August 2014

Posted Date:
May 11, 2018

News and Congratulations

Ronald Crystal Delivers J. Burns Amberson Lecture at the American Thoracic Society's International Conference
CTEP Mentor to 2008 KL2 Scholar, Ann Tilley, Genetic Medicine Chairman, and Bruce Webster Professor of Internal Medicine, Dr. Ronald Crystal was honored as this year's J. Burns Amberson lecturer at the International Conference for the American Thoracic Society. His talk was titled, "Airway Basal Cells: The Smoking Gun of COPD," and he was invited to give this lecture in recognition of his contribution to pulmonary medicine. Please read more here.


Fall 2014 Registration is Now Open for CTEP Matriculated Students!
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Three CTSC Courses Available for Registration: Survey Research and Questionnaire Design, Qualitative Research Methods, & Translating Novel Scientific Concepts into Innovative Products in Health Care: Focus on Innovation


If you are interested in registration please e-mail


Survey Research and Questionnaire Design:
This course provides an overview of survey research methods for health-related research with patients, providers, community members, or other population groups. Students learn the conceptual and practical aspects of collecting self-report data (e.g., knowledge, attitudes, opinions, behaviors, etc.) from research participants. Topics include measurement terminology, psychometric properties (reliability and validity), advantages and disadvantages of different assessment strategies and data collection modalities, matching research questions to variables and analysis strategies, and issues related to the recruitment and retention of participants in survey research. Existing resources for identifying psychometrically sound patient-reported outcome measures are reviewed. Practical aspects of survey design are covered including developing surveys and items, adapting existing surveys for new settings and populations, questionnaire format and layout, characteristics of good survey items, pilot testing, and ways to minimize survey and item non-response and other potential sources of bias. The course also covers procedures for scoring and analyzing survey data, with a focus on translating research hypotheses into statistical analyses. Students gain an understanding of survey research by designing a research proposal in their area of interest that involves collecting self-report data from participants. For the research proposal, students review the relevant literature, describe the study hypotheses, and present a summary of the decisions they have made about measurement strategies, survey design, and plans for recruitment, data collection, and analyses. Kenneth Griffin, PhD, MPH, will hold sessions on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 6:00pm on the following dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18.


Qualitative Research Methods:
The course is intended to enable participants to gain a basic fluency with qualitative research methods. The sessions will consistently interweave the theoretical underpinnings of the method with concrete examples of qualitative research. The nexus between qualitative research and traditions in anthropology, sociology, and history will be explored. Most critically, the utility of qualitative methods in research or clinical practice will be examined. Data entry and analysis will also be addressed. Laura Robbins, DSW, CSW, MSW, will hold sessions on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:30pm on the following dates: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18.


Translating Novel Scientific Concepts into Innovative Products in Health Care: Focus on Innovation:
(Please register here).
This free 9-week course provides an overview of the science, methodology, and approach to the translation of science into a product available for use in health care. The course features presentations by scientists, professionals, and executives in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Those wishing to take the course for credit may receive 3 credits from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.
Lecturers will hold sessions on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 6:00pm on the following dates: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11.


October 14, 2014: Tri-Institutional Collaboration Network (TCN) Mentoring Event
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Science Education Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Joan M. Lakoski, and Dr. Robert J. Milner, Associate Vice Provost for Professional Development and Professor of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will advise about the process of finding a mentor and how to get the most out of a mentoring relationship. More details about the event times and location will follow soon. Please contact if you would like to receive more information.


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