ICTR January 2023 Newsletter                            
In This Issue

  • ICTR Pilot Project Program Applications Due February 23rd
  • Mentored Career Development Award Applications Due February 6th
  • Clinical Research Training Program Applications Due March 1st
  • Biostatistics Resources Available through the BERD Core
  • Apply for Spring Human Genetics Course
  • Request a Letter of Support from the ICTR
Open Applications
Funding Opportunity: ICTR Pilot Project Awards
The new Pilot Project Program of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) of the Einstein Montefiore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) invites all Einstein Montefiore faculty to apply for pilot funding to support Translational Science (TS) projects.

Projects supported by this program must address a translational roadblock and meet the definition of translational science research. You can learn more about TS research here.

The pilot program will support:
a) Generation of preliminary data, refinement of research strategies, demonstration of study feasibility, and establishment of proof of concept to support subsequent extramural grant applications of projects in translational science.
b) Early-stage development of new research methodology and/or new therapy/technologies/tools/ resources with generalizable application to an identified translational roadblock that will advance translational science and thus increase the efficiency and effectiveness of translation.

Those interested in applying are strongly encouraged to consult with the ICTR Pilot Program Directors, Sofiya Milman, MD ([email protected]) and Sylvia Suadicani, PhD ([email protected]) to determine if projects meet criteria for funding by this program.

Awards are for one year, up to $40,000 in direct cost. Proposals are due on February 23rd, 2023 at 5 pm ET. To learn more about applying for a Pilot Project Award, click here.
Applications for K12 Mentored Career Development Awards Available
Applications for the K12 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].

The CRTP is currently hosting its annual poster presentation through a virtual platform! Click here to view the CRTP poster presentations from some of the members of our CRTP classes of 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 without having to walk along Main Street. Featured below are the 2022 CRTP scholars.
Around the ICTR
Biostatistics Support Available at the BERD House
The Biostatistics Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Core has an online resource available, BERD House. This portal has resources on preparing a data set, statistical methods, statistics software, and statistics training opportunities. Additionally, faculty are encouraged to attend virtual walk-in hours over Zoom every Tuesday 3-5pm. BERD is led by Dr. Mimi Kim, Director of the ICTR BERD Core and Director of Quantitative Sciences in the Biomedical Research Center and Dr. Melissa Fazzari, Associate Director of the ICTR BERD Core. To learn more about BERD House, the BERD resource, or other ICTR resources, click here.
Apply Now: Human Genetics Course
The Clinical Research Training Program has space available in its elective course Human Genetics. Human Genetics will be offered on Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 during the Spring Semester (February to April 2023). Applicants will be accepted on a first come first served basis. This course will consist of lectures covering a broad range of topics in human genetics. This course, taught by Dr. Herb Lachman, will take place virtually via Zoom. By the end of the course, students will be able to intelligently read and interpret molecular and genetic findings related to their areas of interest. To apply, contact [email protected].
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)
Research Community News
Sexual and Gender Minority Health Grand Rounds
The division of General Medicine will be hosting an upcoming Sexual and Gender Minority Health Grand Rounds on Friday, January 6th at 12:30 on Cultural Awareness in Providing Therapy for Transgender and Non-Binary Youth, featuring Michelle D. Collins-Ogle MD, FAAP, FPIDS, AAHIVS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Pediatrics Infectious Diseases and Pediatrics and Adolescent HIV). To attend, click here for Zoom information.
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. 
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.  
Spotlight on Success
The ICTR would like to congratulate one of its faculty members, Michael Rinke MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics for his appointment of Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Rinke is also the Director of the Health Research Implementation Core in the ICTR.
Montefiore Einstein investigators continue to succeed in obtaining funding. Some of these investigators with new grant awards are (from left to right):

Earle Chambers PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Departments of Family and Social Medicine, Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science), and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Tim Duong PhD, Professor, Departments of Radiology, Biochemistry, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, and Neuroscience, Carlos Rodriguez MD, MPH, Professor, Departments of Medicine (Cardiology) and Epidemiology & Population Health (Epidemiology) and Ari Moskowitz MD, Professor, Department of Medicine (Critical Care).
Research in the Headlines
Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research