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Career Development

Novel Approaches to Successful Grant Writing
Speakers: Jeffrey Engler, PhD, Council of Graduate Schools

Learn a novel way for teaching and learning the skill of writing NIH-style research proposals. Attention will also be given to key elements of transitioning from K to R funding.

Successful Career Destinations for Translational Researchers
Moderator: Anthony Windebank, MD, Mayo Clinic
Speakers: Richard McFarland PhD, MD, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute | Alexandra Greenberg-Worisek, PhD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Explore several successful career pathways for translational researchers that are not the traditional academic, principal investigator model.

Leadership Development: Effective Communication and Conflict Management
Moderator: Irena Tartakovsky, MD, MS, AAMC
Speakers: Constance M. Filling, EdD, AAMC | Deborah L. Helitzer, ScD, Arizona State University

Learn and experiment with specific conflict-management behaviors that are associated with effective leaders in team science.

How to Write a Successful Career Development (K) Award
Moderator: Kathryn Sandberg, PhD, Georgetown-Howard Universities
Speakers: Speakers: Jason G. Umans, MD, PhD, Georgetown - Howard Universities

Understand the key requirements of a successful KL2 application including the critical ingredients of a successful KL2 mentorship team and how to avoid common pitfalls made by applicants in unsuccessful KL2 applications.

Improving Research Mentoring Relationships from the Middle
Speakers: Speakers: Christine Pfund, University of Wisconsin | Christine Sorkness, PharmD, University of Wisconsin

CTSA K scholars and T trainees often find themselves serving roles as both research mentor and mentee. Through small group activities, case study discussions, and links to online resources, participants will reflect on their dual roles.

Broad Career Development Plans for Clinical and Translational Scientists
Moderator: Michael Schivo, MD, MAS, University of California, Davis
Speakers: Emma Meagher, MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | Fredrick J. Meyers, MD, MACP, University of California, Davis

New scientists may not fit in the paradigm of traditional academics. This session aims to illustrate broad career development plans for today's clinical and translational scientist trainees.

Enabling Entrepreneurship
Moderator: Stephen Ekker, PhD, Mayo Clinic
Speakers: Speakers: Molly Wasko, PhD, University of Alabama Birmingham

During this session, you will hear about resources available through nine NCATS hubs for training in entrepreneurship. They will demonstrate the I-Corps methodology developed by the National Science Foundation and engage session participants in real-world entrepreneurial experiences.

Diversity Matters: Biostatisticians' Contributions to Increasing the Diversity and Success of the Clinical Investigator Workforce
Emma K T Benn, DrPH, MPH, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Speakers: Speakers: Felicity Enders, PhD, MPH, Mayo Clinic | Sally W. Thurston, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center

This panel will highlight strategies employed by biostatisticians to enhance recruitment of diverse, STEM-trained individuals into the clinical investigator workforce, and increase the retention and success of diverse, clinical investigators.

Using Big Data and Network Science to Measure CTSA Impact
Speakers: Jason Owen-Smith, PhD, MBA, University of Michigan School of Medicine | Raffaele Vacca, PhD, University of Florida

Gain a deeper understanding of unique data infrastructure for evaluating the work of CTSAs, focusing on trainee career outcomes & a network science initiative to study faculty collaborations and interdisciplinary team science.


How to Write a Successful F-Award
Speakers: Linda M McManus, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio | Stephen Ekker, PhD, Mayo Clinic

Learn how to put together a successful application for a NIH F-award to support their pre-doctoral research as a PhD or MD-PhD student or as a postdoctoral fellow.

Development of New Tools for Evaluation of Training
Moderator: Thomas Perorazio, PhD, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Speakers: Carolyn T. Jones, DNP, MSPH, Ohio State University College of Nursing | Karen Weavers, M.Ed., Mayo Clinic

Two perspectives: One project aims to enable indexing, classifying, and discovery of tools in practice across the CTSA; Another demonstrates leveraging LMS collaboration tools for skill assessment and knowledge checks.

State-of-the-Art Methods for Analyzing Randomized Clinical Trials: Case Studies and Software
Speakers: Daniel Oscar Scharfstein, ScD, John Hopkins | Michael Aaron Rosenblum, PhD, John Hopkins

Hear about two methods for improving the analysis of randomized trials: covariate adjustment to increase precision and reduce bias; sensitivity analysis for reporting results in the presence of missing outcome data.

Health Equity and Community Engagement

Utilizing Patient Stakeholders when Designing Clinical Research
Moderator: Cherry Wongtrakool, MD, Emory University
Speakers: Yvonne Lin, MD, MS, Genentech-Roche

Discover innovative ways to engage patient stakeholders in clinical research, including design and execution of clinical studies.

A Community-Academic Translational Research and Learning Collaborative to Evaluate the Associations Among Biological, Social and Nutritional Status For Adolescent Women and their Babies Using Electronic Health Records (EHR) Data
Moderator: Milton Eder, PhD, University of Minnesota CTSI
Speakers: Yvonne Rhonda G. Kost, MD, Rockefeller University | Jonathan N Tobin, PhD, Clinical Directors Networks, Inc.

Gain insight on strategies and infrastructure of a Community-Academic Collaborative to evaluate biological, social and nutritional factors affecting adolescent women and offspring using EHR data for hypothesis generation and testing.

Eliminating Disparities by Improving Health Outcomes - Case Studies in Optimal Experiences Translating Science into Practice
Moderator: Iuliana Shapira; MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Speakers: Carla Boutin-Foster, MD, SUNY Downstate | Eliseo J. Perez-Stable, MD, NIMHD

Learn from the experts success stories in clinical and translational research with minorities and underrepresented populations.

From Data to Daily Life: Tools for Translating Research and Knowledge into Practice
Moderator: Linda Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE, University Of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Speakers: Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD, University of California, Davis | Paris Davis, PhD, MBA, TRCDO/Pastors4PCO

Explore how community engaged research must account for the context of research activities when generating, implementing and disseminating evidence, practices and projects.

Community Health Needs Assessments: Catalyst for Community Engaged Research?
Moderator: Milton Eder, PhD, University of Minnesota CTSI
Speakers: Philip M. Alberti, Ph.D., Association of American Medical Colleges | Paula Fleisher, MA, University of California, San Francisco | Michelle Lyn, MBA, MHA, Duke University

Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) provide academic health centers opportunities to engage communities. This panel explores using a CHNA to create a social contract, including planning clinical research activities.

Science, Policy, and Health Outcomes Science

The Changing Regulatory Environment for Clinical Research: The Common Rule, Clinical Trials, and Addressing Regulatory Burden
Moderator: Jennifer K. Larsen, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Speakers: Heather Pierce, JD, MPH, AAMC | Gordon Bernard, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Receive an overview of the revised "Common Rule", new clinical trial regulations, and the "21st Century Cures Act", and see how institutions are navigating this new environment.

Dissemination and Implementation Research Bridging Research to Practice and Policies
Moderator: Kathleen Stevens, RN, EdD, FAAN, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Speakers: David Chambers, DPhil, NCI

Learn from the experts about the complex fit between evidence and evidence-based interventions and the diversity of community and clinical settings where health and health care is delivered.

The Role for Translational Science to Address the Opioid Crisis
Speakers: Nora Volkow, MD, NIDA | Chad Brummett, MD, University of Michigan School of Medicine

Gather knowledge on the opioid crisis, consider strategies to more effectively treat pain, limit inappropriate prescribing, and facilitate the return or disposal of unused opioids in the community.

AI and Machine Learning in Clinical Research: Experience in Implementation
Moderator: Robert Kimberly, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Speakers: Michael Liebman, PhD, IPQ Analytics | Beth DiGiullian, MS, Booze Allen Hamilton

This session focuses on experience with AI technologies in clinical and research environments, emphasizing lessons learned and how these experiences should shape future development of AI and machine learning in medicine.

Biomedical Research in the New Administration

Attend a discussion of policies affecting biomedical research and its funding Washington insiders.

Regulatory Science and Translational Methods

Optimizing the Development and Deployment of Clinical Prediction Algorithms in the Electronic Health Record
Moderator: Susan Perkins, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine
Speakers: Chris Lindsell, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center | Peter Embi, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI and the Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Review current practices for working with electronic health records to develop clinical prediction algorithms, and we explore approaches to implementation of the algorithms into electronic workflow.

CTSA One Health Alliance: Understanding the Benefits of Natural Animal Models of Cancer and Cardiac Disease
Speakers: Carolyn Henry, DVM, MS, DACVIM | Kathryn Meurs, DVM, PhD, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

The mission of the CTSA One Health Alliance is to advance our understanding of diseases shared by humans and animals. We will focus this session on cancer and heart disease.

Emerging Role of Digital Medicine in Clinical & Translational Science
Scott Steele, PHD, University of Rochester Medical Center
Speakers: Rob Califf, MD, Duke University School of Medicine | Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA, University of Rochester Medical Center

Explore current and future approaches to utilize digital medicine for research and clinical applications. It will highlight both opportunities and challenges to advance these technologies to ultimate approval and adoption.

Optimizing Use of REDCap in Research
Speaker: Jody Ciolino, PhD, Northwestern University

Outline the process of moving a research study database in REDCap from development through to production and live data capture, incorporating perspectives from each study team member.

Biostatistics and Data Science: Identifying their Complementary Roles in Clinical and Translational Research
Moderator: Nichole Carlson, UPhD, University of Colorado at Denver
Speakers: Tell Bennett, MD, University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics | Rickey Carter, PhD, Mayo Clinic

The speakers (a clinician/data scientist and biostatistician/data scientist) will share, through personal examples, their perspectives and experiences collaborating with investigators trained in biostatistics, informatics, computer science, and other quantitative fields.

Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Awards presented by Clinical Research Forum

This session will feature presentations from this year’s Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Award winners.

Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Awards presented by Clinical Research Forum

This session will feature presentations from this year’s Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Award winners.

Team Science

Serendipity in Science
Speakers: David Center, MD, Boston University | Garret Fitzgerald, MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Listen to renowned experts present how serendipity shaped their science and careers.

Increasing Effective Research Collaboration: Novel Team Science Approaches
Moderator: Thomas Perorazio, PhD, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Speakers: Maritza Salazar Campo, PhD, MSW, University of California, Irvine

Develop better training and assessment methods for scholars in team science. Programs identify practical steps for training in specific domains, and assessment methods for measuring successful collaborations.

Innovations in Academic-Industry Partnerships
Moderator: Michael Schivo, MD, MAS, University of California, Davis
Speakers: Michael Liebman, PhD, IPQ Analytics | Nicholas Sarlis, MD, PhD, FACP, Sellas Life Sciences Group

Academics often collaborate with industry to develop therapeutics and devices; however, different goals, processes and constraints exist. This session highlights these unique aspects in support of developing a more effective partnership.

Team Science to Advance Translational Research
Speakers: Allan Brasier, MD, UTMB | Husseini Manji, MD, FRCPC, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

The session will highlight the characteristics of collaborative teams in advancing translational science, including approaches to enhance team science and lessons from industry teams involved in drug development and discovery.

Broadly Engaged Team Science
Moderator: Harry Selker, Tufts University

Stay tuned for more information!

Translational Science, Policy and Health Outcomes Science

Rigor and Reproducibility in Translational Science
Moderator: Kathryn Sandberg, PhD, Georgetown-Howard Universities
Speakers: Alex L. Kolodkin, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine | Alison Farrell, PhD, Nature Medicine

This session will explore some of the current challenges related to rigor and reproducibility in translational science and highlight approaches that have been utilized to address this issue.

Precision Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities to Advance Personalized Medicine (AAMC)
Moderator: Robert Kimberly, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Speakers: Matthew Might, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham | Jacqueline Corrigan-Curay, JD, MD, CDER

This session will explore genomics, deep clinical phenotyping and drug discovery / repurposing in advancing individualized clinical therapeutics and advancing these insights through ultimate approval and adoption in clinical care.