Newsletter - February 2015

Articles

  1. Aarons GA, Ehrhart MG, Farahnak LR, Hurlburt MS.
    Implement Sci. 2015 Jan 16;10(1):11. [Epub ahead of print]

  2. Aragón TJ1, Garcia BA; Population Health Division Leadership Team.
    J Public Health Manag Pract. 2015 Jan-Feb;21 Suppl 1:S24-33. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000154.

  3. Baker DW1, Persell SD1.
    JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jan 1;175(1):142-3. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.6977.

  4. Cooper BR1, Bumbarger BK, Moore JE.
    Prev Sci. 2015 Jan;16(1):145-57. doi: 10.1007/s11121-013-0427-1.

  5. Guse CE1, Peterson DJ, Christiansen AL, Mahoney J, Laud P, Layde PM.
    Am J Public Health. 2015 Jan 20:e1-e7. [Epub ahead of print]

  6. Lewis CC, Stanick CF, Martinez RG, Weiner BJ, Kim M, Barwick M, Comtois KA.
    Implement Sci. 2015 Jan 8;10(1):2. [Epub ahead of print]

  7. Starr SR1, Kautz JM2, Sorita A2, Thompson KM3, Reed DA2, Porter BL2, Mapes DL2, Roberts CC4, Kuo D5, Bora PR2, Elraiyah TA2, Murad MH2, Ting HH6.
    Am J Med Qual. 2015 Jan 12. pii: 1062860614566445. [Epub ahead of print]

Resource of the Month


  • The Implementation Network's Resource of the Month for February is the University of California San Fransisco's Training in Implementation Science. UCSF's program is based out of The Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI)  which facilitates the rapid translation of research to improvements in patient and community health. Margaret Handley (Co-Director), Adithya Cattamanchi (Co-Director), and Aria Yow (Coordinator) have been kind enough to provide us with a brief description of the training program.

    What is the UCSF Training in Implementation Science program?
     
    There are several ways we offer training and support at UCSF in Implementation Sciences (ImS)
     
    Our formal training program focuses on both the methods of how to figure out ways interventions can be better integrated into diverse practice settings and strategies for the practice of engagement with the institutions and communities where health interventions are introduced. We have been around for about 7 years and we started with Dr. Ralph Gonzales and Dr. Margaret Handley developing a couple of elective courses within our CTSI program, and these are now nested within our highly-regarded Masters of Clinical Research Program in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  We have grown a lot and now have 6 Implementation Science-specific courses with wonderful instructors from across the campus. We offer a track in Implementation Science within the Masters Program, and also offer a Certificate in Implementation Science, which we have had many senior faculty take as well as early-stage career scientists. Through both programs, researchers are trained to facilitate the translation of evidence into practice. This “implementation science” research aims to examine and promote changes at the intersection of health services (interventions intended to improve health, such as specific treatments, tests, or behavioral strategies), delivery systems (systems that facilitate the delivery of health services, such as hospitals, clinics, or community- or policy-based organizations), and communities (groups of individuals, such as physicians, patients with diabetes, hospital administrators, or policy makers). These sets of actors collaboratively shape the reach, relevance, uptake, and diffusion of interventions.
     
    The three main goals of all the ImS programs and services are:
    • Improving the skills of researchers and health professionals in the design and implementation of interventions that are effective and tailored to diverse settings and populations.
    • Enabling researchers and health professionals to design and implement more comprehensive evaluations of interventions.
    • Promoting funding proposals that 1) make a compelling argument for translational research; 2) include theory and research results in the design of interventions; and 3) incorporate multidisciplinary expertise and appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative methods. 
    The Certificate Program in Implementation Science is a one-year, part-time program offering a series of courses focused on applied methods of implementation, particularly as they relate to developing more effective interventions. The Master's Degree Program in Clinical Research, Implementation Science Track, is a rigorous, two-year course of study intended for those who wish to master clinical research methods and pursue independent clinical research careers.
     
    Also, through our CTSI Program, we are beginning to offer an on-line class for our introductory course for Implementation Science, which we are piloting this spring 2015. We also have wonderful  CTSI Consultation Services that offers support for implementation projects, include help with study design, implementation, evaluation, dissemination, qualitative and mixed methods, behavior change interventions, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Recently, we received a grant from NHLBI to develop a summer institute program in Implementation Science (PRIDE/RISE). This is described in detail below.
     
    Click here to read the full interview about our resource of the month.
     

General Announcements

  • In an ongoing effort to provide researchers and practitioners with useful, productive resources, your colleagues at The Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP) through the ACCORDS Education Program (Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science) in collaboration with colleagues from the Washington University Network for Dissemination and Implementation Research (WUNDIR) and support from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Implementation Science team developed a free, online interactive catalog designed to complement existing programs in dissemination and implementation science.

    This interactive toolkit (Dissemination and Implementation Models in Health Research and Practice) Will allow professionals to review and select, adapt, and integrate dissemination and implementation models into their study or practice contexts. It also links existing measurement instruments to model constructs. The site contains a living database with cross-referencing and intuitive search functions. It will give you access to a growing list of models, constructs, resources and terminology, which can now be navigated and utilized with ease.  

    Please take a moment to explore this new resource at http://www.dissemination-implementation.org/ and bookmark the address for future use.

    We value and appreciate your feedback, and we are excited to share this newly created work with you all! Please utilize the “Contact Us” feature of the site so we can answer any of your questions. Or, simply reply to this email to get in touch with Chase Cameron, our Education and Research Programs Coordinator.


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    For our December Quality & Performance Institute Technical Meeting, we invited Dr. Frank Davidoff and other thought leaders in the field of improvement science to comment on the issues raised in Davidoff’s recent article, “Improvement interventions are social treatments, not pills.”

    Davidoff comments on the limitations of the “gold standard” randomized controlled trial study design, meticulously followed by Goldman et al. in an intervention to reduce emergency department visits and readmissions among elderly patients in an ethnically and linguistically diverse setting in Northern California.  Davidoff writes, “The study method is a thing of beauty; its beauty, unfortunately, is also its curse.” As Davidoff commented in our session, “the beautifully designed, protocol-driven study tells us that the intervention didn’t work, but it didn’t tell us what improvement can possibly do to change things.” The researchers’ rigid adherence to the study protocol, while required for so-called “P value-based statistical inference,” also prevented the researchers from taking actions to increase the success of the intervention. This is the realm of improvement science, which promotes continuous learning and adaptation of the intervention to address social contexts, and new knowledge gained during implementation. As the moderator, Dr. Rashad Massoud pointed out, this is the type of work we do with the USAID ASSIST Project. However, use of multiple, iterative interventions poses a challenge to convincingly demonstrate how we know whether the improvement is truly due to the intervention.

  • RWJF has provided funding to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to accelerate communities on their health improvement journey. Recognizing that communities hold the solutions to improve their health, the SCALE initiative aspires to equip communities with skills and resources to unlock their potential and achieve significant results

    Applications are due March 4, 2015.

    Please click here for more details or to apply.

  • As the demand for health services increases in low- and middle-income countries, concern about quality of care grows. Increased demand, especially on health systems already stretched thin, can lead to losses in quality of care. Although USAID and its implementing partners have been investing in quality improvement for many years, these efforts have not been systematic. There are many interventions and tools available—competing for limited attention and resources—but few have been rigorously evaluated or compared to one another. This range of choices coupled with a lack of clear evidence makes it difficult to invest wisely. Donors, partner country governments, and program managers need better information on how to improve quality and which investments have the greatest returns.

    To address this need, the Institute of Medicine convened a two-day public workshop examining the six tools that comprise the bulk of USAID’s quality improvement portfolio: in-service training; supervision; improvement collaborative; accreditation; client-oriented, provider-efficient (COPE); and standards-based management and recognition (SBM-R). Workshop participants discussed these six approaches, looking at the theories of change and the evidence for what works while identifying knowledge gaps and future directions for quality improvement.

    The objectives of the workshop were to:

    • Understand six widely-used approaches to improving quality in low- and middle-income countries;
    • Examine evidence for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of these quality improvement methods;
    • Consider how improvements in quality are measured and what kind of evaluation framework could be used;
    • Synthesize the available evidence and identify gaps for future work; and
    • Explore cross-cutting approaches to improve quality through policy, practice, and research.

    Click here to view the archived presentations.

  • The challenges involved in developing, introducing, and scaling global health innovations are innumerable. A bevy of activities are required across many countries and with many actors (donors, implementing partners, ministries of health, and manufacturers, to name a few), making coordination and efficient execution a tricky proposition.

    To bring added clarity to the delivery planning process and ensure we are applying best practices to our work, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII) developed IDEA to IMPACT : A Guide to Introduction and Scale of Global Health Innovations. This Guide, along with its companion Toolkit, identifies and illustrates priority activities to help practitioners think through, plan, and execute the many steps needed to ensure successful launch and scale from bench to bedside. The Guide provides context through examples and offers a growing set of tools that can help users put these activities into practice. This Guide was developed with private-sector principles and frameworks in mind, while pulling from decades of global health experience at USAID and other organizations.

    We invite you to review this work, put its principles to the test, and help us learn from your experiences. Together, we can all remain on the cutting edge of best practices and successfully develop and deliver lifesaving health innovations to the poorest parts of the world

    Visit www.aspeninstitute.org/live at 4:30p.m. EST today, Monday, February 2, to watch a live webcast of the launch from the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. Follow the conversation with #IDEA2IMPACT @USAIDGH.

    Click here to download IDEA to IMPACT.

Conferences

  • KT Canada is pleased to announce its second annual scientific meeting. This year, we invite you to join the discussion on PATIENT AND PARTNER ENGAGEMENT.

    Location: The Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax, NS
    Date: May 11-12, 2015


    Plenary speakers include:

    Prof. Richard Lilford, Professor of Public Health, Director of W-CAHRD, Director of NIHR CLAHRC WM, University of Warwick

    Dr. Andreas Laupacis, Executive Director, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St Michael’s Hospital

    Dr. Edward Fottrell, Institute for Global Health, University College London

    Panel discussion on stakeholder engagement with: with Krista Connell (NSHRF), Jean Slutsky (PCORI), Linda Wilhelm (Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance), and others

    KT Consultations sessions with Canadian KT experts including: Jeremy Grimshaw, Brian Haynes, David Johnson, France Légaré, Sumit (Me2) Majumdar, Sharon Straus

    We invite you to submit abstracts on advancing the science of KT.

    Deadline: February 16, 2015 11:59 PM ET

    Click here to read more about the conference or click here to submit an abstract.



  • Call for Abstracts

    Abstracts are due March 16, 2015

    HSR&D is planning a combined HSR&D/QUERI National Conference for July 2015 in the metro DC or Baltimore area (date and location are tentative). The meeting will be hosted by HSR&D's Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), located at the Bedford and Boston VA medical centers. The 2015 conference theme, "Health Services Research for a Veteran-Centered Learning Organization," was selected because of HSR&D/QUERI's commitment to informing forward-looking system change oriented around Veterans' needs.

    Click here to view more information or to submit an abstract.

  • 3rd Biennial Society for Implementation Research Collaboration

    Advancing Efficient Methodologies through Community Partnerships and Team Science

    CALL FOR PROPOSALS

    The 3rd biennial NIMH-funded SIRC conference will be held September 25-26, 2015. The theme for this conference is “Advancing Efficient Methodologies through Community Partnerships and Team Science.” The goal of this conference is to advance the tenet of Efficiency and Speed, which reflects the use of prudent and swift methods to study dissemination and implementation to make findings applicable in a timely manner and limit the burden placed on administrators, staff, and providers (Glasgow et al., 2012).

    It is challenging to accomplish most anything in a way that is efficient and yet preserves quality and resources. Implementation research is no exception. We are looking forward to highlighting proposals that advance efficient methodologies at the intersection of the principles: good, cheap, and fast. Ideally, our implementation science research methods and strategies for evidence-based practice integration would optimize all three principles, though it remains unclear how close we can come to this ideal. Priority will be given to abstracts that address the overall conference theme, and that present high-quality data to support abstract conclusions. Presentations on conceptual models that offer an innovative and efficient approach to implementation research are welcomed, particularly if they have been tested and offer an innovative and efficient approach to implementation. Abstracts addressing the following topics are encouraged, but this list is not meant to be exhaustive.

    Examples include:

    • Fidelity assessment of multiple EBPs
    • Analysis of qualitative data
    • Use of electronic health records or administrative data (i.e. existing program resources to promote evaluation)
    • (Continuous) Quality Improvement or examples of iterative small scale trials of change
    • Use of decision support tools
    • Hybrid designs (effectiveness-implementation hybrids)
    • Community-led evaluations (stakeholder involvement to reduce burden and increase relevance)
    • Models/methods for reducing turnover
    • Models/methods that expedite implementation and planning for sustainment, looking beyond training
    • Methods that can rapidly inform health care practice
    • Technological solutions: Machine learning, textual analysis, strategies for managing big data
    • Training efficiency: How low can you go?  Or how can you do it differently to keep the bar high? 
    • Adaptive and SMART designs
    • Matching models of implementation to system needs and capacities
    • Use of computer-based/online implementation methodologies

    Please follow the appropriate link below to submit your proposal(s).

    SIRC 2015 - Call for Talk Proposals

    SIRC 2015 - Call for Poster Proposals

    The deadline for submissions is February 13, 2015.

     

     

  • The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care is pleased to announce the first Wennberg International Collaborative Policy Conference to be held in Berlin, June 4-5, 2015.  The conference is sponsored by Zi (Zentralinstitut für die kassenärztliche Versorgung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) (Central Research Institute of Ambulatory Health Care in the Federal Republic of Germany).  The conference will be led by Dr. Dominik Graf von Stillfried, the Managing Director of Zi, and a member of the Collaborative.

    The Wennberg International Collaborative (WIC) was established in 2010 by Dr. David Goodman and Prof. Gwyn Bevan (The London School of Economics), with the mission to provide a research network for investigators with an active interest in regional medical practice variation.  Annual international research conferences have been held since.

    Since its inception, the Wennberg International Collaborative (www.wennbergcollaborative.org) has provided a forum to learn about similar research, compare methods, share results, and develop methods of communicating work to affect change. The WIC does not replace existing research and policy assemblies but provides a setting that is focused more narrowly on the investigative questions, methods, and the art of policy engagement.    

    The meeting in Berlin is the first open registration meeting.  Our goal is to provide a broad forum to learn and discuss about global efforts to measure regional and provider variation in health care within countries, to investigate its causes, and to use the findings to improve care.  Plenary speakers will include leaders in the field from Europe, Asia-Pacific, and North America.  Breakout sessions will provide learning opportunities in methods, policy and improvement strategies, and communication methods (e.g. Atlases and other techniques).

    The registration site is:  www.wic-policy-conference.de

    We hope that you will join the meeting and share this announcement with your colleagues. Download the pamphlet here: www.dartmouthatlas.org/downloads/international/wic_pamphlet.pdf

    For inquiries, please contact Julie Doherty at julie.doherty@dartmouth.edu

Webinars



  • Join us for our next Advanced Topics in Dissemination & Implementation Research webinar hosted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences Implementation Science Team.

    On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 3:00-4:00 pm ET, Laura Damschroder will present “Use of theory in implementation research; Pragmatic application and scientific advancement”. In follow up to our January session, “Applying Models and Frameworks to D&I Research: An Overview & Analysis” we are developing a suite of webinars that will delve deeper into popular D&I frameworks, operationalization, and specific examples where they have been used. February’s seminar will introduce the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) and its application in a series of studies highlighting its use to guide data collection, analyses and its potential for syntheses and to guide tailoring of implementation strategies.

    The session will include approximately 35 minutes of discussion from our speaker and 25 minutes for engaged discussion and Q&A with the audience. Below are references that will provide good background and foundational knowledge for this topic—please review the article(s) and come with your questions and thoughts for discussion.

    CLICK TO REGISTER (https://cyberseminar.cancercontrolplanet.org/implementationscience/)


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    Dr. Kilbourne will present the description and difference between Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials (SMART) and Adaptive Designs used in implementation studies (e.g., hybrids). She will also discuss Implementation strategies definition and key examples from this emerging field, and lastly the application of SMART/adaptive designs to testing different implementation strategies. Target audience: Health services researchers or leaders with some background in research or evaluation methods and a curiosity in how to design more patient-centered studies.

    Click here to view the archived webinar.


  • Wed, Feb 11, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST
     
    In this session, we will discuss methods for evaluating shared decision making interventions and provide an overview of funding opportunities and tips for receiving grant funding. 

    Target audience: Researchers interested in developing shared decision making interventions.

    Click here to register for the webinar.


  • February 24, 2015 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST
     
    Join us in February as our R2R cyber-seminar provides a overview of Putting Public Health Evidence in Action is Health curriculum that seeks to aid public health and other community-based planners and educators in using evidence-based strategies, to develop the knowledge and skills to locate, select, adapt and implement evidence-based strategies into practice. 

    Click here to register for the webinar.

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    Since the 1964 Surgeon General’s report formally established the severe health risks of smoking, the U.S. has made considerable progress on tobacco control. The emergence of novel tobacco products such as electronic-cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”), however, presents new challenges to public health and cancer control practitioners. 
     
    As the popularity of e-cigarettes continues to grow, controversy has arisen over categorizing and regulating this new product. Our January 2015 cyber-seminar will give participants a broader understanding of public health concerns around e-cigarette use. It will also identify areas in which e-cigarettes could be regulated at the state and local level, discuss typical gaps in current laws and analyze various approaches to effectively close such gaps. 
     
    This session will help participants be more aware of some of the key resources available in developing and implementing e-cigarettes legislation and to identify at least 2-3 strategies to share with their own communities and state partners.

    Click here to view the archived webinar.
  • After our December webinar, we received a number of questions about which D&I theories, frameworks, and models best enhance efforts to spread evidence-based interventions. We are delighted to welcome Drs. Rachel Tabak and Ted Skolarus to lead us in an assessment of this issue on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET.

    Dr. Tabak will present a review which used snowball sampling to: 1) develop an inventory of models; 2) synthesize this information based on three author-defined variables: construct flexibility, focus on dissemination and/or implementation activities, and socio-ecological framework level to categorize models; and 3) provide guidance on how to select a model. Dr. Skolarus will discuss an examination of citation frequency and impact of D&I models using citation analysis. As always, we invite you to share your insights and questions with us as well.

    Click here to view the archived webinar.

Job Opportunities

  • The Brown University School of Public Health is searching for an Associate or Full Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, who would also serve as the Director of the Institute for Community Health Promotion. Brown’s School of Public Health is an important new undertaking by one of the nation’s leading universities. The Department includes 7 tenured or tenure-track faculty and 23 research and teaching faculty, and trains both Master’s and Doctoral students in behavioral and social health sciences. Information on Department programs can be found here. The Institute for Community Health Promotion (ICHP), one of ten research centers within the Brown University School of Public Health, has as its mission to improve health by conducting interdisciplinary research and education to empower individuals, providers, organizations, and communities to practice and promote healthier behaviors and environments. More on ICHP can be found here.
     
    QUALIFICATIONS

    Applications are encouraged from established scholars with expertise in community-engaged research with a focus on health disparities and one of the following health behavior topics: obesity, physical activity, addictive behaviors, or HIV. Academic leadership experience is desired. A doctoral degree in a Behavioral and/or Social Science or Public Health (or another degree with experience in behavioral research) is required.
     
    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
    Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2015. Full consideration will be given to all applications received by February 1. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed until the position is filled or the search is closed.

    For more information or to apply, click here: http://apply.interfolio.com/27756
  • The Family Resiliency Center is seeking to fill a full-time project coordinator position. The position will be responsible for coordinating the Children’s Environmental Health Research Center (CEHC) at Illinois’ Community and Outreach Translation Core (COTC).

    The CEHC looks at the impact of exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals on children’s development. The focus of the COTC is to translate the scientific evidence base into practical strategies and dissemination tools for parents, childcare providers, healthcare workers, and public health providers. To read more about the COTC, please visit http://www.familyresiliency.illinois.edu/research/COTC-I-Kids.html.

    This is a full-time, twelve-month, non-tenured, academic professional position. In order to receive full consideration, applications must be received by February 6, 2015. To view a full job description see attached and to apply online, please go to https://jobs.illinois.edu/default.cfm?page=job_board

Training Opportunities



  • Monday 1st June 2015 and Tuesday 2nd June 2015
    King’s College London Waterloo Campus

    CLAHRC South London are hosting this informative two-day course looking at:

    • What Implementation Science is,
    • How can implementation science methods help make sure health services routinely offer treatment and care that is informed by the most recent research, and
    • What is the best way to plan an implementation science project?

    The Masterclass includes lectures, group work and guidance to help participants work more effectively on their own implementation projects.

    For information about costs and to book a place please contact Marguerita Gillespie
     

    Click here to read more information about The Masterclass
  • The Los Angeles Area Health Services Research Training Program postdoctoral fellowship is a joint initiative of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public HealthRAND HealthThe USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, and the V.A. Los Angeles Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy. It is supported by a T-32 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The program provides comprehensive training and experience to highly-qualified postdoctoral trainees so that they may effectively engage in and lead research and implementation activities aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health care system.

    Drawing on the expertise of faculty and researchers at the four institutions–over three dozen of whom have agreed to be mentors – the program invites applicants interested in pursuing research in: health systems change including study of system innovations and care outside the clinic; managed care and the design and impact of hospital, physician and bundled payment systems; implementation science; patient, provider, and organizational decision-making; health outcomes measurement and comparative effectiveness analysis; patient-centered care; and health equity, access and quality of care for priority populations such as racial and ethnic minorities, low income populations and patients with high expense chronic illnesses such as HIV. Research within a comparative international framework is also invited.

    To be eligible to receive a postdoctoral award, the prospective candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and have obtained a Ph.D., medical degree, or other professional doctoral degree. Awards will last two years. The fellowship provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel money to attend professional meetings. Postdoctoral fellows also have the option of pursuing a Masters degree in the UCLA Department of Health Policy and Management, and most tuition and fees are covered during the fellowship.

    The program is especially interested in attracting a diverse group of trainees, including those from underrepresented minority groups.

    Click here to find out more information on this opportunity
     

  • As the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) continues to explore ways to meet the research needs of our next generation researchers, we are pleased to include “Translation Research” and “Implementation Science” to the list of Subject Classifiers in the eMentoring Initiative.  Briefly, the purpose of the NHLBI eMentoring Initiative is as follows:

    ·        Provide online mentoring to students and junior faculty in science-related fields to facilitate their successful entry into research careers in general, including those with a particular interest in heart, lung, and blooddiseases and sleep disorders related research careers.

    ·        Promote training and career development research opportunities and interdisciplinary collaborations among colleagues. 

    We are seeking Mentors that are NHLBI-supported investigators, to participate in the initiative.  Mentors must be willing to help Protégés further their careers in the biomedical sciences by devoting at least eight months to the eMentoring partnership.  In addition to other subjects, Mentors in the field of “Implementation” are encouraged to select “Translation Research” and/or “Implementation Science” from the list of subject classifiers to help ensure that the future research workforce is well trained and prepared to address heart, lung, blood and sleep-related conditions in the Translation Research and Implementation Science fields.  

    NHLBI-supported faculty and students are encouraged to visit the website at the following URL:

    http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/research/training/e-mentoring/index.htm.

    To register to be a Mentor/Protégé requires only 3 - 5 minutes time.  Please contact Dr. Chitra Krishnamurti at (301) 451-7714 or email at krishnac@nhlbi.nih.gov if you have any questions or would like to discuss this further.  We look forward to active participation in the very near future.

  • The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) invites eligible junior faculty members and transitioning post-doctoral fellows to apply to the 2015 Research in Implementation Sciences for Equity (RISE) Program Summer Institute. The all expenses paid opportunity is an initiative of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Program to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE). UCSF RISE is designed to train competitive scientists and enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce. Scientific research concentrated in diverse interests is particularly important for further discovery in conditions such as hypertension or heart failure that disproportionately affect underrepresented minority populations.

    The Summer Institute has two training goals: Implementation Science (ImS) and Careers-In-Progress (CIP). Focused on multi-disciplinary theories and methods, ImS is a major initiative of NIH research and is dedicated to promoting theory-informed approaches to create evidence-based interventions for diverse practice settings. The CIP sessions are skills-based and feature grant writing, manuscript and Individual Development Plans (IDP) training with a thorough overview of NIH funding opportunities.

    The two-week RISE Summer Institute featuring ImS and CIP will be hosted by UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital July 27 – August 7, 2015.

    For application details, please visit: http://www.biostat.wustl.edu/pridecc

    Submissions are targeted for March 1, 2015 with a rolling deadline until all positions are filled.

     


     

Current Funding Opportunities

  • Proposals are invited for synthesis projects focused on tools, methods, and other practices applicable to actionable team research on socio-environmental problems. Multiple teams will be supported, and together their syntheses will contribute towards the development of new toolkits, roadmaps, curricula, and other practical advice.
     
    Effective team science is key to finding solutions to socio-environmental problems. Many tools have been developed for integrating ideas, data, and methods across the diverse disciplines involved when researching complex problems. Similarly, practices have been identified that facilitate the linkage of research results with informed policy decisions. Relatively few of these tools and practices have been assessed and optimized for addressing socio-environmental challenges. We invite proposals for synthesis and refinement of the tools and practices of team science from all disciplinary sources for use in socio-environmental applications.
     
    The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) will fund up to six international teams (up to 12 members each) to meet over two years (approximately four three-day meetings per team) to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize the practices, tools, methods, and strategies of transdisciplinary team science to significantly improve research teams’ effectiveness at understanding socio-environmental problems and informing socio-environmental decisions. The focus may be on improving research methods, on educating new generations of researchers, or both.
     
    This call is open to researchers and educators with expertise in all aspects of the practice and scholarship of actionable team research, including diverse areas of environmental and social investigation and other areas that have not traditionally engaged in socio-environmental contexts, such as public health, international development, security, or other research areas. Successful proposals could include participants from a variety of relevant disciplines including environmental science, ecology, social psychology, systemic intervention, political science, organizational management, implementation science, cognitive science, operations research, information science, and computer science.
     
    Purpose
    The aim of the synthesis teams to be established under this proposal is to aggregate and synthesize the tools, methods, and other practices used in action-oriented team research as applicable to socio-environmental science. We encourage proposals that address issues across all stages throughout the lifecycle of an interdisciplinary project from problem formulation to approach design, data gathering analysis and synthesis, publication and other dissemination, implementation, and assessment, although individual teams might only work on a subset of these. Many types or combinations of synthesis approaches are possible and many sources of data for aggregation and analysis are appropriate, including diverse case study examples, concepts, methodologies, procedures, protocols, computational applications, or theoretical foundations.
     
    Additional Info
    Visit http://www.sesync.org/opportunities/enhancing-socio-environmental-research-education for complete details. Proposals must be received by March 9, 2015, at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
     
    Questions?
    For general inquiries, or contacts from individuals who are interested but are not currently part of a team, please contact Gabriele Bammer (Gabriele.Bammer@anu.edu.au) or David Hawthorne (dhawthorne@sesync.org).