The following courses and seminars are offered online by Tufts CTSI I LEARN.

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Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Survey Course

Course description:   This groundbreaking course tackles one of the most opportune and relevant topics in medicine: Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). Nationally renowned CER experts describe the current state of CER, define CER tools, and explain state-of-the-art CER methodologies in a series of 15 captivating 2-hour lectures. Each lecture has been professionally videotaped and combined with slides and other learning materials to provide interactive presentations.

Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations through Translational Research (ADAPT)

Course description:   The ADAPT seminars aim to raise awareness of Asian health disparities and facilitate community-engaged translational research that targets the health of Asian-Americans. These presentations are for the research and clinical communities, public health and policy makers, and community leaders.

Biomedical Informatics

Course description:   How can you best capture the data for your study? Which electronic data capture software is best for you? Tufts CTSI’s biomedical informatics seminars review leading software applications and describe their potential for streamlining clinical trials, patient registries, surveys, and more.

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Seminars

Course description:   The comparative effectiveness research (CER) seminars add to the content already in the CER Survey Course. They use research examples to explain each step of the Translational Spectrum of Comparative Effectiveness Research at Tufts CTSI. The seminars also discuss the current state of CER, explain state-of-the-art CER methodologies and the importance of CER.

Civic Life & Health Research

Course description:   What is civic life, and why is it important to consider in clinical research? Understand the relevance of civic engagement to clinical and other health research at Civic Life and Health Research, a seminar by Peter Levine, PhD, Associate Dean and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Get oriented to current research and debates about civic engagement in the US; challenge the frequent definition of civic engagement as professionals consulting stakeholders; and instead begin to see medical researchers and health professionals as citizens who should relate to other people as fellow citizens. By the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: Define the concept of civic life and related terms such as civic engagement, social capital, democratic participation, and community engagement from social science perspectives. Value civic engagement as relevant to the clinical research process. Explore differences in theory and practice depending on whether one thinks in terms of clients, patients, stakeholders, communities, publics, or citizens. Illustrate exemplary actions that investigators can take that involve civic life.

Common Metrics Implementation

Course description:   In order to maximize the CTSA Program’s impact, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is implementing the Common Metrics Initiative, which employs a set of common metrics for use in collaborative management based on the principles of the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework. The videos and activities outlined below are intended to teach you about the RBA framework , the Scorecard software and their use/application. The materials are broken up into units that correspond with each training session and should be followed sequentially.

Clinical Research

Course description:   How is research designed, conducted, evaluated, and applied to patient care? The Clinical Research seminar series provides a comprehensive overview of clinical research methodology, from writing a research question to publishing findings. No matter what your experience, if you are interested in learning about the basic principles of research, you are encouraged to view these exciting one-hour sessions.

Developing and Managing Your Research Career

Course description:   New and seasoned researchers will benefit from this outstanding professional development series that covers diverse topics such as team science, mentoring, submitting a manuscript, managing a research laboratory, and getting grant funding. These seminars are co-sponsored by the Tufts University-wide Committee for Teaching and Faculty Development.

Good Clinical Practice for Social and Behavioral Research

Course description:   The following e-Learning Course, Best Practices in Social and Behavioral Research Course, provides researchers with an overview of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) principles specific to social and behavioral clinical trials. This interactive learning resource is available courtesy of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Consortium. There are 9 modules in total, and each module takes approximately 25 minutes to complete. Completing the entire course is expected to take 3-4 hours. Please note that this is a self-learning tool, and may not satisfy GCP training requirements at your institution. Please check your institutional GCP training policy before completing any GCP coursework to ensure you are in compliance with NIH requirements. To receive a certificate of completion, check with your IRB office about taking this course through the “Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program.

Grant Writing

Course description:   Looking for grant writing advice? Need help strengthening your proposals? Investigators in the process of writing a grant proposal should not miss Tufts CTSI’s grant writing seminars. With small class sizes and targeted discussions, these workshops teach participants how to attract reviewers to the significance, innovation, and approach of their studies, right from the very first page.

Health Literacy

Course description:   The Tufts Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children partnered with Tufts CTSI and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) to implement a department-wide quality improvement (QI) project targeting residents, fellows, and faculty called “HEALERS” (Harnessing Efforts to Address Health Literacy and Enhance Relationships and Service). The project built off of materials developed by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) and the ABP. The presentations and associated materials review what we know about Health Literacy, the purpose and operationalization of the HEALERS project, overviews of the two change strategies implemented, and a summary of HEALERS as a QI project.

Survey, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods

Course description:   What are the differences between qualitative and quantitative research, how do you decide which to use in your study? The seminars in our Survey, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods series define each research approach, explain how different methods are used in clinical and basic research, show how to design a study using qualitative and quantitative methods, and demonstrate how mixed methods can be successfully applied.

NIH Biosketch, Policy and Guidance Changes

Course description:   How do you implement the recent NIH/ARHQ policy and guidance changes into your grant application? Resources such as My Bibliography and SciENcv can help you to properly format your biosketch and ensure that it is compliant with NIH policies. Experts will discuss the changes to rigor and transparency in research, inclusion reporting, data safety monitoring, vertebrate animals, definition of child, research training, appendices, biosketch clarifications, font requirements and post-award changes.

One Health

Course description:   One Health is an integrative, multi-disciplinary effort to optimize health for people, animals, and the shared environment at the local, national, and global level. The CTSI One Health program seeks to harness the synergies of diseases shared by people and animals, as well as the benefits of human-animal interactions, to advance collaborative and interdisciplinary solutions for important medical issues. This united approach will translate research into practice more effectively to optimize the health and well-being of animals, humans, and the environment. One Health incorporates expertise from diverse fields, such as human and veterinary medicine, environmental and biological sciences, engineering, public health, political science, urban planning, sociology, and statistical modeling.

PACE Symposium: Using Group Data to Treat Individuals

Course description:   What is Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and how can we improve our methods of conducting it? This Accelerating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Methodological Research seminar provides an overview of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the appropriate methods to implement when conducting patient-centered research.

Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Course description:   This course will provide you an overview of the Quality Improvement (QI) methods and tools, and how can you apply them to your research? These seminars begin with an overview of QI, developing your aims statement, QI tools, and then various examples of how you implement small changes, how you measure change, and how you lead change.

Regulatory Affairs

Course description:   Why do you need to provide informed consent to clinical research subjects? What are the Principal Investigator’s responsibilities for a clinical research study? What are successful strategies in working with the Institutional Review Board (IRB)? Regulatory affairs seminars provide information on how clinical research studies need to ensure subject safety and welfare while complying with federal, state and institutional regulations.

Research Coordinator Education

Course description:   In this series for study coordinators, research assistants, and other members of the research team: the Research Coordinator Education Program. This series will outline the roles and responsibilities of the research team throughout a research project.

Research Design and Data Analysis

Course description:   How many subjects do you need for your study? What’s a P-value? How do you handle missing data? These are just some of the questions answered in our statistical, epidemiological, and research-oriented seminar series. Experienced instructors from Tufts CTSI’s Research Design Center/Biostatistics Research Center (RDC/BRC) will help you to avoid common pitfalls and learn to build a successful research career.

Research Process Improvement

Course description:   Process improvement approaches (e.g. LEAN, Six Sigma, Model for Improvement) have been employed for years in industry to improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of processes. What are the current trends, methods, tools and resources in process improvement and how can you apply them to your research? These seminars begin with an overview of process improvement, take a close look at tools used in process and quality improvement and how to use them, and feature a discussion with other researchers on how they addressed challenges in their research applying these approaches.

Research Recruitment and Participation

Course description:   Why do people participate in clinical studies and trials? What are the challenges to recruiting human and animal research participants, and how can we overcome them? Find out at though this series of lectures delivered at Tufts CTSI’s Translational Research Day: Innovations in Clinical Trial Participant Engagement.

Stakeholder and Community Engagement

Course description:   Engagement of stakeholders is increasingly called for in federal and foundation-funded research. Who are these community stakeholders, and why is it important to involve them in your study? We will define patient, stakeholder, and community engagement in research, discuss national trends among funding agencies with respect to engagement of the public in research, describe the Tufts typology of stakeholder types (the 7 Ps), and provide an approach for mapping your research needs to different models of engagement of the public in research.

Translational Research Day 2017: Sensors, Devices, and Biomarkers in Medicine

Course description:   How can sensor, device, and biomarker data improve health, prevent and detect disease at an earlier stage, and personalize interventions? Find out at Tufts CTSI’s Translational Research Day 2017: Sensors, Devices, and Biomarkers in Medicine. The learning objectives for Translational Research Day include that viewers of the day's talks will be able to: Recognize the different classifications of biomarkers and their potential in detecting early-stage disease and for personalizing interventions; Illustrate diverse approaches to advancing the capabilities of sensors and medical devices and their practical applications in improving health; Describe potential translational roadblocks in developing, testing, and using sensor- and device-based health prevention, detection, management, and intervention strategies; Identify Tufts CTSI resources and services that support team-based translational science.

Translational Science Seminars

Course description:   This series will explore Clinical and Translational Science across its full spectrum, specific contributions of different parts of the spectrum in the overall goal of improving health, and understand topic-specific examples that one can draw upon to exemplify translational research. The seminar series will highlight current research being done cross-collaboratively between Tufts CTSI and across the Tufts campus, its community and affiliates.

Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration

Course description:   As part of our continuing efforts to support research, innovation, translation, entrepreneurship and technology transfer within the Tufts community, Tufts Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration (TTIC) has organized a seminar series of lectures on intellectual property management, technology transfer, start-up company formation and other relevant subjects. The topics are planned for experience at all levels and provide an overview of the role of university technology transfer and how you can move technologies and discoveries from the lab to the marketplace.

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