Rabb building, second floor, BIDMC. Please see the website for more information, and contact Amber Lovendale to register.

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.


Natural Science and Mathematics Fellowships available for 2014–2015 – application due November 1, 2014
The Fellowship Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is now accepting fellowship applications in natural science and mathematics. Fellows will focus on individual projects while benefiting from a dynamic, multidisciplinary community at Harvard University. Eligibility and applications can be found on the website. The deadline to apply is November 1. Please contact us if you have any questions.


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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