American Society of Hematology

ASH Clinical Research Training Institute in Latin America

The Clinical Research Training Institute in Latin America (CRTI LA) is intended for fellows and early to mid-career hematology faculty working in Latin American countries who are engaged in clinical research and training who wish to become more familiar with clinical trial design and execution.

The two day program is composed of didactic sessions in the morning and small group sessions in the afternoon. The purpose of the didactic sessions is to introduce the participants to the fundamentals of clinical trial design and topics, such as the importance of good mentoring, developing clinical research questions, biostatistics, searching and literature, overview of the trial designs, what is needed to start clinical research, and how to write an abstract and manuscript for publication. The small group breakouts will allow faculty and participants to interact and discuss potential projects. This format promotes peer-review among participants and includes one-on-one faculty and participant sessions, which will allow each participant individual time with members of the faculty.

There is no fee to apply to the program. ASH will provide accepted participants with free housing and up to $1,000 in travel support. Additional expenses are the responsibility of the participant and/or participants' institution. All applications will be reviewed by a study section and the top 15 to 20 qualified candidates will be selected to attend.

CRTI LA is held the two days prior to the Highlights of ASH in Latin America meeting, which takes place each year in April.

Overview

  • This program is intended for fellows and early to mid-career hematology faculty working in Latin American countries.
  • There is no fee to register.
  • ASH will provide accepted participants with free housing and up to $1,000 in travel support.
  • A completed protocol is not required to be accepted.
  • Applicants must be Fluent in English.
  • Didactic sessions on the fundamentals of clinical trial design and topics include:
    • The Clinical Research Question
    • The Importance of Good Mentorship
    • An Overview of Trial Design and What you Need to Start your Research
    • Introduction to Biostatistics with Workshop
    • Searching the Literature
    • How to Write an Abstract and Manuscript for Publication
    • Conducting Research in Latin America – Grants, Tips for Success and Introduction to Collaboration
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Timeline

Application AvailableAugust 31, 2017
Application DeadlineOctober 30, 2017
Workshop in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilApril 24-26, 2018
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Eligibility Requirements

At the time of application, the applicant must:

  1. Be a clinician (medical doctor, nurse, psychologist, etc.) with a clinical practice in benign or malignant hematology.
    1. A clinical practice exclusively in solid tumors is not appropriate.
    2. Research interests focused exclusively on laboratory based research are not appropriate.
  2. Be fluent in written and spoken English.
  3. Be a fellow or have a current faculty appointment within 15 years from the first faculty appointment in a division or department of hematology or oncology in Latin America.
  4. Be a physician from one of the following countries:
    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • Bolivia
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Costa Rica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Ecuador
    • El Salvador
    • Guatemala
    • Honduras
    • Mexico
    • Nicaragua
    • Panama
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Uruguay
    • Venezuela
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Application Requirements

All applications must be submitted electronically through the ASH online awards portal and include the required documents listed below.

  • Applicant’s research question (a complete protocol is not required to apply or be accepted to CRTI LA)
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae (maximum 5 pages), which should include the applicant’s complete contact information, description of the applicant’s present faculty position (including title of the position and major responsibilities), prior training in clinical research (if any), publications, list of trainees the applicant has mentored and their current position (if any), and any other relevant information specific to the applicant’s career in clinical research.
  • Applicant’s goals for attendance (one to two paragraphs). The applicant should state how attendance at CRTI LA will enhance his/her career.

An email from ASH will be sent to the applicant within one business day of receiving the application to confirm receipt. If an email is not received, the applicant should notify ASH staff immediately. Failure to notify ASH could result in the application not being reviewed.

Any submission that does not follow the application requirements, is not formatted correctly, is lacking information, has incorrect information, or is lacking required documents may be deemed ineligible and may not be reviewed by the study section. There will be no appeals or consideration for additional or further review once an application has been determined to be ineligible.

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Selection Criteria

All eligible applications will be reviewed by a study section. The selection criteria include:

  1. Meet application eligibility requirements.
  2. Demonstrate the potential to develop and sustain an investigator-initiated clinical research career in hematology. This will be adjudicated based upon the CV and goals for attendance.
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Award Terms

  • Selected participants must agree to attend both days of the program.
  • Those selected will be responsible for making arrangements with their institution to attend CRTI LA.
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Questions

For questions regarding the Clinical Research Training Institute in Latin America, please contact the ASH Training Department at training@hematology.org.

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