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Modernizing Research Training

As the current chair of the Research and Training Division, I would like to convey that the AAAAI membership would like the NHLBI to consider the following in the development of its strategic plan:

 

Since the focus of research has changed over the past decade, training programs need to be encouraged to use newer models of research in their training and mentoring of potential research faculty.

Submitted by (@wheeze)

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Mitchell Grayson on behalf of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

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Training of Clinical & Translational Scientists

Although the NCRR and NIGMS used to have a mechanism to train new generation of clinical & translational scientists, this program was stopped. Why?

What is the possibility of other institutes to come up with the priority of funding resources in this regard?

Submitted by (@dkagr0)

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In view of the health care models, strong control of insurance companies in determining the remuneration, lack of protective time for qualified clinicians to continue their research, no incentive to the institute for promoting such activities, lack of available tenure-track jobs, pool of effective and well-trained clinical & translational researchers is decreasing rapidly. Even though NIH invests resources to train MD-PhD students, a very minor pool of these graduates continue curiosity and passion in advancing new knowledge and discovering newer approaches.

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1. Additional resources must be developed by NHLBI, NIAID, NIDDK and other major institutes to support this endeavor.

2. Institutes/medical schools who provide protective time to their faculty to continue their efforts in clinical & translational research, must be acknowledged and incentivized.

3. There has been no effective way of measuring outcomes from such investments. All of us must take ownership in utilizing the resources more effectively and more productively.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Devendra K. Agrawal, PhD

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Training Programs Go Green

Training programs may consider a more green approach by producing easy to access on-line materials and resources to be shared with other training programs and trainees, with a common website repository where such information is archived.

Submitted by (@treva0)

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Analogous applications include the repositories for genome-wide data and results, and the PMCID repositories where publications using NIH support are stored. Archived information may include, e.g., training manuals and lectures (both PowerPoint presentation as well as audio-visual materials). Such a system would need a front end that describes the purpose and goals of the program for which the materials are developed, reference to the authors, copyright information (who has open access versus secured access), etc.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Treva Rice for the PRIDE (Programs to increase diversity among individuals engaged in health-related research): Joe GN “Skip” Garcia, Francisco Moreno Girardin Jean-Louis, Gbenga Ogedegbe, DC Rao, Victor Davila-Roman, Mohamed Boutjdir, Betty Pace, Juan Gonzales, Bettina M Beech, Keith Norris, Marino Bruce, Alicia Fernandez, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, and Margaret Handley.

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Research training to support population-focused obesity research in ethnic minority populations

NIH is already facing a challenge in increasing the number and viability of researchers of color. Obesity research in black (or other high risk minority) populations can be used to explore how research training programs that focus on specific issues of importance to populations of color might contribute to the recruitment and success of ethnic minority researchers in the NIH system.

Submitted by (@skumanyi)

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To say the least, not all researchers of color study disparities related issues and not all disparities research is done by researchers of color. That is the way it should be. However, I suspect that research focusing on populations of color would attract a greater than average proportion of researchers of color (NIMHD might have data on this but NIMHD funding alone would be grossly insufficient as the only relevant funding stream. It would also be inappropriate and ineffective to silo the entire burden as an NIMHD responsibility).

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The infrastructure for such training might not exist. Isolated minority researchers attached to various centers and programs would not necessarily work; some sort of networking would have to be done based on an infrastructure devoted to population-oriented obesity research and with a critical mass of obesity researchers focusing on the black (or other) population..

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Shiriki Kumanyika, Melicia Whitt-Glover, Debra Haire-Joshu

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NOVEL APPROACHES TO TRAINING IN SLEEP AND CIRCADIAN RESEARCH

Sleep and circadian disorders are relatively new areas of medicine. Most universities currently lack a critical mass of investigators to develop institutional T32 grants. Thus, there are, unfortunately, few such programs nationally. The Sleep Research Society has recognized this and is taking active steps to facilitate development of other T32 institutional training grants. This will not, however, help the majority ...more »

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The current status of research training in sleep and circadian disorders suggest that new approaches are needed. The field has developed one multi-center training grant to bring training to different institutions. This is focused on genetic/genomic approaches. It is run by the University of Pennsylvania which has a well developed program in this area. The fellows in training are, however, at other institutions, i.e., Johns Hopkins, University of Michigan and Stanford. Web-based approaches are used for work-in-progress seminars, grant development workshops and group mentorship, and didactic lectures. This strategy could be used more broadly to develop research training in other areas of sleep and circadian research. Stimulating this would have a major impact on research training in this new field of medicine.

 

Another relevant strategy would be to encourage adding slots in a competitive way for sleep/circadian research to other existing institutional T32 grants.

 

There are multiple mechanisms in place to communicate opportunities to the sleep/circadian academic community, i.e., Sleep-L, administered by the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research; Sleep Research Society biweekly blog; the Sleep Research Network. Specific encouragement of this approach would broaden the base for research training and would be of high impact.

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The field of sleep and circadian research has had a long commitment to facilitating research training. The Sleep Research Society has hosted Trainee Day at our annual meeting for 20 years. The Sleep Research Society is funding early-stage investigators through its Foundation. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine runs, in collaboration with the NHLBI, an event at NIH for early-stage investigators in clinical research. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation has a “Bridge to K Award” program that provides funds to early-stage investigators who just missed funding on their first application for a K award. The Sleep Research Society has provided travel funds for early-stage investigators to attend recent workshops held by different NIH Institutes including National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Thus, there is no doubt of the commitment of the field and its professional organizations.

 

The impact of these new initiatives would be to broaden the base for research training beyond a few institutions. The number of institutions with a critical mass of investigators to mount successful T32 institutional training grants is not sufficient to provide the necessary future biomedical research workforce in this area. Novel approaches, based on modern communication IT technology, are needed.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Sleep Research Society

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Supporting early-stage investigators

How can we provide better support for junior investigators who are transitioning from K Award to R Award funding?

Submitted by (@ed.silverman)

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With the challenging NIH funding climate, many junior investigators are struggling to obtain their first R series grant. Without better support of our junior investigators, the next generation of investigators in academic medicine is in peril.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Edwin K. Silverman

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Enhancing T4 Implementation Research Expertise

We need to increase our base of T4 implementation research expertise among researchers, reviewers, and investigators.

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Increase our base of expertise in a relatively new field. Increase the number of funded grants and projects that include T4 implementation research.

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Additional training for T4 implementation research can be added to the training infrastructure currently in place at the NHLBI/NIH.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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Translational training programs

The strategic vision to enhance translation and to enhance the workforce both require training that spans the scope of basic science, pre-clinical development, clinical trials. We lack coherent mechanisms for training the next generation of translational researchers, some of whom may be MDs, and some PhDs. A program should provide cross-training of Clinical Fellows and Postdocs to reflect the needed interactions between ...more »

Submitted by (@wjones7)

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The impact will trainees with more comprehensive exposure and involvement in translation of science from the bench to bedside. MDs will spend more time in labs or involved in pre-clinical work, PhDs will become CITI certified and assist with enrollment of clinical trials and trial design. Journal clubs will span the sciences, the clinical practice and the translational realm including regulatory and industry considerations. Trainees can use this background whether they go on in medicine, science, translation, or industry to fit and contribute to an increasingly translational medical bioscience field.

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Feasibility must include a academic medicine environment active in translational biomedical science such that the mentors can include scientists, physicians and physician/scientists, some of whom are translators. Some of the scientists should be from industry and perhaps projects and funding can involve industry/Pharm as well these will benefit from an educated workforce. Challenges involve individuals at the sites putting the right teams together, but many Universities are doing this with incubators and translational units at present. This will further the clinical involvement to include Fellows in Fellowship programs in Cardiology, Medicine and Surgery.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Keith Jones

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Bridge “translational gap”

Provide resources and training to improve the ability of scientists to bridge the “translational gap”. Continue and expand the VITA program.

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Society for Vascular Surgery

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Expanding short term Junior Faculty Training Programs such as the Summer Training Programs for Junior Faculty (PRIDE): More Pgms

Expanding the training efforts (e.g. greater number of funded summer programs, extend training beyond 2 summers, provision for 5-year grants so an additional cohort can be included) would be highly beneficial.

Submitted by (@treva0)

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Expand training efforts by increasing number of programs. The PRIDE is now turning away outstanding applicants due to the limited number of training slots across the different program. Since each program is currently training as many scholars as is feasible given their current infrastructure and resources, a solution may include increasing the number of independent programs in the PRIDE or number of trainees a given program can support. This will lead to increasing the number of independent researchers in the health-related fields who come from diverse backgrounds. Flexibility to increase the training period: Some junior faculty need more assistance than others. Some trainees from less research-intensive institutions may have had fewer opportunities to participate in research and thus have less experience and fewer (sometimes no) publications. They would greatly benefit from an initial period dedicated to increasing core research skills and publications prior to proposing and seeking independent grant funds. In the long run, they will be more likely to succeed given the extended training since the PRIDE offers opportunities to collaborate with nationally known researchers and provides access to data resources and the possibility of increasing their publication record. Also, a small percentage of the slots may be reserved for repeat participation in structured manner that provides escalating levels of support.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Treva Rice for the PRIDE (Programs to increase diversity among individuals engaged in health-related research): Joe GN “Skip” Garcia, Francisco Moreno Girardin Jean-Louis, Gbenga Ogedegbe, DC Rao, Victor Davila-Roman, Mohamed Boutjdir, Betty Pace, Juan Gonzales, Bettina M Beech, Keith Norris, Marino Bruce, Alicia Fernandez, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, and Margaret Handley.

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Career Development in "Group Based" Science

As the current chair of the Research and Training Division, I would like to convey that the AAAAI membership would like the NHLBI to consider the following in the development of its strategic plan:

 

NHLBI should be challenged on how best to provide career development grants to junior faculty involved in “group based” clinical and bench science.

Submitted by (@wheeze)

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Mitchell Grayson on behalf of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

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How will we train younger generation of scientists with skils in understanding the glycans?

Recent results suggests that glycans play critical roles in human physiology and pathology. Understanding glycan protein interactions may lead to next generation of drugs. But limited research is being funded on understanding structure - function relationships on glycans. Likewise, we are training very few researchers in the glycosciences. More programs are needed to impart glycoscience knowledge at the undergraduate, ...more »

Submitted by (@urdesai)

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Desai

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