ICTR December 2021 Newsletter                            
In This Issue

  • New Updates in the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Implementation Science Grand Rounds December 15th
  • Life Course Research Toolkit Available
  • Spotlight on Success - New NIH Translational or Clinical Research Grants
New ICTR Updates
Mimi Kim ScD, has been appointed the Associate Director of the Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Translational and Clinical Research at Einstein and Montefiore (ICTR), which is funded by the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) from the NIH. Dr. Kim is a Professor Epidemiology & Population Health (Biostatistics), Division Head, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health Division of Biostatistics, Director of the Biostatistics Epidemiology and Research Design Core of the ICTR, and Director of the Quantitative Sciences in Biomedical Research Center. Dr. Kim joins Associate Director, Dr. Paul Marantz, and Director, Dr. Marla Keller as the faculty leadership team of the ICTR.
Matthew Abramowitz, MD, MS, has been named Director of the Einstein-Montefiore Biomarker Analytic Research Core and Biorepository Core of the ICTR. Dr. Abramowitz is a longstanding user of the BARC/BioR services for supporting clinical & translational research. His research focuses on the effects of chronic kidney disease on skeletal muscle physiology and physical function, and has been funded by the ICTR, the American Society of Nephrology, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Abramowitz was recently awarded a $3.5 million R01 grant from the NIH to study mechanisms of physical function decline in patients with kidney disease. The grant will fund a 5-year study to investigate alterations in the skeletal muscle of adults with kidney disease and the changes that occur after patients start dialysis. This study has the potential to influence the care of patients with kidney failure and to shed light on the causes of functional impairment in this population. Dr. Abramowitz is an Associate Professor in the department of Medicine (Nephrology).
The ICTR has promoted Jeff LaFleur MA as the new Translational Core Director for the Biomarker Analytic Research Core and the Biorepository, both directed by Dr. Matthew Abramowitz. Jeff was previously the Translational Core Administrator and prior to joining the ICTR, Jeff's experience at Einstein-Montefiore included a position with the Almo Laboratory/Macromalecular therapeutics facility (Biochemistry) and with the Cancer Center. To learn more about our cores, click here.
Upcoming Implementation Science Grand Rounds on December 15th
The next upcoming Implementation Science Grand Rounds will be held on December 15th 1-2pm featuring Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy, Public Health Leadership Associate Professor, Public Health Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. If you haven't been able to attend Implementation Science Grand Rounds in the past, or you would like to rewatch, you can click here to watch all of the recorded meetings from the past year on the new Health Research Implementation Science Grand Rounds webpage.

To join the meeting, click here.To learn more, click here.
Life Course Research Toolkit
Life course research embraces the complexity of health and disease development, tackling the interactions between genetics and the environment over a lifetime. Recent advances in computational analytics, computer science, and data collection allow for the integration of a “life course” theoretical framework and complexity science for understanding health and development across the lifespan.

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science Award Life Course Working Group has designed six webinars as part of a webinar series, Charting the Life Course: an Interdisciplinary Blueprint as the foundation to a visual life course research toolkit that will introduce investigators to conducting life course research with complexity science. 

To view all six webinars and watch other videos from the Life Course Research Visual Toolkit, click here.
Inclusion of Older Adults in Clinical Research Workshop
The Research Centers Collaborative Network in partnership with the CTSA Working Group on Inclusion of Older Adults as a Model of Special Populations has created a workshop, Inclusion of Older Adults in Clinical Research. This library of PowerPoint slides and other presentation materials is intended to serve as a resource for persons delivering presentations aiming to heighten and facilitate older adult inclusion in clinical and translational research. To learn more about this workshop and view the resource library, click here.
Single IRB Requirements and Process
As of January 2020 the NIH has mandated the use of a Single or Central IRB for federally funded, multi-site trials. Review the Single IRB requirements and process on Einstein’s Office of Human Research Affairs webpage to learn more, and email [email protected] or call 718-430-2237 with any questions you may have.    
Research Community News and Updates
Innovation Biodesign Training Program
The Montefiore Einstein Innovation Leadership Team is excited to announce a call for applications for the Innovation Biodesign Training Program’s 2022-2023 cycle. This one-year program is a unique experience to train the next generation of physician innovators and encourages the development and validation of digital health technologies. This initiative is only the sixth Innovation Biodesign Training Program in the U.S. and the first to focus on chronic conditions and health disparities. Attending physicians and residents and fellows in the research training year are encouraged to apply. Training will begin on July 1, 2022.
This program’s curriculum (approximately 3-4 hours per week) includes: a Health Technology Innovation seminar series and small group sessions; a ‘clinical immersion’ experience; a technology-oriented scholarly project; and mentoring from Montefiore Einstein faculty and external experts. For more information, visit the program’s website.
To indicate your intent to apply and to request the application packet, please e-mail Dr. Jariwala ([email protected]). The application deadline will be February 1, 2022.
Health Tech Innovation Seminar
The upcoming Montefiore Einstein Health Tech Innovation Seminar will be held on Thursday December 16, 2021 at 5:15 PM. The topic will be Technology Validation and Key Performance Indicators with speakers:
Pooja Aysola, MD, MBA. Senior Director of Clinical Operations, Wheel. Emergency Medicine Physician and Director of ED Quality, Steward Health Care.
Therese Canares, MD, MBA. Assistant Professor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Digital Health Innovation. CEO & Founder, CurieDx.
Please register in advance for this meeting through this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail (please check the Spam folder) with information about joining the meeting.
All about Cayuse: Portals for Grant Proposal Development, Routing and Submission
An upcoming workshop, All About Cayuse: Portals for Grant Proposal Development, Routing and Submission, will take place on December 8th from 10-11am. This interactive zoom workshop will provide user guidance for our recently upgraded Cayuse grant submission portal. It is open to trainees at all career levels, faculty members and administrators. The presentations will include live demonstration of the software and clarify the specific roles and significance of Cayuse SP and Proposals 424 in proposal development, mandatory routing for internal approval and submission. Please join us to learn about Cayuse and discuss your questions and/or concerns with the speakers. To register for this workshop, click here.
Spotlight on Success
Einstein-Montefiore investigators continue to succeed in obtaining funding. Some of these investigators with new grant awards are (from left to right):

Sofiya Milman MD, MS, Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine (Endocrinology) and Genetics, Joe Verghese MBBS, MS, Professor, Departments of Neurology and Medicine (Geriatrics)
Research in the Headlines
Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research