Letter From the President: Future Perspectives
This month, I want to write about the glue that holds the research enterprise together. I believe the glue is the stakeholders—the agencies that fund our work, the investigators who design the studies, the coordinators who facilitate the projects and manage them, the technicians and research assistants who make things happen, the people who handle the fiscal and regulatory aspects, and the students, who are the next generation of scientists. But the most important stakeholder is the community member who participates in our research. How often do we ask the community what topics are relevant to them? How easy do we make it for everyone to participate? Do we know if our study methods are acceptable and feasible to the people who will be asked to participate? Will we be compensating them appropriately? Do we solicit feedback from them when we deconstruct the project?
Our community engagement program, facilitated by Community Health Workers, meets people where they are in the community and assesses people’s health needs and concerns for two reasons—so they can be linked to medical and social services that are needed, and so they can be offered opportunities to hear about research studies approved by our IRB. Almost everyone is interested in participating in research (97%) and 50% of people are navigated to a study. While that is high, we have also noted that people cannot get into studies because there are none for them, locations and times are inconvenient, or they have no way to get there. We work on these barriers every day.
Our communities are struggling with many stressors right now. It is our duty, more than ever, to holistically address our communities’ concerns and conditions so we can be trustworthy partners.
Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE
Save the Date: Translational Science 2023
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Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program
The National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Lasker Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2022-23 Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program. The program supports clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers, to promote their development to fully independent positions. Lasker Scholars are appointed as independent, tenure-track level investigators in the NIH Intramural Research Program for 5 years, followed by 3 years of funding at an extramural research institution (up to $500,000 direct costs per year) or continued appointment in the intramural program. Candidates must have a clinical doctoral degree and a professional license to practice in the United States, and cannot already have obtained tenure at a research institution. The application deadline is June 24, 2022.
More information can be obtained at the Lasker Scholar website, or by contacting Dr. Chuck Dearolf at LaskerScholar@nih.gov.
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