Scholar Weekly Announcements

This weekly newsletter contains updates for CRTC Postdoctoral Scholars regarding seminar and other class information and deadlines, CRTC program notes, funding opportunities, useful resources, and upcoming events. For suggestions or items for this newsletter, please contact

Please read the Summer/Fall 2017 CRTC Newsletter

Seminar and Class Information

  • Submit Mentorship Meeting Evaluation
    • Due December 1st – MTPCI & MSCI scholars should meet with primary and program mentor bi-annually to discuss progress and complete the Mentor Meeting Form.
  • Register for Spring 2018 courses
  • MSCI graduates for Spring 2018
    • Due December 21st – Intent to Graduate form in WebSTAC.  Hard copy forms will be required after this date.
    • Due May 1st – Signed Thesis Final Approval Form, an electronic copy of your manuscript, and the manuscript submission confirmation email to Suzie Fragale at
  • 2017-2018 Upcoming Seminar and K Club Schedule
    • November 21; 4:00-5:00 PM, 8101 McDonnell Pediatric Building      MTPCI Presentation:  Yuka Furuya
      Faculty Facilitator: Dr. Reeds
    • November 28; 4:00-5:00 PM, 8101 McDonnell Pediatric Building              MTPCI Presentation:  Johnny Lu                                                                Faculty Facilitator:  Dr. Cavazos
    • December 5: 3:30-5:00pm, Wohl Auditorium
      Career Development Seminar:  “Understanding Community Engagement to Support a Career as a Health Disparities Researcher”
      Dr. Karriem Watson, DHSc, MS, MPH
      Director Community Engaged Research and Implementation Science
      University of Illinois Cancer Center
      Assnt. Clinical Professor, UIC School of Public Health
      Core Lead Community Engagement Core NCI U54 ChicagoCHEC
  • Visit WebSTAC to check your grades, file your Intent to Graduate, browse course offerings, and update personal contact information with the university.
  • 2017-2018 Academic Calendar

CRTC Program Notes

  • TL1 Postdoctoral Training

Dana Watt TL1 Postdoctoral Program Trainee was a panel moderator for The Path    to SBIR/STTR Funding: Successes, Failures, Reviewers & Resources discussion on November 7, 2017.

              Applications are being accepted now through February 20, 2018 for the  TL1 Predoctoral Programs

  • Summer Predoctoral Program: Two-month research core, beginning June 1 and ending July 31
  • Intensive Predoctoral Program: Twelve-month research core, beginning June 1 and continuing through May 31 the following year
  • Standard Predoctoral Program 1 – 3 year (9 month minimum) appointment concurrent with the student’s doctoral degree program.

For more information, please contact Adisa Kalkan (

Applications are being accepted now through February 15, 2018 for the Advanced Summer Program for Investigation and Research Education (ASPIRE)

ASPIRE is an opportunity at Washington University School of Medicine offered to current college students. Under the direction of WU clinician-researchers, Vicky Fraser, MD, Jay Piccirillo, MD, and David Warren, MD, ASPIRE was created to introduce young investigators to medical research and further their existing interest in the field. The eight-week program includes didactic sessions, seminars and a mentored research experience.

For more information, please email us at

  • The Office of Training Grants (OTG) has developed a Grant Library (WUSTL Box) to serve as a centralized resource for grant writers/investigators at different career stages. To share a copy of your awarded grant, please contact Betsy Abente,
  • The Cancer Genomics and Outcomes Research STRENGTH (Short-Term Education and Growth Through Hands-On Experience) Program is currently seeking applications.  This online training program is designed for postdoctoral scholars(PhDs or MDs) who are still training or Junior Faculty who are interested in pursuing patient oriented cancer research.  The STRENGTH program will provide didactic training which includes online learning modules,  hands-on lab experience, ongoing mentor research, career development seminars and some funding for educational expenses or travel to scientific meetings. Applications and additional information may be found at:
  • Don’t forget to cite the ICTS grant(s) on your publications and presentations. Visit the CRTC grant citations webpage for complete citation information.
  • Please be sure to request a PMCID for any peer-reviewed article that is published citing an NIH grant.  The NIH will begin withholding funding from scholars and programs who do not comply with the Public Access Policy.

Funding Opportunities

  • The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 2018 Clinical Scientist Development Award Competition is now open  Pre-proposal applications are being sought from physician scientists at the assistant professor level conducting clinical research in any disease area.  Click  here  to find out more about the eligibility criteria.

Application Deadlines:

Pre-Proposals Due:                            December 1, 2017, 3 p.m., ET

Invitation to submit full proposal:        By 5 p.m., ET on January 19, 2018

Full proposals due:                             March 16, 2018, 3 p.m., ET

Award Start Date:                               July 1, 2018

The Clinical Scientist Development Award does not require institutional nomination. This competition employs a two-stage process. Pre-proposal applications will be reviewed and up to 50 applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.  In keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke’s will, experiments that use animals or primary tissues derived from animals will not be supported by this program. 

Find out more
  • No Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists (DDFRCS) application cycle for Fall 2017. More information will be provided in the coming months regarding the Spring 2018 application cycle. For more information, please visit

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  • Tissue MicroArray Construction Available for All Cancer sitesTMAs can be produced with different solid organ tissues or the same solid organ tissues, and can be prepared in varying core sizes for cancerous and/or benign/premalignant tissues. Tissues can originate from either human or mouse specimens.Options Available to Researchers:1) PI provides tissue for creation*2) Requested samples can be collected for creation and presented to research team3) Samples from the St. Louis Breast Tissue Registry may also be requested for useSample TMAs of multiple solid organ and other tissues are available, and have been constructed through the St. Louis Breast Tissue Registry. A budget proposal will be prepared for each request.* PI is responsible for IRB approval for TMA constructionApplying for Tissue MicroArrays (TMAs)Information Necessary with Application or through Consultation with Lab Manager:
    • Name, mail and email addresses and telephone number
    • Approximate number and type of cases required
    • Brief statistical justification for number and types of cases requested
    • Brief statement of aims/hypothesis of proposed research
    • Assurance that proposed measurement technique can be used on paraffin-embedded specimens
    • Desired list of clinical and/or outcome data required

    To apply and contract for TMA or address questions, contact

  • Federal Grant Requirements – New Guidelines for Uniform Guidance
  • Washington University Libraries – workshops for advanced researchers
  • NIH Notice for Investigators and Staff Involved in Clinical Trials
    • WU has several on-line courses that meet this requirement
    • Courses can be accessed through Learn@Work
    • Policy on Good Clinical Practice Training for NIH Awardees Involved in NIH-funded Clinical Trials (NIH Notice: NOT-OD-16-148)
  • HHS and NIH Announce New Initiatives to Enhance Availability of Clinical Trial Information
  • NIH Policy on Proposal Requirements for Clinical Trials
    • will require all applications involving one or more clinical trials be submitted through a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) specifically designed for clinical trials. Target effective date is 9/27/17
  • Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (GPS) applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after 10/1/16.
  • RMS Development/PAAMCO Project Update
    • COI January Module Launch Postponed; New COI Umbrella Website
    • RMS Update
  • Federal Human Subjects Protection Final Rule Published
  • Research Gateway Moving to New Portal.  ONE Project Page
  • NRMN Recognizes Women Leaders in Science – Past, Present, and Future
  • The Resource
  • EPIC Update July 2017
  • Accelerating Clinical Coordinator Excellence (ACCE)


Upcoming Events

Dear faculty:

On behalf of the iTeach planning committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to register for iTeach, Washington University’s biennial faculty symposium on teaching, to be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in The Knight Center. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for this day-long event, which will bring together faculty from all  schools across the university to share insights and ideas on teaching and learning.

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 iTeach symposium will open with a welcome by Provost Holden Thorp and a plenary by Mary Murphy, PhD entitled Barriers and Breakthroughs: Social-Psychological Interventions to Support Student Success. Dr. Murphy is Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Associate Vice Provost for Student Diversity and Inclusion at Indiana University. For details about the program and a link to the registration form, please see our website.

The plenary will be followed by sixteen interactive sessions led by Washington University faculty and staff on topics such as

  • Strategies for fostering inclusion and diversity in our classrooms, campus, and community
  • Approaches to improving learning by promoting resilience, growth mindset, and metacognition
  • Insights from research on teaching and learning at Washington University
  • Methods for integrating active learning and teaching critical thinking across the disciplines

Held every other January since 2002, the iTeach symposium is sponsored by Arts & Sciences, the University Libraries, The Teaching Center, and the Office of the Provost.

If you have any questions about registration, please send an email to, or call Mary Stewart at (314) 935-4252.

I look forward to seeing you at iTeach on January 9, 2018.

All best,

Beth A. Fisher, PhD
Director, Academic Services, The Teaching Center
Lecturer in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Washington University in St. Louis
(314) 935-5921

#SciComm Thursdays 

What good is discovery if you can’t share it? 

Join us for a monthly series all about Communicating Your Science featuring WashU faculty and staff, plus expert guests from the St. Louis community. Hear valuable perspectives on crafting and disseminating stories about science for any audience, including grantors, scientists from other fields, the public and the media.

All members of the WashU and WUMC community are welcome to attend!

Registration is encouraged but not required (see links and schedule below).

Contact Mychal Voorhees at (314) 362-4734 or with questions.

Save the Date: 2018 PCOR Symposium

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at EPNEC
  • Please visit for more information

Poster Printer

There is a poster printer in the CRTC which is available for scholar use by appointment only. The cost is $50 per poster. Posters can be printed on 36″ or 42″ gloss paper rolls. Please make your reservation several days in advance with Jesseca Leggett,

Poster Printer Handbooks instructions




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