On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, the Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) held its first Resource Fair, hosted by CTSC Program Director Julianne Imperato-McGinley, MD, at the Griffis Faculty Club at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) for members of the research community. Representatives from all multi-disciplinary services at the CTSC were on-site to provide detailed information on core laboratories, patient care facilities, educational programs, and grant opportunities.
Organized by CTSC team members Corinne Constantine, Associate Director – Center Operations, and James Holahan, Research Manager, the event was an unqualified success in raising awareness of the diverse array of support that the CTSC offers. Over 120 researchers, post-docs, research nurses, and research coordinators attended from partner institutions, including WCMC, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hunter College School of Nursing, Lincoln Hospital, and the Rogosin Institute.
“I was thrilled to see people who came early to line up for the Fair,” said Mr. Holahan. “Some members of the research community were uncertain whether they were eligible to access CTSC resources. I explained to a handful that we’re here to support all research, not just translational projects. I think many people saw the Fair as their opportunity to connect with the CTSC, and we’re excited about building on those relationships.”
Many attendees came to learn about a specific aspect of the CTSC, such as our seed funding grants or educational programs, and were surprised to discover the scope of the CTSC’s activities.
“Planning this event gave us a chance to reach out to our whole research community, not just at Weill Cornell, but also at our partner institutions,” Ms. Constantine observed. “I’m convinced that many more of them would benefit from the resources available through the CTSC. It was a pleasure to see so many interested people spending lots of time going around the room and talking with the CTSC staff to learn about all the various kinds of support we offer.”
Of those who responded to a post-event survey, 91% rated the event Good-to-Excellent, and while the majority of attendants had not used CTSC resources in the past, 98% identified CTSC resources that they will utilize in the future.
What’s next for this new effort to help connect the CTSC with investigators? Smaller Resource Fairs targeted to more specific groups within our broader research community may be one possibility. Continuing to raise awareness of the CTSC to department chairs may be another.
“Making the Resource Fair a success was really a team effort on everyone’s part,” noted Dr. Imperato-McGinley. “There is a spirit of collaboration and an enthusiasm for helping in the CTSC that came through clearly to everyone at the event.”
For more information about research support services available to investigators at Weill Cornell and our partner institutions, please contact James Holahan, Research Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.