Seminars and Workshops


The CTSI has created a Train-the-Mentor case-based seminar series modeled on a successful program developed by a group of CTSA hubs. A sophisticated interactive training program, the program uses case studies developed and vetted by other CTSI groups around the country. Seminar topics include:

  • Setting up a mentoring plan and defining mentors including team mentoring
  • Career issues including guiding professional development and work-life balance
  • Differences between mentors and mentees (gender, race, generation)
  • Effective communication and difficult conversations
  • Mentoring transitions (independence, grants/papers, mentee as mentor)

All faculty involved in mentoring are encouraged to participate in these training opportunities which are targeted at experienced faculty and are interdisciplinary in nature.

Seminars are held Wednesdays, 12:00pm to 1:30 pm, on the following dates. Lunch will be served.


May 2nd, 16th, 23rd, 30th, June 6th and 13th, 2018

Registration is required to participate in the seminar series. Registrants are required to attend all seminars as attendance is limited and restricted to the first 40 applicants.

To Register, please go to: Mentoring the Mentor WebCAMP Instructions.

For questions, contact Sharon Tomlinson at

Clinical Research Seminars are sponsored by the Clinical Research Resources Office (CRRO), which receives support from CTSI, the Department of Medicine, and the Office of Clinical Research (OCR). The purpose of the monthly seminars is to enhance attendees’ knowledge regarding important clinical research topics.

Upcoming CRRO Seminars

We invite you to our CTSI seminar series. Each month the CTSI will introduce its faculty, clinicians, staff, and affiliates of the BU CTSI and engage in discussions geared specifically towards you, the BU research community. Join us and learn how the CTSI can help you.

Upcoming BERD Seminars

Are you currently using or thinking about using REDCap? Do you need help getting your project started or have a specific question about a REDCap feature? Join our REDCap users group! Meet with other REDCap users, have your questions answered and learn new tips. Drop-in sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 pm. Please contact Tasha Coughlin at with questions.

Upcoming REDCap drop-in sessions

For those who are planning to conduct or are currently conducting clinical or translational research, a CTSI-sponsored open consultation session is offered on study design and statistical analysis. Meet with Howard Cabral, MPH, PhDSPH BiostatisticsJanice Weinberg, ScDSPH Biostatistics and Eric Jones, SPH Data Coordinating Center. Drop-in sessions are held every Tuesday, from 11 am to 12 pm (E-Building). Please contact Howard Cabral at with questions.

Upcoming study design and statistical analysis consultations

Combined drop-in sessions for help with research study design, statistical analysis, and REDCap. Drop-in sessions are held in the Mugar Library, 1st and 3rd Fridays, from 2 to 3 pm. Please contact Tasha Coughlin at with questions.

The training and education function is also home to the K-30 Clinical Research Training (CREST) program at the BU School of Medicine. This program is directed by Drs. Felson and Lasser. Since 1999, with support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the CREST program has trained and mentored fellows and junior faculty who are interested clinical and health services research.

Upcoming CREST/KL2 Programs and Drug & Device Development Seminar Series

This five-day course will focus on deriving, maintaining, characterizing, and differentiating human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). The course is designed for research scientists working or planning to work with human iPSC culture who have prior experience in general cell culture techniques. It will include hands-on training, lectures and demonstrations from leading experts and educators in the field of stem cell biology from the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM) at Boston University Medical Center. Small class size will enable researchers to learn the entire process of reprogramming from somatic cell preparation, to reprogramming methodologies, iPSC identification, isolation and characterization, and current approaches to their directed differentiation into endodermal and lung lineages. Additional topics will include lectures and training in novel gene editing techniques, including the design and use of CRISPR/Cas9 in iPSCs, and development of 3D culture systems.

For those interested in understanding the reprogramming methods used to derive the iPS cells available through this repository, an instructional video is available here.

The Section of Computational Biomedicine was founded in 2009 to develop and apply computational approaches to the analysis of high-throughput molecular datasets in order to improve the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of complex medical diseases. Among its research initiatives, the section has developed novel genomic biomarkers for the management of smoking-induced lung diseases, predictive biomarkers for lymphoma and breast cancer and tools for the rapid identification of infectious pathogens in clinical specimens.

Learn more about the Section of Computational Biomedicine here.

Fall Application Open

Application Instructions

Overview of K Grant Workshop


Training for Clinical, Biomedical and Translational Researchers

Are you planning to submit a Career Development Award (K01, K08 or K23)? Have you assembled mentors and developed a Specific Aims page, but want to ensure that you submit the most competitive application possible? The K Grant Writing Workshop , sponsored by the BU CTSI, is open to Faculty and accomplished Post-doctoral Students/Fellows who anticipate remaining at BUMC. This course is offered in the Spring and Fall, consists of 7, 2-hour sessions 1:30-3:30. Space is limited, and Participants will be selected based on a competitive application process.

Participants in the course will: 1) recognize NIH structure and Institute priorities, basic “anatomy of a K” including essential components of each section, and K review criteria; 2) prepare all sections of their K award; and 3) critique previously submitted K awards as well as each other’s CDA sections throughout the course and take part in mock study sections. The ultimate goal is submission of a successful Career Development Award.

Course Directors:  Megan Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE   BU-Profile and Richard Wainford, PhD BU-Profile

Applications Components

  • Complete application in application portal
  •   Biosketch, Mentors and Applicant
  •   Specific Aims Page
  •   Letter of Support from primary mentor, commenting on your promise as an independent investigator;
    his/her commitment to  working closely with you on the grant including weekly or every other week meetings;
    and, his/her prior funding and experience mentoring
  •   Review comments or scores from previously submitted grant if applicable

Eligibility Requirements

  • Plan to submit a CDA (K23, K01, K08)
  • Faculty and accomplished Post-doctoral Students/Fellows who anticipate remaining at BUMC
  • Specific Aims page written
  • Able to attend every session; agree to actively participate and to complete writing assignments between classes
  • Established Mentor(s)

Fall 2018 Session Dates – Application Closed

 1:30pm – 3:30pm  9/20 | 10/11 | 10/25 | 11/8 | 11/29 |12/13 | 1/3 |Rain Date 1/10

Spring 2019 Session Dates – RFA  November 2018

1:30pm – 3;30pm  3/21| 4/11 |4/25 | 5/9 | 5/23 | 6/6 | 6/20 | Rain Date 7/11

K Community Collaboration, Mentorship and More

For questions regarding the application please contact Sharon Tomlinson