ICTR April 2024 Newsletter                            


In This Issue

Upcoming Events

  • Implementation Science Seminar April 8th
  • Translational Science Day May 10th
  • R Programming and Tidyverse Workshop May 14th

Around the ICTR

  • Reach for the First R01 Workshop applications due April 19th
  • Clinical Research Resource available for your Study
  • Free Spanish translation resource for K awardees

Implementation Science Seminar April 8th

The ICTR invites you to the upcoming Implementation Science seminar, Practical Implementation Science for Advancing Health Equity, featuring María Fernández, PhD on April 8th at 11am in Price 251 and on Zoom.


Dr. María Fernández has spent her career conducting participatory community-engaged research and practice to develop, evaluate, implement, and disseminate interventions to improve health and health equity. Her research focuses on cancer and chronic disease prevention and control among underserved populations in the U.S. and globally.


Dr. Fernández is an expert in dissemination and implementation (D&I) research, having served as a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health Study Section and as faculty for several national and international D&I training programs. Dr. Fernández has an extensive portfolio of global, federal, and state-funded research developing and improving evidence-based interventions and guidelines for the prevention and control of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in clinical and public health settings.

Monday, April 8th at 11am

Price Center/Block Research Pavilion, Room 251



Meeting ID: 718 430 3382

Translational Science Day May 10th

The Einstein Montefiore ICTR will be hosting Translational Science Day, alongside CTSA leaders at NYU and Columbia, that will be held on May 10th, 9:00am – 5:00pm at NYU Langone Health.

Network with colleagues from across the tri-state CTSA consortium to learn about translational science and how to turn research barriers into breakthroughs. The event includes speakers from NIH-NCATS and CTSA hubs who will provide an overview of translational science, how it applies to research, and how to succeed as a translational scientist. Attendees will also work in teams to address translational research barriers in an interactive shark tank pitch-off for prizes. Event participants will also have an exclusive opportunity to apply for a future cross-CTSA pilot award to fund work related to translational science.


Click here to RSVP by April 17th. Please email [email protected] with any questions. 

Introduction to R Programming and Tidyverse: One-Day Workshop

Join us for an immersive one-day introductory workshop on how to code in R, a powerful and popular open-source programming language and software environment specifically designed for statistical computing and graphics. R is widely used in biomedical research and other fields for the efficient handling, analysis, and visualization of large and heterogeneous data sets.

What to Expect

The session will start with an overview of R within the user-friendly R Studio environment. We will then dive into the language of Tidyverse – learning how to manipulate, explore, and summarize data using intuitive Tidyverse verbs such as filter and mutate. Attendees will then tackle programming challenges using real-world example data sets with guidance from instructors. The workshop will conclude with an introduction to ggplot2 that creates stunning data visualizations to communicate insights effectively.

Tuesday, May 14th 2024

9:30am – 4pm

Lubin Dining Hall


Who Should Attend:

Anyone in the Montefiore-Einstein community interested in learning how to code in R for data manipulation, basic data summaries, statistical analysis and data visualization.



Our workshop will be led by faculty from the Division of Biostatistics and ICTR BERD Core who have extensive experience in R programming and data analysis.


Registration is full but click here to be added to the waitlist. A registration fee of $20 covers the cost of instruction, lunch, and R coding book. 



For inquiries and further information, please contact Melissa Fazzari, PhD, MS, Associate Director, ICTR BERD and Division of Biostatistics ([email protected]

Around the ICTR

Reach for the First R01 Workshop

The ICTR invites junior faculty who conduct clinical or translational investigation to apply to take the Reach for the First R01 Workshop, available twice a year. Up to six junior investigators will be selected for the workshop and criteria for selection includes: departmental support, a target NIH institute for the grant, an evolved draft of specific aims and a competitive CV commensurate with a new PI (e.g., papers and K- grant). The upcoming workshop will take place during May-September 2024 on Wednesday afternoons on Zoom.

Junior faculty selected for this course must make a commitment to submit an R01 in September or October 2024. Applications are due by April 19th.

For more information on the program and how to apply, click here. Questions, contact [email protected].

Access the Clinical Research Resource

The Clinical Research Resource aims to provide dedicated, institution-supported space and staff to support clinical and translational research and enhance regulatory knowledge and support to improve compliance. The Resource also works to provide project-specific support to streamline recruitment, collaboration, ethical considerations, and other aspects of study start up and management. The Resource is managed by Dr. Matthew Abramowitz and can be accessed here.

Request service here

Free Spanish Translation Resource for K Awardees

The ICTR Community Collaborative Core offers its Spanish Translation Resource free of charge to Einstein Montefiore K Awardees. The Resource provides access to a fully-bilingual and certified Spanish-language translator who will translate research documents from English to Spanish and incorporate linguistic and culturally relevant considerations.


For more information on the Spanish Translation Resource please visit the ICTR Community Collaborative Core (CCC) website. To request translation services, please fill out the ICTR Service Request Form.

Click here to request service

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)
Request a Letter of Support here

Research Community News

2024-2025 Innovation Biodesign Training Program Call for Applications

The Montefiore Einstein Innovation Leadership Team is excited to announce a call for applications for the Innovation Biodesign Training Program’s 2024-2025 cycle. This one-year program is a unique experience to train the next generation of health technology innovators and encourages the development and validation of health technologies such as digital tools and devices. This initiative is only the sixth Innovation Biodesign Training Program in the United States and the first to focus on chronic conditions and health disparities.

Montefiore Einstein faculty and fellows from all departments are encouraged to apply to the Innovation Biodesign Training Program and residents can apply to the Innovation Training Pathway Program. Training will begin on July 1, 2024.


This program’s curriculum (3-4 hours required per week) includes: small group sessions, Innovation lab meetings, and a seminar series; a team-based health technology innovation project; mentoring from Montefiore Einstein faculty and external experts; and an end-of-program pitch presentation. All participants are required to have departmental sponsorship.


To indicate your interest in applying and to request the application packet, please e-mail Dr. Jariwala ([email protected]). The application deadline is April 15, 2024.

Biodesign Training Program
Resident Innovation Training Pathway

IP and Coffee Seminar: Careers in Science and Law: April 26th

Join the Office of Biotechnology and Business Development (OBBD) to celebrate the World IP day on April 26 with the seminar, Careers in science and law from the perspective of Einstein's IP Manager. The seminar will be presented by Einstein’s IP Manager, Mark Baron, J.D.

Time/Date: April 26, 2024 @ 1:00 PM

Click here to register.

Zoom Meeting ID: 962 6258 5576

Science Meets Seminar: May 7th

In the next installment of the series, sponsored by the Office of Biotechnology and Business Development, hear from Dan Passeri, CEO along with Dr. Steven Almo, Co-founder and Chair of Cue Biopharma, an Einstein startup company. During the seminar, the presenters will share the company’s journey in advancing Einstein discoveries into clinical development. 

Time/date: Hybrid event on May 7, 2024 @ 1:00 PM

In-person location: Price Lefrak Auditorium

Click here to register.

Meeting ID: 990 3292 6178

Cooperative Research Workshop: Reliance

The Office of Human Research Affairs (OHRA) will be hosting an in-person workshop on Reliance run by an expert in the field, Sehily Carlson (Assistant Director of Cooperative Research at OHRA). This initiative’s objective is to break down reliance in relation to the study review process. This workshop is targeted toward investigators, but open to anyone in the research community. This will take place on the Einstein campus on Wednesday, May 15th from 1-2pm. 

Registration Link: All About RelianceIf there are any questions, please contact Hope McCabe at [email protected].

To sign up for the OHRA newsletter, click here.

Cite the CTSA

The Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) is part of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Cite NIH funding in manuscripts, press releases, and other communication forums. All publications, press releases, or other documents that result from the utilization of any Einstein Montefiore CTSA resource are required to credit the CTSA grant and comply with NIH Public Access Policy (submission to PubMed Central). To learn more, click here.

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