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Professional Development Core

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The PDC is a medullar component of the PRCTRC in that it serves to provide support for the coordination of the training and professional development activities of all the other key functions. To enable PDC leadership achieve their roles in integrating the PRCTRC’s clinical and translational research training activities, the PDC works in close collaboration with the three consortium institutions and the leaders of cores of the PRCTRC. This organizational process is effective, increases communication, productivity and helps maximize resources.

 

The overall goal of the Professional Development Core (PDC) is to integrate clinical and translational research training and professional development activities across the participating institutions. In collaboration with other PRCTRC cores and research programs PDC will support post-doctoral level professionals and junior faculty to become successful researchers addressing minority health and health disparities.


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  • Provide training and professional development activities that respond to the needs identified by investigators in the set of core competencies needed to become an effective clinical and translational researcher.
  • Expand the reach and breadth of the Mentored-Research Professional Development component for the PRCTRC Pilot Project awardees and non-funded applicants.
  • Provide scientific leadership and coordination that will integrate the clinical and translational research training and mentored professional development activities of the PRCTRC.

The Art of Grantsmanship Intensive Workshop Series

This workshop supported early- to mid-career investigators who are in early stages of development of Extramural Funding Applications (EFAs) and their research career, or established investigators who are making significant changes in their research area.

The Art of Grantsmanship - 3rd Cohort

The Art of Grantsmanship – 3rd Cohort

 

Course Description:

Advancements through research hinge on the availability of extramural funding. While the outcome of the grants process is a funded proposal, grantsmanship is far more than the art of writing proposals and obtaining grants. It is a philosophy, a code of ethics, and a set of skills applied simultaneously to bring about positive change. This course includes didactic and experiential learning activities that assist the investigator in developing requisite skills to plan and write clear, effective, and fundable grants; conduct thoughtful and proactive funding searches; build partnerships with funders and colleagues; and apply grantsmanship principles to various funding sectors such as NIH, industry, and foundations.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, the investigator will be able to:

  1. Assess the needs, environment, skills, and resources available to address given research and funding needs.
  2. Compare and contrast the funding objectives and processes of federal, state, private, and foundation funders.
  3. Identify and complete the pre-writing tasks of grant writing.
  4. Explain how to build partnerships and collaborations with funders, community, industry, diverse groups of researchers, and other stakeholders.
  5. Write a grant application that is specific to an identified funding opportunity that supports the investigator’s/institution’s needs/mission.
  6. Submit a completed grant to a major funder, e.g., NIH, SAMHSA, CDC, etc., within 2 months of completing the course.

 

Health Disparities: A Translational Research Approach

This online course defines health disparities taking into consideration the historical context, determinants and theoretical frameworks. It covers the different components of translational research and its relevance in health disparities.

Also, the course covers the role of community engagement as a strategy in translating health research to communities in an effort to reduce health disparities. In collaboration with HiREC, MSc and RTRN.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Discriminate the concept of health disparities taking into consideration the historical context, determinants and theoretical frameworks.
  2. Distinguish among the different components of translational research.
  3. Evaluate the role of socio-cultural factors related to health disparities and translational research.
  4. Analyze the role of community-engagement as a strategy in translating health research to communities in efforts to reduce health disparities.
  5. Explain how the different sources of disparities apply to different populations.
  6. Apply measurements, models and evaluation methods in addressing health disparities.
  7. Appraise the importance of translating and disseminating scientific knowledge into policy and practice in health disparities research.

Introduction to the principles and Practice of Clinical Research

This course train participants on how to effectively conduct clinical research. The course focuses on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process by highlighting epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues.

Other areas covered include data management and ethical issues, including protection of human subjects, building a budget, plus many special topics.

The course objectives are the following:

  1. To become a familiar with the basic epidemiology methods involved in conducting clinical research.
  2. To understand principles involved in the ethical, legal and regulatory issues in clinical human subjects research, including the role of IRBs.
  3. To become familiar with the principles and issues involved in monitoring patient-oriented research.
  4. To understand the infrastructure required in performing clinical research and to have an understanding of the septs involve in the developing and funding research studies. In collaboration with NIH.

Independent-Research Professional Development (I-RPD) Fellowship Program

The Independent-Research Professional Development (I-RPD) Fellowship Program is a new initiative created by the Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC) Professional Development Core (PDC) in collaboration with the Evaluation Core (EC).

This new program will expand its focus not only on PRCTRC pilot project awardees and unfunded applicants, but also it will include as potential candidates the participants of The Art of Grantsmanship Intensive Workshop. It will provide the opportunity to New and Early Stage Investigators to participate in a structured mentored/guidance program designed to coach talented researchers together with their mentor/collaborator.

This new program will expand its focus not only on PRCTRC pilot project awardees and unfunded applicants, but also it will include as potential candidates the participants of The Art of Grantsmanship Intensive Workshop. It will provide the opportunity to New and Early Stage Investigators to participate in a structured mentored/guidance program designed to coach talented researchers together with their mentor/collaborator.


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Videos

Resources


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Contact Information

  • Cynthia M. Pérez, PhD
  • PDC Core Leader, UPR-MSC
  • cynthia.perez1@upr.edu 
  • Wanda Vélez-Torres, PhD
  • PDC Co-leader, UCC​
  • wanda.velez@uccaribe.edu
  • Gladys Pereles, EdD                                  ​
  • PDC Co-leader, PHSU​
  • gpereles@psm.edu​
  • Mary H. Mays, PhD                    ​
  • BIC Leader, Collaborator​
  • mary.mays@upr.edu ​
  • Mariela Torres, DrPH                              ​
  • PDC Coordinator, UPR-MSC​
  • mariela.torres6@upr.edu​
  • Desireé Chevalier ​
  • PDC Coordinator, UCC​
  • desiree.chevalier@uccaribe.edu 
  • Wanda Vega                     ​
  • PDC Coordinator, PHSU​
  • wvega@psm.edu