American Society of Hematology

Apply for CRTI in Latin America

The ASH Clinical Research Training Institute (CRTI) in Latin America is a highly interactive, two-day workshop composed of didactic sessions, small-group breakouts, and one-on-one mentoring sessions.

The didactic sessions introduce 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 the 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 in a format that promotes peer-review among participants and facilitates collaboration between centers. Meanwhile, scheduled one-on-one mentoring sessions allow each participant individual time with CRTI faculty members, including a biostatistician and a library scientist.

Workshop Curriculum

Monday, April 23, 2018

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Welcome and Introductions
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Trainee presentations
Eight trainees will present. Each one will have time for a 10-minute presentation, followed by five minutes for questions
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.Break
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.Trainee presentations
Six trainees will present. Each one will have time for a 10-minute presentation, followed by five minutes for questions

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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

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)
  • Eduardo M. Rego, MD, Medical School of Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
  • Eloísa Riva, MD, Hospital de Clinicas, Uruguay
  • Natalia Schutz, MD, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Ana Carolina Oliver, MD, Hospital Britanico, Uruguay
  • Elizabeth Uleryk, MLS, E.M., Uleryk Consulting, Toronto, Canada
  • Jane Hankins, MD, MS, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • ASH President
  • TBD
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
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Joint Reception for Advanced CRTI in Latin America and CRTI in Latin America

Career Retrospective:Eloísa Riva, MD, Hospital de Clinicas, Montevideo, Uruguay
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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for CRTI in Latin America:

  • Be a clinician (medical doctor, nurse, psychologist, etc.) with a clinical practice in benign or malignant hematology.
    • Please note that a clinical practice exclusively in solid tumors is not appropriate. Research interests focused exclusively on laboratory-based research are also not appropriate.
  • 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 fluent in written and spoken English
  • 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 Process

The CRTI in Latin America application, as well as all supporting documents outlined below, must be submitted electronically through the ASH online awards portal.

All applications must include the following:

  • 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 research question and a few sentences about the proposed project (a complete protocol is not required to apply or be accepted to CRTI in Latin America).
  • Applicant’s goals for attendance (one to two paragraphs). The applicant should state how attendance at CRTI in Latin America will enhance his/her career.

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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Evaluation, Selection, and Notification

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:

  • Meet application eligibility requirements.
  • 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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Terms and Conditions

  • Selected participants must agree to attend the reception the evening prior to the course as well as both days of the program.
  • Those selected will be responsible for making arrangements with their institution to attend CRTI in Latin America.
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For questions regarding the Clinical Research Training Institute in Latin America, please contact the ASH Training Department at

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