ICTR December 2022 Newsletter                            
In This Issue

  • Mentored Career Development Award Applications Available
  • Clinical Research Training Program Applications Due March 1st
  • New Research Clinical Trials Website
  • Request a Letter of Support from the ICTR
  • Community Engagement Core Services and Resources
  • ICTR Faculty Promotions
  • New Grant Awardees
Applications for Mentored Career Development Awards Due February 6th
Applications for Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Career Development Awards are available now. These research career development awards, funded under a K12 mechanism, are sponsored by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH and the Einstein-Montefiore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). K12 awards provide institutional support for mentored research career development to investigators who have recently completed professional training and who are commencing basic, translational and/or clinical research. Each award will provide support for junior faculty (Instructor or Assistant Professor) with doctoral degrees who will devote the majority of their effort to clinical or translational research and training for 2 to 3 years.

The application must be uploaded via our web-based system no later than February 6, 2023, through the portal here. To view the call for applications, click here.

Administrative questions should be addressed to Ms. Nancy Marte, [email protected], or (718) 430-4008. 
Programmatic questions should be addressed to the program co-directors: Michal Melamed, MD, MHS, Professor of Medicine, [email protected] (718) 430-2304; or Paul Marantz, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Clinical Research Education, [email protected], (718) 430-4187.
Clinical Research Training Program Applications Due March 1st
The Einstein Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) is funded by the NIH under the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) and will be accepting applications January 1st through March 1st 2023.
This 2-year program consists of a didactic curriculum, emphasizing epidemiology, biostatistics, data analysis, grant writing, and research ethics; and a faculty mentored experience in clinical research, leading to the preparation of a thesis. Scholars successfully completing this program will earn a Master of Science in Clinical Research Methods.

There are expanded course offerings for research methodologies across the translational spectrum in:
·         Population & Clinical Sciences
·         Patient Centered Outcomes Research
·         Bench to Bedside Translational Research

CRTP scholars are drawn from all of Einstein’s medical specialties and subspecialties, including those interested in clinical investigation across the entire translational research spectrum, from mechanistic studies to population-based and health services research. The comprehensive program combines didactic learning and coursework with a mentored research experience.

We invite all qualified candidates to apply to the CRTP program beginning January 1st. If you are unsure if you should apply, contact the CRTP office for guidance. For more information and to apply, click here. For questions, please contact [email protected].
New Research and Clinical Trials Website
Montefiore Einstein has launched a new Research and Clinical Trials website to highlight all the research happening at our institution. You can browse by category, age, recruitment status, and trial phase. Each study page includes a brief summary of the trial and study contact information.

Feel free to share widely with anyone you know who may be interested in participating in a clinical trial!
Request a Letter of Support from the ICTR
Do you have an upcoming grant and would like to request a Letter of Support from the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research? The ICTR has created a portal where investigators can now submit a request for a Letter of Support. When filling out the request form make sure to have available your:

  • Research Funding Announcement (RFA) Number
  • Submission Deadline
  • Project Title
  • Specific Aims (attachment)
  • Listing of PI's & co-PI's
  • Letter of Consideration Draft (if applicable)
Community Engagement Core Offers Services
The ICTR's Community Engagement Core works to ensure community engagement occurs across the full spectrum of clinical and translational research. The Core provides consultative services and facilitates research in health disparities, health outcomes, behavioral interventions, community participatory research, and health services research. Services available through the Core include:

  • Community Engagement Studios
  • Community Advisory Boards
  • Bridging Research, Accurate Information and Dialogue (BRAID)
  • Consultations to increase diversity in research studies
  • Spanish Translation
  • Catalytic Seed Grants

The Core is led by Carmen Isasi MD, PhD, Earle Chambers PhD, MPH, and Hal Strelnick MD. To request services, click here. To learn more about the Community Engagement Core, click here.
Research Community News
CIRTIfication: Community Involvement in Research Training
CIRTIfication is a unique, self-paced online training program in human research protections is tailored to the unique roles of community research partners. This course, available in English and Spanish, provides an overview of research ethics and protections to enhance our community partners’ understanding of the research process to promote meaningful engagement.

Community partners, advocates, Community Health Workers, and others are encouraged to take advantage of this training at no charge. To get started, please email [email protected].

Note: If individuals qualify to be listed on the IRB for a particular study, they should complete CITI training to ensure the institutionally required human subject projections training is completed.
2023-2024 Montefiore Einstein 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 2023-2024 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(s) from all departments are encouraged to apply. Training will begin on July 1, 2023.  
This program’s curriculum (3-4 hours required per week) includes: a Health Technology Innovation seminar series and small group sessions; a health technology innovation project; mentoring from Montefiore Einstein faculty and external experts; and an end-of-program pitch presentation. For more information, visit the program’s website.  
Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested in applying. To indicate your interest in applying and to request the application packet, please e-mail Dr. Jariwala ([email protected]). The application deadline is February 1, 2023. 
December Virtual Library Classes
The D. Samuel Gottesman Library at Einstein will offer upcoming classes on Zoom. Click the links to register:

Thursday, December 8, 3:00-4:00 - https://libcal.einsteinmed.edu/event/9903822

PMCIDs & Your Publications: NIH Public Access Policy Compliance
Friday, December 9, 10:00-11:00 - https://libcal.einsteinmed.edu/event/9848004

Doing a Systematic Review: What to Think About
Wednesday, December 14, 3:00-4:00 - https://libcal.einsteinmed.edu/event/9925904

EndNote: Getting Started
Thursday, December 15, 10:00-11:00 - https://libcal.einsteinmed.edu/event/9925904

Thursday, December 15, 10:00-11:00 - https://libcal.einsteinmed.edu/event/9907683

Tuesday, December 20, 3:00-4:00 - https://libcal.einsteinmed.edu/event/9665655
Third Annual XSeed Award Program 2022-2023
The call to submit proposals for the third XSeed Grant Award Program for the 2022-2023 cycle is now open. The grant is funded by Deerfield Management Company (a healthcare investment firm, NYC) and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Einstein faculties have been winners of the award for both the first and second years of the program in a row. 

Unlike previous years, this time there will be only two awards given for a higher prize amount of $250,000. Additionally, the program is not limited by any specific disease area or indication, instead the emphasis is on advancing novel ideas in the life sciences area. The program is open to all stages of development, early stage of development, with or without formation of a company. For more information click here.  

The deadline for submission is January 16, 2023. 

It is strongly advised that you engage the Office of Biotechnology and Business Development before you submit. This is to ensure that you ONLY disclose NON-CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION, otherwise it might jeopardize future intellectual property (IP) protection. Please contact Nilam Sinha, PhD [email protected]; Tel: (718) 430-3421.  
Upcoming Science Meets Business Seminar
The Office of Biotechnology and Business Development presents the Science Meets Business Seminar: Orientation to Resources and Services Available at University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) on Tuesday, December 20th at 1pm on Zoom.

To register for this seminar, click here.
Spotlight on Success
Two ICTR Faculty members have recently received promotions:

Aileen McGinn PhD, Clinical Research Training Program Director, has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (Biomedical & Bioethics Research Training)

Parsa Mirhaji MD, PhD, Health Informatics Core Director, has been promoted to Research Professor in the Department of Genetics
Montefiore Einstein investigators continue to succeed in obtaining funding. Some of these investigators with new grant awards are (from left to right):

Michal Melamed MD, Professor, Departments of Nephrology, Pediatrics (Pediatric Nephrology), and Epidemiology & Population Health (Epidemiology), Kimberly Reidy MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Pediatric Nephrology), Chandan Guha MBBS, PhD, Professor, Departments of Radiation Oncology, Pathology, and Urology, Anne Van Arsdale MD, Associate Professor, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health (Gynecological Oncology) and Genetics, Richard Kitsis MD, Professor, Departments of Medicine (Cardiology) and Cell Biology, Benjamin Hayes MD, MSW, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), Vilma Gabbay MD, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Neuroscience, Anjali Sharma MD, MS, Professor, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), Joan Berman PhD, Professor, Departments of Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology, Viraj Patel MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), Uriel Felsen MD, MS, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), and Kira Gritsman MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Departments of Oncology (Medical Oncology), Medicine (Oncology & Hematology), and Cell Biology.
Funding Opportunities
Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research