Seminars & Workshops
Cardiac Cachexia Across Species

How can veterinarians and physicians collaborate to solve health problems?

Learn about a practical example of One Health, a multi-disciplinary approach to address a common and serious health condition, at Tufts Medical Center’s Medical Ground Rounds on October 5.

Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN, Director of Tufts CTSI One Health Program and Amanda Vest, MBBS, MPH, Medical Director, Cardiac Transplantation Program, will discuss their research collaboration for improved diagnosis and treatment of cardiac cachexia, a complex wasting condition recognized in as many as 20-50% of humans with systolic heart failure and in similar numbers of pet dogs with spontaneously-occurring heart failure.

This one-hour seminar will present current challenges in the clinic and research, and novel opportunities to identify cardiac cachexia earlier and to treat it more effectively through One Health methods.

After the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize similarities and differences in cardiac cachexia across species.
  • Describe the mechanisms underlying cardiac cachexia.
  • List methods for diagnosing cardiac cachexia.
  • Discuss the potential benefits of cross-species research in developing strategies for treating cardiac cachexia.


Friday, October 5, 2018, 12:00-1:00PM
Wolff Auditorium, Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington Street, Boston

You are welcome to bring your own lunch.

This Grand Rounds is designed by Tufts CTSI, an NIH-funded research services organization for the Tufts community and beyond.


Registration is not required.

Conferences & Symposia
Health Equity Research: Symposium Plus

Interested in health equity research? Want to meet collaborators and develop grant proposals?

Join Tufts CTSI for Health Equity Research: Symposium Plus on Wednesday, October 10 at Tufts University’s Boston Health Sciences Campus. This interactive event will focus on nascent research projects with the goals of assisting teams to develop research project proposals for future grant submissions and engaging all event participants in team science approaches to further catalyze research ideas.

Research project proposals to be presented are:

  • Extending Access to Cancer Genetic Counseling to Maine’s Rural, Remote Communities by Susan Miesfeldt, MD, Maine Medical Center
  • Assessing Racial Differences in Cardiovascular Disease Risks Among Veterans by Adolfo Cuevas, PhD, Tufts University
  • Linking Financing, Workforce, and Clinical Care to Improve Behavioral Health Integration for the Most Vulnerable by Diana Bowser, ScD, MPH, Brandeis University
  • Communication Intervention for Dental Hygienists to Deliver to Teens Around Crystal Meth Use Prevention by Margie Skeer, ScD, MPH, MSW, Tufts University School of Medicine

By the end of this interactive symposium, event participants will be able to:

  • Describe methods for including a health equity focus in a proposal to improve overall health outcomes.
  • Recognize how research teams develop research projects, from concept toward a written funding proposal.
  • Identify Tufts CTSI team-based translational science resources that can help advance a research project.
  • Articulate the value of gathering peer and expert feedback during the development of fundable proposal.


Wednesday, October 10, 9:00AM-3:00PM
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, DeBlois Auditorium
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA


To attend, please register here by October 1.

Seminars & Workshops
Researcher Book Club


Want to make time for leadership training and discussion?

This fall, join Tufts CTSI’s inaugural researcher book club to foster your leadership skills.

Paul Beninger, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine and Director of the MD/MBA & MBS/MBA Program at Tufts University School of Medicine, will provide coaching over four book club lunches. The book club will encourage social reading, interactive exercises, and discussion on practical challenges you and your peers face. You will gain practical insights to manage your career and lay early foundations for critical soft skills expected for today’s leaders in team-based science.

Learning Objectives

After completing this book club program, you will have insights into:

  • Discovering your strengths and challenges as observed by yourself and others
  • Examining the triad of soft skills required in working relationships: teamwork and collaboration, negotiation and conflict resolution, and management and leadership.
  • Reframing management and leadership as a broad spectrum of skills to reflect upon and practice daily in the workplace

Dates and Location

Dates: Four 90-minute sessions on Tuesdays in fall 2018

Location: Tufts University’s Boston Health Sciences Campus

  • Session I, October 16, 2018, 12:00-1:30pm: Circle One – Self
  • Session II, October 30, 2018 12:00-1:30pm Circle Two – Other
  • Session III, November 20, 12:00-1:30pm Circle Three – Institutions & Job Knowledge
  • Session IV, December 11, 12:00-1:30pm Circle Four – Management and Leadership

Registration and Requirements

  • Registration Deadline: Register here by Monday, October 8, 2018
    Registration is first come, first served, and priority is given to researchers from Tufts CTSI partner institutions. Once the course is full, additional registrants will be put on a waitlist and invited to the next opportunity. We will confirm your enrollment as soon we finalize the registration list.
  • Target Audience: We are recruiting 12-15 early career clinical, biomedical, or public health researchers, including assistant-level professors, post-graduate scientists such as post-doctoral scholars, research fellows, clinical fellows or senior residents conducting or pursuing research. Priority will be given to researchers from Tufts CTSI partner institutions. All must commit to attending every session and completing assignments.
  • Assignments:
    • Readings:
    • Private Reflection Journal: You will be encouraged to start keeping a private journal and are invited to share your learnings with others in the the class throughout the course. Book chapters are in a workbook format and include guiding questions and practical toolbox skills and exercises that you may choose to use or reflect upon.

Expected Time Commitment

Class attendance is critical to this peer-led discussion format. You will be expected to actively engage in classroom discussion, be open-minded, and respectfully respond to any constructive feedback. If your participation needs to be approved by your supervisor or a person responsible for your time release, you may provide their contact information when you register for the book club.

About Paul Beninger, MD, MBA

Dr. Beninger is Assistant Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he is the Director of the MD/MBA and MBS/MBA Programs. He has more than three decades of career experience as a regulator and member of the Senior Executive Service in the US Food and Drug Administration, as a manager and executive in the pharmaceutical industry, including pharmacovigilance, and as a member of the academic community.

Dr. Beninger began his career in drug development in 1987 at the US Food and Drug Administration, first as a reviewer and manager for drugs against HIV/AIDS and opportunistic infections and then as a division director for medical devices. He joined Merck & Company in 1995 and developed experience in regulatory affairs, medical affairs and drug safety in the areas of anti-infective drug and biological products, vaccines, anti-diabetic drug products and oncology drug products, before joining Genzyme as vice-president of pharmacovigilance in 2006; Genzyme was acquired by Sanofi in 2011. Dr. Beninger retired from Genzyme-Sanofi in April 2017.

Dr. Beninger trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He received his MD from the University of California, Davis, his BA from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, his MBA from St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and his graduate certificate in epidemiology from Tufts.

Dr Beninger has published and spoken extensively on regulatory science, drug and vaccine safety, and pharmacovigilance. He is a topics editor (pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology) for Clinical Therapeutics, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Conferences & Symposia
AWARE for All Boston

On Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 in Boston, MA local community members, patients, and research professionals will come together to learn about clinical research, get free health screenings, and hear from physician and patient speakers.

AWARE for All is a free educational program that provides valuable information and resources on the clinical research process to help people make informed decisions about participation. The event serves as a platform for dialogue between local patients, members of the public, and research professionals. This program is made possible by the incredible community partners we collaborate with in every city.

Registration is encouraged but not mandatory! We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 at the NonProfit Center. For more information, please email or call 617-725-2750.

Please register here.

Conferences & Symposia
Regional CTSA Shared Mentoring Symposium

4thAnnual Shared Mentoring Symposium

Join us for a time of networking, panel discussion, and one-to-one mentoring.

This half-day symposium is geared towards fellows and junior faculty who are in the early stages of their careers and interested in exploring mentorship and career develop within clinical and  translation research. The event provides an excellent opportunity to network with peers from local CTSA institutions and receive career development advice.

The symposium is hosted by the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science and co-sponsored by Boston University CTSI, Tufts University CTSI, and Harvard Catalyst.

Please register here by October 5.