Research News - December 15, 2017

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December 15, 2017

1. Backing Up and More: Smart Tech Tips for your Smart Phone
2. Call for Abstracts: Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) 2018 Poster Session
3. Inspire a MGH Youth Scholar



1. MGH ORCD RCR Series - Avoiding Conflict of Interest in Research
2. Clinical Research Billing From Study Start to Completion
3. A Practical Guide to Biobanking for Biomarker and Precision Medicine
4. Study Electronic Data Capture: REDCap and StudyTRAX
5. MGH ORCD RCR Series- Responsible Authorship: Case Studies
6. Introduction to Mixed Methods Research


1. MassNextGen
2. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
3. Private Funding Opportunities
4. NIH Update for Week Ending December 15, 2017

In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
1. Backing Up and More: Smart Tech Tips for your Smart Phone

Back up your smart phone periodically. Check out article KB0033128 for instructions on how to back up your specific device. 2) Enroll in MobileIron. Learn more about MobileIron – what is it, why do you need it – article KB0027535. 3) Update your iOS. Does your iPhone have the latest iOS installed? In addition to the new features and updates, the latest iOS software keeps security on your iPhone strong. Learn More. Contact the IS Service Desk to get support for technology-related issues and requests.

2. Call for Abstracts: Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) 2018 Poster Session

ECOR is now accepting abstracts for the 2018 SAC Poster Session
Now is the chance to exhibit your research but don't wait too long to submit your abstract- we are already 25% full and will reach our capacity before the deadline.

Deadline for submission:  Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Poster Session gives researchers the opportunity to create a compelling visual display of their work and present it to some of the best scientific minds in the nation. The poster session is an essential part of the two-day meeting, which highlights excellence in research at MGH. Twelve Posters of Distinction will be chosen to receive a $1,000 travel award. A review panel will select a group of finalists from the submitted abstracts. Those finalists will be required to present their poster in order to be considered for the travel award. Awards will be restricted to junior faculty and trainees (i.e. Assistant Professors, Instructors, Fellows, and Graduate Students).

Poster abstract submissions will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Authors must be MGH employees.  Abstracts on any type of research are eligible for submission and authors may only submit ONE abstract.  

Simches Building, 185 Cambridge St., 2nd Floor (SERI)
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Session 1:  10:00am – 11:30am
Session 2:  12:00pm – 1:30pm

*Submitted posters will be placed in a session based on the selected category

Twelve $1,000 Poster of Distinction Awards will be awarded and are intended to help offset the costs of travel to a scientific meeting.

Please click here for more information and to submit a poster abstract!

If you have problems or questions please email

Again, space is limited! Submit your abstract early!

3. Inspire a MGH Youth Scholar

The MGH Youth Scholars program is looking for job shadowship hosts for 10th-grade students. The students have been part of our program since ninth grade and were selected because of their interest in science and health careers and topics. They have been exploring a variety of topics in science and healthcare and are now ready to see what careers are out there! Please see the details below:

The students: Scholars attend high school in Boston, Chelsea, or Revere. They represent a variety of backgrounds, many speak more than one language, may be the first in their family to attend college and are all motivated about their futures. Generally, they are all interested in science and health.

Your role: As a host you will spend about an hour with one or two students and introduce them to your career. When you take them back to your work place, share with them some of the responsibilities of your job, the training and education involved, and answer any questions they may have. This is an opportunity for students to have an introduction of what your career involves.  If you are interested and available to host a student please fill out the form below.

10th-Grade Job Shadowship will be January 10, 2018, from 4 to 5:15 pm. Pick up student in Yawkey 4-820

Additional information: All of our scholars have non-employee status and an MGH ID badge they can wear.

Sign up here:

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1. MGH ORCD RCR Series - Avoiding Conflict of Interest in Research

Tuesday, December 19, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, MGH Campus, details provided upon registration

The Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Research Career Development presents a seminar for HMS faculty and trainees.

RCR: Avoiding Conflict of Interest in Research

This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) seminar will discuss avoiding conflicts of interest that may arise in various aspects of research, including those related to:

  • Collaborations with academia and industry
  • Financial gain from research discoveries
  • Peer Review of manuscripts and grants

Speaker: Udo Hoffman, MD, Professor of Radiology, HMS; Division Chief, Cardiovascular Imaging; and Director, Cardiac MR PET CT Program

Please click here to register for this session.

2. Clinical Research Billing From Study Start to Completion

Monday, January 8, 2018, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Simches 3.120

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the MGH Office of Research Compliance

Pamela Richtmyer, Senior Research Compliance Associate, MGH Research Compliance

This presentation will provide a basic overview of clinical research billing.  Attendees will gain a general understanding of the clinical research billing process including:

  • Developing a study budget that will cover all costs
  • Epic research billing responsibilities
  • Determining what is billable to insurance
  • Routing charges appropriately
  • Insight Patient Care Correction process
  • Maintaining financial health of study
  • Understanding relevant regulations and requirements
  • Available resources

The Clinical Trial Billing Education Series is provided by MGH Research Compliance for the MGH Division of Clinical Research.

This course is geared towards investigators, research nurses, study coordinators, project managers, and all other study staff.

This program meets the requirements of the Board of Registration in Nursing, at 244 CMR 5.00, for 1 contact hour of nursing continuing education.

Registration is required. Contact Cassidy Peters with questions.

3. A Practical Guide to Biobanking for Biomarker and Precision Medicine

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 1:00– 4:00pm, Simches 3.110

Presented by MGH Division of Clinical Research, Harvard Catalyst Clinical and Translational Science Center, and the BWH Center for Clinical Investigation

Speakers: Pearl O’Rourke, MD, Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, and Scott Weiss, MD, MS
This course will provide an introduction to the use of biorepositories for clinical research, a practical guide to banking, accessing, and using samples and phenotypic data, and an overview of relevant human subjects issues. The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility of biorepositories for their research.

Please click here to register. Contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

4. Study Electronic Data Capture: REDCap and StudyTRAX

Wednesday, January 10, 2:00 – 3:00pm, Simches 3.120

Course Instructor: John Putzke, ScienceTrax
Jeremy Alphonse, REDCap

Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Compare and distinguish functionality between REDCap and StudyTRAX
  • Describe the key factors, reasons and issues related to choosing between REDCap and StudyTRAX
  • Analyze which application best fits various research projects and investigator interests

Summary: This goal of this presentation is two-fold.  First, provide an overview of two electronic data capture (EDC) applications offered through Partners Research Computing, REDCap and StudyTRAX.   Second, provide common reasons, factors and issues related to choosing between these two EDC applications.

This presentation is intended for researchers considering the use of REDCap or StudyTRAX.  Attendees will learn about and compare functionality in both applications and examine differences in application development, product roadmap, and support model.  Attendees will also learn about common factors, issues and investigator interests related to selecting the best fit. 

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Registration is required. Please contact Cassidy Peters with any questions.

5. MGH ORCD RCR Series- Responsible Authorship: Case Studies

Thursday, January 11, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, MGH Campus, details provided upon registration

The Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Research Career Development presents a seminar for MGH faculty and trainees.

“Responsible Authorship Part II: Cases Studies”
This interactive discussion of case studies related to authorship in science manuscripts, will include: when to discuss authorship, who should be an author, determining authorship order and settling disputes of authorship. Authorship guidelines will be briefly reviewed, and previous attendance at the first authorship seminar is not required.

Discussion Leader: Dennis Brown, PhD Professor of Medicine, HMS; Associate Director, Center for Systems Biology, MGH; Director, Office for Research Career Development

Please click here to register.

6. Introduction to Mixed Methods Research

January 31 – March 28, 2018

This online course offers an introduction to mixed methods research in the health sciences. Participants will learn how qualitative and quantitative data can be integrated to capture the perspectives of patients, providers, communities, or healthcare organizations in order to answer complex research questions.

Application closes January 5, 2018

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1. MassNextGen

The Massachusetts Next Generation Initiative (MassNextGen) is a five year, $1 million commitment to ensure the next generation of life science entrepreneurs have equal representation of men and women. MassNextGen is a partnership between the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and anchor sponsor Takeda.

Each year, following a competitive program, two women-owned or controlled early-stage life science companies will be awarded a year-long customized package of support, which includes funding and access to a network of seasoned Executive Coaches from the life sciences ecosystem to refine business strategies to effectively raise capital.

Takeda is the first private partner to kick off this program by providing $250,000 to match the MLSC $250,000 over a five year period. As a result, $100,000 in funding is available for the inaugural year of the program to be distributed to two winners of a competitive process, each receiving a $50K grant. An additional $100,000 of in-kind support and coaching from an illustrious network of seasoned entrepreneurs and investors as executive coaches who will be available to winners of the first year’s challenge. 

For more information, click here.

2. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

We ask that all MGH Investigators interested in applying for any limited submission award submit a Letter of Intent (see detailed instructions below) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) by the deadline indicated for each award to be considered to receive an institutional nomination.


Submit a one- to two-page Letter of Intent (LOI) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) via email to  In addition to your LOI, please include an NIH Biosketch.

The letter of intent should include:

  • Name of the Principal Investigator with appropriate contact information
  • A descriptive title of the potential application
  • Brief description of the project
  • Brief description of why you specifically should be selected to receive institutional nomination for this award

If there is more than one MGH investigator interested in applying for each limited submission award, the LOIs will be used to assess candidates and a review and selection process will take place.

Current Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
Please click here for more information and for our internal deadlines.

  • Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25)
  • Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) (P30 - Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (P30) – NEW!
  • Occupational Safety and Health Training Project Grants (T03) - NEW!  

If there is a limited submission funding opportunity you do not see listed below or you have any additional questions, please let us know at

3. Private Funding Opportunities

Please note that any grant that brings in less than 15% in indirect costs (IDC) will need to be supplemented up to the 15% equivalent by existing investigator or departmental sundry funds. Resolution of this issue must occur prior to submission of the award.

Please contact Corporate & Foundation Relations in the Office of Development at if you wish to submit a proposal in response to any of these funding opportunities.  Note that proposals are still routed through the standard InfoEd/Research Management process.

Week of 12/15/17

  •  Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation-AACR Grant, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 
  • Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award, American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
  • ATA Research Grants, American Thyroid Association (ATA)
  • Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas, Greenwall Foundation
4. NIH Update for Week Ending December 15, 2017

For the latest National Institutes of Health notices, requests for applications, and program announcements, follow this link:

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In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

President’s Innovation Challenge
Application Deadline: January 2, 2018

MGH ECOR Formulaic Bridge Funding Support
Application Deadline: January 7, 2018; 7th day of each month

2019 Clinical Fellows in Dementia
Application Deadline:  July 1, 2018

Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC) Accepting PILOT & DRIVE Grant Pre-Proposals

PCORI - Click here for the latest funding opportunities from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).


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