CTSI Spotlight spotlight 
Grant writing, editing and formatting services for NIH and other federal applications, are provided as part of a CTSI collaboration with Boston Medical Center's Development Department.
BU Medical Investigators: Grant writing and editing services are provided by Elaine Lee, PhD from the Boston University School of Medicine's Office of Proposal Development (OPD). To request a consultation with Dr. Lee, please e-mail her at and Kate Petcosky-Kulkarni, OPD Director. In addition to providing copy-editing services for investigators, Dr. Lee will guide new and non-native English-speaking principal investigators in developing and writing grant submissions.

The Trial Innovation Network (TIN): Is a new collaborative initiative within the CTSA Program and is composed of three key organizational partners - the CTSA Program Hubs, the Trial Innovation Centers (TICs), and the Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC that seeks to address critical roadblocks in clinical trials, and accelerate the translation of novel interventions into life-saving therapies). 

Through the CTSA Program, CTSI has become a member of the TIN. As a result of our collaboration, we will be able to provide investigators with a wide range of services, and consultations that are designed to assist investigators in the development of proposals into protocols; execute trials better, faster, and more cost-efficiently but, importantly, to be a national laboratory to study, understand and innovate the process of conducting clinical trials .

BU-CTSI Annual Translational Research Symposium Recap

The Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute hosted its Sixth Annual Translational Science Symposium  "In Memory of David C. Seldin, MD, PhD"  on March 20, 2017 at Metcalf Hall. The dynamic program consisted of fourteen guest speakers, four breakout sessions, six informational tables, and a remarkable poster session. 
The  symposium speakers  were highlighted by two keynote presentations that included 
Barry S. Coller, MD David Rockefeller Professor of Medicine , and  Harold (Hal) Sox, MD
Program Director of Peer Review at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Funding funding 
Mini Sabatical Awards
Congratulations to:

Cara Lewis, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Sargent College: Dr. Lewis investigate how osteokinematic movement patterns affect arthrokinematics of the hip joint. She will use previously collected data to evaluate how differences in movement patterns correlate with differences in hip joint arthrokinematics.

Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, SPH: Dr. Naimi pursue a mini-sabbatical with the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia. He will be working with Drs. Timothy Stockwell and Jinhui Zhao who are leading experts in life course analysis and the use of longitudinal cohort data.
Ioannis Paschalidis, MS, PhD, Professor Biomolecular Engineering: Dr. Paschalidis will spend the time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) collaborating with groups specializing in medical informatics.
Fall 2016 Pilot Awards

In January, the CTSI announced the Fall 2016 pilot awards. The CTSI received 80 proposals from investigators across BU. A total of 39 investigators were awarded $360,000 in pilot awards funded by the BU-CTSI, Boston Medical Center; The BU School of Dental Medicine; The BU School of Medicine and the BU-BMC Cancer Center. 

Congratulations to all recipients! 

KL2  And TL1 Awards
Congratulations to: 

Tae Woo Park, MSC, MD -KL2
Title: "Distress Tolerance and Benzodiazepine Discontinuation in Opioid Agonist Therapy"

Traci Bethea, MPA, PhD - KL2
Title: "Assessing Aspirin and Breast Cancer Outcomes and the Effect of Genetic Variants"

Christopher Salas-Wight, PhD - KL2
Title: "Prevention of Substance Use and Violence among Latino Youth"

Ji Yi, PhD - KL2
Title: "Optical Phenotypes of Genetic Cancer Syndromes Using iPSC Organoids"

Louis Awad, PhD - KL2
Title: "Clinically-Accessible Solutions for Measuring Propulsion during Hemiparetic Gait"

Julie Morgan, MD - KL2
Title: "A Novel Approach to Hepatitis C Virus Testing in Resources - Limited Setting"

Amira Hussein, MD - TL1
Dr. Hussein received the 2017 ASBMR John Haddad Young Investigators Award.  
Training Opportunities training
Clinical Research Resources Office

5/10 Stephen Zalewski, PharmD, CCRC Manager

BMC Investigational Pharmacy Services
6/14 TBD Update on the BUMC/BMC Professionals Researchers Network

Upcoming Events events
All Day 

CReM (Center for Regenerative Medicine): Training Course in Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and Their Differentiation into Endoderm and Lung-Progeny

11 AM

Free Study Design and Statistical Analysis drop-in session
1 PM
REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) drop-in session
1 PM
BERD (Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design) Seminar: Janice Weinberg, ScD: When You Consult a Statistician...What to Expect

Research Recruitment & Retention- Round Table Discussions

Trialspark Recruitment Management
Elisha Wachman, MD Recruitment and retention of mothers with opioid use disorders and their infants, experience from
an RCT
Stacy Andersen, PhD Unique challenges in the recruitment of exceptionally long-lived individuals
For more information, please contact Jill MacRae.
Research Resources resources 
PRIDE Program - Coming Soon!
The Pathways to Research Independence (PRIDE) Program will encompass a number of activities and functions aimed at supporting the successful transitioning of early career researchers from mentored research career development awards to independent funding. The PRIDE Program will include workshops and opportunities for peer networking, individual goal setting and accountability, supplemental mentoring and mentoring oversight plus evaluation, planning and review of grants and grant timelines, and a research resource 'concierge' to help identify appropriate campus research resources. In addition, individuals towards the end of the mentored awards will be encouraged to participate in the Mentor Training Program.

Dr. Tuhina Neogi is a rheumatologist and epidemiologist whose research has focused primarily on risk factors for knee osteoarthritis and gout, pain mechanisms in knee OA, and methodologic issues of relevance for rheumatic diseases. In addition to research, clinical work, and teaching, she mentors trainees and junior faculty in musculoskeletal disease-related research.

Dr. Richard Wainford interests focus on the central neural control of fluid and electrolyte homeostasis and blood pressure regulation. His laboratory utilizes an integrated physiological, pharmacological, molecular, and gene-targeting approach to investigate the anti-hypertensive role(s) of central G-alpha-subunit proteins in the endogenous GPCR-activated pathways

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