ICTR Focus June 2017 Newsletter                                                       

In This Issue

  • CRTP Graduation 
  • New Event: Science of Aging Hack-A-Thon 2017
  • Increase Enrollment in Clinical Trials
  • Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare at Montefiore
  • New funding opportunities 
    2017 CRTP Graduation 
    The 18th commencement of the Master of Science (MSc) in Clinical Research Methods through the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) t ook place on May 24th at the Pelham/Split Rock Golf Course where graduates were honored, along with their mentors and their families . The CRTP graduates come from all specialties and career stages, and have been trained in clinical research methods across the translational spectrum through didactic learning and coursework with a mentored research experience. Graduates include (from left to right): 

    Molly Findley DO, MPH, MSc - Family Planning Physician, postpartum contraception

    Rebecca Mahn MD, MSc - 2017 Medical Student graduate, preconception and low birth weight

    Thomas J. Ow MD, MS, MSc - ENT Cancer Surgeon, NCL2 in head and neck squamous cell cancer

    Thomas Butler MD, MSc - Transplant Surgeon, delayed graft function in kidney transplants

    Mellanie Springer MD, MSc - Stroke Neurologist, race/ethnic disparities in ischemic stroke

    Keith Downing MD, MSc - Gynecologic Surgeon, markers for post-partum elastic fiber degradation

    Daniele Massera MD, MSc - Cardiologist, valvular calcification in older people

    Jonathan Ross MD, MSc - General Medicine, HIV care among undocumented immigrants

    James Meltzer MD, MSc - Pediatric ED Physician, CT in children with blunt trauma

    Alexander Hogan MD, MSc - Pediatric Hospitalist, radiation exposure of premature infants

    Ladan Golestaneh MD, MSc - Adult Nephrologist, determinants of readmission in ESRD patients

    Science of Aging Hack-A-Thon 2017: Graduate Division and MSTP

    Einstein’s inaugural Hackathon is set for July 24th and 25th 2017 in Lubin Auditorium and all are invited to attend! A hackathon is traditionally known as an intense competition that involves “hacking”, but this is actually an event that celebrates the value that comes from applying out-of-the-box creative thinking to a problem that is solved by a team under a limited time frame. The hackathon, titled “Can *We* Hack the Fountain of Youth?” will be centered on the science of aging where data sets and scientific questions to tackle will be made available. Interested participants, regardless of coding experience, can form their own teams, or register and join a team. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams by a panel of judges. This event is sponsored by the Sue Golding Graduate Division and the MSTP program. For more information please contact Dr. Jessica Mar and stay tuned for registration details to be released around campus.

    Increase Recruitment in Clinical Trials
    Register now for the upcoming course, Boosting Recruitment: Increasing Enrollment in your Clinical Research Trials, featuring Jennifer Ayala, Education Coordinator of the Office of Clinical Trials. This event is presented by the Office of Clinical Trials and will take place on Wednesday, May 31st in the Tishman Learning Center, Room 1 at the Moses Campus.  

    To register, click here.  
    AI Increases Adherence to Anticoagulation Therapy
    An ischemic stroke clinical trial at Montefiore led by Dr. Daniel Labovitz, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, has found that an artificial intelligence (AI) smartphone application developed by AiCure  delivered a 50 percent improvement in medication adherence. The trial was designed to randomize patients diagnosed with ischemic stroke and prescribed different medications and have them receive monitoring by an AI platform, which visually confirms medication ingestion and provides medication reminders and dosing instructions. Clinical staff received emails and text messages if medication dosages were late or missed or not taken in the correct dosage. The development of the smartphone platform was funded by NIH/ NCATS and the trial sponsored by AiCure. To learn more about this study and its outcomes,  click here.
    Inaugural Presidential Lecture
    The first Einstein-Montefiore Presidential Lecture will take place on Thursday, June 8th at 5:30 pm in Robbins Auditorium. The event will feature Dr. John S. Condeelis, Professor, Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology and Dr. Joseph A. Sparano, Professor, Department of Medicine (Oncology) and Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health. Dr. Condeelis will present "Multiphoton Intravital Imaging at Single Cell Resolution Reveals Mechanisms of Cancer Dissemination and Markers for Prognosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer Patients" and Dr. Sparano will present "A Bronx Tale of Another Sort: Pursuing Progress and Precision in Cancer Care".
    Partnering with Patients at the NIH

    The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the NIH is hosting its first Advocacy Day: Partnering with Patients for Smarter Science, on June 30th in Bethesda. This free event features a poster session, presentations and interactive activities for patients, caregivers, families, and patient advocacy groups. Follow the day on Twitter with #NCATSAdvocacyDay. To learn more and register, click here

    Spotlight on Success
    Einstein-Montefiore investigators continue to succeed in obtaining funding. One of these investigators with a new grant award is: Harris Goldstein MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Associate Dean for Scientific Resources, and Director, the new Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY Center for AIDS Research.
    Funding Opportunities 
    Research in the Headlines 
    Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research