Call for Proposals for Junior Clinical Investigators
Tuesday, March 6, 10 am-1 pm PT
Junior investigators who are planning a clinical research study are invited to submit a summary of their proposed research to this ACTTION-APS workshop for an opportunity to obtain constructive feedback to improve research design and execution. (Junior investigator is defined as a Resident, Fellow, Instructor, Assistant Professor, or equivalent title.)
Up to five proposals will be selected for review by workshop panelists. Authors of selected proposals will be provided a $1,250 honorarium to support attendance of the APS meeting. Proposals may include observational or randomized studies performed using primary or previously collected data from human subjects or electronic data from registries or eRecord data sources.
The two-part workshop will include:
- Short, didactic presentations discussing the advantages and limitations of different clinical research designs (i.e., case-control study, cohort study, and randomized clinical trial).
- Review of selected proposals. The review will include constructive feedback regarding clarity of hypotheses, merit of research methods, and feasibility. The goal of the review panel is to address issues common to many proposals to ensure an educational experience for all junior investigators who attend the workshop in addition to those whose proposals are selected.
Lynn L. DeBar, PhD MPH
Dr. DeBar is a clinical health psychologist whose research has focused on implementing and evaluating nonpharmacotherapy options for chronic pain management especially those that can be integrated into primary care or are otherwise accessible in everyday health care settings. Dr. DeBar has been the principal investigator for several large scale pragmatic clinical trials and observational studies focused on chronic pain awarded through the National Institutes of Health and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. DeBar received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Yale University and is a senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.
Jennifer S. Gewandter, PhD MPH
Dr. Gewandter is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester and an Assistant Director of ACTTION. Her research is focused on optimizing the design and execution of clinical trials for pain treatments as well as researching interventions for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Her research and scholarly activities have resulted in over 40 peer-reviewed publications including those published in PAIN, The Journal of Pain, and Neurology.
Jennifer A. Haythornthwaite, PhD
Dr. Haythornthwaite is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in the School of Medicine and a licensed psychologist. Her scientific contributions have focused on the study of the psychosocial aspects of pain, particularly the impact of negative emotions and coping strategies on pain and pain-related disability. She has conducted randomized clinical trials of both pharmacological and psychological treatments for persistent pain. She is now investigating the neurobiology of pain catastrophizing and biobehavioral factors that increase risk for persistent pain. Dr. Haythornthwaite has served as the primary mentor for K23-funded faculty and T32/KL2-funded post-doctoral fellows as well as providing formal and informal mentoring to a network of post-doctoral fellows and junior and mid-career faculty. She regularly lectures on mentoring and academic career development, particularly about the importance and value of maximizing mentoring opportunities.
Kushang V. Patel, PhD MPH
Dr. Patel is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington and Assistant Director of ACTTION. His research investigates (1) the epidemiology of pain and aging using community-based and national data sources; (2) outcomes assessment in clinical trials and observational studies using patient-reported, performance-based, and accelerometer-based methods; and (3) interventions to improve pain management and function, particularly in older adults. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed studies on pain, aging, and functional assessment.
Srinivasa N. Raja, MD
Dr. Raja is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Medicine and Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Director of Research in the Division of Pain Medicine. He was the Chair of the Scientific Program committee for the World Congress on Pain, 2014 and the past-Chair of the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group of the IASP (NeuPSIG). He has been involved in basic and clinical research focused on understanding the mechanisms of neuropathic pain and developing novel therapies to treat pain. His research activities have been funded by the NIH for over 30 years and have resulted in over 200 peer-reviewed publications in anesthesiology, pain, and neuroscience journals.
Mark S. Wallace, MD
Dr. Wallace is currently a Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and the Chair, Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology, UCSD School of Medicine. In 2010, he assumed the position of Director, Division of Clinical Research in the UCSD Clinical and Translational Institute (CTRI). Dr. Wallace has authored and co-authored more than 270 articles, abstracts, books, and book chapters concerning pain research and management. His research interests include human experimental pain, spinal drug delivery and the use of the cannabinoids in pain management.
Proposals should include:
- Brief background/significance (max 500 words)
- Methods (including entry criteria, data sources, primary and secondary outcome measures, analyses, and methods that are pivotal to the particular study design (e.g., level of blinding in a RCT))
- Potential pitfalls and alternatives
- Description of the funding secured for the project or funding sources the applicant plans to pursue for the project
- Applications should be accompanied by a CV and letter from the Department Chairperson affirming the applicant's title
Proposals should not exceed 3 pages using 11pt Arial font and 1" margins. References do not count in the page limits.
The deadline to submit proposals is midnight January 1, 2018 Pacific Time.
The workshop will be held in conjunction with the APS Scientific Summit and will overlap with some education sessions. For any questions regarding this application or workshop, please contact Jennifer Gewandter at Jennifer_gewandter@urmc.rochester.edu