Education Events

MICHR provides an extensive selection of courses, workshops, and seminars to the U-M research community. Click on an event below for dates and times or click here to see the MICHR calendar.
Broadly, offerings include:

Event Date & Time
Research Basics for Study Coordinators- 3-part series   Register now! September 2, 17, 24, 2015
K Writing Workshop   Register now! Three-part series: November 4, November 18, December 9, 2015.  Registration closes October 19, 2015.
2015 Clinical and Translational Research Mentoring Forum   Register now! November 19, 2015 
The Pittsburgh Model: Building a Collaborative and Productive Research Environment Last offered July 22, 2015
Preparing Manuscripts for Publication: Increasing Your Chances for Success Last offered July 1, 2015.  Watch for future offerings.
ACRP: An Effective Corrective Action and Preventive Action (CAPA) Program: Webinar Replay Last offered June 23, 2015.  Watch for future offerings.
Leadership Skills for Working Effectively in Research Collaborations 3-Part Series Last offered February - May 2015 
Responsible Conduct of Research for K Awardees Last offered February - March 2015.  Watch for future offerings
Mentoring for Staff: It's About Passion! Last offered November 11, 2014.
MICHR's Ask the Experts: Michigan Clinical Research Managment (CRM) Last offered November 3, 2014.
Medical Innovation: Your Guide to Making an Impact Webinar Last offered October 7, 2014. Check the FFMI website for future offerings.
MICHR Symposium  Last offered October 1, 2014.  Watch for future offerings. 
Getting What You Want Out of the Mentoring Relationship  Last offered August 14, 2014.
MICHR Mock Study Section Last offered June 2014. Watch for future offerings.
SoCRA Study Sessions 2014 Last offered May - July 2014.
Preparing Manuscripts for Publication: Improving Your Chances for Success A Three-Part Webinar.  Last offered March - April 2014.  Watch for future offerings.
Alternative Approaches to Mentoring: Building a Culture that Supports Faculty Last offered November 2013
Introduction to Clinical and Health Research for Fellows and Junior Faculty - 5-part series Last offered in January - February 2012
Research Education Symposium
In 2014 the Research Education Symposium was combined with the MICHR Symposium on October 1st.
MICHR Mock Study Section at ACTS  Last offered April 2014.
Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals: A Workshop by David Morrison, PhD Last offered October 2013.
PORT Program This program has been revamped and is offered on a yearly basis.
Registries for Research Last offered September 2012.
Ethics Workshop for Community Partners  
C3RG Seminar series
U-M Study Coordinator Events


University of Michigan Injury Center events   

A 3-Part Series: September 2, 17, 24, 2015

 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Danto Auditorium, Cardovascular Center
Register now!
The Research Basics for Study Coordinators series is designed to introduce research coordinators with less than two years of research experience or who are new to research at U-M to learn basic concepts in clinical research. This is a three-part workshop series that engages participants and provides opportunities for skill building and learning. Maximum benefit will be gained by attending all three sessions, but it is not required.

Topics include:
  • Essential Documents and Good Clinical Practice Fundamentals of Data Management Conducting and Obtaining Valid Informed Consent
Session Descriptions:
The Fundamentals of Data Management: Integrating Data Quality into the Clinical Research Process
September 2, 2015, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
This course outlines basic data management concepts and the tools used by Data Managers to improve data quality. You will learn to speak the language of data management and discover how the concepts presented can be applied to the everyday management of research data. Topics include Case Report Form development, basic database design, and an overview of the processes used by data managers to reduce errors and identify unexpected or illogical results. No prior data management experience or technical background is necessary.

Speaker Information: Sue Burhop, B.S., Data Management Project Manager, Clinical Research Management Group Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR)
Essential Documents and Good Clinical Practice
September 17, 2015, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Topics in this session will help explain how GCP impacts the clinical research process and will examine root causes of non-compliance. We will explore actions to prevent research non-compliance, define source documents, list techniques for maintaining accurate source documents, and learn to recognize common errors.

Speaker Information: Valerie Stevenson, BAS, LRT, CCRP, Senior Project Manager, Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Emergency Medicine - University of Michigan Health System
Conducting and Obtaining Valid Informed Consent
September 24, 2015, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
This session outlines the process of obtaining valid informed consent and will give you the opportunity to demonstrate necessary language and communication skills when interacting with potential study participants and their families.

Speaker Information: Susan Goold, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School and Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
What Past Participants Have Said About Research Basics for Study Coordinators:

“As a new study coordinator, the Research Basics Series provided me the unique opportunity to interact with other study coordinators who brought diverse ideas to the table. Many of us have different educational backgrounds, so it was an excellent chance to learn about the different techniques others have utilized to problem-solve common issues that coordinators face on a regular basis. I would most certainly recommend that others take advantage of both the Research Basics Series, as well as the staff at MICHR – both provide unparalleled resources!”
--Edyta Debowska
Clinical Subjects Coordinators
Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases
Additional Resources:

CITI - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative:
CITI offers online modules to provide exposure to Biomedical Research, human subject's research and Good Clinical Practice's guidelines and regulations. While PEERS training is required for all personnel working in research at U-M, the CITI modules will provide you with a good introduction to best practices for research. Please register with CITI and start the online modules.

Three-part series:
November 4, November 18, December 9, 2015 

Collaboration Space (open space), MICHR
Building 400, NCRC

Register now!
 Registration closes October 19, 2015.
This structured, three-part workshop is designed to assist junior faculty and fellows who are preparing competitive career development grant applications (NIH K and VA CDA) for 2016 submission.

The focus of the K Writing Workshop will be on the Candidate Background, Career Objectives & Plan, Specific Aims page and Mentor Letter. Please note that there are many additional components of a K application that will not be covered in this workshop.

As a participant, you will exchange drafts of sections of your proposal and receive peer critique and feedback from senior faculty experienced in NIH study section thinking. If you are not writing one of these awards, please contact RDC for your grant needs. The workshop only "works" if people have drafts to discuss.
Workshop Fee:
In 2015 MICHR will charge a fee for the K Writing Workshop.
University of Michigan registrants:
Cost: $150. U-M regististrants who attend all three sessions will be refunded $100. Registration will be confirmed once a valid shortcode is received.
Non-University of Michigan registrants:
Cost: $195. Registration will be confirmed once a check is received. Checks should be made payable to University of Michigan and mailed to:
Attn: Lee Anne Gasche
MICHR - University of Michigan
2800 Plymouth Rd.
Building 400
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800 
A limited number of scholarships are available for those who cannot get mentor support for the workshop fee. To inquire about a scholarship, email MICHR Education.
Attendance is strictly limited to participants who are currently preparing a career development grant proposal.

“The individualized discussion of the background section was great. It was extremely helpful to learn all the details involved in a successful application.”
--past K Writing workshop participant

“Small group sessions and feedback from faculty mentors...really helped provide critique of drafts and outlined areas for improvement”
--past K Writing workshop participant

Registrants MUST attend all 3 sessions.
Your mentor is expected to attend session 1 or session 2.

Attendance is strictly limited to participants who are currently preparing a career development grant.

2015 Clinical and Translational Research Mentoring Forum

Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, Medical School      

November 19, 2015
7:30 - 11:00 a.m.
NCRC Cafeteria

Register now!
The 2015 Clinical and Translational Research Mentoring Forum will include a Mentoring Panel and the 2015 MICHR Distinguished Mentor Awards Ceremony, as well as a poster session highlighting MICHR scholars' research. Dr. S. Jack Hu, Interim Vice President for Research will present the 2015 MICHR Distinguished Mentor Awards. The Mentoring Panel will also be comprised of senior leadership from various schools/colleges.

Early career faculty and fellows who attend this event will acquire a better understanding of the university’s perspectives on and support for faculty mentoring.
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.: Poster Session, light breakfast available
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.: 2015 MICHR Mentor Awards Ceremony, presented by Dr. S. Jack Hu, Interim Vice President for Research, and Looking into the Future of Mentoring: A Dialogue with Leadership
Panelists include: Dean Laurie McCauley, School of Dentistry; Dean James Dalton, School of Pharmacy; Associate Dean Margaret R. Gyetko, Faculty and Faculty Development, School of Medicine; and Interim Associate Vice President and Interim Associate Dean David J. Brown, Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, School of Medicine.

Find out more about the 2012 Mentoring Forum.

 Find out more about the MICHR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award.

Last offered July 22, 2015

 David Kupfer, MD
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
David Kupfer, MD, former Chair of the Psychiatry Department at University of Pittsburgh, will speak about his work over the past three decades in building a strong department-based infrastructure to foster research excellence and a collaborative culture. In recent years, his department has been consistently ranked No. 1 in NIH funding among psychiatry departments nationwide. Such success is in part the result of the department’s mandatory peer-review program for proposal development, a strong collaborative culture, and formal mentoring mechanisms.

This workshop is designed for school/college and department leaders, faculty and staff directors of research centers, faculty groups, research offices and research support programs, and anyone who is interested in building proposal review or mentoring programs. If the chair, associate chair or director of any unit is not available, we highly recommend that he/she designate a colleague to attend this event.
For questions and more information, contact:
Jill Jividen, UMMS Office of Research, 734-764-3634
Jing Liu, MICHR, 734-998-7644

Last offered July 1, 2015.  Watch for future offerings.
Journal editors would agree that most individuals (sometimes even the most experienced researchers) need some education on writing scientific papers. Papers that lack clarity and focus, contain errors, or are poorly written seldom get a second look by journal editors and granting agencies. Given that publication is the generally accepted measure of scholarly research productivity, effective scientific writing is an essential skill.

MICHR’s Education and Mentoring Core (EMC) is offering a Scientific Writing Workshop to help address this concern. Intended for graduate and post-doctoral students, this workshop will provide hands-on education to help participants learn to organize a manuscript. The workshop will be taught by Dr. Thomas Annesley, Professor Emeritus of the University of Michigan. Dr. Annesley has devoted his career to helping others write more clearly and effectively, thereby improving their chances to be successful in academia.
The session will be in the morning on Wednesday July 1. Participants are welcome to bring examples of a current writing project or to submit questions in advance. All central campus buses drop off at CC Little. Participants from the medical school should take a SOUTHBOUND COMMUTER bus from Taubman, employee parking structure at Mott, Sampson Building, or BSRB.


An Effective Corrective Action and Preventive Action (CAPA) Program: Webinar Replay

Co-sponsored by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals Southeast Michigan Chapter
Last offered June 23, 2015.  Watch for future offerings.
Rachel Upjohn Building, Garden Level Auditorium
4250 Plymouth Rd. Ann Arbor MI 48109
U-M Health System's East Medical Campus
Dr. Susan Leister, Director of Quality Assurance at Technical Resources International with over 18 years of industry experience. In addition, she serves the educational sector as part-time faculty at the University of Phoenix Undergraduate and Graduate School of Business for the last five years.
Session Info: Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions (CAPAs) are a beneficial tool for documenting potential problems and investigating them through Root Cause Analysis (RCA). Today, more and more organizations are utilizing CAPAs to properly document investigations and capture the action(s) taken. This webinar will cover the CAPA process, how to implement an effective CAPA system using a risk-based approach, and review the key elements of a CAPA report.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the key components of a Corrective Action and Preventive Action (CAPA) System
  2. Define a risk based approach to Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions (CAPAs) 
  3. Identify the critical elements of a Corrective Action and Preventive Action (CAPA) Report
5:30-7:00 PM PM – Program will begin promptly at 5:30 PM
(Light refreshments will be provided)
Target Audience: Auditor, Coordinator/Site Coordinator (CRC), Monitor (CRA), Regulatory Affairs, Investigator, Project Manager, Clinical Research Nurse
Contact hours have been applied for through ACRP (1.5). Membership is not required for online registration/application of contact hours. If you wish to receive Contact Hours for this event, you must register through the Southeastern Michigan ACRP chapter website. The event is free for all and there is no cancellation fee. To receive contact hours, sign in at the registration desk and attend the program. Go to your “My Tests, Evaluations, and Certificates” (TEC) record on the ACRP website to complete the evaluation between 1-30 days following the event and obtain the online certificate.
Questions?  Contact: MICHR Education.
MICHR has a great working relationship with the Southeast Michigan ACRP Chapter (Association of Clinical Research Professionals). We are proud to bring you educational offerings about five times a year. These offerings will be targeted toward study coordinators across all of Southeast Michigan, ranging in topics from Recruitment to Quality Assurance practices. We also are proud to bring you Continuing Education Credits! Please watch the weekly Coordinator Highlights for more information as well as the MICHR Education Events page!

Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, School of Medicine
 Last offered February - May 2015
A recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report emphasizes the importance of collaborations to accelerate translational research. The key to facilitating such collaborations is helping people work together effectively. A body of literature on group process and interdisciplinary collaboration can inform our top notch health scientists as they get together to move ideas forward. This is the first seminar series exclusively for investigators working in collaborations who want to brush up their group process and leadership skills.
I. Forming the Team: First Things First
In her article entitled Enhancing Transdisciplinary Research Through Collaborative Leadership, Barbara Gray suggests that “shared decision making principles, close coordination, mutual respect, and highly refined process skills are vital for [these] leaders to sustain effective transdisciplinary collaborations.”

How does one form a highly-functioning transdisciplinary team? How can I be a good team member? In this first in a series of three workshops, Jane Pettit, MS, the Learning and Development Manager for UMHS Human Resources, will present Tuckman’s Stages of Team Formation and describe the four stages that teams undergo as they develop together. Dr. Brummett will then describe the early stages of team formation and give insight into finding collaborators and choosing those collaborators and teams that are good fits for you.
Learning Objectives: Following this workshop, you will be able to:
  • describe the four stages of team formation
  • communicate what makes a highly-functioning team
  • list attributes that make one a good team member
  • outline techniques to use in choosing a highly-functioning team
Jane Pettit, MS, is the Learning and Development Manager for UMHS Human Resources. She develops and manages the hospitals’ and health centers’ leadership development programs and has special interest in the area of team dynamics, change management, and work style assessments.

Chad Brummett, MD is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Brummett is the Director of the Division of Pain Research and, more broadly, is the Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Anesthesiology. He also leads an institution-wide initiative to create a biorepository for research of genetic factors associated with the development of disease and response to treatment.
II. Maximizing Team Effectiveness by Establishing Common Language and Values
According to Barbara Gray (2008), ensuring that transdisciplinary teams can function effectively requires that team members are able to achieve common understandings that transcend disciplinary cultures. This is a complex task, requiring team members to reframe their own mindsets, first being open to learning new ways of thinking about problems and re-valuing approaches that are unfamiliar to them. This is easier said than done; Gray points out the challenges when individuals might use the same words but attach different meanings to them. Developing a common language and a common set of values is at the heart of team science. In this workshop, participants will hear from two leaders in this area. A hands-on activity will provide the opportunity for participants to practice skills they can use within their own teams to enhance language and values.
Learning Objectives: Following this workshop, you will be able to:
  • describe the issues around language and values that can be an obstacle to the development of teams, particularly transdisciplinary teams;
  • acquire techniques to overcome such barriers; and
  • explain the attributes of disciplinary diversity to others.
Julie Thompson Klein, PhD is Professor of Humanities in the English Department and Faculty Fellow for Interdisciplinary Development in the Division of Research at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan (U.S.A.). Dr. Klein is past president of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) and former editor of the AIS journal, Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Klein is also the author of several books, including Interdisciplinarity: History, Theory and Practice (1991 Wayne State University Press and The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity with Robert Frodeman (2010 Oxford University Press).

Denise Williams, PhD, MS, SPHR is a Performance Consultant at the UMHS Office for Health Equity and Inclusion.
III. High Performance Teams
Today’s innovation depends as much on effective leadership and communication as science. Often collaborators wrestle with thorny issues like status and power, organizational boundaries, and resources. In this session, John Tropman PhD, Professor on Non-Profit Management and Social Policy in the School of Social Work and Adjunct Professor of Business, will draw on his work in leadership effectiveness with academic, business, social services, and clinical care leaders to recommend strategies for effective meeting and group process.
Learning Objectives: Following this workshop, you will be able to:
  • identify the five most common team dysfunctions,
  • describe ways to catalyze progress in meetings,
  • discuss adopting techniques for working in formal and informal collaborations.
John Tropman PhD Professor, School of Social Work) His book, Effective Meetings is in its third printing. Dr. Tropman is an editor, with Ransome and Pinsky, of Physician Performance: Advanced Principles of Medical Management (American College of Physician Executives, 2005) and has consulted with institutions such as MD Anderson Cancer Center, at the University of Texas, to build team culture in clinical care delivery.
Learn more about team science.

  RCR4K - Responsible Conduct of Research for K Awardees

A 4-Part series over 6 weeks
Last offered February - March 2015.  Watch for future offerings.

Practical and timely RCR education

This seminar is designed to meet the requirements of the NIH K 23, or any federal or non-federal career development grant.

It is appropriate for postdoctoral researchers, T32 fellows, VA CDA recipients, and those with any mentored career development award. The 4-session (8 hour) seminar is mostly interactive, practice based, and focused on addressing RCR issues (ethics, integrity, and regulatory matters) that have arisen in the course of your own K funded research. It’s relevant, hands-on, and includes mentoring from experienced faculty.

Last offered November 11, 2014

UMHS Educator Learning Series presents "Mentoring for Staff: It’s About the Passion!" to be held on Nov.11.

Lise Anderson, MPH, MICHR Postdoctoral Programs Designer
Nancy Calvin-Naylor, Ph.D., Administrative Program Director, Education and Mentoring Group
Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR)

Mentoring! How do we help UMHS staff continually grow and learn? How do we help them in their personal and professional growth? Mentoring is one essential skill to help staff.

MICHR supports and promotes faculty mentoring. UMHS educators can learn from their experiences. Come and build your repertoire as a preceptor and/or educator to enhance the professional development of your staff through mentoring.

Last offered November 3, 2014.  Watch for future offerings.

The Clinical Research Management Program (CRM) at MICHR provides services and mentoring support for Investigator-Initiated, federally funded, privately funded, and single- and multi-centered clinical trials. CRM staff provide a variety of services for principal investigators and team members including:
  • Database development
  • Study Monitoring
  • Data Management Mentoring
  • Study Management Mentoring
  • Biostatistics
  • MICHR Clinical Trials Office (industry-sponsored trials)
Program Objectives:
  • Learn about CRM and why it's here
  • Gain the perspective of study managers, monitors, and data managers in addressing the most frequently occurring problems with implementing a clinical research study
  • Share tools and processes designed to improve the quality and efficiency of conducting clinical research
  • Identify steps in the clinical research process most likely to slow us down/trip us up
Light refreshments will be served.

co-sponsored with Fast Forward Medical Innovation, Medical School Office of Research

 Last offered on October 7, 2014.  Check the FFMI website for future offerings.
Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) is part of the Office of Research at the University of Michigan Medical School, and works to accelerate biomedical innovation and commercialization in diagnostics, therapeutics, devices, and healthcare IT. As part of the entire Innovation Ecosystem at U-M, FFMI strives to be the "Front Door" for medical school faculty with a novel idea or commercially viable technology.
FFMI focuses on nurturing commercialization and entrepreneurship. Join us for a FREE webinar from 2 – 3 pm EST on October 7, 2014 to learn more about Fast Forward Medical Innovation and how YOU can get involved.
The FFMI initiative brings together organizations across campus and…
  • Pushes innovations out of the Medical School research enterprise onto a viable commercial path.
  • Provides a “front door” to accessing U-M’s rich environment for biomedical innovation for both internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Creates a virtual cycle to engage faculty and students, providing experiential and educational opportunities.
FFMI offers a holistic approach to biomedical innovation for both faculty researchers and potential external partners to help discoveries make the transition to the clinic and beyond, with the ultimate goal of positively impacting human health.

Last offered on August 14, 2014

A talk by Vicki Ellingrod, Associate Professor of Pharmacy and MICHR KL2 Program Director, on both being an effective mentee and how to assess your own skills as a mentor, kicks off a year of mentoring-focused didactic and practice activities.
You will:
  • Complete a mentor or mentee skills self assessment survey 
  • Discuss challenges in different phases of the mentoring relationship
  • Identify ways to become a more effective mentee 
  • Critique your expectations of your mentors and your mentee(s)
  • Develop a plan for maximizing mentoring in your scientific and career development, given your own circumstances.
For more information contact Lise Anderson (phone: 998-7212).

Co-Sponsored by MICHR Education and Cancer Center CTO
Last offered May - July 2014
Four study sessions for the SoCRA exam!
The SoCRA Study Session is intended to provide attendees with a group setting to prepare for the Society of Clinical Research Associates Certification Exam. These sessions aim to provoke interactive group discussions, facilitate interactive activities and provide resources to help prepare for the SoCRA Exam. Each session is facilitated by a SoCRA Certified Research Professional.
Topics include:
  • Session 1 - Protection of Human Subjects (DHHS and FDA) & IRBs 
  • Session 2 - IND, IB, ICH E6 GCP Essential Documents 
  • Session 3 - Electronic Records & Signatures, Financial Disclosure, Monitoring, ICH E6 GCP Glossary
  • Session 4 - ICH E6 GCP IRB, Investigator, Sponsor, Protocols
If the session(s) you would like to register for are sold out, please register for a SoCRA waitlist ticket and specify the session(s) you are interested in. 
*U-M employees are priority registrants. Non-UM registrants will be added to the waitlist until seats become available. 
This review session is offered in collaboration with Cancer Center CTO Training and Education and the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research

Last offered June 4, 2014.  Watch for future offerings.

What is a Mock Study Section?
This is an opportunity to learn how NIH grant reviewers, or “study sections”, think. As one of nine grant reviewers you will discuss actual twelve-page K and R grants (already submitted in some version to the NIH). You will learn what happens behind the closed doors in a real K or R grant review. It’s a true-to-life simulation guaranteed to raise your score.

This event is ideal for fellows and Jr. faculty who are writing career development and R01 grants. It simulates an NIH Study Section in every detail (including the work expected). Participants will be assigned a grant to review in either clinical and translational research or health services research. This event is free. 
“Having to actually complete a review of a real grant application, as well as feedback from the chairs throughout the section on (1) how things would likely have gone in an actual study section, (2) how we did on our reviews, and (3) the real review results for one grant, compared to how our review went. Both were very practical, hands-on ways of developing our ability to both write and review grant application, to know what reviewers are looking for, and to increase familiarity with the NIH scoring system and study section processes.”
--past Mock Study Section workshop participant

Learning objectives:

  • To review and critique the quality of a scientific grant application in a formal review meeting
  • To apply the guidelines for peer review as developed by the NIH
  • To discuss the common weaknesses of scientific grant proposals
Requirements: As with the real NIH Study Sections in Washington, all participant experts (you) are required to attend and participate fully. 
Time commitment: 6-8 hours total (hours):
  • Pre-lecture (1.5 hours)
  • Review grants (1-3 hours)
  • Exchange data and review instructions (1 hour)
  • Event (2 hours)

A Three-Part Webinar

Last offered March - April 2014.  Watch for future offerings.
It is not poor science that kills many scientific papers; rather, it is a lack of clarity and continuity. In this webinar series, Dr. Thomas Annesley will use examples from several sections of a scientific paper to show participants how to add clarity and continuity to their scientific papers. Part I will focus on the title, abstract, and introduction. Part II will focus on methods, results, and figures. Part III will focus on tables, the discussion section, and responding to reviewer comments.

After attending these webinars, participants will be able to add greater clarity to papers, develop strategies to heighten the impact of their papers, and more effectively tie the various sections of a manuscript together.

Thomas Annesley, PhD was one of the first post-doctoral fellows in clinical chemistry at the Mayo Clinic. After training, he went to the University of Michigan, where he has spent his entire career. He currently is Professor of Clinical Chemistry at the University of Michigan and the Deputy Editor of the journal Clinical Chemistry. His current major roles include teaching scientific writing in the Faculty Development Program of the Dean of Education’s Office, the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, and the Michigan Scholars Program. He also does sessions for the Council of Science Editors and the American Medical Writers Association. Dr. Annesley is the author of the 14-part Guide to Scientific Writing, which has been translated into five languages and is used in the curricula of many educational institutions in the US, Europe, and China. He is also the author of the Guide to Manuscript Review.

at ACTS in April 2015
Each year at the Association for Clinical and Translational Science meeting, junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows may attend mock study sections in which they review, critique, and score grant applications.

What is a Mock Study Section?
This is an opportunity to learn how NIH grant reviewers, or “study sections”, think. As one of nine grant reviewers you will discuss actual twelve-page K and R grants (already submitted in some version to the NIH). You will learn what happens behind the closed doors in a real K or R grant review. It’s a true-to-life simulation guaranteed to raise your score.

This event is ideal for fellows and Jr. faculty who are writing career development and R01 grants. It simulates an NIH Study Section in every detail (including the work expected). Participants will be assigned a grant to review in either clinical and translational research or health services research. This event is free. 

Learning objectives:

  • To review and critique the quality of a scientific grant application in a formal review meeting
  • To apply the guidelines for peer review as developed by the NIH
  • To discuss the common weaknesses of scientific grant proposals
Requirements: As with the real NIH Study Sections in Washington, all participant experts (you) are required to attend and participate fully. 

Last offered November 22, 2013

With Linda Pololi, MBBS, MRCP
Senior Scientist, Brandeis University
Director, National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine: C - Change

About the workshop: Effective mentoring may be key to successful and fulfilling careers in academic medicine where faculty members face daunting challenges. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the core skills of effective mentoring. Dr. Pololi will discuss the application of principles and evidence-based practices from adult education and psychology fields to the mentoring and career development of faculty in biomedical careers. Such approaches can provide an alternative framework for mentoring beyond traditional methods. The parallels between the culture change needed in medical schools and new models of mentoring draw on the work of the National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine: C - Change.

Objectives: Participants will:

  • Learn about mentoring relationships when they are most effective;
  • Identify attributes and skills of effective mentoring;
  • Become more confident in their roles as mentor or protégé(e);
  • Become part of a collaborative group learning about mentoring.

Co-Sponsored by the UMMS Office of Research and MICHR Education 
 A unique opportunity regardless of your experience -- open to everyone interested in developing their NIH grant writing skills.
Last offered October 30, 2013

This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal writing process (with emphasis on NIH applications). Attention is given to such things as developing ideas, identifying appropriate granting agencies, writing for reviewers, and strategies that are valuable in presenting an applicant’s case to reviewers. Strategies designed to garner a fundable priority score are presented.

Participants will learn to prepare a competitive grant proposal by:

  • incorporating knowledge of the peer review process in a persuasive research description
  • formulating a focused research plan that incorporates well-formulated hypotheses, rationales, specific objectives, and long-range research goals
  • developing and justifying a budget for the proposed research activities using
  • existing resources at the University of Michigan in research proposal development
  • avoiding many common grant writing mistakes.

Follow this event on Twitter with hashtag #MICHRWWG13. Tweet your questions to us before or during the event.

What Past Participants Have Said About Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals:
"This workshop was one of the best experiences I have had at the University of Michigan. My only regret is to not have know about David Morrison earlier in my career."

"Dr. Morrison is an expert speaker who gives very real-world advice and suggestions in a very tough field."

"Unbelievably good presentation...I can't believe how helpful this was. By the end I felt like: finally I GET how to do this after struggling for so long."

The Presenter: David Morrison, Ph.D., has been continuously funded as a principal investigator for more than 30 years from NIH, foundations, and industry. He has served as a member of multiple national review panels and advisory groups. He received the first ever Faculty Service Award from the Mayo Center for Translational Sciences Activities. Dr. Morrison, a co-founder and member of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC, is one of the most sought after presenters of workshops on writing NIH grant proposals.

Agenda: View the agenda.

Deadline: Since course materials must be pre-ordered, we are unable to accept late / walk-in registrations.

  • $125 for UM Participants (payable by shortcode or credit card)
  • $150 for Non-UM Participants
All those registered as of October 12, 2013 will receive The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook – National Institutes of Health Version (a $75.00 value) as well as other course materials.

Refund Policy:
  • For cancellations received on or before October 11, 2013 – a full refund will be given.
  • For cancellations received after October 11, 2013 – no refund can be given, but the registrant will be sent their copy of the workbook / course materials shortly after the event.
CME Credit: The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Refreshments: Light refreshments will be served in the morning and afternoon, but participants will obtain lunch on their own (the UMHS cafeteria is in close proximity to the Dow Auditorium). View options for lunch.
Maps & Parking: View information on maps, directions, and parking.

Last offered September 2012.

Developed for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, clinicians and staff, this session will feature U-M content experts discussing how registries can enhance clinical research, the challenges of contracts and agreements, how to work with the IRB, and REDCap and other databases.

Target audience: Community-based researchers, collaborators, staff

This is a nationally implementable, locally deliverable training workshop that provides relevant learning while meeting national training requirements. Ethics training delivered in 4 online, train-the-trainer modules for 13 national sites.


Topics include:

  • History of current regulations
  • Informed consent in community settings
  • Role-play practice
  • Good clinical practice

Introduction to Clinical and Health Research

5-part series:
Offered in January - February 2012. Watch for future offerings.


This program is designed for fellows and junior faculty interested in developing an academic career focused on health research. The 5-part series will be taught by a diverse team of MICHR faculty and staff involved in the full spectrum of research. The program has an interactive format with both lecture and small group work. Over the 5 sessions you will get an overview of what’s involved in developing and carrying out a research study. Sessions are designed sequentially, but you do not have to attend all.

Participants who attend this program may be eligible for the Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Pilot for Clinical Faculty.

Session 1: Basics of Study Design [discuss design issues in a hypothetical research proposal]

Session 2: Getting Started With Your Study [critique methods sections of grants and a study protocol, discuss alternative recruitment methods]

Session 3: Pitfalls in Study Design and Interpretation [review ethical challenges in study design]

Session 4: Research Funding and Budgets [develop goals for seeking funding and review sources of help to find grants; develop a study budget]

Session 5: Next Steps in Your Research Career [practice networking and communicating your research to potential mentors and collaborators]

C3RG Seminar Series

Visit the C3RG web page for current offerings and additional information.

Co-sponsored by the Cardiovascular Center and the MICHR Education Program

To learn more about C3RG, visit their website.

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