DAY 1

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2022

Eric P. Newman Education Center, School of Medicine

DAY 2

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2022

Hillman Hall,
Danforth Campus

With a diverse array of topics, this forum allows you to attend sessions based on your interests.

View the 2022 Researcher Forum program here (WUSTL key required).

Day 1: Wednesday, January 12


8:30am

Check in & Registration (continuing all day)

9:00am-9:30am

Everything but the Science! Navigating the Administrative Aspects of Your Proposal Submission

This session provides an overview of the proposal submission process at the university, elements your administrator can assist you with, and strategies for navigating the grant submission process.

Presenters:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room B

Leading FDA-Regulated Clinical Trials: Investigator Mindset and Responsibilities

In this session, attendees will learn about the management of leadership responsibilities for FDA-regulated clinical trials from the investigator perspective, including planning, annual reporting, site monitoring, and data management considerations.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room A

9:00am-9:50am

External Professional Activities: Disclosure Requirements and Financial Conflicts of Interest

This session will provide an overview of University policies, processes, and guidance for appropriately disclosing external activities and resources available to assist in navigating conflicts of interest.

This session will be accepted for FCOI education requirements.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 301

The NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

This session will cover key information in the NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy that goes into effect January 25, 2023, how to write a DMS plan to comply with the policy, and resources at WashU to help implement an NIH DMS plan. By the end of this session, participants will be able to describe the key points of the NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy, describe the information to include in an NIH DMS plan, and develop framework for a DMS plan for their own grant.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 308-10

9:40am-10:10am

Budget Basics

This session will examine key issues related to creating grant budgets and budget justifications. We will cover budget items, such as personnel, equipment, travel, subcontracts, indirect costs, and cost sharing.

Presenters:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room B

Setting Up an Effective Research Team

This will be a panel discussion about setting up an effective clinical research team from the PI, coordinator, and research administration perspectives. By the end of this session, participants will understand the impacts of an effective clinical research team and available resources.

Speakers:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room A

10:20am-10:50am

Fostering an Effective Interdisciplinary Team Science

This session will highlight the advantages to interdisciplinary team science and discuss key elements for development and management of successful interdisciplinary teams (Common Language, Team Evolution, and Conflict Resolution).

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room B

How to Recruit in the Modern Era, When Everyone’s On Their Phone and No One Answers It

This session will review best practices to optimize recruitment and follow-up rates for clinical research participants, including those who participate fully remotely. This presentation will include an interactive discussion, and by the end of the session, participants will understand how fully-remote recruitment it differs from traditional (pre-COVID) recruitment.

Presenters:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room A

Understanding the Technology Transfer Process

Participants will learn about the technology transfer process from invention disclosure to intellectual property to partnerships with corporations and investors. Participants will understand when to contact the TTO and other resources available.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 301

11:00am-11:30am

Strategies for Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

This 30-minute session will provide tips and tools, including templates and guidebooks, for writing components of a grant proposal.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 301

Successfully Navigating the Transition Between Animal Models

This session will discuss the challenges and strategies associated with transitioning your research model from initial studies in small animals to translational studies in large animal models. We will discuss necessary changes to IACUC protocols and available resources to support investigators interested in working with new species.

Presenters:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room A

11:00am-11:50pm

Effective Strategies for Workforce Diversity Development

This session will focus on inclusive search/selection processes, cultivating diverse candidate pools, and strategies for recognizing and mitigating bias in search processes.  We will also review various tools, techniques and resources that can be leveraged to facilitate effective recruitment and search practices.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 308-10

Finding Funding

Join representatives from Research Development and Medical Corporate and Foundation Relations teams to learn about tips for finding funding opportunities, listservs of interest, contacts, and more. The session will also give a tutorial of the SPIN funding opportunity search engine.

Presenters:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room B

12:00pm-1:00pm – LUNCH BREAK: Great Rooms A & B

1:00pm-1:30pm

Developing the Broader Impacts and Diversity Plan Components of Your Federal Proposals

Many federal funding opportunities now require sections or supplementary documents on plans for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access related to your research.  This session will discuss strategies to developing these proposal sections, how to integrate activities with your research, and resources available at Washington University to support these efforts.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 301

Successful Grant Submission, It’s More Than the Aims Page

This session will review strategies to prioritize scientific context, specific aims, and impact of the proposed research. Based on years of experience, Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, and Carolyn Stoll, MPH, MSW, will discuss the value of a clear list of resources and collaborators to increase the scoring for several of the key consideration in peer review: investigator team, research environment, and innovation and impact.

Participants will gain insights into structuring time lines for components of the grant that need to be assembled. The value added from close integration of biosketches and the grant text is emphasized. Examples of budget justification that reassure peer reviewers will also be discussed.

Presenters:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room B

Think HIPAA’s No Big Deal?

This session will focus on the HIPAA Regulation requirements and research. Topics include why following the HIPAA Regulations are important to researchers and tips on keeping your research data secure and preventing a HIPAA violation.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room A

1:00pm-1:50pm

EH&S: Fostering a Culture of Safety in Your Lab

This 50-min session will focus on three main topics – IBC Process, Laboratory Safety Culture and Laboratory Clean-Out and Closure for Moves and Renovation. Participants will gain a high-level understanding of the IBC Process, demonstrate good laboratory safety practices and know where to find available resources, how to begin embedding safety culture in their lab and describe processes in place to clean-out and close-out labs for moves and renovation.

Presenters:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 303

Establishing a Mentor/Mentee Relationship That Makes the Difference

It’s important to put time and effort into cultivating a mentor and or sponsor relationship. They are an invaluable part of your career progression. They can serve to guide you, provide encouragement and connect you with professional contacts and more. In this session, Monica Black Robinson will teach best practices for developing your mentor matching process for establishing a long-term relationship throughout your life and career.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 308-310

1:40pm-2:10pm

Controlled Unclassified Information

This session will explain what CUI is, steps to take at the proposal stage, and implications of managing a project with CUI. Participants will also be provided information about what will be coming in the future (e.g., Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program).

Presenters:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room A

Engaging Key Stakeholders and Communities in Research

Join the Center for Community Health Partnership & Research (CCHPR) as we discuss the importance of engaging communities and key stakeholders in research. The session will outline services and resources available to assist research teams.

Presenters:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room B

Mentoring (with Farshid Guilak, PhD)

The goal of this session is to discuss the importance of mentoring in academic success and career development, and review different mentoring practices. By the end of the session, participants will be able to understand the critical role that mentoring plays in career development and academic success and will be aware of important practices that can enhance mentoring effectiveness.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 301

2:00pm-2:50pm

Digital Health and the BJC/WUSM Healthcare Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab is identifying, testing, and implementing digital health innovations into our healthcare system. This session will illustrate innovations in predictive analytics, digital care, and remote patient monitoring.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 304

Postdocs and Graduate Students 101

Best practices for recruiting trainees to your lab and maximizing effective mentoring relationships. Attendees will leave with practical tips and resources.

Presenter:

  • TBD

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 308-10

2:20pm-2:50pm

NCBI Tools: PubMed and My Bibliography

Are you interested in learning more about NCBI, PubMed and My Bibliography? This session will review creating an NCBI account, tools for searching and creating alerts in PubMed, and using My Bibliography to maintain a list of citations to use for NIH.

Presenters:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room A

Research Contracts: Pitfalls & Best Practices

This session will initially be an open forum for questions regarding research contracts. If time allows, we will explore common pitfalls encountered by faculty. Examples of topics covered will include when to rely on a CDA, how to talk to industry about the budget, and steps that should be taken for continued compliance with existing legal obligations.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Seminar Room B

VA Research Opportunities

The presentation will review eligibility criteria, award mechanisms, and funding levels. Specifically, we will provide an overview of VA Career Development awards (equivalent to NIH K awards) and VA merit awards (equivalent to NIH R01s).

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 301

DAY 2: Thursday, January 13

8:30am

Check in & Registration (continuing all day)

9:00am-9:30am

Everything but the Science! Navigating the Administrative Aspects of Your Proposal Submission

This session provides an overview of the proposal submission process at the university, elements your administrator can assist you with, and strategies for navigating the grant submission process.

Presenters:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 120

IRB Review of Research Involving Minors

This session will consider the human subjects research regulations specific to research involving minors, including determinations of risk, number of parent signatures, and assent plans. Participants will learn the criteria used in IRB review of research involving minors, how to develop appropriate assent plans, and anticipate and avoid potential non-compliance issues in research with minors.

Presenter:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 130

Strategies for Writing a Successful Grant Proposal: My Personal Experience

In this session, Maria Piarulli, PhD, will discuss her own experience with NSF and DOE grant proposals. She will focus her attention on a few points she found to be critical to the proposal’s success.

Presenter:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 300

    9:00am-9:50am

    HomeGrown STL: Effective Research Management of University Resources to Advance Community Science

    TBD.

    Presenters:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 200

    9:40am-10:10am

    Budget Basics

    This session will examine key issues related to creating grant budgets and budget justifications. We will cover budget items, such as personnel, equipment, travel, subcontracts, indirect costs, and cost sharing.

    Presenters:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 120

    Online Informed Consenting

    This session will discuss electronic consent (e-consent), including formatting, components of the e-consent process, and requirements for IRB review.

    Presenter:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 130

    10:00am-10:50am

    Corporate Relations and Foundation Relations

    This session will provide an overview of how these offices can assist with finding funding opportunities.

    Presenters:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 300

    Research Data Sharing: Quality, Costs, and Impacts

    Jennifer Moore will describe the impacts of data sharing and curation, describe WashU services, and introduce the National Science Foundation Grant: Completing the Lifecycle: Developing Evidence Based Models of Research Data. Participants attending this session will gain a better understanding of research data sharing for funded projects.

    Presenter:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 370

    10:20am-10:50am

    Controlled Unclassified Information

    This session will explain what CUI is, steps to take at the proposal stage, and implications of managing a project with CUI. Participants will also be provided information about what will be coming in the future (e.g., Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program).

    Presenters:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 130

    Developing the Broader Impacts and Diversity Plan Components of Your Federal Proposals

    Many federal funding opportunities now require sections or supplementary documents on plans for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access related to your research.  This session will discuss strategies to developing these proposal sections, how to integrate activities with your research, and resources available at Washington University to support these efforts.

    Presenter:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 120

    11:00am-11:30am

    Fostering Effective Interdisciplinary Team Science

    This session will highlight the advantages to interdisciplinary team science and discuss key elements for development and management of successful interdisciplinary teams (Common Language, Team Evolution, and Conflict Resolution).

    Presenter:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 120

    Mentoring (with Farshid Guilak, PhD)

    The goal of this session is to discuss the importance of mentoring in academic success and career development, and review different mentoring practices. By the end of the session, participants will be able to understand the critical role that mentoring plays in career development and academic success and will be aware of important practices that can enhance mentoring effectiveness.

    Presenter:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 130

    11:00am-11:50am

    Establishing a Mentor/Mentee Relationship That Makes the Difference

    It’s important to put time and effort into cultivating a mentor and or sponsor relationship. They are an invaluable part of your career progression. They can serve to guide you, provide encouragement and connect you with professional contacts and more. In this session, Monica Black Robinson will teach best practices for developing your mentor matching process for establishing a long-term relationship throughout your life and career.

    Presenter:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 200

    External Professional Activities: Disclosure Requirements and Financial Conflicts of Interest

    This session will provide an overview of University policies, processes, and guidance for appropriately disclosing external activities and resources available to assist in navigating conflicts of interest.

    This session will be accepted for FCOI education requirements.

    Presenter:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 370

    12:00pm-1:00pm – LUNCH BREAK: Location TBD

    1:00pm-1:30pm

    Navigating Grants and Funding Opportunities in the Humanities

    This session provides an overview of funding opportunities in the humanities and humanistic social sciences and an introduction to resources on campus that can help scholars craft a winning proposal. Participants will learn where to look for humanities funding, what resources are available to support their grant-writing, and the fundamental building blocks of a humanities grant proposal.

    Presenter:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 120

    1:00pm-1:50pm

    EH&S: Fostering a Culture of Safety in Your Lab

    This 50-min session will focus on three main topics – IBC Process, Laboratory Safety Culture and Laboratory Clean-Out and Closure for Moves and Renovation. Participants will gain a high-level understanding of the IBC Process, demonstrate good laboratory safety practices and know where to find available resources, how to begin embedding safety culture in their lab and describe processes in place to clean-out and close-out labs for moves and renovation.

    Presenters:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 130

    Evaluating a Journal for Publication

    Are you considering submitting a manuscript for publication but on the fence as to which journal to submit to? This session will review how to evaluate the integrity, history, practices and reputation of journals being considered for publication.

    Presenters:

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 200

    Postdocs and Graduate Students 101

    Best practices for recruiting trainees to your lab and maximizing effective mentoring relationships. Attendees will leave with practical tips and resources.

    Presenter:

    • TBD

    Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 370

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