Early Career Investigator Workshop (2023)

Linthicum, MD US
October 20, 2023 to October 21, 2023

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Nurturing the success of early-career urologist-scientists is a major goal of the AUA Office of Research and the AUA Research Council. In particular, when the skills needed to be successful in research are well-developed in urology physician-scientists (researchers), they have enhanced abilities to more effectively communicate with their patients on the latest research relevant to the patients’ diseases or conditions, engender greater patient confidence in evidence-based clinical decision-making, and better ensure delivery of the highest quality of patient care through the ability to understand, engage in, and employ in their practice new knowledge from urologic research. The ability to successfully compete for funding for a physician’s own research program is an integral part of the skillset needed to be successful in research. The collaborative Early-Career Investigators Workshop (ECIW) provides an opportunity for promising junior researchers to receive individualized mentoring, insights into the scientific review process, information about independent funding sources, and grant writing guidance. The goal of the workshop is to motivate and support researchers in the early stages of their careers by providing an outstanding program led by established, well-funded investigators (both researchers and other investigators) in urologic research. This 2.5-day workshop and its activities are geared for individuals planning to submit competitive research proposals to the major funders of urologic research.

CURRICULUM The workshop agenda fosters research career success by providing participants with a solid foundation for successful grant writing.

The workshop and activities include interaction with senior scientific advisors in small group and individual sessions. The program consists of five major components:

  • Didactic Instruction
  • Individual Proposal Review and Critique
  • Grant Review/Revision
  • Mock Study Section
  • Funding Speaker Webinar

Target Audience

  • Urologist
  • Resident
  • Research/Scientist

Learning Objectives

The purpose of this workshop is to educate urologists working in urologic research on skills needed to be successful in research, which will, in turn, enhance their abilities to more effectively communicate with their patients on the latest research relevant to the patients’ diseases or conditions, engender greater patient confidence in evidence-based clinical decision-making, and better ensure delivery of the highest quality of patient care through the ability to understand, engage in, and employ in their practice new knowledge from urologic research. The research skill of focus for this meeting is successful grant writing. The education will be achieved through classroom-style presentations and interactions with senior investigators serving as scientific advisors. Participating scientific advisors will be chosen based on their successful history of funding in urologic research and track record of training pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participating researchers will be able to:

  1. Describe the cutting-edge and developing areas in basic and translational research, and identify components of their research efforts that intersect with or expand upon these;
  2. Develop and refine a compelling, innovative, and testable hypothesis;
  3. Develop a reasonable and ‘do-able’ experimental plan that adequately tests the stated hypothesis;
  4. Identify potential limitations of the proposed experimental plan and alternative experimental outcomes, and develop responsive alternative experimental approaches
  5. Expand the initial concepts presented in the application to optimally project future directions, concepts, and studies
  6. Avoid common pitfalls that typically dampen the enthusiasm of grant reviewers; and
  7. Describe the necessary administrative (nuts-and-bolts) components of NIH grant applications.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 14.25 Non-Physician Participation
Course opens: 
09/05/2023
Course expires: 
10/21/2026
Event starts: 
10/20/2023 - 4:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
10/21/2023 - 3:00pm EDT
Price:
$550.00
Rating: 
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Pre-Workshop Webinar: Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 4:00pm – 7:10pm ET

 

4:00 pm

 

Welcome & Introductions of Funding Speakers

Chairs:

Dolores Lamb, PhD Ranjith Ramasamy, MD

4:05 pm

NIDDK Presentation and Q&A

Tracy Rankin, PhD, MPH

4:25 pm

NIA Presentation and Q&A

Marcel Salive, MD, MPH

4:45 pm

VA Presentation and Q&A

Eric Schwinder

5:05 pm

DoD Presentation and Q&A

Theresa Miller, PhD

5:25 pm

Break

 

5:30 pm

 

NCI Presentation and Q&A

Corinne Boulanger-Espeut, PhD, MBA

5:50 pm

NICHD Presentation and Q&A

Susan Taymans, Ph.D.

6:10 pm

PCORI Presentation and Q&A

Nora McGhee, PhD

 

6:30 pm

Overview of American Cancer Society Funding Opportunities

 

Joanne Elena, PhD, MPH

 

6:50 pm

 

Catalyst Presentation and Q&A

Kristina L. Penniston, PhD, RDN, FAND

 

7:10 pm

 

Conclusion

Dolores Lamb, PhD Ranjith Ramasamy, MD

Day One: Friday, October 20, 2023, 7:30 am – 6:15 pm

7:30 am

Attendee Arrival & Registration (breakfast available)

Attendees can pick up registration badges and packets with materials from funding speakers at the registration table.

8:30 am

Welcome & Goals for Day 1

Chairs

8:45 am

Introduction of Faculty Mentors

Chairs & Faculty Mentors

9:00 am

Specific Aims Workshop

Dolores Lamb, PhD, HCLD (ABB)

Weill Cornell  Medicine Jennifer Anger, MD, MPH (pre- recorded)

UC San Diego Health

10:00 am

Composing a Successful Research Proposal

-Strong hypothesis, premise, rationale

-Rigor & transparency

Chris Barbieri, PhD, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine

10:30 am

Selling Yourself Through Your NIH Biosketch

Rosalyn Adam, PhD

Boston Children's Hospital

11:00 am

Group Picture & Break

Front Lobby

11:30 am

How to Manage Your Own Lab: Budget, Project Management, And Everything They Don’t Teach You!

Margot Damaser, PhD

The Cleveland Clinic

12:00 pm

Common Grant Writing Pitfalls

Dolores Lamb, PhD, HCLD (ABB)

Weill Cornell Medicine

12:30 pm

Networking Lunch

 

1:30 pm

Concurrent Training Tracks – Session One

 

 

Early Grant Development Group

Auditorium

1:30 pm

How to Start a Lab as a Junior Faculty

Ryan Flannigan, MD, FRCSC

Vancouver Prostate Center

2:00 pm

Mentor Relationships

LaMonica Stewart, PhD

Meharry Medical College

1:30 pm –

2:30 pm

Advanced Grant Development Group

  • 1-on-1 meetings with faculty mentors
  • Work time for grant proposal editing
  • Work time for presentation editing

Conference Room, Library, and Exhibit Room

 

Dolores Lamb, PhD, HCLD (ABB)

Weill Cornell Medicine

Elizabeth Leone Koehne, MD

 

Ranjith Ramasamy, MD

University of Miami

Luke David Eric Witherspoon, MD, MSc, MB

 

Rosalyn Adam, PhD

Boston Children's Hospital

Kristian Donald Stensland, MD, MPH, MS

 

Chris Barbieri, PhD, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine

Justin Robert Gregg, MD

 

Margot Damaser, PhD

The Cleveland Clinic

Allison Polland, MD

 

Michael Gorin, MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Filipe La Fuente de Carvalho, MD, PhD & Maya Ragini Overland, MD PHD

2:30 pm

Networking Break

 

3:00 pm

AUA Grant Funding Presentation and Q&A

W. Taylor Monson, MA

AUA Office of Research

3:15 pm

Perspectives from a Senior Investigator

Stephen Zderic, MD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania

3:45 pm

Importance of Social Networks and Serendipity in Scientific Discovery

Ranjith Ramasamy, MD

University of Miami

4:15 pm

Day 1 Closing Remarks

Chairs

4:30 pm

Tour of the William P. Didusch Center for Urologic History Museum

Tupper Stevens, MLS

American Urological Association

5:00 pm

Dinner & Networking

 

6:00 pm

Adjourn

 

6:15 pm

AUA Building closes

 

Day Two: Saturday, October 21, 2023, 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

7:30 am

Attendee Arrival (breakfast available)

 

8:00 am

Welcome & Goals for Day 2

Chairs

8:15 am

Concurrent Training Tracks – Session Two

 

8:15 am –

9:00 am

Early Grant Development Group

  • Meetings with faculty mentors
  • Work time for specific aims editing

Auditorium

 

Dolores Lamb, PhD, HCLD (ABB)

Weill Cornell Medicine

Andre Abreu, MD & Daniel Robert Greenberg, MD

 

Ranjith Ramasamy, MD

University of Miami

Adri Michelle Galvan Durant, MD & Samantha Thorogood, MD

 

Rosalyn Adam, PhD

Boston Children's Hospital

Raju R. Chelluri, MD, MS & Alireza Ghoreifi, MD

 

Chris Barbieri, PhD, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine

Phillip, Michael, Rappold, MD, PhD & Bradley Roy Webster, MD, PhD

 

Margot Damaser, PhD

The Cleveland Clinic

Alexandra LaPat Polasko, PhD, MS

 

Ryan Flannigan, MD, FRCSC

Vancouver Prostate Center

Karen Isobella Hannigan, PhD & Thomas Louis Osinski, MD

 

Andrew Hung, MD

University of Southern California Health Sciences Campus

Brooke Spratte, MD, Kavita Gupta, MD, Abhinav Khanna, MD & Diboro Kanabolo, MD

 

LaMonica Stewart, PhD

Meharry Medical College

Colton Harrison Walker, MD, Claire de la Calle, MD, & Giovanni Cacciamani, MD, MSc

 

Stephen Zderic, MD

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania

Kathleen Mary Kan, MD & Yi Li, MD

 

Monty Hughes, PhD

Duke University Medical Center

Taryn A. Ellis, MD, MS

8:15 am –

9:00 am

Advanced Grant Development Group

  • Independent work time for grant proposal editing
  • Independent work time for presentation editing
  • Email final presentation to Diana Tsuji

Conference Room, Library, and Exhibit Room

9:00 am

Journey from K to R grants 

Andrew Hung, MD
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

9:30 am

Break

 

9:45 am

Introduction to Mock Peer Review

Chairs

 

Mock Peer Review Study Section

Chaired by Dolores Lamb, PhD, HCLD (ABB)

10:00 am

Funded K01 Application

“Osteopontin: A Novel Mediator of prostatic inflammation and fibrosis”

Primary Reviewer: Monty Hughes, PhD

Secondary Reviewer: LaMonica Stewart, PhD

10:45 am

Funded Resubmitted K23 Application

“Afferent Hyperactivity Mechanisms in Overactive Bladder Syndrome”

Primary Reviewer: Margot Damaser, PhD

Secondary Reviewer: Rosalyn Adam, PhD

11:30 am

Funded R01 Application

“Improving Diagnosis of Congenital Genitourinary Anomalies”

Primary Reviewer: Stephen Zderic, MD Secondary Reviewer: Ranjith Ramasamy, MD

12:15 pm

Lunch

 

1:15 pm

Advanced Grant Development Group Presentations Introduction

Chairs

1:30 pm

Presentation 1

Allison Polland, MD

1:35 pm

Presentation 2

Elizabeth Leone Koehne, MD

1:40 pm

Presentation 3

Filipe La Fuente de Carvalho, MD, PhD

1:45 pm

Presentation 4

Justin Robert Gregg, MD

1:50 pm

Presentation 5

Kristian Donald Stensland, MD, MPH, MS

1:55 pm

Presentation 6

Luke David Eric Witherspoon, MD

2:00 pm

Presentation 7

Maya Ragini Overland, MD PhD

2:05 pm

Final Remarks & Faculty Feedback

Chairs & Faculty mentors

2:20 pm

Adjourn

 

3:00 pm

AUA Building closes

 

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 DK137583-01 from NIDDK. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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COI Work Group Disclosures

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Planner & Faculty Disclosures

NameCompany Name
Adam, Rosalyn M.No relevant financial relationships
Anger, Jennifer T.No relevant financial relationships
Barbieri, Christopher E.No relevant financial relationships
Boulanger-Espeut, CorinneNo relevant financial relationships
Damaser, MargotNo relevant financial relationships
Elena, JoanneNo relevant financial relationships
Flannigan, Ryan KNo relevant financial relationships
Gorin, Michael A.No relevant financial relationships
Hughes Jr., FrancisNo relevant financial relationships
Hung, AndrewNo relevant financial relationships
Lamb, Dolores JeanNo relevant financial relationships
McGhee, NoraNo relevant financial relationships
Miller, TheresaNo relevant financial relationships
Penniston, Kristina L.No relevant financial relationships
Ramasamy, RanjithNo relevant financial relationships
Rankin, TracyNo relevant financial relationships
Salive, MarcelNo relevant financial relationships
Schwinder, Eric JayNo relevant financial relationships
Stewart, Lamonica VanetteNo relevant financial relationships
Taymans, SusanNo relevant financial relationships
Zderic, Stephen AnthonyNo relevant financial relationships

AUA Staff have nothing to disclose.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

AUA ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

ACCREDITATION: 

The American Urological Association (AUA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CREDIT DESIGNATION: 

The American Urological Association (AUA) designates this Other activity (live activities and enduring materials) for a maximum of 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

OTHER LEARNERS: 

The AUA is not accredited to offer credit to participants who are not MDs or DOs. However, the AUA will issue documentation of participation that states that the activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

EVIDENCE BASED CONTENT: 

It is the policy of the AUA to ensure that the content contained in this CME activity is valid, fair, balanced, scientifically rigorous, and free of commercial bias.

AUA DISCLOSURE POLICY: 

All persons in a position to control the content of an educational activity (i.e., activity planners, presenters, authors) are required to disclose to the provider all financial relationships with any commercial interest during the previous 24 months. The AUA must determine if the individual’s relationships may influence the educational content and mitigate any conflicts of interest prior to the commencement of the educational activity. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent individuals with relevant financial relationships from participating, but rather to provide learners information with which they can make their own judgments.

MITIGATION OF IDENTIFIED CONFLICT OF INTEREST: 

All disclosures will be reviewed by the AUA Conflict of Interest (COI) Review Work Group Chair and/or Vice Chair for identification of conflicts of interest. The AUA COI Review Work Group, working with Office of Education staff, will document the mechanism(s) for management and mitigation of the conflict of interest and final approval of the activity will be documented prior to implementation. Any of the mechanisms below can/will be used to mitigate conflict of interest:

  • Peer review for valid, evidence-based content by the AUA COI Review Work Group.
  • Attestation that clinical recommendations are evidence-based and free of commercial bias.
  • Introduction of a debate format (point-counterpoint)
  • Inclusion of moderated panel discussion with unbiased moderator
  • Publication of a parallel or rebuttal article for an article that is felt to be biased
  • Divestiture of the relationship by faculty
  • Recusal from controlling relevant aspects of planning
  • Selection of alternative faculty for specific topic

OFF-LABEL OR UNAPPROVED USE OF DRUGS OR DEVICES: 

The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain reference(s) to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses.

Available Credit

  • 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 14.25 Non-Physician Participation

Price

Price:
$550.00
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