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March 23, 2023

Samuel Mathias holding his newborn twins.
Young Investigator Takes Aim at Genetics of Hearing Loss
With funding from Harvard Catalyst, Samuel Mathias, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital, is investigating the genetics of hearing loss and deafness. His findings could potentially predict who will have hearing loss problems years in advance, giving them a chance to try to prevent or minimize problems by making lifestyle changes and adjusting medications. Read our interview with Mathias.
NCATS Newsletter
Read the latest newsletter from our NIH funding agency National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

Featured Announcements

Program update: Change from KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT) to K12
As of May 1, 2023, the KL2/CMeRIT program will convert to the K12/CMeRIT program. Those applicants who receive an award for the 2023 funding cycle will fall under the new K12 structure, with funding to commence on October 1, 2023. Information on the K12 funding mechanism can be found on the NIH website. See below for information about our K12/CMeRIT application.
K12/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT)
October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2025 | Applications due May 26, 2023
Two-year advanced training award and mentorship program for senior fellows and junior faculty in clinical and translational research.⁠ This award provides two years of salary support at 50-75% of the awardee’s institutional salary base within NIH guidelines. More information, including RFA, application components and process, and FAQs can be found on the website.
RFA: Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control Equity Implementation Science Pilot Grants – LOI due April 10
The Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control Equity (ISCCCE) is accepting applications for pilot grants on implementation research on health equity in community settings. Awardees will receive up to $75,000 for one year to support planning and conducting a new clinical, community, or policy implementation science research project. The ISCCCE team is available to offer consultations to support the development of research proposals. Both Harvard-affiliated and community health center researchers are welcome to apply. For more information, view the Zoom recording of the previously held RFA orientation webinar and slides. Letters of intent are due April 10, 2023.
New paper: Conservatism Gets Funded? A Field Experiment on the Role of Negative Information in Novel Project Evaluation
Does a project evaluator’s exposures to higher and lower scores cause them to change their initial score? In a recently published paper, authors investigate the role that evaluation, specifically information sharing among expert evaluators, plays in generating conservative decisions. Authors: Eva Guinan, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Karim Lakhani, PhD, Harvard Business School, faculty leaders of our Translational Innovator program. Co-authors include Hardeep Ranu, PhD, and Gary Gray, PhD, also of our Translational Innovator program. Read full paper and findings.
Consulting service: NIH K Grant Specific Aims 
NIH K grant applicants, apply to have the specific aims section of your grant reviewed by Harvard faculty who have successfully received NIH grant funding. Offered by our Writing and Communication Center, this service, offered freely to Harvard-affiliated researchers, is currently accepting consultation applications on a rolling basis. 
10th Annual DF/HCC Cancer Disparities Research Symposium
 Apr 26, 2023 | 9:00am
The Harvard Catalyst Community Engagement program is co-sponsoring the Dana-Farber/ Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) Annual Cancer Disparities Research Symposium. Keynote speakers include Judy Ou, PhD, epidemiologist at Social and Scientific Systems, Inc., DLH holdings company, and Diana Hernandez, PhD, associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Their talk will focus on environmental justice with a cancer lens, followed by panel discussion. Register for symposium. Please note, this event will be held virtually.
Call for abstracts: Connors-BRI Annual Symposium: Incorporating Sex and Gender into Research
All Boston-area researchers are invited to submit an abstract to present at the upcoming Connors-BRI symposium. Submissions must be related to sex- or gender-informed medicine or women’s health. Abstracts may be from any field of basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological research. Previously presented research is eligible. Previous research that has been newly analyzed using sex as a biological variable is encouraged. Successful applicants must be available to present during the in-person event on May 8, 2023. Abstracts are due March 27, 2023
2023 Brigham Research Cores and Resources Fair
The Brigham Research Institute is looking for representatives from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Mass General Brigham, and Harvard to promote their core facility or resource at their annual event. Those interested must sign up by noon on April 3, 2023.

Support: Funding 

Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund
Applications due March 24, 2023

Dana Farber Cancer Institute Cancer Survivorship Research Funding
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Fellowship in Dementia 
Applications due July 1, 2023 

NIH COVID-19 Open Funding Opportunities
Application deadlines vary

Featured Resource: Qualities of Strong Slide Design 

Researchers: Learn how to make your PowerPoint presentations more effective with our Writing and Communication Center’s latest self-assessment tool. This downloadable PDF checklist provides helpful design tips on style, transitions/animations, layout, typography, visuals, and color. Access slide design checklist.

Train: Courses & Workshops  

Leadership Strategies for the Researcher
May 17, 2023 | Apply by March 30, 2023

Essential Skills for Conducting Clinical & Translational Research
April 26 – June 14, 2023 | Register by April 12, 2023

Funding Your Research: How to Obtain Foundation and Philanthropic Grants
April 26 – June 7, 2023 | Register by April 12, 2023

Models of Disease Boot Camp
July 10 – July 28, 2023 | Apply by May 19, 2023
*Application opens March 31, 2023

Techniques to Writing a Competitive Grant
June 7-August 2, 2023 | Register by May 24, 2023

K12/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT)
October 1, 2023 ­– September 30, 2025 | Apply by May 26, 2023

More courses
Investigating Body Image in Adolescents
Does our body image influence eating behaviors or parenting around food behaviors? Jhordan Wynne, MPH, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health, discusses her research investigating body image in adolescents.

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Harvard Catalyst Event 

Biostatistics Journal Club: When estimating causal effects in randomized clinical trials, start by defining causal estimands — not estimators
April 5, 2023 | 1:00-2:00pm
Marie-Abèle Bind, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, will lead a discussion on her current research and share findings with participants. Register for journal club.

Other Events 

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About Harvard Catalyst

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