News & Announcements: July 2014


Award named for CTSC Associate Program Director Marcus M. Reidenberg, MD, honors two WCMC student groups
Two WCMC student groups – Camp Phoenix and the Health Professionals and Recruitment Exposure Program (HPREP) – were recognized with the Marcus M. Reidenberg Award for their commitment to community service. This award is used to commemorate the achievements of an entire group – not one individual – in working to improve the community, and was named after Dr. Reidenberg because of his impressive career in research, patient care, public health, and education. Please read more about the Reidenberg Award here.

CTSC Associate Program Director Olaf S. Andersen, MD, honored with 2014 Siegel Family Faculty Award
Dr. Andersen is a CTSC Associate Program Director, director of the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, and a professor of physiology and biophysics at Weill Cornell. The Siegel Family Faculty Award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated superior excellence in research and education at Weill Cornell and includes a $50,000 prize. Please read more here.

Three-time CTEP Mentor Shahin Rafii, MD, is inaugural winner of Siegel Family Award for Outstanding Medical Research
Dr. Rafii provided mentoring to former students and TL1 Trainees Natalia Fullerton and Kartik Kesavabhotla, as well as to CTSC Summer Fellow Rachael Venn, and is being honored with the Siegel Family Award for Outstanding Medical Research for his excellence in science and innovation. He is a professor of genetic medicine at Weill Cornell. Please read more here.


Thursday, August 7: CTSC New Student Orientation!
New Student Orientation for the education programs of the Clinical & Translational Science Center (CTSC) will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014, from 12:30-2:00pm in Conference Room BB 302 AB of the Belfer Research Building (3rd Floor, 413 E. 69th St.). During this meeting CTSC staff will review the procedures, requirements, and services offered by the program. Lunch will be served during the proceedings.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to by Monday August 4, 2014. Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

Three CTSC Courses Available for Registration: Survey Research and Questionnaire Design, Qualitative Research Methods & Genomics Workshop
If you are interested in registration, please email

Survey Research and Questionnaire Design
This course provides an overview of survey research methods for health-related research with patients, providers, community members, or other population groups. Students learn the conceptual and practical aspects of collecting self-report data (e.g., knowledge, attitudes, opinions, behaviors, etc.) from research participants. Topics include measurement terminology, psychometric properties (reliability and validity), advantages and disadvantages of different assessment strategies and data collection modalities, matching research questions to variables and analysis strategies, and issues related to the recruitment and retention of participants in survey research. Existing resources for identifying psychometrically sound patient-reported outcome measures are reviewed. Practical aspects of survey design are covered including developing surveys and items, adapting existing surveys for new settings and populations, questionnaire format and layout, characteristics of good survey items, pilot testing, and ways to minimize survey and item non-response and other potential sources of bias. The course also covers procedures for scoring and analyzing survey data, with a focus on translating research hypotheses into statistical analyses. Students gain an understanding of survey research by designing a research proposal in their area of interest that involves collecting self-report data from participants. For the research proposal, students review the relevant literature, describe the study hypotheses, and present a summary of the decisions they have made about measurement strategies, survey design, and plans for recruitment, data collection, and analyses. Kenneth Griffin, PhD, MPH, will hold sessions on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:00pm on the following dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18.

Qualitative Research Methods
The course is intended to enable participants to gain a basic fluency with qualitative research methods. The sessions will consistently interweave the theoretical underpinnings of the method with concrete examples of qualitative research. The nexus between qualitative research and traditions in anthropology, sociology, and history will be explored. Most critically, the utility of qualitative methods in research or clinical practice will be examined. Data entry and analysis will also be addressed. Laura Robbins, DSW, CSW, MSW, will hold sessions on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:30pm on the following dates: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18.

Genomics Workshop
This course is designed to give students an overview of genomics technologies including microarray and next-generation sequencing and their applications in the biomedical field leading to design, analysis and interpretation of microarray and next-generation sequencing experiments. The course will cover all the latest techniques and theories and will be organized by a combination of lecture and practical sessions. Jenny Xiang, MD, will hold sessions on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00pm on the following dates: 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7.

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