Research Council Announcements: Education

Announcements of educational opportunities from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Council.

Educational Opportunities

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MGH Clinical Research Program Courses

Research Patient Database Registry (RPDR) Office Hours
The last Monday of every month, 10:30am – 2:30pm, Simches 2.140
Do you need help using the Research Patient Database Registry (RPDR) for your research study or understanding the data it has to offer? The Clinical Research Program is offering monthly office hours with an RPDR expert in order to answer any questions you may have regarding the tool and experience a one-on-one tutorial. New users of the tool can learn a general overview of how the tool works while research staff can discuss the best way to create a query and gather information for their study. Please contact Stacey Due at  to coordinate a timeslot.

A Primer on Complex Trait Genetics: Principles for the Beginning Investigator

Tuesday, May 26, 8:00am - 3:00pm, Simches 3.110

This event is sponsored by the MGH Clinical Research Program, the Center for Human Genetic Research, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and in partnership with the Harvard Catalyst

Are you able to keep up with the changing face of genetic research? Have you heard of disease areas that have seen explosive growth in genetic discoveries in the past year? This is an excellent opportunity to learn the essential elements of complex trait genetics and gain the latest insights from expert faculty from the Center for Human Genetic Research and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. This course is strongly recommended for experienced clinicians, clinical investigators, nurses, and other clinical research staff who wish to further expand their knowledge of modern concepts in genetics and genomics.

View course agenda here.

Registration is required. Please contact Jillian Tonelli with any questions.


Introduction to Qualitative Research Design and Methodology

Location: Garrod/Mendel Conference Room, Simches Research Building, 2nd floor

Mondays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, July 6

8:00am – 9:00am for all sessions except June 8th (9 a.m. start time)

Speaker: Elyse R. Park, Ph.D., MPH
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School | MGH Mongan Institute for Health Policy | MGH CRP Qualitative Research Faculty

Course Description:  This five session course is designed to guide clinical researchers who are interested in developing a qualitative research project with an introduction to theory and practice. Course topics will include;

  1. An overview of qualitative methods (selecting a design, sampling, instrument development, qualitative research standards).
  2. Selecting your design, recruitment and sample size
  3. Development of qualitative research instrument (i.e., interview guide)
  4. Focus group and individual interviewing methodology
  5. Qualitative data analysis

Attendance is limited to 10 students. Registration is required.

Sponsored by the Clinical Research Program and the Mongan Institute of Health Policy


D3 (Drug Discovery and Development) Project Simulation

Course Location:  Simches Research Building, 2nd floor, Garrod-Mendel Conference Room

Course Dates:  June 02, 2015 (01:00 PM - 05:00 PM) and June 03, 2015 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)

Sponsored by Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research and the MGH Clinical Research Program

This is an interactive and group discussion course in which participants will be assigned roles in a project team tasked with the discovery and development of a new medicine.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Explain and discuss unmet medical need, knowledge of mechanism, disease expansion opportunities, and other factors considered when evaluating/pursuing a therapeutic target
2. Describe in general terms the stages of drug discovery and development and what activities typically occur in those stages
3. Explain the contribution of different scientific/clinical disciplines to drug discovery and development
4. Propose and justify key elements of decision-making studies, both pre-clinical and clinical, and recognize the importance of identifying the critical path unique to each project necessary to move it forward
5. Recognize and discuss challenges a project team may encounter in their mission to discover and develop a new drug
6. Actively and constructively participate in decision making and strategy generation for project(s) they may be involved with; challenge status quo thinking in an appropriate way


Target Audience:  Individuals with an MD and/or Ph.D. who wish to gain an understanding of drug discovery and development, and exposure to the scientific strategies and decision-making a pharmaceutical company’s research organization may employ to develop safe, effective, and innovative medicines. A basic understanding of life sciences (biology, physiology, pathophysiology) will be assumed.


Participants should have a genuine desire to learn about what it takes to discover and develop a novel therapy, or are currently(or expect to be) collaborating with a pharmaceutical company on some aspect of pharmaceutical research/clinical trials. Participants must be able to commit to 2 full days of coursework and simulation.


All completed applications will be reviewed before acceptance.

Course is limited to 8 participants.  Registration is required.

For questions contact Jillian Tonelli at




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