Conferences & Symposia
6th Annual Asian Health Symposium: A Virtual Event Part 3

Talking about Casino Gambling: Community Voices from Boston Chinatown

This presentation summarizes a study of casino gambling behavior of residents and workers in Boston Chinatown.

The aim of the study was to learn about the trajectory and life context of individual participants’ gambling activity, including how individual participants describe their motivation, nature, and frequency of gambling, and its effects on self and family.

The research was conducted by a university-based research team in partnership with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, and with the assistance of the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling.

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Understand features of gambling behavior and problems, including risk and protective factors, by interpreting interviews of workers and residents in Boston Chinatown.
  • Examine social determinants of gambling problems or addiction, including poverty, job stress, social isolation, and lack of healthy recreational alternatives.
  • Understand the benefits of family-based counseling approaches to address gambling problems in this population.

Presenters

Carolyn Wong, Research Associate
Institute for Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

Yoyo Yau, Director of Programs
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)

Discussant:
Victor Ortiz, Director
Office of Problem Gambling Services, Department of Public Health (DPH)

Details

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, noon-1:00PM

Online via Zoom (please register to receive the Zoom link and password).

Registration

All are welcome to attend. Please register here.

 

 

This event is provided free of charge, and was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Award Number UL1TR002544. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

Conferences & Symposia
6th Annual Asian Health Symposium: A Virtual Event Part 2

Housing and Health: Exploring Perceptions of Housing and Neighborhood among Residents in a Subsidized Boston Chinatown Housing Complex

In this interactive session, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and community partners seek reactions and actionable next steps based on findings from a natural experiment designed to explore interrelationships of housing and social determinants on low-income families’ well-being.

In 2019/2020, housing lottery “winners” in Chinatown were surveyed along with applicants who were still “waitlisted” for affordable housing. Results include comparisons of housing and neighborhoods, social and community cohesion, and satisfaction with life and life situations between the residents of the new subsidized housing complex and those still on the waiting list.

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and explore cross-cutting issues for families seeking to stabilize and improve their lives.
  • Discuss implications for local housing providers, developers, and policy makers regarding investing in housing and neighborhoods.
  • Identify actionable next steps for disseminating and/or operationalizing findings.

Presenters

Virginia Chomitz, Associate Professor
Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

Angie Liou, Executive Director
Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC)

Discussant:
Elana Brochin, Program Director for Health Equity
Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC)

Details

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, noon-1:00PM

Online via Zoom (please register to receive the Zoom link and password).

Registration

All are welcome to attend. Please register here.

 

 

This event is provided free of charge, and was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Award Number UL1TR002544. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

Conferences & Symposia
Breaking the Silence: Confronting Exclusion in Research

Read the Breaking the Silence Summary Report (PDF).

Watch the videos from Breaking the Silence (YouTube).

The goal of medicine and research should be that “all patients, of all backgrounds, get the care they need when they interface with our health care system” (Joyce Sackey, MD, Tufts University Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer).

Are we doing enough to reach this goal?

Join us for a meaningful evening of self-reflection, dialogue, and community-building, followed by a call to action around the issue of deeply-rooted biases that lead to exclusion in research.

The evening will begin with keynote speaker Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, past President of the American Public Health Association and Senior Fellow, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse College. Dr. Jones is known for her contributions to critical race theory and her work in defining institutional racism, personally mediated racism, and internalized racism within the context of modern US race relations.

After that, we will enjoy a community dinner that will include facilitated roundtable discussions to further explore the themes from the keynote presentation and panel discussion. These dialogues will provide an opportunity for participants with diverse views and backgrounds to speak openly about exclusion in research to seek a better understanding of their own views, as well as the views and experiences of others.

Breaking the Silence: Confronting Exclusion in Research is the fourth symposium in the Breaking the Silence series launched in 2017. Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Institute of Clinical Research and Health Polices Studies (ICRHPS) are hosting this symposium, in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center.

Download and share the Breaking the Silence: Confronting Exclusion in Research flyer (PDF).

Details

Friday, March 6
5:15-8:00PM
Tufts Center for Medical Education
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111

Anyone interested in discussing the impact of bias on health is welcome to attend, especially members of the Tufts research community, Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center leadership and faculty, students, research participants, and community residents.

Registration

This event begins at 5:15PM and ends at 8:00PM. We hope attendees will plan to stay for the entirety of the event. If this is not feasible, please contact us at info@tuftsctsi.org.

Please register to attend by February 28.

Agenda

  • 5:00-5:15PM Registration
  • 5:15-5:20PM Welcome and Introductions
    Joyce Sackey, MD
  • 5:20-5:30PM Institutional Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in Research
    Caroline Genco, PhD, MS
    Kara Greer, MA, PHR, SWP
  • 5:30-6:00PM Keynote Talk: How is Racism Operating Here? A Guide to Action
    Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
  • 6:00-6:20PM Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Linda Hudson, ScD, MSPH
    Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
    Sherry Reddix, MA, MPH
    Dawn Sauma, MSW, LICSW
  • 6:20-6:35PM Transition to Dinner and Dialogue
    Linda Hudson, ScD, MSPH
  • 6:35-7:50PM Dinner and Facilitated Dialogue
  • 7:50-7:55PM Where We Go from Here
    Jonathan Garlick, PhD, DDS
  • 7:55-8:00PM Closing Remarks
    Harry Selker, MD, MSPH

About Tufts CTSI Events

Tufts CTSI’s Professional Education programs provide non-degree continuing education and training for clinical and translational research professionals from all Tufts CTSI partners and beyond.

Course enrollment priority is given to researchers from Tufts CTSI partner institutions. 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 program.

This course is provided free of charge, and was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of health, Award Number UL1TR002544.  The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

 

Conferences & Symposia
6th Annual Asian Health Symposium: A Virtual Event Part 1

Finding Belonging Amidst Neighborhood Development: A Case for the Arts in Boston’s Chinatown

The Pao Arts Center uses arts, culture, and creativity to promote social cohesion and community well-being in an ethnic enclave, Boston’s Chinatown. In the same neighborhood, luxury development may be disrupting the community’s close-knit social fabric and sense of a coherent cultural identity.

A team comprised of Tufts University researchers, Pao Arts center staff, and community residents investigated whether the Pao Arts Center remedies the effects of this displacement. Preliminary findings from the research will be presented.

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Learn what the research team found about the effects of the Pao Arts Center
  • Understand more about how to do a collaborative, interdisciplinary, community-based research study.

Presenters

Peter Levine, Academic Dean and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs
Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University

Cynthia Woo, Director
Pao Arts Center, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)

Discussant:
Giles Li, Senior Program Officer
Arts and Creativity, Barr Foundation

Details

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, noon-1:00PM

Online via Zoom (please register to receive the Zoom link and password).

Registration

All are welcome to attend. Please register here.

 

 

This event is provided free of charge, and was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Award Number UL1TR002544. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

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Translational Research Day 2020

Building Research Teams for Impact on Health: Spanning Disciplines and Stakeholders

Interested in learning how to build authentic partnerships for translational research collaboration? Mark your calendar for Translational Research Day 2020 on Friday, March 6 at the Tufts Health Sciences Campus in Boston.

Friday, March 6
8:30AM-3:30PM
Tufts Medical Center
Wolff Auditorium
800 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

Download and share the Translational Research Day 2020 flyer (PDF).

Watch the livestream on March 6 starting at 9:00AM EST!

Access the Translational Research Day slides here (PDF).

Registration

Please register to attend.

Keynote

The Grand Rounds keynote address will be given by Sharon Terry, MA, President and CEO of Genetic Alliance in Washington, DC. Ms. Terry is internationally known for her work on engaging individuals, families and communities to transform health and further biomedical research. She played a central role in identifying the gene for a rare disease affecting her two children.

Agenda

  • 8:30AM: Registration, breakfast, and digital poster session
  • 9:00AM:
  • 9:15AM: Taming the Wild Beast: Fueling the Power of Collaborative Innovation (Gigi Hirsh, MD, MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation)
    • NewDigs is a collaborative biomedical innovation platform that for the past 10 years has developed new methods for delivering value faster to key stakeholders. Dr. Hirsch will share her extensive experience gained in identifying and working with the value chain of decisionmakers, including the critical role of effective communication processes in sustaining collaboration. She will also discuss new tools that have emerged from these processes that drive value to stakeholders.
    • Moderator: Harry Selker, MD, MSPH, Tufts CTSI)
  • 9:45AM: Scientific Talks: Handbook of Broadly-Engaged Team Science
    • Anticipating the Growing Use of Real-World Data in Clinical Research (Kenneth Getz, MBA, Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development)
      • Dr. Getz will discuss the shift towards the use of real-world data in the drug development and drug approval process. The use of real-world data in drug innovation and approval reflects the growing importance of obtaining insights directly from patients and their caregivers and others involved in patient care. Access to and use of real-world data requires a new level of collaboration and teamwork among multiple stakeholders, which is now occurring.
    • The Changing Role of Patient Advocates in Oncology Research (Susan Parsons, MD, MRP, Tufts Medical Center)
      • Dr. Parsons will draw on her extensive experience as a Principal Investigator on numerous studies of patient-centered cancer care and her key role in clinical trial development for the National Cancer Institute as a member of the NCI’s Scientific Steering Committee for Cancer Care Delivery an NCI-funded inter-group study of newly diagnosed patients with Hodgkin Lymphoma. Dr. Parsons will discuss the emerging role and importance of advocates in planning and conducting clinical trials as well as the challenges and benefits of integrated research teams.
    • Moderator: Jonathan Davis, MD, Tufts CTSI
  • 10:25AM: Break
  • 10:40AM: Panel: Authentic Engagement of Non-researchers in Team Science (Robert Sege, MD; Linda Hudson, PhD; Sara Folta, PhD, Tufts CTSI)
    • We will hear from three experts in community engagement in research. Dr. Hudson will discuss the value of partnering with communities, and the critical role of relationship-building, including how to engage and retain the interest of community stakeholders. Dr. Folta will draw upon an innovative theory to discuss principles of creating equity in research partnerships between scientists and community members. She will identify the six different types of capital non-scientist stakeholders bring to research and examples of how to achieve equity in these relationships. Dr. Sege will discuss his innovative work with community-based pediatric providers to achieve change in community-based clinical practices.
    • Moderator: Jonathan Garlick, DDS, PhD, Tufts CTSI
  • 11:25AM: Digital poster session, lunch, networking
  • 12:00PM: Keynote Address and Medical Grand Rounds
    • If You Are Not At the Table, You Are On the Menu: Building Research Teams for Impact on Health (Sharon Terry, MA, Genetic Alliance)
    • Moderator: Harry Selker, MD, MSPH, Tufts CTSI
  • 1:00PM: Travel to Dental Building, 14th Floor, for afternoon sessions
  • 1:15PM: 
    • Session A: Engaging Diverse Stakeholders in Basic Science Research (Jonathan Garlick, DDS, PhD, Tufts CTSI; Cheryl London, DVM, PhD, Tufts CTSI; Jens Rueter, MD, The Jackson Laboratory. Moderator: John Castellot, PhD, Tufts CTSI)
      • This groundbreaking session will involve presentations from three major basic scientists who have done pioneering work in diversification of research teams, demonstrating partnerships to advance research and leading to innovative approaches to research design and implementation. Dr. Garlick will discuss his transformation as a scientist researching scleroderma based on inclusion of patients in conceptualizing and implementing studies. He has since developed the Civic Communication curriculum, which engages scientists and all stakeholders in acquiring skills in authentic collaboration. Dr. London, a leader in the One Health initiative, will discuss the necessity and complexity of cross-species research and her new approaches that blend multi-team, multi-institutional resources to include mouse, dog and human models. Dr. Rueter from The Jackson Laboratory is leading a project at the other end of the translational spectrum — he is conducting implementation research community based health care providers. This is research on the use of genomic testing to improve the care of cancer patients in rural Maine. Dr. Rueter’s project is at a critical flexion point in scientific research—the translation from laboratory to widespread use. This project is using a collaborative model in which the lab is partnering with cancer care providers in local clinics to improve access to and use genomic testing by patients and their physicians in cancer care. The use of genomic testing in precision medicine is relatively new and integration into community use is challenging.
    • Session B: Innovative Broadly-Engaged Team Science Tools, Methods, and Frameworks (Peter Levine, PhD, Tufts University; Sarah Goff, MD, PhD, Baystate Medical Center; Kathleen Szegda, PhD, MPH, MS, Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts; Denise H. Daudelin, RN, MPH, Tufts CTSI; Moderator: Robert Sege, MD, PhD, Tufts CTSI)
      • This session is a unique opportunity to hear from experts in community-based research and stakeholder engagement. Drs. Goff and Szegny have developed a training program for community leaders designed to model authentic partnerships in research. Additionally, they developed a training course, community-engaged research 101, focused on researchers and building relationships with communities. Drs. Goff and Szegny will talk about their training, giving examples of key concepts and approaches. Attendees will participate in a short exercise to demonstrate these ideas. Ms. Daudelin will discuss the Math Equipoise project, which was a large-scale project in which diverse stakeholders were involved in designing research to address the outcomes of osteoarthritis. This presentation will focus on the approaches used to create a patient and scientist integrated research team. Peter Levine has extensive experience developing partnerships for health improvement with members of social movements. Social movements such as ACT-UP have changed the course of scientific research; however, many researchers do not have knowledge of social movements or how to effectively engage with them. He will present a framework to assist researchers to engage effectively with social movements relevant to their research interests.
  • 3:00PM: Networking and refreshments (Alice Rushforth, PhD; Debra Lerner, MS, PhD, Tufts CTSI)

Poster Session

Present your translational research at our poster session!

Posters will be displayed electronically (on HD screens from ePosterBoards) from 8:30AM-noon. Previously presented posters are welcome. Learn more and submit your abstract by Friday, February 21. 

Get Social

Look for #TranslationalTufts2020 on social media and join the conversation.

 

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CTSA Shared Mentoring Workshop 2020

Agenda

  • 8:00-8:45AM: Working breakfast, networking, and registration
  • 8:45AM: Introductions
  • 9:00: Panel discussion, Getting to K and Beyond
  • 10:15: Break
  • 10:30: One-to-One Mentoring Session
  • 11:15: Exploring Career Opportunities in Translational Science

RSVP

To attend, please register here.

Details

CTSA Shared Mentoring Workshop
Friday, January 31, 8:00AM-noon
Tufts University School of Medicine, 145 Harrison Avenue, Room 114
Boston, MA 02111

This event is hosted by Tufts CTSI and co-sponsored by BU-CTSI, Harvard Catalyst and UMass CTSI.

Conferences & Symposia
One Health Research Symposium Plus

Interested in optimizing the health of humans, animals, and the environment through an innovative and integrative, interdisciplinary approach to education, research, and practice?

Want to meet collaborators and develop grant proposals?

Join Tufts CTSI for One Health Symposium Plus on Monday, October 7 at Tufts University’s Health Sciences Campus in Boston. This interactive event will focus on new research project ideas 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.

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

  • 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 a fundable proposal.

Details

Monday, October 7, 2019, 9:00AM-1:00PM
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Room 1415 (14th floor)
1 Kneeland Street, Boston MA

Registration

To attend, please register here by October 2, 2019.

Agenda

  • 9:00AM: Registration
  • 9:30AM: Introduction
  • 10:00AM: The Urban Lead Burden in Humans, Animals, and Plants
    • Research team:
      • Ronnie Levin, MA, Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
      • Marieke Rosenbaum, DVM, MPH, MS, Research Assistant Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
      • Carolina L. Zilli Viera, PhD, Research Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • 10:30AM: CAAN: Canines for Autism Activity and Nutrition
    • Research team:
      • Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVN, MS, Research Assistant Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
      • Christina Mule, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, Tufts Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
      • Aviva Must, PhD, Chair of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
      • Sara Folta, PhD, Associate Professor, The Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy, Tufts University
      • Sean Cash, PhD, Associate Professor, The Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy, Tufts University
  • 11:00AM: Introduction to Breakout Sessions
  • 11:15AM: Lunch
  • 11:30AM: Working Lunch: Breakout Groups
    • Levin, Dental 1415
    • Linder, Dental 1414
  • 12:45PM: Debrief Breakout Sessions, Next Steps, Evaluations, & Adjourn
Conferences & Symposia
Team Science Summit: Innovations in Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disease Research

 

Are you a clinician or a researcher working to understand, treat, or prevent Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive disorders associated with aging?

Tufts CTSI, together with The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), is hosting a Team Science Summit: Innovations in Alzheimer’s and Healthy Aging Research on Wednesday, September 18, 8:00AM-3:30PM, at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (711 Washington Street, Boston).

This event will bring together researchers and clinicians from across Tufts University and Tufts CTSI partners to explore opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborations focused on neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer’s, other dementias) and healthy aging research. Presentations will focus on ongoing work to interrogate mechanisms of disease evolution, build novel disease models and translational tools, and enable biomarker- driven precision medicine approaches for care and disease prevention.

We encourage clinicians and researchers with an interest in forming new collaborative research projects, including postdocs, to register and attend this full-day event consisting of panel discussions, poster presentations, and networking opportunities.

Details

Wednesday, September 18
8:00AM-3:30PM
Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
711 Washington Street, Boston

Registration

Please register here.

Agenda

  • 8:00AM: Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Welcome, Alice Rushforth, PhD, Tufts CTSI
    • The Jackson Laboratory Overview, Susie Airhart, JAX
    • Charge for the Day, Cheryl London, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Tufts CTSI
  • 9:00AM: Novel Mechanistic Insights into Neurodegenerative Processes
    • Disorders of the Nervous System and Neurodegeneration, Philip Haydon, PhD, Tufts University School of Medicine
    • Precision Mouse Models of Human Disease: Mechanisms Linking Translation and Axon Degeneration, Robert Burgess, PhD, JAX
    • Neurovascular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration,Tina Chabrashvili, MD, PhD, Tufts Medical Center
    • Brain Injury, Metabolism, and Alzheimer’s Disease, Chris Dulla, PhD, Tufts University School of Medicine
    • Moderated discussion
  • 10:30AM: Break
  • 10:45AM: Models and Experimental Strategies: Toward Precision Understanding
    • Multi-Omic Analysis Identifies Transcriptional Networks and Drivers Associated with Cognitive Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease, Catherine Kaczorowski, PhD, JAX
    • Modeling Alzheimer’s Disease with Human iPSC-Derived Brain Tissues, Giuseppina Tesco, MD, PhD, Tufts University
    • Translational Data Science for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Gregory Carter, PhD, JAX
    • Targeting Alzheimer’s Susceptibility Factors with Peptide Aptamers, Benjamin Harrison, PhD, University of New England
    • Moderated Discussion
  • 12:15PM: Lunch, Poster Session, & Networking
  • 1:15PM: Nutrition, Healthy Aging, and Alzheimer’s Disease
    • More Than Memory Loss: Using Advanced Mouse Models to Investigate Non-Cognitive Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease, Kristen O’Connell, PhD, JAX
    • Individual Nutrients and the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, Paul Jacques, DSc, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
    • The Jackson Laboratory Nathan Shock Center Resources for the Aging Research Community, Ron Korstanje, PhD, JAX
    • The Role of Polyphenols in Healthy Aging, Barbara Shukitt-Hale, PhD, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
    • Context & Community in Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Tom Meuser, PhD, Center for Excellence in Aging & Health (CEAH) at University of New England
    • Alzheimer’s Disease Research at a Rural Psychiatric Hospital in Maine: Strategies for Clinical Trials and Translational Research in an Unlikely Setting, Cliff Singer, MD, DFAPA, AGSF, Northern Light Health
    • Moderated Discussion 
  • 3:00PM: Wrap Up
Conferences & Symposia
21st Annual Clinical and Translational Science Graduate Program Symposium

Overview

The 21st Annual Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Graduate Program Symposium will be Friday, May 3, 8:30AM-1:00PM at Tufts University School of Medicine, 145 Harrison Avenue, Room 114, Boston, MA.

This year’s keynote speaker is Derek C. Angus, MD, MPH, FRCP, Distinguished Professor and Michael P. Fink Endowed Chair, Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Health System. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The event will also feature presentations and posters by students enrolled in the CTS Graduate Program, and the 2019 Clinical and Translational Science Poster Competition.

Schedule of Events

  • 8:30AM: Breakfast
  • 9:00AM: Welcome
  • 9:15AM: Poster Viewing and Moderated Poster Talks
    • Guarav Gulati, MD
    • Anna Meader, MD
    • Xi Qian, PhD
    • Bethany Roehm, MD
  • 10:15AM: Photo Opportunity for Students and Faculty
  • 10:30AM: 2019 Clinical and Translational Science Poster Competition – Winner’s Presentation
  • 10:45AM: Presentations by Graduating Students
    • Wendy McCallum, MD, MS
    • Natalia Olchanski, MS, PhD Candidate
  • 11:15AM: Closing Remarks
  • 12:00PM: Keynote Lecture/Medical Grand Rounds in Tufts Medical Center’s Wolff Auditorium
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Addiction Research Symposium Plus

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

Join Tufts CTSI for our Addiction Research Symposium Plus on Wednesday, March 13 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.

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

  • Identify common regulatory concerns surrounding the unique populations involved in addiction research.
  • 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.

Selected Proposals

The following projects will be presented and discussed:

  • Oxygenating the Addicted Brain Through Aerobic Exercise, Eduardo Fontes, PhD, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences
  • Incorporating Acupuncture into the Continuum of Care for People with Severe Opioid Use Disorder, Barbara Herbert, MD, Column Health and Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Intranasal Glial-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) Gene Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder, Barbara Waszczak, PhD, Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences; Emmanuel Pothos, PhD, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Salivary Gene Analysis and Brain MRI to Understand Hypothalamic and Reward Pathway Dysregulation Affecting Oral Feeding in Infants with Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome, Elizabeth Yen, MD; Jill Maron, MD, and Jonathan Davis, MD, Tufts Medical Center Pediatrics Department

Details

Wednesday, March 13, 9:00AM-3:00PM
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Room 216A
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA

Registration

To attend, please register here by March 4, 2019.

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5th Annual Asian Health Symposium

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Using Research to Improve Community Health

Interested in hearing the results of research conducted in Boston’s Chinatown/Asian communities? Wondering what’s next?

Join Tufts CTSI and  the Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations through Translational Research (ADAPT) Program for the 5th Annual Asian Health Symposium, Moving Forward, Looking Back: Using Research to Improve Community Health. This half-day event will inform participants about research taking place in and around Chinatown. See how academic/community collaborations fueled research and the findings that resulted from that work. Attendees will hear presentations on recent and ongoing studies focused on overlooked health issues or understudied areas, discuss potential next steps, and brainstorm how to further increase community engagement in research.

Researchers and community members are encouraged to attend this exciting event.

After attending this event, participants should be able to:

  • Identify several exciting research projects completed in Boston Chinatown/Asian Communities in the past five years.
  • Describe the key findings/takeaways from these research projects.
  • Recognize the value of increased community engagement and collaboration with research in your community.

Details

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 9:30AM-1:30PM
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Rachel’s Auditorium, Room 1414 (14th Floor)
1 Kneeland Street, Boston MA

Registration

Researchers and community members are encouraged to attend.

Space is limited! Please register here by April 15.

Agenda

  • 9:00AM: Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:30AM: Welcome Remarks
  • 9:40AM: Opening Remarks
    • Carolyn Rubin, ADAPT Director
    • Dawn Sauma, ADAPT Co-Chair; Co-Executive Director, Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK)
    • Ed Flynn, District 2 City Councilor, Boston City Council
  • 10:00AM: Panel 1, Community-Engaged Research Studies in Boston Chinatown/Asian Communities
    • Moderator: Susan Koch-Weser, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM)
    • Panelists:
      • Cindy Liu, Director of the Developmental Risk and Cultural Disparities Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Pediatric Newborn Medicine and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Uncovering the Stress and Mental Health Experiences in Boston Chinese Immigrant Families: The Role of Research in Program Development.
      • Christina Sakai, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine. Pathways to Autism Diagnosis and Management in a Chinese Immigrant Community.
      • Yoyo Yau, Director of Programs, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
      • Amy LeClair, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center. The Health of Asians and Chronic Disease Study.
      • Catherine Chang, Quality Assurance Director, Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center (GBCGAC)
      • Carina Katigbak, Assistant Professor, Connell School of Nursing, Boston College. Walking Together: A Multi-Component Intervention to Increase Physical Activity of Ethnic Minority Older Adults.
  • 11:15AM: Break
  • 11:30AM: Panel 2, Studies Conducted by Emerging Scholars: Building the Pipeline of Health Equity Researchers
    • Moderator: Virginia Chomitz, Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, TUSM
    • Panelists:
      • Mehreen Ismail, PhD Candidate in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University. Food Access and Food Security Experiences of Affordable Housing Residents in Boston’s Chinatown.
      • Taylor Ahlborn, MS Candidate in Biomedical Sciences, TUSM. Facilitators and Barriers in the Service Network for Victims of Violence in the Asian-American Community in Massachusetts. 
      • Jean Jiyoung Lim, PhD Candidate, TUSM. Health Communication in Boston’s Chinatown.
  • 12:15PM: Next Steps and Closing Remarks
    • Carolyn Rubin, ADAPT Director
  • 12:30PM: Lunch and Networking

Spread the Word

Download a flyer (PDF) to share with your networks, colleagues, and friends!

 

This event is provided free of charge, and was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of health, Award Number UL1TR002544. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

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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 awareforall@ciscrp.org 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.

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.

Details

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

Registration

To attend, please register here by October 1.

Conferences & Symposia
Translational Research Day 2018: Addiction Research in the Lab, Clinic, and Community
Translational Research Day 2018: Slide Deck (PDF)
Translational Research Day 2018: Agenda/Schedule (PDF)

Translational Research Day 2018: Presenter Biographies and Abstracts (PDF)

 

Interested in finding translational solutions to addiction?

Don’t miss Translational Research Day 2018: Addiction Research in the Lab, Clinic, and Community.

Wednesday, November 7
8:30AM-4:00PM
Tufts Center for Medical Education, Room 114
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston

Registration

Please register to attend in-person or online.

Agenda

Do you have a poster on addiction research?

Present it at Translational Research Day! Details are available here. The deadline to submit poster abstracts is Monday, October 22.

Get Social

Look for #TranslationalTufts18 on social media and join the conversation.

 

Conferences & Symposia
Evidence and the Individual Patient: Understanding Heterogeneous Treatment Effects for Patient-Centered Care

 

This conference will explore the inherent limitations of using group data to guide treatment decisions for individuals. Topics will include examining HTE as it pertains to personalized decision making and precision medicine, modifying care in light of more personalized evidence, and identifying the highest policy and research priorities to facilitate translation and dissemination of these methods. This conference will take a broad view of personalized/precision medicine that seeks to take into account the full gamut of patient-level variation (i.e. not just genetic/pharmacogenetic variation). Conference participants will include thought leaders and stakeholders who are developing and promulgating methods for more individualized evidence from academic, government and regulatory sectors.

Register for the live webcast here.

 

 

 

Conferences & Symposia
Sensors, Biomarkers, and Devices in Medicine: Symposium Plus

Interested in the next-generation of clinical sensors, biomarkers, and devices? Want to meet translational research collaborators and develop grant proposals?

Join Tufts CTSI for Sensors, Devices, and Biomarkers in Medicine: Symposium Plus on Tuesday, April 24 at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Room 1414 (1 Kneeland Street, Boston). 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.

Four projects will be presented and discussed:

  • Non-invasive Detection of CSF Derived Exosomal PD Biomarkers in Olfactory Mucus, submitted by Mansoor Amiji, PhD, Northeastern University
  • Clinical Testing of Glucose and Lactate Biosensors, submitted by Ahmed Busnaina, PhD, Northeastern University
  • Toward Connected, Distributed, Self-Powered, and Self-Optimizing Medical Implants, submitted by Tommaso Melodia, PhD, MS Northeastern University
  • Developing an Activity-Dependent Biomarker of Upper Motor Neuron Dysfunction in ALS, submitted by Oscar Soto, MD, Tufts Medical Center

By the end of this interactive symposium, you should be able to:

  • Describe potential translational roadblocks in developing, testing, and using sensor-and device-based health prevention, detection, management, or intervention strategies.
  • Examine potential pitfalls of intellectual property (IP) in the development of these technologies or strategies.
  • Identify stage-appropriate funding mechanisms and understand the attributes that make a project attractive to funding agencies.
  • Identify Tufts CTSI resources that can help me in advancing a research project and that support team-based translational science.
  • Explain the value of peer and expert feedback in the process of developing a fundable proposal.

Details

Tuesday, April 24, 9:00AM-3:00PM
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Rachel’s Auditorium, Room 1414
1 Kneeland Street, Boston MA

Registration

To attend, please register here by April 20.

Conferences & Symposia
20th Annual Clinical and Translational Science Graduate Program Symposium

Overview

The 20th Annual Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Graduate Program Symposium will be Friday, May 18, 8:00AM-1:00PM in Wolff Auditorium at Tufts Medical Center (800 Washington Street, Boston).

This year’s keynote speaker is Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and  Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School.

The event will also feature presentations and posters by students enrolled in the CTS Graduate Program, and the 2018 Clinical and Translational Science Poster Competition.

Schedule

7:30AM – Breakfast

8:15AM – Welcome by David M. Kent, MD, MSc

8:30-9:45AM – Presentations

  • 8:30AM: Alexa Craig, MD, MS
  • 8:45AM: Taimur Dad, MD, MS
  • 9:00AM: Kimberly S. Esham, MD, MS
  • 9:15AM: Vaibhav Kumar, MD, MS

9:30-10:30AM – Student Poster Session (Atrium) and Clinical & Translational Science Poster Competition (Wolff Auditorium Lobby; winner will be announced at 10:00AM)

10:30-11:45AM – Presentations

  • 10:30AM: Jana Cerullo Leary, MD, MS
  • 10:45AM: Henry Rogalin, PhD, MS
  • 11:00AM: Alexander A. Xu, MS
  • 11:15AM: Lauren Westafer, DO, MS
  • 11:30AM: Teresa May, DO, MS

11:45AM – Closing Remarks

12:00PM – Keynote Lecture/Medical Grand Rounds by Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and  Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School.

Conferences & Symposia
4th Annual Asian Health Symposium: In Pursuit of Health & Wellness: Addressing the Impact of Stress in Asian Immigrant Communities

Would you like an opportunity for community-building, networking, learning about, and addressing the impact of stress on Asian immigrant populations? Mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Asian Health Symposium, In Pursuit of Health & Wellness: Addressing the Impact of Stress in Asian Immigrant Communities.

This exciting event, free and open to all, is hosted by the Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations Through Translational Research (ADAPT) Program.

After attending this session, you should be able to:

  • Describe the stressors related to daily living and social determinants facing Asian immigrants
  • Identify resources and services available for mitigating the impact of stress in the community
  • Recognize the value of cross-community dialogue in addressing the impact of stress on Asian immigrant communities

Details

Friday, April 6, 2018, 9:30AM-1:30PM
Pao Arts Center
99 Albany Street, Boston MA, 02111

Agenda

  • 9:00AM-9:30AM: Breakfast and registration
  • 9:30AM-9:50AM: Welcome and opening remarks
    • Alice Rushforth, Executive Director, Tufts CTSI
    • Megan Cheung, ADAPT Co-Chair; Associate Director/Clinical Director, Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center (GBCAC)
    • Carolyn Rubin, ADAPT Director, Tufts CTSI
  • 9:50AM-11:00AM: Panel 1: Stressors that Impact Asian Immigrant Communities
    • Moderator: Ed K.S. Wang, Director of Policy and Planning, Chester M. Pierce MD Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Member, Governor’s Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants; Board President, National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
    • Panelists:
      • Mary Chin, Executive Director, Asian American Civic Association (AACA)
      • Lisette Le, Executive Director, Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID)
      • Niem Nay-Kret, Community Health Worker, Lowell Community Health Center
      • Anh Vu Sawyer, Executive Director, The Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAC)
      • Mary Truong, Executive Director, Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI)
  • 11:00AM-11:10AM: Break
  • 11:10AM-12:10PM: Panel 2: Innovative Strategies for Addressing Stress
    • Moderator: David Takeuchi, Associate Dean for Research, Dorothy Book Scholar, Professor, School of Social Work, Boston College
      Co-Founder, Research in Social, Economic and Environmental Equity (RISE3)
    • Panelists:
      • Pata Suyemoto, Writer, Educator, & Mental Health Activist
        Co-founder, Breaking Silences Project
      • Cynthia Woo, Director
        Pao Arts Center, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
      • Albert Yeung, Co-Medical Director & Head of the Behavioral Health Department South Cove Community Health Center
        Director, Primary Care Studies of the Depression Clinical and Research Program
        Massachusetts General Hospital
      • Liao Zhang, Research Associate
        Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 12:10PM-1:10PM: Lunch and table discussions: Critical Factors that Contribute to Community Mental Health and Wellness
    • Susan Koch-Weser, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
    • Jean Lim, former Asian Health Equity Fellow, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • 1:10PM-1:30PM: Groups report back and closing remarks
    • Carolyn Rubin, ADAPT Director, Tufts CTSI

Speakers

  • Mary Chin
    Executive Director, Asian American Civic Association
  • Susan Koch-Weser
    Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
    Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Jean Lim
    Former Asian Health Equity Fellow, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
    Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Lisette Le
    Executive Director, Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID)
  • Anh Vu Sawyer
    Southeast Asian Coalition of Massachusetts
  • Pata Suyemoto
    Writer, Educator, Mental Health Activist
  • David Takeuchi
    Professor and Dorothy Book Scholar
    Associate Dean for Research
    Co-Founder, Research in Social, Economic, and Environmental Equity (RISE³)
    School of Social Work, Boston College
  • Mary Truong
    Executive Director, Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI)
  • Ed K.S. Wang
    Director of Policy and Planning, Chester M. Pierce MD Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
    Member, Governor’s Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants
    Board President, National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
  • Cynthia Woo
    Director, Pao Arts Center
    Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
  • Albert Yeung
    Co-Medical Director and Head of the Behavioral Health Department at South Cove Community Health Center
    Director of Primary Care Studies of the Depression Clinical Research Program at MGH
  • Liao Zhang
    Research Associate, Disparities Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital

Registration

Please register here to attend.

Space is limited! Please register by March 16.

Conferences & Symposia
CTSA Shared Mentoring Symposium

This free, half-day symposium is geared towards fellows and junior faculty who are in the early stages of their careers and are interested in exploring mentorship and career development. The event will feature two panel sessions: one on career development strategies and a second on career opportunities in clinical and translational research. In addition to the panel sessions, participants will individually meet with senior faculty members from local CTSA institutions to discuss personal scenarios on career development.

This is an excellent opportunity to network with peers from local CTSA institutions and receive career development advice.

This event is hosted by Harvard Catalyst and co-sponsored by Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

For more information, click here.

To register to attend, click here.

Conferences & Symposia
Translational Research Day 2017: Sensors, Devices, and Biomarkers in Medicine

Translational Research Day 2017 – PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

 

Tufts CTSI Symposium Plus on Sensors, Devices and Biomarkers in Medicine – Request for Proposals (PDF)

How can sensor, device, and biomarker data improve health, prevent and detect disease at an earlier stage, and personalize interventions?

Find out at Tufts CTSI’s Translational Research Day 2017: Sensors, Devices, and Biomarkers in Medicine.

Tuesday, November 14
8:30AM-4:00PM
Tufts Center for Medical Education, Room 114
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston

Registration

Please register to attend in-person or online.

Agenda

  • 8:30-9:00AM: Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00AM: Introduction
  • 9:10AM: Innovations in the Industry
    • Digital Monitoring Biomarkers Come of Age: Justin Wright, PhD, Eli Lilly and Company
    • Improving the Assessment of Functional Change in CNS Clinical Trials: Josh Cosman, PhD, Pfizer
  • 9:45AM: Sensors and Devices
    • Smart Mechanical Support Devices for Cardiac Care: Navin Kapur, MD, Tufts Medical Center
    • In Vivo Nanosensors and Imaging Technologies: Heather Clark, PhD, Northeastern University 
    • Improving Behavioral Measurements from Mobile DevicesStephen S. Intille, PhD, Northeastern University
    • Embedded Functioning of Nanoscale Sensors in Hybrid TissuesBrian Timko, PhD, Tufts University
  • 11:00AM: Break
  • 11:10AM: Biomarker Development and Application
    • Harmonizing Biomarker Terminology: NIH-FDA BEST (Biomarkers, EndpointS, and other Tools): Christopher Leptak, MD, PhD, US Food and Drug Administration
    • A Metatranscriptomic Approach to Salivary Biomarker Discovery in the Premature NewbornJill L. Maron, MD, MPH, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
  • 11:50AM: Showcase: MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES)
  • 12:25PM: Networking Lunch and Poster Session
    • Introduction to Afternoon Program: Graham Jones, PhD, Tufts CTSI
    • 2016 and 2017 CTSI Pilot Studies Program Awardee Posters &
      Poster Presentations on Sensors, Devices, and Biomarker Research
  • 1:30PM: Case Studies
    • Introduction: Graham Jones, PhD, Tufts CTSI
    • The Challenge of Making Things Work Well: An Academic PerspectiveKumaran Kolandaivelu, MD, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Lessons Learned from the Front Lines: Rami Tazafriri, PhD, and Michael Naimark, MS, CBSET, Inc.
    • Panel Discussion
  • 2:25PM: Funding Opportunities: Tufts CTSI Symposium Plus
    • Graham Jones, PhD, Tufts CTSI
    • Alysse Wurcel, MD, MS, Tufts Medical Center
    • John Leong, MD, PhD, Tufts University
  • 2:40PM: Breakout Session (Open to All)
  • 2:40PM: Concurrent Networking Reception
  • 4:00PM: Conference Ends

Do you have a poster on sensor, device, or biomarker research?

Present it at Translational Research Day! Details are available here.

Get Social

Look for #TranslationalTufts17 on social media and join the conversation.

Spread the word! Our Translational Research Day flyer is available here (PDF).

 

Conferences & Symposia
4th Annual Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Symposium Plus

Interested in comparative effectiveness research (CER)? Want to meet collaborators and develop grant proposals?

Join Tufts CTSI for our 4th Annual CER Symposium Plus on Wednesday, June 7, 9:00AM-3:00PM in room 114 (145 Harrison Avenue, Boston). This interactive event will focus on several CER use cases, with the goals of assisting teams to develop research project proposals for future grant submissions, and engaging event participants in team science approaches to catalyze research ideas.

Agenda

8:30AM: Registration

9:00AM: Introduction

9:30AM: Project Presentations

  • Structured Opioid Use After Joint Arthroplasty submitted by Geneve M. Allison, MD, MSc, FACP, Tufts Medical Center
  • Modeling Spatiotemporal Contributors to Inter-Facility Clostridium Difficile Colitis Transmission submitted by Luke Muggy, PhD, RAND Corporation

10:30AM: Break

10:45AM: Project Presentations

  • Triggers for Palliative Care Engagement: A Comparative Effectiveness Study submitted by Signe Peterson Flieger, PhD, MSW, Tufts University
  • Linkage to HCV Treatment for People with Substance Use Disorders: A Comparative Effectiveness Research Study submitted by Thomas J. Stopka, PhD, Tufts University

11:45AM: Lunch and Networking

12:15PM: Introduction to Breakout Working Groups

12:30PM: Breakout Working Groups

2:00PM: Report-back, Summary, and Next Steps

2:30PM: Evaluations and Adjourn

 

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

  • Describe how CER can help patients, clinicians, and other stakeholders identify the right treatment for a specific patient and a specific time.
  • Value peer and expert feedback as helpful in developing a team science proposal.
  • Describe how researchers presenting at Symposium Plus meetings can work with the CTSI toward submitting a fundable research proposal.
  • Identify the components of a successful CER research proposal.

All are welcome to attend! Please RSVP here.

Details

Wednesday, June 7, 9:00AM-3:00PM
Tufts Center for Medical Education, Room 114
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA

Conferences & Symposia
19th Annual Clinical and Translational Science Graduate Program Symposium

Overview

The 19th Annual Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Graduate Program Symposium will be Friday, May 5, 8:00AM-1:00PM in Wolff Auditorium at Tufts Medical Center (800 Washington Street, Boston).

This year’s keynote speaker is Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, Dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, and the Jean Mayer Chair and Professor of Nutrition. A board-certified cardiologist and epidemiologist, Dr. Mozaffarian’s research focuses on how diet and lifestyle influence cardiometabolic health and how effective policies can reduce these burdens. He has authored nearly 300 scientific publications on dietary fats, foods, and diet patterns; global obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases; and evidence-based and cost-effective dietary policies.

The event will also feature presentations and posters by students enrolled in the CTS Graduate Program, and the 2017 Clinical and Translational Science Poster Competition.

Schedule

8:00AM – Breakfast

8:30AM – Welcome by David M. Kent, MD, MSc

8:45-9:45AM – Presentations

  • 8:45AM: Jeannie Kelly, MD, MS
  • 9:00AM: Ivan Sisa, MD, MPH, MS
  • 9:15AM: Jung Min Han, PharmD, MS
  • 9:30AM: Bradley Gardiner, MBBS, MS

9:45-10:45AM – Student Poster Session (Atrium) and Clinical & Translational Science Poster Competition (Wolff Auditorium Lobby; winner will be announced at 10:00AM)

10:50-11:35AM – Presentations

  • 10:50AM: Lester Leung, MD, MS
  • 11:05AM: Jinghui Dong, PhD, MS
  • 11:20AM: Elizabeth Schoenfeld, MD, MS

11:35AM – Closing Remarks

12:00PM – Keynote Lecture/Medical Grand Rounds by Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, Dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy.

Conferences & Symposia
Tufts CTSI-Northeastern Joint Summit: Exercise, Aging, and Cognitive Function

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Want to learn about research from experts in the field and meet potential research collaborators?

The Tufts CTSI-Northeastern Joint Summit Exercise, Aging, and Cognitive Function, is an invitation-only, half-day event that brings together seasoned researchers for a collaborative event showcasing expert research, brainstorming, and networking sessions to build potential collaborations. Featuring an overview by Arthur Kramer, PhD (Northeastern University, Senior Vice Provost for Research & Graduate Education), this event promises to foster connections across institutions.

Details

Wednesday, September 13
9:00AM-2:00PM
Tufts Health Sciences Campus, Boston
(Room location to be announced soon)

Registration

This event is by invitation only.

 

Conferences & Symposia
One Health Symposium

One Health Symposium Slides (PDF)

Interested in Integrating Human, Animal and Environmental Health?

Want to meet collaborators and develop grant proposals?

Join Tufts CTSI for a One Health Workshop on Tuesday, October 4, 9:00AM-1:45PM, at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Rachel’s Amphitheater (1 Kneeland Street, 14th Floor, Boston). A live webcast will also be available: the link will only be available to people who RSVP for the event.

Please RSVP here by Friday, September 30.

Agenda

  • 8:30AM: Registration and light breakfast
  • 9:00AM: Introduction
  • 9:30AM: Project presentations
  • 10:30AM: Break
  • 10:45AM: Project presentations
  • 11:45AM: Introduction to breakout sessions
  • 12:00PM: Lunch and group breakout sessions
  • 1:15PM: Report-back, summary, evaluation, and next steps

Topics

The workshop will focus on the following four projects, with the objective of assisting teams to develop proposals for future grant submission:

  • Development of a Safe, Inexpensive, Easily Administered EHEC Vaccine for Cattle
    Project team: John Leong, MD, PhD; Abraham L. Sonenshein, PhD; Saul Tzipori, DVM, PhD, DSc
  • A Novel Approach to Asthma Therapy: Decreasing Airway Smooth Muscle Mass – A One Health Approach Using Naturally Occuring Models of Disease in the Horse and Cat
    Project team: Melissa R. Mazan, DVM; Heber Nielsen, MD
  • Antibiotic Stewardship and Infection Control: Sharing Approaches from Tufts Medical Center and the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Effects of the Human Microbiota Due to Bet Antimicrobial Therapy
    Project team: Shira Doron, MD; Kirthana R. Beaulac, PharmD; Tine Vindenes, MD; Annie Wayne, DVM
  • Cohabitation with Production Animals, Gut Microbiota, and Stunting in Children
    Project team: Janet Forrester, PhD; Honorine Ward, MD; Marieke Rosenbaum, DVM

Proposals address one of the four main areas of One Health:

  • Zoonotic and environmentally-induced diseases
  • Diseases shared by humans and other animals (e.g., cancer, heart disease, obesity, arthritis)
  • Challenges and solutions at the intersection of humans, animals, and the environment
  • Human-animal interactions.

Funding Opportunity

Investigators who attend the One Health workshop may be eligible for planning grants ($500) and pilot grants (up to $5,000) to assemble a team and develop One Health research projects. The criteria and process for applying for these funds will be provided at the Workshop. Sign up by September 30 to attend.

Contact

For more information, please contact John Castellot, PhD, Tufts CTSI Navigator.

Conferences & Symposia
Stakeholder and Community Engagement Symposium

Interested in the science of stakeholder & community engagement?

Want to meet collaborators and develop grant proposals?

Join Tufts CTSI for a Stakeholder and Community Engagement Symposium on Tuesday, March 7, 9:30AM-3:00PM, at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Rachel’s Amphitheater (1 Kneeland Street, 14th Floor, Boston).

Please RSVP here by Friday, March 3.

Agenda

  • 9:30AM: Registration and welcome
  • 10:00AM: Introductions
  • 10:30AM: Project presentations
  • 12:30PM: Lunch
  • 1:15PM: Breakout sessions
  • 2:30PM: Report-back, summary, evaluation, and next steps

Topics

The workshop will focus on the following projects, with the objective of assisting teams to develop proposals for future grant submission:

  • Expanding on the science of community-engaged research: Building bridges and strengthening relationships with communities; Linda B. Hudson, ScD, MSPH; Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Family Goals and Preferences for Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder; Tara Lavelle, PhD; Tufts Medical Center
  • Effectiveness of Community-Based Diabetes Care Model (C-DCM) in addressing Health Disparities in Immigrant Populations; Mohan Thanikachalam, MD; Tufts University School of Medicine
  • HCV Testing and Treatment Pathways in Jails; Alysse Wurcel, MD, MS; Tufts Medical Center

Contact

For more information, please contact Thomas W. Concannon, PhD, Tufts CTSI Director of Stakeholder and Community Engagement.

 

Conferences & Symposia
3rd Annual Asian Health Symposium: From Collecting Data to Collective Impact

Symposium slides (PDF)

Overview

Would you like an opportunity for community-building, networking, and learning about research to address Asian health disparities? Mark your calendar for the 3rd Annual Asian Health Symposium: From Collecting Data to Collective Impact. 

This exciting event, free and open to all, is hosted by the Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations Through Translational Research (ADAPT) Program and will include:

  • A panel discussion on the importance of collecting disaggregated and local data.
  • An exploratory session on using the Collective Impact approach for creating a roadmap for Asian community health.
  • Group discussions about health priorities for Asian communities in Chinatown and across Greater Boston.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Download the event flyer here (PDF).

Details

Tuesday, December 6, 8:30AM-1:30PM
Tufts Center for Medical Education, Room 114
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston

Agenda

  • 8:30AM: Breakfast and registration
  • 9:00AM: Welcome and opening remarks
    • Carolyn Rubin, ADAPT Director, Tufts CTSI
    • Michael Wagner, President and CEO, Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children
    • Alice Rushforth, Executive Director, Tufts CTSI
    • Giles Li, Executive Director, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
  • 9:45AM: Plenary Panel: Addressing Asian Health Disparities – Why Collecting Disaggregated Data Matters
    • (moderator) Aviva Must, Morton A. Madoff Professor of Public Health and Chair, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
    • (panelist) Carolyn Wong, Research Associate, Institute of Asian American Studies, UMass Boston
    • (panelist) Susan Koch-Weser, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
    • (panelist) Eugene Welch, Executive Director, South Cove Community Health Center
    • (panelist) Sherry Dong, Director of Community Health Improvement Programs, Tufts Medical Center
    • (respondent panelist) Tackey Chan, State Representative, Second Norfolk District, MA; Asian American Legislative Caucus
    • (respondent panelist) Ramani Sripada, Co-Chair, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy – Boston Chapter
    • (respondent panelist) Monica Valdes Lupi, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission
  • 11:00AM: Break
  • 11:15AM: What is Collective Impact? Creating a Roadmap for Achieving Asian Health
  • 12:15PM: Lunch and group discussions on Asian health priorities
  • 1:00PM: Report-back and closing remarks
    • Carolyn Rubin, ADAPT Director, Tufts CTSI

Presenting Organizations

Registration

Please register here to attend.

 

Conferences & Symposia
Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Workshop

Save the Date!

Interested in comparative effectiveness research (CER)? Want to meet collaborators and develop grant proposals?

Join Tufts CTSI for a CER Workshop on Tuesday, June 21, 9:00AM-4:00PM in room 114 (145 Harrison Avenue, Boston). This interactive event will focus on several CER use cases, with the goal of assisting teams to develop research project proposals for future grant submissions.

Five projects will be presented and discussed:

  • Comparative Effectiveness of Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Osteoarthritis submitted by Raveendhara Bannuru MD, FAGE, Tufts Medical Center
  • Improving Provider Adherence to Diabetes Screening Guidelines for Asians submitted by Susan Koch-Weser ScM, ScD, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Emergency Buprenorphine/Naloxone Treatment submitted by Martin Krsak, MD, MSc, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital
  • Associations of Provider Prescribing Patterns and Future Opioid use in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with an Acute Painful Condition submitted by William Soares, MD MS, Baystate Medical Center
  • Health Effects of Oral Protein Supplements in HemoDialysis (The HELPS-HD Trial) submitted by Dan Weiner, MD, Tufts CTSI

All are welcome to attend! Please RSVP here.

Additional details about the CER Workshop will be available on this page soon.

Conferences & Symposia
18th Annual Clinical and Translational Science Graduate Program Symposium

Overview

The 18th Annual Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Graduate Program Symposium will be Friday, May 20, 8:00AM-1:00PM in Wolff Auditorium at Tufts Medical Center (800 Washington Street, Boston).

This year’s keynote speaker is Joe V. Selby, MD, MPH, Executive Director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). A family physician, clinical epidemiologist, and health services researcher, Dr. Selby has more than 35 years of experience in patient care, research, and administration. He is responsible for identifying strategic issues and opportunities for PCORI and implementing and administering programs authorized by the PCORI Board of Governors.

The event will also feature presentations and posters by students enrolled in the CTS Graduate Program, and the 2016 Clinical and Translational Science Poster Competition.

Schedule

8:00AM – Welcome

8:15-9:45AM – Presentations

  • 8:15AM: Angie Mae C. Rodday, MS, PhD, Predicting Health Care Utilization for Children with Respiratory Insufficiency using Parent-proxy Ratings of Children’s Health-related Quality of Life
  • 8:30AM: Robert M. Blanton, MD, MS, Downstream Substrates of Protein Kinase G as Novel Anti-remodeling Molecules
  • 8:45AM: Nadi Nina Kaonga, MHS, MS, HIV Medication Adherence in Namibia: The Potential for an Early Intervention
  • 9:00AM: Masako Mizusawa, MD, PhD, MS, Changes in Mortality and Length of Stay for Aspergillosis-Related Hospitalizations in the United States from 2001 to 2011
  • 9:15AM: Amanda K. Leonberg-Yoo, MD, MS, Association of Urine Sodium with Progression of Kidney Disease, Incident Heart Failure, Incident Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease, and All-cause Mortality
  • 9:30AM: Rita L. McGill, MD, MS, PICC, Imaging, and Dialysis Vascular Access

9:45-10:15AM – Student Poster Session and Clinical & Translational Science Poster Competition

10:15-11:45AM – Presentations

  • 10:15AM: Nadine Al-Naamani, MD, MS, The Association of Systemic Arterial Properties with Right Ventricular Morphology: The MESA-Right Ventricle Study
  • 10:30AM: Nelya Melnitchouk, MD, MS, Screening for Colorectal Cancer in Low to Middle Income Countries, Cost Effectiveness Analysis, Example of Ukraine
  • 10:45AM: Marzieh Essaty Mirhashemi, PhD, MS, Transcriptome Analysis of Cryptosporidium parvum in vitro 
  • 11:00AM: Deborah E. Linder, DVM, MS, A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Child-Dog Relationship in Healthy Weight and Overweight/Obese Children
  • 11:15AM: Jonathan M. Babyak, DVM, MS, Prevalent and Incident Kidney Injury in Dogs at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • 11:30AM: Benjamin S. Wessler, MD, MS, Evaluating Performance of Heart Failure Predictive Models

11:45AM – Closing Remarks

12:00PM – Keynote Lecture/Medical Grand Rounds by Joe V. Selby, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness Research, or PCORI: We’ve Had a Slight Change of Plans

Conferences & Symposia
Translational Research Day 2015: Innovations in Clinical Trial Participant Engagement

Download the slides for Translational Research Day here.

Why do people participate in clinical studies and trials? What are the challenges to recruiting human and animal research participants, and how can we overcome them? Find out at Tufts CTSI’s Translational Research Day 2015: Innovations in Clinical Trial Participant Engagement.

Tuesday, November 10
8:30AM-4:00PM
Tufts Center for Medical Education, Room 114
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston (or via live webcast)

Please register to attend.

The day will include:

  • 8:30AM: Registration

  • 9:00AM: Welcome

  • 9:15AM: Keynote Address

    • The mPower App and Using Technology Tools for Participant Engagement in Clinical Trials
      Karl D. Kieburtz, MD, MPH, Director of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • 10:00AM: Participant Engagement: Why Participate in Research?

    • Participation in Clinical Research: Motivations and Perspectives
      Julia Farides-Mitchell, MA, the Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP)
    • Challenges and Rewards of Engaging Pet Owners in Clinical Trials in Veterinary Medicine
      Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate, ACVIM, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
    • Challenges in Enrolling and Consenting Pregnant Women, Children and Neonates in Clinical Trials
      Jonathan Davis, MD, Tufts CTSI and Chief of Newborn Medicine, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
  • 11:00AM: Break

  • 11:15AM: Innovative Recruitment Strategies

    • Using Social Media for Participant Engagement in Clinical Trials: A Pilot Study
      Laura L. Blaisdell, MD, Maine Medical Center
    • Recruitment in Social Behavioral Research (Dear Abby and More)
      Debra Lerner, PhD, Tufts CTSI and Tufts University
    • Using an Expert Panel to Randomize Patients in a Cervical Spondolytic Myelopathy Clinical Trial
      Zoher Ghogawala, MD, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
  • 12:15PM: Summary Remarks: the Future of Participant Engagement in Clinical Trials

  • 12:30PM: Lunch and Poster Session

  • 1:30PM: Challenges in Participant Engagement

    • Using Research Process Improvement to Solve Recruitment Challenges
      Denise Daudelin, RN, MPH, Tufts CTSI and Tufts Medical Center
      Donato Rivas, MD, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
  • 2:15PM: Small Group Discussions

    • Challenges and Solutions
    • Comparative Effectiveness Research Grant Teams
  • 3:15PM: Report Back/Panel Discussion

  • 3:45PM: Summary Remarks

Submissions for the Poster Session are due by November 2.