Conferences & Symposia
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


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


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

Seminars & Workshops
Calculating Sample Size and Power

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain the role of chance in sampling a population
  • Describe what parameters affect sample size
  • List online resources for sample size calculators
  • Perform a basic sample size calculation using an online tool.

Taught by Farzad Noubary, PhD

Seminars & Workshops
Clinical & Translational Research: An Overview and Basic Principles

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Define clinical and translational research
  • List the stages of the clinical research lifecycle
  • Identify the steps in developing a research study
  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the research team
  • Explain the role of the researcher in each stage of the research lifecycle.

Taught by Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH

Seminars & Workshops
Data Analysis

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Describe the basics of hypothesis testing
  • Compare and contrast t-tests, paired t-tests, and chi-square tests
  • List factors to consider when determining when to use each statistical test.

Taught by Lori Lyn Price, MAS.


Seminars & Workshops
Demystifying Cancer Clinical Trials

Want to learn about, or conduct, cancer clinical trials?

Tufts CTSI and the Cancer Center at Tufts Medical Center are hosting a free 20-hour course for fellows, faculty, research team members, and anyone interested in the process of conducting cancer-related clinical trials.


Session 1, October 14, 2016
Session 2, November 18, 2016
Session 3, December 16, 2016

Session 4, February 10, 2017

Session 5, March 24, 2017



Demystifying Cancer Clinical Trials will take place on Fridays, from 1:00-5:00PM on the Tufts Health Sciences Campus in Boston:

  • October 14 (35 Kneeland Street, 8th Floor, Boston)
  • November 18 (Tufts University Center for Medical Education, Room 114, 145 Harrison Avenue, Boston)
  • December 16 (35 Kneeland Street, 8th Floor, Boston)
  • February 10 (35 Kneeland Street, 8th Floor, Boston)
  • March 24 (35 Kneeland Street, 8th Floor, Boston)

Course sessions will also be videorecorded and posted on Tufts CTSI’s I LEARN website.

Attendees are encouraged to review other courses on I LEARN prior to the start of Demystifying Cancer Clinical Trials.


At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how to navigate investigator-initiated clinical trial processes in cancer.
  • Discuss how to work with pharmaceutical industries and other for-profit entities.
  • Define investigational new drug (IND) and investigational device exemption (IDE) studies and explain how IND/IDE clinical trials are conducted.
  • State the Principal Investigator’s responsibilities for leading a clinical trial as well as the responsibilities of the research team.

To Register

To attend, sign up here. Participants are encouraged to attend all five sessions.



Seminars & Workshops
Developing a Research Study Protocol

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Define a research protocol
  • Explain the difference between a protocol and a proposal
  • List the steps in planning a study
  • Identify potential issues in implementing a protocol
  • Describe the aspects of subject safety in a study
  • Explain why subject confidentiality is key to a study.

Taught by Tammy Scott, PhD.

Seminars & Workshops
Developing and Writing Research Questions, Aims & Hypotheses

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Identify gaps in knowledge and areas in need of further investigation
  • Explain the relationship between research question, specific aims and hypothesis
  • Discuss how to formulate a clear and focused research questions using FINER and PICOT criteria
  • Describe the purpose of formulating specific aims and hypotheses
  • Explain the relationship between research questions and evidence-based practice.

Taught by Jonathan M. Davis, MD

Seminars & Workshops
Evaluating Medical Journal Articles

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • List the question you should ask when evaluating a journal article
  • Identify the specific, testable hypotheses of the study
  • Identify the study design
  • Determine how the data were collected
  • Evaluate whether the results were affected by bias or confounding
  • Explain why the study was important, what it added to the literature, and how it changed practice
  • Interpret the results and conclusions in light of the existing literature.

Taught by Paul Visintainer, PhD.

Seminars & Workshops
Experimental & Observational Study Designs

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Identify if a research study is observational or experimental
  • Describe when to use an observational study design versus an experimental study design
  • Discuss the differences between a prospective and retrospective study
  • Explain how you have a comparison group without an intervention
  • Describe the differences between non-blinded, single blinded, and double blinded studies.

Taught by Daniel E. Weiner, MD, MS

Seminars & Workshops
IRB and Regulatory

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain the steps required for IRB and SRC review and approval
  • Discuss best practices for conducting a clinical research study
  • Describe best practives for IRB submission and follow-up
  • Discuss resources provided by the IRB.

Taught by Ashley Hicks, CIP.


Seminars & Workshops
Managing Multi-center Clinical Trials

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Outline an overview of the management of a multicenter clinical trial
  • Identify potential pitfalls and strategies to avoid them

Taught by: Patricia Sheehan, RN, MS, MPH

Seminars & Workshops
Pediatric Clinical Trials Workshop

Seminar Info

Need a larger sample size for your clinical trial? Interested in increasing research participation from children with diverse backgrounds? Join Tufts CTSI and Children’s National CTSA on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 8:00AM-5:00PM in Washington DC, Marriott Wardman Park, at an inaugural workshop, Challenges & Opportunities in Pediatric Clinical Trials, designed for pediatric investigators and their teams.

This free, one-day, immersive case-based workshop is the first CTSA hub-sponsored forum for all levels of investigators to reflect on the core competencies expected for today’s pediatric clinical studies. It will take place the day before the Association for Clinical and Translational Science’s Translational Science 2018.


Wednesday, April 18, 8:00AM-5:00PM
Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Madison Room
(*prior to ACTS Annual Meeting 4/19/18–4/21/18)

Seminars & Workshops
Pfizer Investigator Training Program (iTP)

Acclaimed training program begins April 18, 2017

Tufts CTSI will host Pfizer’s acclaimed Investigator Training Program (iTP) on April 18-19, 2017.

This unique, two-day, free-of-charge program will empower clinicians to build critical skills required for the recruitment, management, conduct, and reporting of clinical trials. It will examine the entire trial process, from planning stages to trial close-out activities, and will provide practical recommendations for increasing the efficiency of clinical trial conduct at investigative sites.

Led by clinical trial experts, this interactive training will consist of didactic lectures, discussions, and group activities. The iTP is targeted to investigators and the entire clinical study team, including research fellows, coordinators, research nurses, data managers, regulatory, and IRB members. Clinical trial experience (even if limited) is encouraged, though not required.

Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance after completing this International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH)/Good Clinical Practice (GCP) program. This workshop is approved for 16.5 contact hours towards maintaining an Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) certification. Contact hours are applicable to CCRCs, CCRAs and CPIs at an entry-level knowledge base.

This is a popular training, and class size is limited, so please pre-register by no later than April 7. You will receive an official email invitation from Pfizer if you are admitted to the program.

Please note: registration is a two-step process. Once you pre-register with Tufts CTSI, you will receive a formal registration form from Pfizer. You must be registered with Pfizer in order to attend this training and receive certification.


Tuesday, April 18, 7:30AM-5:00PM
Wednesday, April 19, 8:30AM-3:30PM
Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:00AM.

Tufts Center for Medical Education, Room 114
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA


Questions? Please email for assistance.


Seminars & Workshops
Research Data Management

By the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why it is important to manage their research data
  • Identify who owns research data
  • Describe different methods to collect, store and retain their research data
  • Discuss how to share and protect their research data
  • Determine how to destruct their research data.

Taught by Brian Wilson, Tufts CTSI Senior Systems Project Manager

Seminars & Workshops
Research Using Existing Data

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • State the advantages and disadvantages of research studies using existing data
  • List national data sets that are available
  • Describe real-world approaches to working with existing data
  • Discuss methodological concerns when working with existing data
  • Explain the steps that you would follow to determine which data set is best to use for your research study.

Taught by Tara Lagu, MD, MPH & Mihaela Stefan, MD, MS

Seminars & Workshops
Why Studies Fail: Bias and Confounding

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Define the major types of epidemiologic bias – confounding, selection bias, and information bias
  • Identify strategies to prevent and control for bias
  • Develop an understanding of the connections between randomization, clinical practice and confounding by indication
  • Distinguish precision vs. validity, and internal vs. external validity.

Taught by Jessica Paulus, ScD.