CTR 901 and CTR 903 Course Description

CTR 901 Seminar in Clinical Translational Research Grantsmanship 1 (2 cr hrs) - Fall 2016

Location and time: Tuesday from 12:00-1:20 PM CST:  Class meets in Center for Nursing Science building, Room 40117 and via Adobe Connect:  https://unmcconnect.adobeconnect.com/ctr901/

Instructor:  Lani Zimmerman, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

                    Professor - CCRT 114 (Lincoln)

                    Contact - lzimmerm@unmc.edu - 402-472-3847                                                               

Course Description. The overall goal of the course is to familiarize students to the art and science of writing a clinical and translational research (CTR) grant application. CTR grants are scientific proposals dealing primarily with humans, human tissues or other cognitive or behavioral data, and lay out a study concept with a testable hypothesis to be addressed by an appropriate study design for possible competitive funding by any federal or private agency. The course will differentiate the two main components of grant writing: 1) science and technical issues of grant writing, and 2) practical issues in grant writing. Pre-requisites: multivariate statistics, or permission of the instructor.

Course outcomes/competencies: At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe the different parts of program announcements from NIH (K, R21 and R01 type grants)

2. Compare the different components of K, R21, and R01 type grants.

3. Understand the necessary components of the research strategy of NIH grants including: specific aims / hypothesis, study significance, innovations and research plan to facilitate understanding by reviewers.

4. Understand the new NIH grant scoring system, and how NIH review grant applications.

5. Evaluate techniques on how to incorporate study concepts and frameworks to research strategy.

6. Apply the elements of a sound study analysis plan, including sample size calculations.

7. Understand the required elements needed in submission of grant applications including Protection of Human Subjects, Data Safety, Research Resources, Target Population and Study Budgets.

8. Examine and critically review sample funded K and R grants and correlate with reviewer's summary sheets.

CTR 903 Seminar in Multidisciplinary Team Building and Concept Building across Disciplines (2 cr hrs) - Spring 2016

Location and time: Tuesday from 12:00-1:20 PM CST, Class meets in Center for Nursing Science building, Room 40117 and via Adobe Connect:  https://unmcconnect.adobeconnect.com/ctr903/

Instructor:  Lani Zimmerman, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

                    Professor - CCRT 104 (Lincoln)

                    Contact -  lzimmerm@unmc.edu - 402-472-3847                                                               

Course Description. This seminar is designed to provide the tools needed for Scholars to build a multidisciplinary team and utilize conceptual models in behavioral science, information and communication theories, and assessment of the health related quality of life.   It will also bring together key elements needed:  (1) to build an investigative team that fits a proposed study, critically understanding the roles, skills, and contributions of each member of the team; (2) for exploitation of conceptual models for proposed research topics with a focus on specific populations; and (3) to write a research proposal on their proposed problem of interest and applying the tools and concepts provided.  

Course outcomes/competencies: At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Understand the need for building multidisciplinary research teams and collaborations, as well as introduce multidisciplinary concepts into research programs.

2. Know the common challenges encountered by investigators in dealing with research staff, co-investigators, special populations, local/national/international collaborations.

3. Develop a research proposal that:

a) Highlights the multidisciplinary team members and their contributions to the study (e.g. multi-sites, expertise in different concepts, methods or approaches);

b) Apply the elements of a sound research approach (design, sample, procedures, measures and data analysis);                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

c) Include the required elements needed in submission of grant applications including Protection of Human Subjects, Data Safety, Research Resources, and Budget.

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