August 2013

Posted Date:
May 11, 2018

News and Congratulations

Two medical students who are recipients of this year's CTSC Summer Intensive Fellowships were among those who received the 2013 Siegel Family Student Prize:

Rachael Venn, Class of 2016
Myles Melton, Class of 2016

These recipients were chosen because of a demonstrated financial need, high academic achievement, and leadership potential in their field. Rachael's CTSC Summer Research Project is on reprogramming mature amniotic cells into functional neurons and she is working with her mentor, Dr. Shahin Rafii, Weill Cornell Professor of Genetic Medicine. Myles is working with his mentor, Dr. Kevin Brown, Weill Cornell Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, on an analysis of sudden sensorineural hearing loss in otolaryngologists.

The Siegel Family Student Prizes provide two students from each medical school class with a generous stipend to help alleviate the financial burden of a medical school education.



CTSC Announces Research in Progress Lunch Series

The CTSC is pleased to announce the launch of the Research in Progress Lunch Series. The luncheons, hosted by our Associate Program Directors, will feature student presentations of their research in progress. Trainees will present an overview of their research and share their experiences with conducting translational research - a valuable peer learning opportunity for first year students or those new to clinical research. Each luncheon will feature four to six presenters. In addition to the first scheduled luncheon on September 20th, luncheons will be held in November, February, and May.

CTSC Courses Open for Registration

All are welcome to participate either for credit or audit. Registration is required. Register by emailing

Nanobiotechnology (BME 6670)
Course Director: Cynthia Reinhart-King, PhD
Tuesdays and Thursdays (11:40am -12:55pm)
August 23-November 29, 2012
Lectures are video-conferenced to WCMC from Cornell University, Ithaca.
This course covers the basics of biology and the principles and practice of micro-fabrication techniques, and focuses on applications in biomedical and biological research. Course lectures are largely from guest faculty with great expertise in the presented topic areas. Feedback from prior year’s students noted that the course was “well-designed” and students felt that the course provided them with up-to-date information on the research on nanobiotechnology. Majority of students surveyed said that they would recommend this course. One student noted, “Glad I took it. Keep promoting at Weill, please!”

Study Design & Methods for Comparative Effectiveness Research 
Course Director: Andrew Ryan, PhD
Wednesdays (4:00-6:00pm)
September 24-November 6, 2013
This course will cover the conceptual underpinnings and policy context of comparative effectiveness research, highlighting key controversies. It will provide students with an understanding of the analytic methods and data resources used to conduct comparative effectiveness research. Topics that are likely to be discussed include observational studies, risk adjustment, propensity score matching, instrumental variables, systematic reviews, and the use of clinical registries and Medicare claims data. Students will learn why comparative research has come to prominence, what makes good comparative effectiveness research, and how to conduct comparative effectiveness research. Students will learn the main methods used in comparative effectiveness research and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Students from the prior year agreed that the course director “was an excellent discussion facilitator” and students would recommend this course. One commenter said the course, “provides important background and practical information that is of use for clinical researchers.”

Multicultural Approaches to Community Health
Course Director: Laura Robbins, DSW, CSW, MSW
Session Dates: 11/18, 11/25, 12/3, 12/5, 12/10, 12/12, 12/17, 12/19 (3:30 - 5:00pm)
This course will provide an overview of cultural diversity and its impact on the development and implementation of health promotion policies, programs, and health services research. Students will learn how to recognize human differences, identify their own biases, and foster the development of awareness, sensitivity, knowledge, and skills required to implement effective health promotion and disease prevention care for culturally diverse populations.  The use of qualitative research in understanding cultural differences will also be explored.  At the end of the course, students will be able to understand how cultural differences impact their research.

Students from the prior semester felt that the course lectures were “enjoyable and instructive” and would recommend the course to colleagues. One commenter felt strongly that the concepts covered “apply to all aspects of life and medicine.”

The Tri-Institutional Collaboration Network Presents: NIH Career Development & Training Award Workshops: September 27, 2013

On September 27, 2013, from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm, The Tri-Institutional Collaboration Network is hosting workshops on how to prepare applications for NIH career development ("K") and training ("F") awards.

Registration is required. Please register here:

Two half-day sessions - Register for one or both.

General Workshop: Steps to a Competitive Application (9:30 - 11:30 am)

  • Navigating NIH: an overview of NIH and the grant review process
  • Mock Study Section: a demonstration of a study section panel by invited faculty
  • 15 Steps to the Payline: a stepwise guide to preparing a successful application

Know Your NRSA (1:00 - 2:00 pm)

  • A guide to applying for a career development (K) award

Know Your Kangaroo (3:00 - 4:00 pm)

  • A guide to applying for the Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) award (including a panel of recent K99/R00 recipients)

Workshop Presenters:

Joan M. Lakoski, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Schools of the Health Sciences

Robert J. Milner, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Medical School

Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CoAPCR) Announces Student Writing Competition

CoAPCR and Model Agreements & Guidelines (MAGI) have created a student writing competition for students who are actively enrolled in clinical research coursework. CoAPCR is calling on students to submit original papers for peer review and judging.  Up to three winning student articles will be selected for publication. Winners will also receive a waiver of registration fees to attend MAGI’s Clinical Research Conference – East to be held in May, 2014.  

Deadline for submissions: November 15, 2013.
E-submissions will be sent to:
Submitter:Student enrolled in academic clinical research coursework

Papers should consist of 700 to 2,500 words on a topic related to clinical research. The papers should use the template in the Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices Guidelines for Authors. The Journal is published electronically each month to over 100,000 subscribers. It is a forum for sharing material of practical use in clinical research.


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