Office of Research Services Launches the Research 411 Portal

Do you need help navigating research systems at ISMMS?

The Research 411 Portal is the place to get answers to your questions about how to navigate the conduct of research throughout the MSHS. It is a help desk ticketing system where you can ask general questions through Research 411 or get help with the services that the Office of Research Services (ORS) offers. See the below menu of services offered. The ORS team is dedicated to helping researchers navigate the expanding research enterprise of the MSHS.

How to use the Research 411 Portal:

Go to the Office of Research Services (ORS) website and click on ORS Research 411 Portal. You will see the below menu of current Research 411 Portal tickets, click on a ticket, complete the form and hit send!

TIP: If you’re not sure which ticket to use, or if there isn’t a ticket for your specific questions, use the general Research 411 form at the top of the list of choices.

New services are continually added as the research enterprise continues to evolve. Announcements about new services will be made via the ISMMS Research Listserv. Please make sure that you are subscribed by entering your email address under “Research Listserv” on the  Research Web Portal’s Getting Started page (within the MSHS firewall) to ensure you stay informed.


The Research Listserv

  • Do you conduct research, or would like you like to be involved in research within the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS)?
  • Are you seeking funding for your next big idea?
  • Would you like to keep up-to-date about research administration policies and procedures at Icahn School at Mount Sinai?

The Research Listserv can help.

The Research Listserv is one single email list encompassing the entire research community. If you do research at MSHS, you may already be a member of the Research Listserv. To check if you are a member or to change your subscription preferences, click here and enter your email address under Research Listserv at any time within the MSHS firewall (on-site at a MSHS location or via VPN). If you are not a member, your email selections will be blank. To join, or edit your existing preferences, choose your topics and click  at the bottom of the page. You will receive an email confirming your subscription or any changes you make.

You will be able to choose from the following:

Not convinced? Maybe this will help –

  • You can modify your subscriptions at any time by entering your email address under Research Listserv on the Research Portal Getting Started page, when you are within the MSHS firewall. You will always receive a confirmation email when you change your subscription preferences.
  • You can unsubscribe from everything, and still be assured that you will receive messages intended for the entire research community (Dean’s Office or the most important messages from the GCO, IRB/PPHS, IACUC, etc.).
  • You will receive each mailing ONLY ONCE, unless you are subscribed with two functional email addresses. If that should happen, please submit a Communication Support Request for assistance with this process.

If you are part of the research community of the Mount Sinai Health System, you should be a part of the Research Listserv. Join today!


Topaz Elements Training Opportunities

The Center for Comparative Medicine and Surgery (CCMS) is preparing to transition the TOPAZ Granite, software which manages the animal facility enterprise (i.e. animal orders, census, billing, etc.), to Topaz Elements.  This updated software is web based and will continue to support the Web Animal Orders application through Sinai Central.

In addition to online animal ordering, this new product will offer the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai investigators the ability to view current census, accrued invoices, and other relevant information related to their vivarium supported research aims.

In order to adequately prepare our existing researchers for this transition, CCMS is excited to offer the below training opportunities.

Three hands on training sessions will be provided for each building (Annenberg, Icahn and Hess) over a three-week period.  All the training sessions will take place in the Levy Library classrooms.  The training sessions, date, time and room numbers are as follows:

Date Time Building
Levy Library Room
Tuesday, 3/13 2-4pm Annenberg 11-41
Wednesday, 3/14 2-4pm Icahn 11-41
Thursday, 3/15 2-4pm HESS 11-41
Tuesday, 3/20 2-4pm Annenberg 11-41
Wednesday, 3/21 2-4pm Icahn 10-74
Friday, 3/23 2-4pm HESS 11-41
Tuesday, 3/27 2-4pm Annenberg 10-74
Wednesday, 3/28 2-4pm Icahn 10-74
Thursday, 3/29 2-4pm HESS 11-41

Please select one of the above training sessions you plan to attend and RSVP by emailing Veronica Moses at on or before Friday, March 9, 2018. As the training sessions will take place in a classroom setting, we will only be able to accommodate up to 20 people per session.  As a result, we will schedule you based upon the order in which you RSVP.

If you cannot attend any of the above sessions, a link to a Topaz Elements training video will be available on CCMS’ website ( after the go live date (to be announced).

If you have any questions, please feel free contact Veronica Moses or the CCMS business office at 212-241-3008.

Time for an Annual Mailing List Subscription Check-up with the Research Listserv

On March 1, 2017, the Office of Research Services (ORS) and the Research Information Technology Department launched the Research Listserv for research related mailings throughout the Mount Sinai Health System.

For the last year, it has served as a primary source of research related information for the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS), sending out nearly 450 emails to our more than 4000 subscribers from throughout the system, many of whom may be unaware of their power to customize their subscription preferences according to their interests and roles in research.

Two of the Research Listserv’s founding goals were to provide choice to users and to limit duplicate blast emails. Therefore, it sends mailings out according to topic and subject, selections that can be made by a user at any time within the MSHS firewall by entering their email address under Research Listserv on the Getting Started page of the Research Web Portal. If a subscriber picks every list below, they can expect to get a broad range of announcements without duplication of individual mailings. Below are the lists from which subscribers can choose:

Human Subjects Research

  • Guidance & Education
  • Events
  • News

Animal Research

  • Guidance & Education
  • Events
  • News


  • Guidance & Education
  • Events

Grant Submission & Management

  • Awards & Funding Opportunities
  • Events
  • Policies, Procedures & Education
  • NIH and other Funding Agency News

Research Resources

  • Guidance & Education
  • Events
  • News
  • Resources, Supplies & Equipment


  • News & Status

It is vital that new research hires and any research personnel who are not getting these emails visit the Getting Started page on the Research Portal where they can find the Research Listserv box and enter their email address to join. Important research related announcements are made by the Dean’s Office as needed, and so please pass the word along. Once new members click on “Save Changes,” they are subscribed and will receive a confirmation email summarizing their selections.

Please feel free to open a ticket with the ORS Research 411 Portal’s Communications Support form for assistance with subscribing,  if you have questions about the Research Listserv, or if you have a message that you need to send to the research community.

Introduction to Machine Learning for Genetics & Genomics Short Course Offered March 30th

In this introductory course offered by the Center for Biostatistics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), participants will learn important basic concepts in machine learning with a series of hands-on training exercises using R and RStudio. Different machine learning training strategies will be explored and participants will learn all the most important algorithms used in the field, such as Random Forests and Support Vector Machines. The capabilities of R caret package will be utilized extensively and applications in genetics and genomics will be performed. At the end of the course, participants will implement a machine learning strategy and critically evaluate an algorithm’s performance in classification and regression problems.

Introduction to Machine Learning for Genetics & Genomics will be taught by Dr. Joel Correa da Rosa who holds a M.Sc. degree in Probability and Statistical Inference from State University of Campinas (Sao Paulo / Brazil) and a PhD in Decision Support Methods from the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-Rio- Rio de Janeiro/Brasil). Dr. Correa da Rosa joined the faculty of the Population Health Science & Policy Department at the Icahn School of Medicine in 2017. His expertise includes data analysis, statistical programming, multivariate analysis, and machine learning methods for classification, regression and clustering.

PREREQUISITES: Introductory to intermediate programming proficiency in R and RStudio; Basic foundation in statistical modelling (e.g. linear regression).

WHEN: Friday, March 30, 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Mount Sinai Annenberg Building
12th floor
Room 12-01
1468 Madison Avenue
New York, NY

REGISTRATION: To register for the course and pay the $375 tuition fee, go to:



Spring II Biostatistics Course Offerings

The Master of Science in Biostatistics Program is pleased to announce the following courses that will take place in the Spring II term, beginning Monday April 2nd and ending Friday June 22nd.

BIO9001 – Applied Analysis of Healthcare Databases (3 credits) – Lecture: Thursdays 4:00 to 6:00 pm; Lab: Thursdays 6:00 to 7:00 pm; Course Director: Natalia Egorova
This course will prepare students to identify and use national and local healthcare databases in their own research. Students will evaluate published database studies, complete programming exercises with SAS statistical software and hands-on access to a large database, and prepare a proposal for analyzing a specific research question using a large healthcare database.

BIO9100 – Survival Analysis (3 credits) – Lecture: Wednesdays 3:00 to 5:00 pm; Lab: Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm; Course Director: Umut Ozbek
This course describes the analysis of time-to-event data. Several concepts of censoring are introduced, as are functions used to describe survival distributions. Both parametric and nonparametric methods to describe and compare survival distributions are given. Cox regression is studied including the assumptions required, examining the validity of these assumptions, and dealing with time dependent covariates. Interval censored data are explored, as well as the analysis of multiple failures. Analyzing data sets will be required.

BIO9200 – Analysis of Longitudinal Data (3 credits) – Lecture: Mondays 4:00 – 6:00 pm; Lab: Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm; Course Director: Mayte Suarez-Farinas
The aim of this course is to provide systematic training in both the theoretical foundations and the model building strategies of linear regression models for students who have already had some data analysis experience. Modern approaches to the analysis of longitudinal data are presented. The course is organized as a two-hour lecture in which the statistical methodology for longitudinal data is discussed and a one-hour lab in which R will be used to perform analysis of actual data.

BIO9002 – Race and Causal Inference Seminar (1 Credit) – Thursdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm; Course Director: Dr. Emma Benn
In this course, we will question the operationalization of race as a “cause” when examining racial disparities in health from a statistical framework grounded in the underlying theories of causal inference. By the end of this course, students will have gained a unique set of knowledge that they can use to: 1) more critically scrutinize the traditional approaches to investigating disparities in health (not just specific to race), and 2) apply a more nuanced inferential, rather than descriptive, approach to future work in the disparities arena that will move us closer to finding efficacious interventions.


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 ( by April 15, 2018. Full application includes:

  • Completed application form (NRSA TL1 Application Form 2018) 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, 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

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

Please email 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:

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