American Society of Hematology

ASH Clinical Research Training Institute in Latin America

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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.

CRTI-LA is held the two days prior to Highlights of ASH in Latin America, which takes place each year in April. ASH provides accepted participants with free housing and travel. There is no fee to apply.

As a participant, you will:

  • Build the foundation and explore the methodologies of patient-oriented clinical research
  • Strengthen the fundamental skills needed to become a successful patient-oriented clinical leader
  • Gain extensive networking opportunities with others who share the same passion
  • Develop a potential capstone project that builds upon skills learned during the curriculum and small group peer-reviews
  • Receive individualized mentorship from program faculty to advance your proposed project

If you have previously participated in CRTI-LA, you may be eligible to apply for Advanced CRTI-LA.


Application AvailableSeptember 7, 2017
Application DeadlineOctober 30, 2017
Finalists NotifiedJanuary 2018
Workshop in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilApril 24-26, 2018
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Program Overview

This highly interactive, two-day workshop is composed of didactic sessions in the morning and small group and one-on-one 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 a great clinical research question
  • Biostatistics
  • Searching and literature and how to use bibliographic software
  • Developing a registry
  • How to create a research team and collaborations in Latin America
  • Conducting research in Latin America: ethics, grants, and tips for success
  • How to write an abstract and manuscript for publication

The small group breakouts allow faculty and participants to interact and discuss potential projects. This format promotes peer-review among participants and may facilitate collaboration between centers.

Scheduled one-on-one faculty and participant sessions allow each participant individual time with members of the faculty, including biostatisticians and the library scientist.

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2018 CRTI-LA Curriculum

Monday, April 23

1:00 p.m.Welcome and Introductions
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Trainee presentations (10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes questions x 8 trainees)
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.Break
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.Trainee presentations (10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes questions x 6 trainees)

Tuesday, April 24

8:00 a.m.Overview of Statistics
George Tomlinson, PhD, PhD, MSc, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada
9:00 a.m.Workshop: Statistical Skills (concurrent programing)
Lillian Sung, MD, PhD
George Tomlinson, PhD
Sarah Vesely TBD

This workshop will enhance the participant’s ability to use R or SPSS to conduct research through hands-on learning
9:00 a.m.One-on-One Sessions (concurrent programing)
  • Ruben Mesa, MD, University of Texas Health San Antonio Cancer Center

  • Eduardo M. Rego, MD, Medical School of Ribeirao Preto, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
  • Eloísa Riva, MD, Hospital de Clinicas Av. Italia sn, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Natalia Schutz, MD, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Ana Carolina Oliver, MD, Hospital Britanico, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Elizabeth Uleryk, MLS, E.M., Uleryk Consulting, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Jane Hankins, MD, MS, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Highlights of ASH Faculty 1
  • ASH President
(just need 9 faculty)

Participants will send materials in advance of the one-on-one sessions to discuss with faculty. Each participant may participate in up to three one-on-one sessions.

Topics to be discussed:
  • Conducting a literature search
  • Using referencing software
  • Trial design
  • Mentorship or career advice
  • Developing a registry
  • Designing a study
  • Developing or editing a manuscript
12:00 noonLunch
1:00 p.m.Repeat Concurrent Programing (Workshop and one-on-one sessions)
4:00 p.m.Wrap-up
7:00 p.m.Joint Advanced CRTI-LA and CRTI-LA Reception (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

Career Retrospective:Eloísa Riva, MD, Hospital de Clinicas Av. Italia sn, Montevideo, Uruguay
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Eligibility Requirements

At the time of application, the applicant must:

  • Be a clinician (medical doctor, nurse, psychologist, etc.) with a clinical practice in benign or malignant hematology
    • A clinical practice exclusively in solid tumors is not appropriate.
    • Research interests focused exclusively on laboratory-based research are not appropriate.
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English
  • 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
  • Be a physician actively working in 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 must include the required documents listed below.

  • Applicant’s research question and a few sentences about the proposed project (a complete protocol is not required to apply or be accepted to CRTI-LA)
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae (maximum 3 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. The CV must clearly distinguish between peer-reviewed publications from abstracts presented at conferences.For a detailed guide on how to build a curriculum vitae, watch our webinar “How to Develop a CV”.
  • Applicant’s goals for attendance (one to two paragraphs). The applicant should state how attendance at CRTI-LA will enhance his/her career.
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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 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, and the top 15 to 20 qualified candidates will be selected to attend.

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 the reception the evening prior to the course and both days of the program.
  • Those selected will be responsible for making arrangements with their institution to attend CRTI-LA.
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