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Training Course Summaries

We offer the following seminars for HSC faculty, staff and students. These seminars will help you be a better researcher through better grant writing. These seminars will give you exposure to available funding opportunities.

The Affordable Care Act's (ACA) funding opportunities span many disciplines and interests, including research, workforce, education, and clinical care. Additionally, the ACA's funding opportunities are growing while many other funding opportunities continue to decline. Faculty and staff interested in pursuing healthcare reform funding opportunities are encouraged to register for this training. In this introduction, we focus on how to develop a competitive, effective grant application for agencies that have received a large share of the healthcare reform funding, including Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Workshops are led by Faculty Research Support Officer who introduces new and seasoned investigators to general grantsmanship techniques. Topics include:

  • Strategizing for funding opportunities
  • Responding to an FOA
  • Building a research team
  • Developing and Editing your project narrative
  • Submitting your proposal

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Each workshop discusses a funding mechanism and the mission/vision of its supporting agency. Topics include: PCORI grant applications, HRSA funding, AHRQ, and SBIR. Each two-hour workshop delves into strategizing a proposal towards a specific agency.

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The federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is a robust source of funding, but competition for contracts is formidable. Would you like to know about these opportunities and learn strategies for effectively writing and winning them? Please the CTSC for an informative and interactive session addressing the why, how and when of PCORI. This workshop is designed for faculty and staff who maintain all levels of grantsmanship expertise (including zero!).

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Our biodesign program was modeled after Stanford University's program to bring together researchers, clinicians, engineers and other specialists to develop commercially viable solutions to existing barriers and needs in health care. Once a concept is developed, CTSC supports teams in pursuing pilot funding and navigating technology transfer processes. Dedicated space is available for biodesign projects in the CTSC's Translational Lab and this program has been successfully operated for six years and has produced multiple devices and patents.

We offer the following training for HSC faculty, staff and students. These courses are designed to help you be a better researcher through good clinical practice and current regulation training.

This innovative hybrid course consists of online modules that are fortified with face-to-face laboratory instruction. The course was designed to promote investigator and staff compliance with the thirteen principles of GCP. Some topics include History of ICH GCP, Elements of Informed Consent, Reporting of adverse and serious adverse events, and Protocol Deviations. Special emphasis is placed on vulnerable populations in clinical research and the phases of a clinical trial. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this training.

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This two-hour workshop is led by a regulatory specialist who discusses the functions of an IRB as well as what to expect during an FDA inspection. Special emphasis is placed on FDA forms 482 and 483 as well as corrective action and monitoring plans. Instructor provides additional resources for participants about federal and university regulations concerning human research subject protection.

We offer the following education programs and experiences for HSC students. Many of these programs award degrees. See the Biomedical Research Education Program for more details.

Offers a knowledge base in clinical/translational research for postdoctoral students and faculty in biomedical sciences, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and biomedical engineering. Learners take courses in basic competencies, including research design, measurement, study implementation, biostatistics, translational technologies, patient outcomes research, conducting research in health care systems, cultural competence, grantsmanship, and biomedical ethics. The CCTS provides formal training to faculty and postdoctoral students in all areas of research and learning at UNM. The certificate is also a prerequisite for enrollment in the Masters of Science in Clinical Research program.
This is a two-year program for junior faculty and CTSC-affiliated scholars (including KL2 scholars, MSCR students, and pilot recipients). The cohort meets once a month to build presentation skills and discuss ongoing research, research ethics, and various didactic topics. At each meeting, a selected group of participants presents their research, followed by discussion with others in the cohort and faculty mentors.
This interdisciplinary, competency-based program enables those with a terminal degree (e.g., MD, PhD, PharmD) to obtain advanced knowledge and experience in conducting effective clinical and translational research. The concen-tration incorporates 12 domains of study and encompasses a 38-credit individualized learning experience. The MSCR concentration was developed to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to develop competency in these twelve domains. The concentration encompasses a 38-credit individualized learning experience with a 14-credit core curriculum (required), 14-credits of electives, 4-credits of seminar, and a 6-credit thesis. Objectives are linked with formative and summative assessments to provide learners with sufficient feedback to gauge their pro-gress in attaining the competencies.

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Mentored Career Development Program (MCDP, also known as KL-2) was initiated in June 2006 with a call for applications from junior faculty from the School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and College of Nursing. Based on a NIH-style competitive application process, three scholars were selected in 2006 by a scientific review panel to receive 75% salary support for up to 5 years to dedicate time to developing their research portfolios. The Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) continues to accept applications from highly qualified candidates from across the country each year.

The KL2 program equips a cohort of independent faculty with the training and support needed to conduct exceptional clinical and translational research. KL2 Scholars receive training and mentorship in multi-disciplinary, team-based, and patient-oriented clinical and translational research. KL2 Scholars become leaders and innovators in their respective professional fields and departments.

To date, KL2 scholars at CTSC have been drawn from a variety of disciplines, including pharmaceutical sciences, pediatrics, and neurology. KL2 scholars have studied viral outbreaks in children, the mechanisms behind alcohol and intimate partner violence, and non-invasive methods of altering brain plasticity. KL2 scholars reap interdisciplinary, competency-based training that advances knowledge and experience in conducting effective clinical and translational research.

UPN summer research experience cultivates student interest in research while helping them attain skills needed to apply for and succeed in post-baccalaureate education.

The program provides the opportunity for students to choose from several areas of research at the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center. Students participate forty hours per week for ten weeks.

Each scholar is mentored during the program by a faculty member. Scholars also have regular contact with a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, medical resident, clinical fellow, or research staff member for the length of their program. Each scholar designs a research project which provides an opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to conduct research independently. Scholars present their research project to the scientific community during the program’s competitive poster symposium. The UPN Program awards each scholar a summer experience package to cover a stipend, activity fees and some meals.