DAY 1

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2020

Eric P. Newman Education Center, School of Medicine

DAY 2

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2020

Hillman Hall,
Danforth Campus

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


DAY 1: Wednesday, January 8

8:30am

Check in & Registration (continuing all day)

9:00am-9:50am

Keynote

Jeffrey Gordon, MD

Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor, Director, Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology

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

10:00am-11:00am

Postdocs & Graduate Students 101: Recruit, Appoint, Manage, and Mentor

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

Presenters:

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

10:00am-10:30am

Conducting Research with Human Subjects in Global Contexts: Attaining IRB Approval

This session will cover how to achieve effective research collaborations with international partners that are compliant with university policies as well as how to meet the regulatory requirements and procedures that exist in the international setting. This session will focus on the pre IRB submission process and discuss challenging issues, such as: understanding country-specific laws and regulations around data collection instruments and procedures, recruitment of subjects and informed consent, identifying appropriate translators and cultural reviewers, protocol training for on-site individuals, transporting and storing consent forms and data, and what to do if the international sites do not have a local IRB or equivalent ethics committee approval. The session will include examples and discuss approaches to making the international research process efficient while simultaneously following the necessary regulatory requirements for conducting research abroad and at Washington University.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 301

Maintaining Lab Relationships and Morale

Employees who are satisfied with their jobs are twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall compared to those who are disengaged or unhappy. Lab relationships and morale are important for staff longevity and productivity.

Presenter:

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

Strategies for Finding Funding Opportunities

Understanding the current federal funding landscape and available resources is key to growing and diversifying your research funding. This session will provide an overview of several federal agencies, upcoming initiatives, and WU specific resources.

Presenter:

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

What Do I Do With My Data? Storage, Compute and Electronic Lab Notebooks!

The goal of this session is to introduce researchers to resources focussed on the storage, analysis and organization of research data. We will cover Research Storage, the new Scientific Compute Platform and the LabArchive Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN). 

Understand what resources are available for the storage, analysis and organization of research data. Know how to access those resources. Understand the costs (if any) involved in utilizing those resources.

Presenters:

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

10:40am-11:10am

Data Sharing and FAIRness

This session will provide an overview of data sharing requirements, preparing data to be shared, finding a repository and the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reproducible) principles for data sharing.

Presenter:

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

Navigating International Partnerships Amid Foreign Influence Concerns

Federal agencies are raising concerns around the reporting of international activities, such as academic appointments, research relationships, and other support. This session will address the current guidance and reporting requirements.

Presenters:

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

Strategies for Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

This session will teach strategies to write a grant proposal using a clear and concise writing style and templates to develop the specific aims page and research plan. Guidebooks and templates will be distributed at the end of the session.

Presenter:

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

Writing Clinical Trial Protocols to Succeed

Learn what belongs in a study protocol document, and how melding strong scientific design with pragmatic considerations will ensure that your clinical study protocol can be successfully executed in the complex world of patient care.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 301

11:20am-11:50am

Data Management Planning and Practice

Data Management Plans (DMPs) make files and datasets easier to find, interpret, reuse, and protect. Learn the basics of DMPs and resources at WashU to help create one.

Presenter:

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

Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Biomedical Sciences

During this session we will consider the state of diversity in the biomedical sciences and explore promising practices for advancing diversity and promoting inclusion in biomedical research environments.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 303

NCBI SciENcv for NIH or NSF Biosketches

Are you preparing a grant application for NIH or NSF? Do you want to learn more about SciENcv? This session will include a review of NCBI SciENcv, a tool to generate NIH and NSF biosketches.

Presenters:

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

Real-World Clinical Trial Implementation

Boost your study’s potential for success using tips and tricks to achieve efficiency-by-design that optimizes participant recruitment, retention, satisfaction, and trial integrity.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 301

Understanding Technology Transfer

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.

Presenters:

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

11:50am-12:50pm

LUNCH BREAK: Great Rooms A & B

1:00pm-1:30pm

Academic Entrepreneurship

Attendees will learn about starting companies including: What are the steps involved? Who do you contact? What resources are available to assist academic entrepreneurs? Attendees will also hear lessons learned from a WashU faculty entrepreneur.

Presenters:

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

FDA Audits: What You Need to Know!

This session will talk about what you need to do if the FDA comes to your department, guidance on what not to do when the FDA is at Washington University, and past case examples.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 301

Tips on Writing Protocols Involving Animals

This session will provide investigators with information about protocol content, requirements, and how to describe what you want to do in a way that will streamline the review and approval process.  We will discuss unique situations (collaborations, use of core facilities) and areas of special concern (food/fluid regulation, hazards), identify available resources, and describe protocol design options to help investigators balance scientific flexibility with compliant research.

Presenter:

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

Top 10 EH&S Challenges for Researchers

This session will cover the most frequent requests for support Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) receives from researchers, including how to: get required regulatory training, properly dispose of regulated material, tips on submitting an Institutional Biological Safety Committee (IBC) protocol or Radiation Safety Authorized User (AU) registration, maintain a chemical inventory, decommission a laboratory or piece of equipment, get assistance with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) or ergonomics challenges, and data on safety perception survey results versus where injuries are actually occurring.

Presenters:

  • Bruce Backus
  • Angela Dartt, PhD
  • Susan Cook, PhD

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

1:40pm-2:10pm

Budget Basics

This session examines 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

Great ICTS Resources You Should Know About

The session will provide an overview of the ICTS. Research/funding opportunities; educational/career development platforms; and resources/services to accelerate the quality and impact of clinical and translational research will be described.

Presenters:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 301

Corporate Relations and Foundation Relations

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

Presenters:

  • Patricia Gregory
  • Jacqueline Hawkins

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

Tools to Help Your Lab Perform Compliant Animal Research

In this session we will discuss the most common non-compliance issues reported to the IACUC and review available resources, best practices, and mechanisms to help you and your staff avoid these common pitfalls.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 303

2:20pm-2:50pm

Financial Disclosure Education

All individuals who are required to complete a Financial Disclosure Statement must complete FCOI Education regarding the Research COI Policy, processes and applicable federal regulations every four years.  This session will count towards this requirement.

Presenter:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 301

Information Security & Technology in Research

We are following new federal requirements for information security involvement with researchers engaging in federally contracted research initiatives.  This session will outline these new requirements, who is impacted, and what the university is planning to meet these requirements.

Presenter:

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

Navigating Authorship in a Collaborative World

In this session we will look at some questionable authorship scenarios and discuss best practices to avoid authorship disputes.

Presenters:

Location (School of Medicine): EPNEC, Room 303

Research Contracts: Pitfalls & Best Practices

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

3:00pm-3:30pm

Medical Public Affairs: Your Strategic Communications Partner

Caroline, Brian and Virgil will introduce you to the strategic communications resources of Medical Public Affairs and answer your questions about the best way to get your story out.

Presenters:

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

MyDay PI Dashboard Preview

This session will provide a brief overview of account review functionality within MyDay for Principal Investigators.

Presenter:

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


DAY 2: Thursday, January 9

8:30am

Check in & Registration (continuing all day)

9:00am-10:00am

Postdocs & Graduate Students 101: Recruit, Appoint, Manage, and Mentor

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

Presenters:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 130

9:00am-9:30am

Current Immigration Issues for Researchers

This session will focus on current trends in visas and immigration, affecting the ability of those from other countries to participate in research activities. Critical issues, common visa types and length of processing will be discussed.

Presenter:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 200

Export Controls in Academic Research – It’s Not Just Shipping!

Export Control Regulations can affect a wide range of University activities, including foreign collaborations or working with foreign students.  Come by for a quick overview and tips on best practices to avoid missteps.

Presenter:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 300

Increasing the Value of Your Data Through Data Curation

Data curation includes several treatments that increase the reusability, citability and long life of data. WashU Libraries provides skills, expertise and services locally and through the Data Curation Network.

Presenters:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 120

Research Contracts: Pitfalls & Best Practices

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 (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 370

9:40am-10:10am

Conducting Research with Human Subjects in Global Contexts: Attaining IRB Approval

This session will cover how to achieve effective research collaborations with international partners that are compliant with university policies as well as how to meet the regulatory requirements and procedures that exist in the international setting. This session will focus on the pre IRB submission process and discuss challenging issues, such as: understanding country-specific laws and regulations around data collection instruments and procedures, recruitment of subjects and informed consent, identifying appropriate translators and cultural reviewers, protocol training for on-site individuals, transporting and storing consent forms and data, and what to do if the international sites do not have a local IRB or equivalent ethics committee approval. The session will include examples and discuss approaches to making the international research process efficient while simultaneously following the necessary regulatory requirements for conducting research abroad and at Washington University.

Presenter:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 300

Information Security & Technology in Research

We are following new federal requirements for information security involvement with researchers engaging in federally contracted research initiatives.  This session will outline these new requirements, who is impacted, and what the university is planning to meet these requirements.

Presenter:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 200

Conducting Research with Large Multi-Institutional Collaborations

Research projects often involve collaboration among scientists and their technical staffs at several institutions. Effective collaboration requires well defined roles for each of the institutions, good communication among collaborators, mutual respect, and flexibility as the project unfolds and roles evolve. I will lead a discussion drawing on my own experience with NASA-funded astrophysics investigations.

Presenter:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 120

Understanding Technology Transfer

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.

Presenters:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 370

10:20am-10:50am

Academic Entrepreneurship

Attendees will learn about starting companies including: What are the steps involved? Who do you contact? What resources are available to assist academic entrepreneurs? Attendees will also hear lessons learned from a WashU faculty entrepreneur.

Presenters:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 370

Budget Basics

This session examines 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 130

Corporate Relations and Foundation Relations

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

Presenters:

  • Katherine Kornfeld
  • Theresa Menk
  • Anne Stengle

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 300

Publication Strategies

Discuss current practices and strategies for publishing in scientific journals, with advice given from the perspective of the Editor-in-Chief of Inorganic Chemistry, published by the American Chemical Society and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomechanics.

Presenters:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 200

What Do I Do With My Data? Storage, Compute and Electronic Lab Notebooks!

The goal of this session is to introduce researchers to resources focussed on the storage, analysis and organization of research data. We will cover Research Storage, the new Scientific Compute Platform and the LabArchive Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN). 

Understand what resources are available for the storage, analysis and organization of research data. Know how to access those resources. Understand the costs (if any) involved in utilizing those resources.

Presenters:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 120

11:00am-11:30am

Faculty Sponsor Responsibilities

This session will discuss faculty sponsor responsibilities for supervising research.

Presenter:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 120

Libraries As Resources for Funded Research

Representatives from Becker Library, School of Social Work Library, and Danforth University Libraries will explain their various services, and what they can do to provide helpful insight for faculty in their pursuit of funded research.

Presenters:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 200

MyDay PI Dashboard Preview

This session will provide a brief overview of account review functionality within MyDay for Principal Investigators.

Presenter:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 300

Navigating International Partnerships Amid Foreign Influence Concerns

Federal agencies are raising concerns around the reporting of international activities, such as academic appointments, research relationships, and other support. This session will address the current guidance and reporting requirements.

Presenters:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 370

Strategies for Finding Funding Opportunities

Understanding the current federal funding landscape and available resources is key to growing and diversifying your research funding. This session will provide an overview of several federal agencies, upcoming initiatives, and WU specific resources.

Presenters:

Location (Danforth Campus): Hillman Hall, Room 130

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