Call for Applications: STTEP-UP Initiative in Science and Medicine

ConduITS, the Institutes for Translational Sciences is once again seeking applications for the 2018-2019 NCATS funded training program entitled the STTEP-UP Initiative in Science and Medicine.

This program is designed to enable highly motivated underrepresented minority (URM) trainees in residency, subspecialty fellowship training or postdoctoral laboratory positions within our health care system, to become innovative leaders and entrepreneurs in clinical and translational research. The program is designed to provide candidates with the critical thinking skills to evaluate the validity and implications of the published literature and plethora of available information through digital and internet resources; formulate testable hypotheses, design informative, effective and efficient studies, analyze data correctly and interpret quantitative and qualitative findings and their potential impact on the health of individuals across the life cycle.

The components of the program include:

  • Academic Skills:
    • Time management & work/life balance
    • Mentorship
    • Communication Styles
    • Leadership
    • Team Science
    • Practical Tips for Negotiating your Career
    • Must Know Financial Concepts
  • INCHOIR Learning Lab, which will entail participation in hands-on training in clinical and translational science, utilizing an established data repository for secondary data analysis, and monthly didactics on fundamentals in interventional studies culminating in a two day virtual clinical trial development workshop.
  • Opportunities for Multidisciplinary Teamwork with other trainees throughout the education process.
  • Individual Career Development with Primary Mentor & Interdisciplinary Mentor Team
  • Career Development Seminars in the following topics:
    • Loan Repayment Program
    • Diversity Supplements
    • Mentored Awards Roadmap
  • T32 Networking Seminar Series
  • “Meet the Expert” Mentored Investigator “K Club Series”
  • Annual Next Steps Symposium, which will highlight nationally-renowned URM Clinical and Translational Investigators

We are currently seeking nominations for the academic year starting July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. This competitive program utilizes an NCATS funded NRSA TL1 mechanism and provides salary support and tuition dollars for four postdoctoral trainees per year. Applicants will be asked to complete a full application and submit to Christine Acevedo (christine.acevedo@mssm.edu) by April 15, 2018. Full application includes:

  • Completed application form (NRSA TL1 Application form) which should include a brief overview concerning prior, current and/or upcoming involvement in a research project as well as the motivation for embracing a career in clinical translational research.*
  • Current curriculum vitae including bibliography.
  • 1 letter of recommendation from your Training Program Director; 1 letter of recommendation from your Division Chief or Department/Institute/Center Chairperson. These respective letters should indicate that the training program director, division chief or department/institute/center chairperson is committed to make time available for the trainee to participate in the required academic programs.

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email or contact the office at 212-824-7014. We look forward to receiving your application.

* If an applicant has recently developed or submitted a research proposal or protocol, the specific aim page or synopsis respectively can be used instead.

 

Discovering and Describing New De-Identified Cohorts of Patients with i2b2 Framework

The Mount Sinai Scientific Computing and Data Science team has launched training resources via PEAK to take researchers step-by-step through the i2b2 (Informatics for Integrating Biology & the Bedside) program, preparing them to take advantage of this cost-effective and efficient way to identify patients for many types of clinical and translational research. The i2b2 framework was developed through NIH funding to make research cohort discovery possible through the integration, standardization, and analysis of heterogeneous data from electronic health record systems. The implementation of i2b2 at the Mount Sinai Health System is supported by ConduITS, the Institutes for Translational Sciences and Mount Sinai’s CTSA (an NIH|NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award).

To access the training on PEAK, simply click here, or head over to peak.mountsinai.org, sign in and search for “i2b2.” It’s also available through clicking on Online Courses, navigating to Research and clicking on the i2b2 Tutorial.

With an easy to use, drag-and-drop interface, i2b2 enables researchers to query a repository of patient information gathered from multiple sources throughout the Mount Sinai Health System, including electronic medical records, lab results, and demographic data. Using de-identified data, investigators can determine potential cohorts of interest for later obtaining identified or limited data sets with Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. For more information about the IRB approval process, contact irb@mssm.edu.

This web-based tool works on Windows and Mac, on multiple browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Google Chrome) within the Mount Sinai network (on campus or via VPN). Data is uploaded from the Mount Sinai Data Warehouse on a regular basis, but only de-identified data can be accessed through the web client. Mount Sinai researchers can perform queries at http://msdw.mountsinai.org/webclient.

Please email i2b2_support@mountsinai.org with questions or comments.

 

Must See Videos and Podcasts for Human Subjects Researchers

The Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) strongly recommends that human subjects researchers take advantage of educational resources issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to inform grants applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2018.

A primary component of NIH’s initiative to enhance the stewardship of clinical trials is the creation of a new application form that consolidates all Human Subjects and Clinical Trial related information into one place, and also expands the information required for studies that meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial. This new form will be included in the new FORMS-E Application Packages and will be required for all applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2018.

To support this endeavor for Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) researchers, the GCO would like to highlight the following NIH resources:

To learn more about the new Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information form which will be included in grant application packages and contract for all human subjects and/or clinical trial research applications beginning for January 25, 2018 due dates, visit the NIH New Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information Form web site.

For more information about conducting human subjects research at MSHS, please contact the Program for the Protection of Human Subjects.

For more information about NIH grant submissions at MSHS, please click here for a listing of Departmental Grants Specialists at the GCO who can assist you.

 

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety Offers Required Trainings Online

Mount Sinai Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is committed to help the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai maintain compliance with applicable federal, state and local environmental statutes, regulations, and permits, and strives for continuous improvement in environmental performance. EH&S is also committed to cultivating a culture of safety in all research settings. In order to develop a culture of safety and to meet requirements by federal, state and local agencies, EH&S has developed a suite of trainings on a variety of research safety topics.

EH&S now offers all of its currently required trainings online via PEAK at
Online Courses -> Compliance Learning Hub -> Environmental Health and Safety

Training requirements, including required frequency and populations, are detailed in the Research Training Matrix found here: http://intranet1.mountsinai.org/compliance/envhs/documents/2017_EH&S-Research_Training_Matrix.pdf.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact  the EH&S team at
Phone: (212) 241-7233 (x4SAFE)
Email: AskEHS@mssm.edu

 

Reference Management Classes Offered by Levy Library

Reference management tools allow researchers to collect, organize, and store bibliographic information about source material such as journal articles, books, reports, and multimedia. A reference management tool also makes creating and formatting bibliographies and in-text citations easy. Levy Library offers a series of Reference Management classes throughout September. These tools are invaluable to researchers at all levels conducting of facilitating the literature search process.

Introduction to EndNote
Discover what millions of researchers, scholarly writers, students and librarians already know about the power of EndNote to search online databases, organize references, images and PDFs. In this class, you will practice using EndNote X8 to collect, organize and maintain a ‘library’ of references, find and save full-text journal articles, and insert and format references in a MS Word document. The class will also cover searching and exporting citations from PubMed and Web of Science and syncing your desktop library with EndNote Online.

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Levy Library Small Classroom (ANBG11-40)

Introduction to Zotero
Join us for Introduction to Zotero, a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies. Please being your laptop to this class in order to take advantage of the workshop-style of the session.

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Annenberg 10-72

Make the Most of Mendeley
Join us for Make the Most of Mendeley. Mendeley is a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather, organize, and share sources and then automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies. This session will introduce new users to the tool as well as ensure that existing users are aware of all of Mendeley’s exciting functionalities. Please being your laptop to this class in order to take advantage of the workshop-style of the session.

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Annenberg 10-72

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Leadership in Emerging Academic Departments (LEAD Program) Academy Seeks Applications

LEAD LogoApplications are sought (deadline October 31, 2017) for the annual Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD) Academy, sponsored by Conduits, the Institute for Translational Sciences and the Office of Academic Development and Enrichment in collaboration with UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Leadership is about influence and the ability to make things happen, not just “being in charge.” Leadership skills are critical for the success of faculty at all stages of development and are of particular importance in the emerging landscape of Team Science. The curriculum includes modules in self-discovery, communication, influence, negotiation, difficult conversations, inspiring trust and embracing diversity. The format includes:  didactic lectures, case studies and experiential activities. Participants will work with an executive coach and anchor the LEAD learning objectives with an Individual Capstone Leadership Project.  Kick off session will be on February 2nd, 2018 and subsequent classes will occur on the 1st Friday of the month (in most instances) these are the dates as follows: (1st Friday of the month): March 2nd, April 6th, May 4th, June 1st, July 12th and 13th (2nd Thursday and Friday 9am-4pm),  August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th, 2018, January 4th, 2019 and January 18th, 2019 from 11am-3pm. All classes are mandatory; nominations should come with assurance that Director, Chair and/or Division Chief will provide protected time for participation.

Goals:

  • To develop and/or refine leadership skills for faculty success during any stage of the academic career.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

All Assistant Professors (MDs, PhDs, MD/PhDs) and Associate Professors are eligible. Women faculty and underrepresented minority faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applicants: The following materials must be submitted electronically through RedCap (see link below)
Deadline: October 31st, 2017

  1. A completed online application found at https://www.inchoir.org/redcap/redcap/surveys/?s=48FCX4MNN8
  2. Letter of Nomination from Department Chair, Center/Institute Director or Division Chief
  3. Curriculum Vitae.

Applicants will be considered by an Executive Committee. Notification of selection for this program will be provided by the LEAD Program Director and Co-Directors. If you have any questions, please contact us: Janice Gabrilove, MD (janice.gabrilove@mssm.edu) or Crispin Goytia (crispin.goytia@mountsinai.org)

Supported by National Institute for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) & the Office of Academic Development and Enrichment, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in collaboration with UT Southwestern

The LEAD Program at ISMMS is modeled after the successful LEAD Program established at UTSW as collaboration between the Office of Faculty Diversity & Development, Office of Women’s Careers, Organizational Development & Training, Human Resources, Faculty Leaders at UTSW and Center for Translational Medicine

Annual Dean’s Healthcare System Team Science Award Nominations Sought by July 30th

Nominations are sought for the Annual Dean’s Healthcare System Award, sponsored by Conduits, the Institute for Translational Science. This award has been established to acknowledge and underscore the emerging importance of interdisciplinary teams to the translation of research discoveries into clinical applications.

This award is meant to recognize an outstanding interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research team for its innovative and impactful science that has advanced or likely will advance the detection, diagnosis, prevention or treatment of disease. This research effort should ideally reflect a partnership between basic and clinical science and reflect a novel undertaking that would not have been accomplished by any single member of the team working in isolation.

For 2017, this award will focus on Team Science in Cancer Research, which often requires participation of investigations from a broad array of disciplines including biomedical science, genomics, Immunology, pharmacology & nanotechnology, systems biology, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, clinical informatics, computational biology, experimental pathology, imaging, in vivo models, mHealth, Big Data analytics, biostatistics, population science clinical investigation and community engagement. A one thousand dollar prize will be given to the recipients of this Team Science Award.

Goals:

  • To showcase outstanding role models of collaborative, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research
  • To provide a venue to acknowledge the importance of Team Science in solving complex and meaningful problems, significantly impacting human health and advancing novel solutions in the field of cancer.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

Team science collaboration: as evidenced by 3 or more members of a Team that reflect participation of both basic and clinical disciplines who have worked to address a major problems concerning the pathogenesis, diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, and/or prevention of cancer

Applicants: All Team Leaders must be employed by the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) or be on the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) or State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. Collaborators from industry, who are members of a given MSHS &/, RPI or Stony Brook investigative team, may be included.

Limit: MSHS, RPI and SUNY Stony Brook faculty and healthcare professionals may only participate in one Team Science Award application.

Program Guidelines:

Please submit the following materials as a single pdf by email to (Crispin.Goytia@mountsinai.org) on or before July 30th.

  • A 1-2 page summary, delineating the Team’s contribution to the field of cancer research, (including citation of published work), the gap in knowledge addressed and the impact of the research on human health.
  • Current standard CV and bibliography

Nominations will be considered by an Executive Committee and the recipients announced in August. Questions? Please contact Janice Gabrilove, MD (Janice.Gabrilove@mssm.edu) or Crispin Goytia (Crispin.Goytia@mssm.edu).

 

Pepper Center Requests for Proposals to Support Innovative Pilot Projects and Junior Investigators

Mount Sinai’s Claude D. Pepper Older American’s Independence Center (“Pepper Center”) innovative mission is to stimulate, develop, and fund research to improve quality of life and independence of older adults with serious illness and their caregivers. This multiyear program project grant from the National Institute of Aging has helped to create a foundation of pioneering research in aging and palliative care at Mount Sinai, and has helped to improve care for our nation’s sickest patients.

The goals of Mount Sinai’s Pepper Center are to identify, recruit and train leaders in aging and palliative care research as well as provide funds to support pilot and exploratory projects related to aging and palliative care.  TWO REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS TO DIRECTLY SUPPORT PILOT AND EXPLORATORY PROJECTS AS WELL AS SUPPORT ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR JUNIOR CLINICIANS:

  • The Pilot and Exploratory Core provides support for investigators at all levels to propose innovative projects aimed at improving the care of older adults with serious illness.
  • The Research and Education Component provides support for salary and coursework for talented junior investigators interested in pursuing a career in research (basic, translation, and health services) related to the care of older adults with serious illness.

For additional information, please review the requests for proposals (linked above), which include information about funding opportunities as well as timelines. Please contact Ashleigh Manning (Ashleigh.Manning@mssm.edu) for additional information.

The Mount Sinai OAIC (Older American’s Independence Center) is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Aging (2P30AG028741; Albert Siu, PI).

 

Mount Sinai’s Brain Fair Inspiring the Next Generation of Researchers

Each year Mount Sinai’s Brain Fair is bigger and better and reaches more people than the year before. This year was no exception, hosting over 400 school children from neighborhood public schools and other members of our local community.

This year’s Brain Fair, ultimately held on Friday May 5, had to overcome a major complication: the original date was cancelled due to New York’s snowstorm in March. Despite this obstacle, the Brain Fair was a huge success. Check out this video https://youtu.be/hX_V_MtAmag.

A tremendous thank you goes to Neuroscience Graduate Students Ana Badimon, Carla Golden, Casey Lardner, and Zefa Sullivan, co-directors of MINDS (Mentoring in Neuroscience Discovery at Sinai). Special thanks also go to Alyson Davis of CEYE (Director, Center for Excellence in Youth Education) as well as Marilyn Balamaci, Elizabeth Dowling, Rose Ferrer, Alison Malouk, Chloe Politis, Jaime Rodriguez, and Veronica Szarejko. Their dedication, commitment, and passion, and recognition of the importance of sharing excitement about the brain with our community neighbors, is inspiring.

Join us next year for this great event.

 

The Biostatistics Summer Program for Clinical Research 2017 Announced

The third annual Biostatistics Summer Program is taking place at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai the week of June 26th – click here to sign up today!

The Biostatistics Summer Program for Clinical Research is an educational initiative sponsored by the Center for Biostatistics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) in New York City. The mission of the Biostatistics Summer Program is to increase the research capacity of clinical investigators, fellows, residents, postdocs, and public health professionals by providing application-driven instruction in biostatistics and statistical programming. Participants in the week-long Summer Program will gain a strong foundation in a host of statistical topics, through rigorous, theory-based lectures and hands-on statistical programming in SAS and R.

 Topics include:

  • Probability and Statistical Inference
  • Essential Elements of Study Design including Sample Size/Power Calculations
  • Hypothesis Testing for Continuous and Categorical Data
  • Simple and Multiple Linear Regression
  • Simple and Multiple Logistic Regression

Participants will receive a total of 35 hours of intensive, in-person theory and SAS and R-related instruction, by faculty and Masters-level statisticians at the Center for Biostatistics at ISMMS.

 The 2017 Biostatistics Summer Program will meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm from June 26th to June 30th. Each day the program will consist of three components:

  1. From 9:00am-12:30pm, participants will gain a solid theoretical foundation in statistical methodology through extensive application-driven lectures by our Center for Biostatistics at ISMMS renowned faculty, including Dr. Emilia Bagiella and Dr. Emma Benn.
  2. From 1:30pm-2:30pm, participants will take part in a collaborative review session aimed at reinforcing essential concepts introduced during the morning lectures.
  3. From 2:30pm-5:00pm, participants will engage in interactive, hands-on, programming sessions in their preferred statistical software, R or SAS.

For those interested in learning how to program in R, please note that you will be expected to bring your own laptop with R and R Studio installed. For those interested in learning how to program in SAS, please note that there will be a maximum of 35 computers with SAS installed in the Levy Library classroom, so you will not need your laptops.

To register for the 2017 Biostatistics Summer Program for Clinical Research and to pay the nonrefundable registration fee of $2,400, go to: http://j.mp/2leofur