ICTR Focus August 2016 Newsletter
In This Issue
  • New Director of ICTR's master's degree program
  • App for investigator-initiated research protocol development 
  • NRMN mentoring network update
  • New research funding opportunities 
CRTP Leadership Transition
Congratulations to Aileen McGinn PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health, who will be assuming the role of Director of the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP), the flagship MSc degree-granting program of the Einstein-Montefiore ICTR. After a decade of outstanding leadership of the CRTP, Dr. Ellie Schoenbaum  is stepping down as the program's director to focus on expanding Einstein’s successful programs in medical student research.

Dr. Schoenbaum became director of the CRTP in 2006, building upon her distinguished career in HIV/AIDS research and mentorship. During her tenure as director, Dr. Schoenbaum made substantial contributions to Einstein’s clinical research education landscape, and has overseen major enhancements to the CRTP curriculum, most notably its highly innovative and successful grant writing program, which she will continue to direct. As the CRTP’s new leader, Dr. McGinn will be undertaking a major transformation of our curriculum to create educational ‘tracks’ that reflect the full range of clinical/translational research at Einstein and Montefiore, from T1 (bench/bedside) to T4 (patient-centered outcomes research).

Dr. McGinn has driven major enhancements to the CRTP curriculum throughout her tenure as associate director since 2011, particularly in the quantitative and analytic skills education and team-based learning the program provides. CRTP Scholars have consistently credited Dr. McGinn as having a major and positive impact on their research career development, through her unique combination of rigor, high expectations, and consistent availability and assistance; indeed, graduating scholars have named her Teacher of the Year three times. 

A New Platform for Protocol Development

Come join the Office of Clinical Trials for a presentation of Protocol Builder, the innovative tool that makes writing investigator-initiated protocols faster and easier. This new mobile application is powered by the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY) and helps ensure protocols meet IRB and regulatory standards. This program will take place on Wednesday, August 3rd at 12pm in Tishman Learning Center, Room 1. For more information and to RSVP, click here

Save the Date: NYC RING Convocation

Over 100 New York City Research and Improvement Networking Group (NYC RING) participating clinicians and investigators will showcase the wide variety of practice-based research and quality improvement activities being conducted and to discuss opportunities for collaboration. J. Lloyd Michener MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University will be the Keynote Speaker. This event will take place on October 18th, 2016 from 4:30-7:30 in Grand Hall, Tishman Learning Center. For more information, click here

Virtual Research Mentoring
The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) has upgraded its portal to enhance user experience and expanded its Guided Virtual Mentorship application. This app allows mentors and mentees to interact with each other, engage in conversation and share challenges, and actively build their research network across the US. To create an NRMNet profile and take advantage of this Guided Virtual Mentorship, click here
Nursing Research at Montefiore
The next Lunch & Learn: Nursing Research: Obstacles and Opportunities, will focus on research career paths and managing the obstacles to conducting your own nursing clinical research. This program features Mary Tesoro, DNS, RN, BC, Professional Practice and Nursing Quality, and Farley Villarente, MS, RN, FNP, CNOR, Staff Nurse and Clinical Faculty, and will take place on Friday, July 29th at 12pm in Clinical Research Center Conference Room, Moses Research Tower, 4th floor. To learn more and RSVP, click here
Voices of the NIH Community
The Voices of the NIH Community, a national oral history project featuring 29 audio recordings, has recently been launched. This project includes stories from researchers, patients, loved ones, doctors, nurses, and NIH grantees and staff and reflect many facets of medical research. To listen to these stories and learn more about the project, click here
Spotlight on Success
Einstein-Montefiore translational and clinical investigators continue to succeed in obtaining funding. Some of these featured researchers are:

Jessica L. Zwerling MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatric Neurology 

Paul S. Frenette MD, Professor, Hematology and Cell Biology 

Robert Burk MD, Professor, Pediatric Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology, Gynecological Oncology, and Epidemiology & Population Health 

Bernice Morrow PhD, Professor, Genetics, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health, and Pediatric Cardiology 

Robert C. Kaplan PhD, Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health 

Bin Zhou MD, PhD, Professor, Genetics, Pediatrics, and Cardiology

Funding Opportunities 
Einstein-Montefiore Research in the Headlines 
Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research