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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.

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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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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.

Statistical Issues in the Analysis of Neurological Studies – November 19, 2014

Rebecca Betensky, PhD, from Harvard School of Public Health, James Berry, MD, Deborah Blacker, MD, Eric Macklin, PhD, David Schoenfeld, PhD, Michael Schwarzschild, MD, PhD, all from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Tanuja Chitnis, MD, Brian Healy, PhD, both from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), will speak at the symposium hosted by the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics program on November 19, 11:00am-3:30pm, at MGH. Please RSVP to 

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.

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.

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.





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