Professional Regulations and Skills

Understanding professional regulations can be daunting, but we've divided it up into useful topics, such as informed content, ethical standards, and protocol compliance. This page also includes a wealth of information related to translational research skills, from mentoring to writing and presenting. It also covers popular topics such as finding grants and optimizing your translational research career.

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Responsible Conduct of Research

Courses offered Description Level
Lessons from SUPPORT: Ethical Implications for Research on Medical Practices
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After reviewing the seminar, you will be able to 1. identify major components of Support (SUrfactant Positive airway pressure and Pulse OximetRy Trial); 2. describe ethical Implications for research on medical practices, such as underlying challenge of medical practice.  
 Intermediate
Research Participant Compensation: What is Fair?
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Ethical issues associated with paying research participants; the pros and cons of past and current payment model; Overview of how vulnerable groups are affected.
 Basic
CRES: Patient Registries
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Procedure about how to register patient (Disease) and how to set up and maintain registries; typical use and access of registries; Overview of Human subjects regulations. 
 Intermediate
CRES: Consent, Data Sharing, and Returning Results: Decision Making in Managing Biobanks
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Issues surrounding data sharing, informed consent d managing biobanks; The agreements, procedures, conventions, or policies that define who gets power, how decisions are taken and how accountability is rendered.
 Basic
CRES: Ethical Complexity of Pediatric Research
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The complexity of running clinical trials in pediatrics with discussion of issues about consent and appropriate study design involving children.
 Advanced
CRES: Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Research Studies
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Types of ethical issues that can emerge during the course of a research study; Approaches about how to disclose information to research participants and family member; resources to address unanticipated issues.
 Advanced
CRES: Expert Panel; Investigator and Staff Responsibilities in Clinical Research
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Introduction about clinic research proposal review process; Overview of director’s role and current projects; Proposed training for faculty and staff.
 Basic
CRES: Research Staff Responsibilities in Clinical Research
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Strategies about promoting research participant safety, supporting protocol compliance and producing quality data. 
 Intermediate
CRES: Responsible Conduct of International Research
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Information about finding funding for international research; Overview of US regulations, institutional requirements and ethical standards to international research; Operational checklist and challenges for establishing a research program abroad.
 Basic
CRES: Mid-study Ethical Dilemmas: What to do?
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Types of ethical issues that can emerge during the course of a research study; Approaches about how to disclose information to research participants and family member; resources to address unanticipated issues.
 Advanced
CRES: Data & Specimen Repositories and Data Sharing
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Ethical issues surrounding biorepositories; Overview of the federal regulations governing biorepositories; Introduction about how HIPAA applies to biorepositories.
 Advanced
CRES: Conflict of Interest in Research
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Definition of Conflict of Interest; GIM 10 and the UW process for reviewing disclosures of significant financial interests by researchers; the new UW Medicine Conflict of Interest Policy and how it relates to GIM 10 and the Outside Work Policy; the State Ethics Act and its applicability to UW research and tech transfer activities.
 Basic

FDA Regulation

Courses offered Description Level
Tips for a Successful Monitoring Visit
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Overview of the purpose of a monitor's site visit; Tips on preparing for a monitor's visit and forming a collaborative relationship with the monitor.
 Basic
CRES: Working with Investigational Drug Services to Meet FDA Expectations
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Policy and FDA regulations and ways in which UW investigators can work with the IDS in order to comply. 
 Basic
CRES: Preparing for an FDA Inspection
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Overview of an FDA inspection including what records, staff, and other resources must be reviewed and available; Guidelines for interacting with the inspector; Understanding what happens after the inspection. 
 Basic

Mentorship

Courses offered Description Level
Managing a Research Team
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Overview of PI responsibilities and strategies on organizing a research team; hiring research staff; effective training for research support staff; appropriate delegation of tasks to staff; successfully supervising research staff.
 Basic
Making the Most of your Mentor: A Guide for Mentees
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Introduction to mentoring, stages of mentoring; Discussion on special situations.
 Basic
CDS: Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback
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The key components of effective feedback as well as techniques for providing feedback in particularly challenging situations (e.g., to a defensive learner, to a superior).
 Basic
Translational research - Getting Started - How to find a project and a mentor
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The importance of mentoring and finding a good mentor and their experiences in the agonies and ecstasies of academic research.
 Basic
Effective Feedback: Giving and Getting
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Ways to engender effective feedback from and to both mentor and mentee as well as colleague to colleague.
 Basic

Communication Skills

Courses offered Description Level
How to Work with the Press in Reporting Your Research
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Tips on how to best work with the press when reporting findings in your research.
 Basic
Presentation Skills: How to Keep Your Audience Awake, Alert, and Informed
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Techniques to keep audiences interested and engaged in the presentations; Examples of do's and don't using Powerpoint, public speaking skills and personal quirks to avoid.
 Basic
Science Writing: How to Overcome Writer’s Block and Get Your Work Published
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A practical, stepwise approach to overcoming writer's block that may prove especially helpful for researcher-authors without extensive experience with this process.
 Basic
The Art and Science of Poster Presentation
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The key steps in making posters, from the development of the abstract all the way to the presentation of the poster. 
 Basic
A Primer on Making Informative and Impressive Poster Presentations
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Preparing posters and maximizing the effect of your presentations. 
 Basic
Power Point Use and Abuse
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How to give effective presentations, and use Power Point appropriately. 
 Basic

Grantsmanship

Courses offered Description Level
What Really Happens at a NIH Study Review
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fundamentals of grant review and effective strategies in writing and how to avoid frequent mistakes. 
 Intermediate
How to Use Center Grants for Advancing an Academic Research Career
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Overview of the P-series grants; Best practice about how junior faculty applied for and benefited from the P-award.
 Basic
How to Successfully Create a Grant Budget
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Key elements of a well prepared budget; Procedures about how federal regulations inform the UW budgeting process; key budgeting terminology and their use in budget preparation.
 Basic
Special CDS event: NIH 101: Grantsmanship
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Overview of the new NIH policies on New & Early Stage Investigators; the increased importance of the Specific Aims page; the steps needed in organizing and writing an effective research grant application.
 Basic
How to Get your Foot in the Door- Tips to Get an Early Investigator Award
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Perspectives and insights into developing a successful K grant application.
 Basic
Tips for Successful Pilot Grant Applications
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Tips that investigators can use to enhance the likelihood of a successful pilot grant application through the ITHS's Community Outreach and Research Translation (CORT) core.
 Basic
Writing a K Award Application: Tips from a Reviewer
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Specific advice from experts on writing the various sections of a successful application.
 Basic
NIH Study Sections: Secrets and Advice from Study Section Leaders
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Overview of how grants are reviewed, with advice from experienced and successful researchers.
 Basic
What Happens to your Grant - NIH Study Sections Secrets and Insights
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Overview of how grants are reviewed, with advice from experienced and successful researchers.
 Basic
Writing Your First Grant - How to get started
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Techniques, tips and important things to consider when writing your first grant application.
 Basic
Tips and Tricks for Grant-Writing Success: Having Fun While Shaping your Next Application
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Techniques, tips and important things to consider when writing grant application. 
 Basic

Professional Experience

Courses offered Description Level
How to Get Promoted if You are Junior Faculty
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faculty tracks and qualifications for promotion. 
 Basic
Career Development Seminar Series: Working with Industry
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Resources that C4C could provide to support you and your research team, e.g., Commercialization Fellows Program and Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Program.
 Basic
How to Deal with Your Department Chair?
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Tips for how to approach issues such as promotion, space, budget and funding.  
 Basic
Academic Careers in Health Sciences: A Perspective
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Academic career advancement that includes promotions, grants, papers, collaborations and research ethics.
 Basic
Lessons from Reality TV: Negotiating for an Academic Position
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A practical approach to searching for an academic job.
 Basic
Make Sure Your CV Reflects Your Accomplishments
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Ways to improve the chances of landing a new position by making sure your curriculum vitae is the best it can be.
 Basic
Preventing and Recognizing Burnout and Creating Better Work-Life Balance
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The factors that impact burnout in academic and clinical careers, how to recognize trouble and what to do to handle the stress and pressures that can lead to burnout and depression.  
 Basic

Domain Specific Resources

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Twin Research: Past, Present & Future
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Dr. Goldberg covers a number of topics such as:         Twin frequency (one in every 30 infants born in 2009 was a twin)         The value of having twin registries         Estimates of how likely you to inherit disorders such as asthma or obesity         How the VET registry was used to study PTSD (genes versus environment)         How the VET registry was used to examine the effects of walkable neighborhoods (built environment) and health
 Intermediate
Suppression of statin effectiveness by copper and zinc in yeast and human cells
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Identification of Metal-Statin Interactions in a Yeast-Based Screen; Ergosterol and Intermediates are Impacted by Statin and Metal; Altered Gene Expression Induced by Statin and Metal;An Integrated Genomic and Metabolomic Model for Metal-Statin Interaction.
 Advanced
Silymarin: A botanical medicine for liver disease
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Research findings on Silymarin 
 Advanced
Structural Analogues and “Omics” Studies as Tools in Understanding Drug-Induced Toxicities
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Research findings on Structural Analogues and “Omics” Studies 
 Advanced
Perspectives of Metabolomics Towards Personalized Medicine
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Recent research and the technologies available to explore the potential for personalized medicine.
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