Buffalo Translational Consortium News

CTRC Fellows Recognized at First Annual Clinical and Translational Research Colloquium

Posted on 10/23/11 at 10:54 am
Left--right: Rutao Yao, Steven Fliesler, Jun Qu, Timothy Murphy, Dipti Pawaskar, Leonard Epstein, Nicholas Norgard, Wen Wee Ma
The Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center hosted our first annual colloquium on October 21, 2011 in the Zebro Room at Roswell Park Center.  Approximately 100 people attended. The winners of last year’s awards gave presentations of their work supported by the pilot studies program.  The Principal Investigators of last year’s pilot studies awards were recognized as “CTRC Fellows”.
Drs. Steven Fliesler and Leonard Epstein, Directors of the Pilot Studies Key Function, reviewed the criteria for this year’s RFA’s with suggestions for writing a successful proposal. 
Click here to see the Program
For more information about the Colloquium see this link:

The Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center hosted our first annual colloquium on October 21, 2011 in the Zebro Room at Roswell Park Center.  Approximately 100 people attended. The winners of last year’s awards gave presentations of their work supported by the pilot studies program.  The Principal Investigators of last year’s pilot studies awards were recognized as “CTRC Fellows”.

Drs. Steven Fliesler and Leonard Epstein, Directors of the Pilot Studies Key Function, reviewed the criteria for this year’s RFA’s with suggestions for writing a successful proposal.
 
Click here to see the Program.

Click here for more information about the Colloquium 

 

UB Libraries Will Host Day Long Program on Data Sharing

Posted on 10/19/11 at 08:53 am

H. Austin Booth, the Vice Provost for University Libraries is hosting a free, day-long conference on the challenges and opportunities involved in managing research data. The program, entitled “Research Data: Management, Access and Control” will be held Monday November 14, 2011 at the Center for Tomorrow on the UB North Campus.

Scholarly research, including clinical and translational research, in the 21st century is generating enormous amounts of data.  However, much of the data that forms the basis of published research remains inaccessible.  This symposium will explore ways that librarians, researchers and IT staff are developing to more effectively manage, share and preserve the massive amounts of data upon which much scholarly research is based.

The topic is particularly timely as many grant funding agencies, including the NIH and NSF, now require that grant applicants include data management plans in their applications.

Featured speakers include:

  • Dr. Francine Berman, Vice President for Research and Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Edward M. Corrado, Director of Library Technology, Binghamton University Libraries
  • Lisa Johnston, Research Services Librarian and co-director of the University Digital Conservancy, the University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Mark Ludwig, Director of Research Systems for the University Libraries, University at Buffalo
  • Dr. Barry Smith, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Director of the National Center for Ontological Research, University at Buffalo

To see the program and speaker bios and to register, go to Research Data: Management, Access and Control

Research Ethics Seminar Series Kicks Off

Posted on 10/18/11 at 09:26 am

 The opening session of a seminar series in research and clinical ethics was held on Monday October 17.  The invited speaker was Dr. Sean Philpott from the Bioethics Program at Union Graduate College-Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  He is also Program Chair of the American Public Health Association Ethics Special Primary Interest Group.  Dr. Philpott gave an engaging presentation entitled "Gonorrhea, Guatemala and Gung-Ho Researchers: The Scandalous History of Research Ethics."  He reviewed the global history of research ethics and discussed the evolution and development of current guidelines in this country.

Seminars will held the third Monday of every month at 12 noon in Scatchard Hall, Building D second floor at Buffalo General Hospital.  A range of topics in research ethics will be included in the series which will be given by a combination of local and invited experts—topics including human subjects protection, data privacy and security, and others. The program will include seminars in both clinical and research ethics.

Presenters and titles of subsequent seminars will be posted on the Buffalo CTRC calendar and the School of Medicine calendar.

Jack Freer MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Research Ethics Key Function of the Buffalo CTRC is organizing the program.  Support for the program comes from Kaleida Health and from UB Center for Clinical Ethics. 

    Faculty, trainees and anyone with an interest in clinical and research ethics are invited. A light lunch will be served.

Multicenter Study on Mentoring Is Enrolling Trainees and Mentors

Posted on 10/10/11 at 09:58 am

A multicenter study on mentoring trainees in research is being conducted at the University at Buffalo, the University of Rochester, and SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.  The study, entitled “Researcher Resilience through Multidimensional Mentoring- an Upstate New York Initiative” is part of the NIH Director’s ARRA Funded Pathfinder Award to Promote Diversity in the Scientific Workforce.  The study investigates the role of trainee and faculty mentoring education in promoting career resilience in graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty in biomedical research. A total of 25 protégé-mentor pairs have been enrolled thus far in Buffalo. The goal is to enroll a total of 46 pairs from UB and Roswell Park.

Eligible trainees include:

Graduate students

  • First generation college graduates
  • Underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities
  • Individual with disabilities
  • Women (all racial and ethnic backgrounds)


Post doctoral Fellows

  • Underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities
  • Individual with disabilities
  • Women (all racial and ethnic backgrounds)


Junior Faculty

  • Women (all racial and ethnic backgrounds)
  • Underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities
  • Individual with disabilities


Trainees must have a mentor in order to participate.

Disciplines include: Biology, Behavioral Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Math, Physics, Computer Sciences, Social Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health.  UB and Rowell Park trainees are eligible.

This is a one year study. The time commitment to participate is not onerous, involving completing questionnaires and possible participation in workshops and/or self directed learning activities.  Participants will receive honoraria.

The Principal Investigator at UB is Dr. Gene D. Morse, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Associate Director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and Associate Director of the University at Buffalo Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The overall PI is Dr. Vivian Lewis, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at the University of Rochester.

To determine eligibility please go to our Screening Survey:
Protégé Survey: click here
Mentor Survey: click here

For more information or for questions about the study, or to enroll, please contact Farzia Sayidine at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 716-881-8945.

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