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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?

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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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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.

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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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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 »

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? Critical Challenge (CC)

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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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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?

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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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Need to train and nurture more "translators"!

One of the major challenges in translating from bench-to-bedside and back is communication: the ability of basic and clinical scientists to understand each other's scientific language to be able to appreciate the importance of the other’s research questions and findings.

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Having an increased number of researchers able to connect dots across the continuum of translational research should increase overall success of translation of ideas into health.

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This requires "rearranging" of already existing elements. Within 5-10 years of running specifically designed re/cross -training programs, the effects might be widely visible.
Basic scientists usually do not keep up with the latest outcomes of important clinical studies, and thus might miss important starting points for new basic research (e.g., negative trials that suggest the need for new hypotheses). The great majority of clinical scientists do not attend basic scientific sessions because are turned off by the specialized (dense/obscure) scientific terms used. Those who are interested in being translators have a hard time integrating and surviving in the "opposite camp" (i.e., at many medical schools, basic scientists are expected to bring in all their salary in a clinical department, and clinicians get little protected time for basic research)

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

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Training the new generation: not all about “big data” & "omics"

How do we attract more students/trainees into fields that are not popularized by “catchy” names?

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Training the next generation of scientists

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While the need to train the next generation of scientists in emerging fields (e.g. “omics” and “big data”), we should not overlook the need for nurturing “old fashioned” scientists (e.g. physiologists, integrative biologists) which are on the decline.

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

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Enhancing Medical Professional Education, Training and Research

Would using multi-disciplinary teams (nutritionists, exercise physiologists, social workers, nurses, etc.) be an effective approach to applying lifestyle medicine to improve patient care?

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? Compelling Question (CQ)

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It would have a global impact on the health of the public, should patients CV and pulmonary health improve as a result of training and application of skills.

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Previous NHLBI initiatives dovetail with the proposed and have demonstrated feasibility. NHLBI supported the Nutrition Academic Award program.
There is a movement to implement novel approaches to enhance training in and application of lifestyle medicine (e.g., smoking, nutrition and physical activity) for physicians (e.g., resident physicians and fellows) to improve patient care and cardiovascular and pulmonary health outcomes. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) recognizes the role of nutrition and physical activity and recommends that health professionals (e.g., practicing physicians, residents, fellows, physician assistants, nurse practitioners) counsel patients on lifestyle behavior changes. To capitalize on ACA, medical professionals must be trained and obtain the necessary practice skills to deliver needed services. Research to evaluate the approach must be an integral part of the process.

Collaborative resource needs in public-private partnerships have the potential to address this CQ. Research to evaluate this approach is equally needed.

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

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Implementation Research Workforce Addressing Health Inequities

What are the best strategies to develop a highly competent diverse Implementation Science research workforce to address health inequities?

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? Compelling Question (CQ)

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• Enhance fundamental knowledge about new and trans-disciplinary D&I field.
• Improve understanding on ways to scale-up and deliver proven interventions to address health inequities.
• New knowledge generation regarding important adaptations of interventions implemented in the local context.
• Improve health outcomes, particularly in underserved populations in both the U.S. and abroad.
• Successful D&I research training programs will help ensure a competent diverse D&I research workforce.
• Identification of the most effective career timing and combination (balance) of discipline-specific and trans-disciplinary courses essential to develop a cadre of trans-disciplinary implementation science researchers.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC

Feasibility:
• Dedicated NHLBI Center to promote, develop, implement, and disseminate research findings to address heart, lung, blood, sleep-related conditions and diseases.
• Identified new approaches to creating partnerships with trans-disciplinary research teams that expand beyond academia and increased understanding of the unique nature of mentorship needed for this discipline.
• Experience from several other ICs can be leveraged to improve or ability to be successful and decrease our launch time.
• Field is gaining momentum because of the realization of the unsustainable economic burden of health inequities (expected to increase in the future) in the U.S.

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• Dedicated training mechanisms are needed to develop and meet our current/future T4 research workforce needs to address health inequities.

• Resources needed that provide unique training approaches (e.g., a trans-disciplinary scientific training environment, knowledge and experience with health disparity populations, unique training faculty (mentor) composition and opportunities to train mentees as future D&I mentors, innovative research tools and research experiences, and broad and diverse partnerships.

• Unique linkages with practice settings across disciplines needed.

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

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Developing/adapting training programs to address future areas of critical need

What are the best methods to identify future training areas and develop/adapt training and mentorship programs to address future critical needs?

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• Increased return on investment
• Cross-fertilization/cross pollinate with other ICs

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC

High feasibility but may require pilot projects, marketing and dissemination

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

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Preparing for Transdisciplinary Research

There is a need to develop training programs, mentorship, and collaborations that cross boundaries and prepare researchers for future transdisciplinary needs.

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

Expanding the base of the program foci (e.g. including NCI in addition to the current HLBS).

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Expanding the PRIDE program foci beyond NHLBI’s heart, lung, blood, and sleep foci, may involve a common-fund effort, for example by having multiple institutes involved in the program. It is well accepted that good research today is a collaborative effort that often reaches across institutes. For example, the research interests of several PRIDE/SIPID trainees were at the intersection of cardiology and areas such as cancer, diabetes and aging.

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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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.

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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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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.

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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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