Recently, the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), which funds both Harvard Catalyst and SMART IRB, announced that all 64 clinical and translational science centers (CTSA) have signed on to the SMART IRB authorization agreement. This agreement allows all participating study sites to rely on the review of one IRB for each study, making it possible to initiate multisite studies within weeks instead of months. Over 160 institutions across the US have signed on, and the goal is to continue to sign on hundreds more. Read more.
Recently, bioethics experts from the Petrie-Flom Center and Harvard Catalyst co-authored a new paper published in The American Journal of Bioethics that discusses the use of social media as a recruitment tool for research with humans. Read the abstract and summary here.
Mélissa Léger-Abraham, PhD, instructor, HMS, Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, is the recipient of the 2017 Program for Faculty Development and Diversity Inclusion Fellowship. This annual award is a two-year, non-degree fellowship for junior faculty, and is designed to provide release time from clinical and teaching demands at a key point in their career development. The fellowship provides $100,000 over a two-year period to support scholarly efforts.
Offered by Harvard Catalyst's Reactor Program, this pilot funding opportunity will provide up to $50,000 in funding plus access to the Targeted Secretion Inhibitor (TSI) technology platform created by the pharmaceutical company Ipsen. This opportunity will promote the design, development, and evaluation of novel TSIs for their potential clinical application in cancer, endocrine, neurological disorders, or pain. The goal is to expand the clinical potential for this novel class of biopharmaceuticals. To apply you must attend one of two educational events being offered in May. See the announcement in Harvard Catalyst Events for more information.
Harvard Catalyst's Reactor Program creates funding opportunities and a supportive environment that encourages clinical researchers to push their ideas in new directions and ultimately, successfully translate them into solutions that benefit patients. Recently, Reactor awarded $50,000 each to eight pilot awardees, and provided access to the Harvard Center for Biological Imaging (HCBI) for the use of Zeiss microscopes, and/or to the Center for Nanoscale Systems, which offers electron microscopy, nanoscale fabrication, and nanoscale analysis capabilities.
HARVARD CATALYST EDUCATION
This online course provides an overview of the NIH grant submission process, with a particular focus on the R01 and K career development grants. Instructors for the course include researchers who have successfully applied for NIH funding and researchers who have served on study sections.
Do you have an idea for a new or improved medical device, want to understand the medical device space, or hope to have a career in which you develop or use medical devices? This two-day course includes case discussions and interactive panel sessions that address the development process from determining clinical need through post-market surveillance.
This two-day course assists emerging clinical and translational investigators navigate the complexities of the mentoring dynamic. With an emphasis on the perspective of the mentee, this course explores the lifecycle of mentoring relationships through the presentation of case studies, lectures, and interactive sessions. Each session addresses critical issues such as expectations and responsibilities, pitfalls and challenges, communication, and career development.
Before starting their basic/translational research fellowships, clinical fellows and residents have the opportunity to participate in the MoD Boot Camp. This popular three-week course is offered annually, and includes group activities such as interactive lectures presented by leading faculty on their recent discoveries, reviews of topical updates in biomedical science by leaders in academia, and panel discussions, among others.
HARVARD CATALYST EVENTS
Wei Wang, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, HMS, BWH, will lead the April meeting of the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Journal Club. April 19, 12:30-1:30pm, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Building 2, Room 426. Please contact Jai Vartikar for call-in information.
This full-day interactive seminar sponsored by the Skills Development Center (SDC) at the Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC) explores the path by which a discovery becomes transformed through the stages of invention, commercialization, and large-scale deployment. Discussion topics include factors that influence commercial viability, various revenue models and pricing structures, and how the timing of a product launch can impact market success.
In a perfect world, the development and launch of new medical device products happens on schedule, under budget, with smooth review and approval from FDA, and goes on to hit record sales. In reality, the road is long and has many unexpected turns. This full-day offering from the Skills Development Center (SDC) at the Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC) explores the factors that can affect the success of innovations.
To apply for the funding opportunity “Retargeting Toxins for Oncology, Endocrinology, and Neurology/Pain” (see Harvard Catalyst Funding), you, or a member of your team, must register and attend one of two educational events to learn more about the TSI technology platform, its capability, and potential uses. May 16 & 17, 9:30-11:30am, HMS, Cannon Room, Building C. Registration is required. Further information about the event will be available after registration.
OTHER COURSES & EVENTS
April 7, 2017
The 2017 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Frontier Science Technology and Research Foundation Marvin Zelen Memorial symposium is a tribute to Richard Gelber on his 70th birthday. Please visit the website to register.
This two-day conference at the Radcliffe Institute will explore the relationship between sports and gender in the United States and around the world. Please visit the website for more information and to register.
April 11, 2017
Dietram Scheufele, PhD, MA, John E. Ross Professor and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will lead this talk as part of the Science Communication Series at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
April 14, 2017
Join us for a brainstorming session on how the BWH community can benefit from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)’s various funding opportunities. While the reauthorization is uncertain, the PCORI Trust Fund is currently funded through Sept. 30, 2019, and all projects initiated before then will be fully covered through their completion. There is no time like the present to apply for these remaining funds. Please visit the website to register.
April 16, 2017
MITxMake, a student-led festival of maker culture at MIT's Zesiger Center includes fun activities for kids and families – foldable robots, autonomous racing vehicles, and battle bots. Attend over 20 showcases including medical technology projects such as auto-alert wearable technology for vulnerable populations (elderly, infants, etc.), and a robotic chair designed for mixed-modality sitting and standing. Visit the website for more information and to buy tickets.
April 19, 2017
Hear two-time PCORI awardee, Lisa Iezzoni, discuss her research that has been funded through the Improving Healthcare Systems program. This forum is an opportunity to learn more about the type of research PCORI is funding and ask questions on how to create a successful proposal.
April 24-28, 2017
Develop the skills to implement radiation protection programs in biotechnology, university, hospital, medical laboratory, or commercial settings. Participants have the opportunity to gain 40 hours of training required for an RSO and receive a DOT and IATA Class 7 Radioactive Materials Shipping Certification.
April 25, 2017
Gesa Kirsch, PhD, will lead this lecture on Mary Bennett Ritter, MD, an early 20th-century woman physician, her cohort of Western women physicians, and the role of the Woman’s Medical Journal in creating and sustaining a large professional network of early women physicians. Presented by The Archives for Women in Medicine. Registration is required.
May 5, 2017
Presented by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, in partnership with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, this multidisciplinary symposium will provide cutting-edge information and best practices for diagnosis and treatment of shock/critical illness with topics including cardiac arrest, septic shock, pulmonary thromboembolism, and more. Please visit the website to register.
May 8, 2017
Organized by the Harvard Center for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Research, this symposium will provide updates on the most recent advances in the cilia-PKD field and progresses made in the past year by members of the PKD Center at several Harvard-affiliated institutions and other distinguished investigators in the field. Registration is free but seats are limited.
May 23, 2017
With the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first heart transplant operation, performed by South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard in December 1967, Professor Shelley McKellar examines cardiac transplantation alongside the development of artificial hearts as replacement therapies for heart failure patients during the 1960s. Presented by the Boston Medical Library.
May 31-June 2, 2017
Whether the Affordable Care Act is repealed, replaced, or re-worked, healthcare professionals need to anticipate how health reform will impact their organizations, employees, and patients. Learn from the nation’s top experts on how to prepare for the future of health policy under the new administration.
July 10-14, 2017
This program focuses on how to anticipate, evaluate, prevent, and control a wide range of hazards in the workplace. Participants receive a comprehensive introduction to industrial hygiene and gain skills to improve employee health and safety, and reduce costs associated with health-related productivity loss.
July 12-13, 2017
Please visit the website for more information and to register. For questions, please contact the NORC-H.