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
PHARM 622 (formerly PIBS 507) Winter 2013
SoCRA Study Sessions 2014 May - July 2014 
MICHR Mock Study Section   REGISTER NOW! June 4, 2014. Registration closes May 8th.
Preparing Manuscripts for Publication: Increasing Your Chances for Success   REGISTER NOW! June 24 & 26, 2014
Research Basics for Study Coordinators- 3-part series Next offering will be in September 2014
MICHR Symposium -- SAVE THE DATE!  October 1, 2014 
K Writing Workshop   REGISTER NOW!
Three-part series: October 29, November 19, and December 10, 2014 
ACRP Last offered April 14, 2014.  Watch for future offerings.
MICHR's Ask the Experts Last offered March 25, 2014.  Watch for future offerings.
Preparing Manuscripts for Publication: Improving Your Chances for Success A Three-Part Webinar.  Last offered March 18, March 25, and April 1, 2014.  Watch for future offerings.
Responsible Conduct of Research for K Awardees Last offered February - April 2014. Watch for future offerings.
Alternative Approaches to Mentoring: Building a Culture that Supports Faculty Last offered November 22, 2013
Mentoring Forum Offered in July 2012
Introduction to Clinical and Health Research for Fellows and Junior Faculty - 5-part series Offered in January - February 2012
Research Education Symposium
Offered March 15, 2013. In 2014 it will be 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 30, 2013
MICHR Team Science Series: Forming the Right Team for Successful Science Last offered on November 20, 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


The Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR)

University of Michigan Injury Center events   

(formerly PIBS 507)
Pharm 622 (formerly PIBS 507) is the cornerstone of the Translational Research Education Certificate (TREC). However, you don't have to be in the certificate program in order to take advantage of this great course.

Co-Sponsored by MICHR Education and Cancer Center CTO
May - July 2014
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Room 101, Building 100, NCRC
 Register now!
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
Session 1
May 16, 3 - 4:30 pm, Room 101, Building 100, NCRC
June 27, 3 - 4:30 pm, Room 101, Building 100, NCRC

Session 2
June 6, 3 - 4:30 pm, Room 101, Building 100, NCRC
July 11, 3 - 4:30 pm, Room 101, Building 100, NCRC

Session 3
June 13, 3 - 4:30 pm, Room 101, Building 100, NCRC
July 18, 3 - 4:30 pm, Room 101, Building 100, NCRC

Session 4
June 20, 3 - 4:30 pm, Room 101, Building 100, NCRC
July 25, 3 - 4:30 pm, Room 101, Building 100, NCRC
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Participation is limited so register soon!
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

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
June 4, 2014
Fifth Floor Boardrooms 1-4, Palmer Commons

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. 
“One of the most useful aspects of the training program was being able to attend the mock study session presented by MICHR. This program really helped me to understand how research proposals are judged and I highly recommended it to all trainees.”
--a former PTSP scholar

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: June 4, 1 - 3 p.m. (2 hours)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
June 24 & 26, 2014
1544 CC Little
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 Group (EMG) is offering a Scientific Writing Workshop to help address this concern. Intended primarily for post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, this two-part workshop will provide intensive, 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 workshop meets on two days. Attendance at both (Tuesday and Thursday) sessions is required. Participants are welcome to bring examples of a current writing project or to submit questions in advance. Learning exercises will be passed out as homework at the Tuesday session and will be discussed during the Thursday session.

Next offering will be in September 2014

The Research Basics for Study Coordinators series is designed for any research team member who has less than two years of research experience or is new to U-M. Please note that all information discussed is tailored to the University of Michigan's policies.

This course is taught in a three-part series to enhance your learning experience. Maximum benefit will be gained by attending all three sessions, but it is not required.

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
  • 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.
  • Session 1 - Best Practices & Essential Documents for Clinical Research. Topics in this session will help explain best practices for research and the purpose and structure of regulatory document management. We will define source documents, list techniques for maintaining accurate source documents, and learn to recognize common documentation errors.
  • Session 2 - Recruitment and Retention. Recruitment and retention of study participants is an essential part of successful clinical research programs. In this session effective recruitment strategies will be explored, as well as methods to keep your subjects engaged through the life of the project.
  • Session 3 - Conducting & Obtaining Valid Informed Consent. This session will give you the opportunity to demonstrate necessary language and communication skills when interacting with potential study participants and their families.

Three-part series: October 29, November 19, December 10, 2014
Building 520, NCRC

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 2015 submission. 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.  

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

Registrants MUST attend all 3 sessions.
Your mentor is expected to attend session 1 on October 29, 2014.

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

Co-sponsored by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals Southeast Michigan Chapter
 Aisha T. Langford, PhD, MPH

 Postdoctoral Fellow
VA Health Services Research & Development Service
Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine 

Monday, April 14
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Rachel Upjohn Building, Garden Level Auditorium
4250 Plymouth Rd. Ann Arbor MI 48109
Brief Program Description: This talk is focused on racial/ethnic differences in clinical trial participation among cancer patients.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss individual level factors related to minority clinical trial participation.
  2. Review current and prior research regarding minority enrollment into clinical trials.
  3. Explain structural/logistical issues that hinder full participation of minorities in medical research.
6:00 PM – Registration, light refreshments and networking
6:30-7:30 PM – Presentation
7:30-8:00 PM – Q & A session
Target Audience: All Clinical Research Professionals, CRA’s, Study Coordinators, Regulatory Professionals
Approval for 1.5 contact hours have been received through ACRP. Provided at $10 Cost for Members who use an e-mail evaluation form (note: must be a member of National ACRP in order to be a chapter member). Registration available on the SEMI-ACRP Chapter website.  Note: Non-members who want contact hours must pay $25.

If you wish to receive Contact Hours for this event, you must pay with a credit card through the Southeastern Michigan ACRP chapter website. Contact hours are available for purchase from now 10/21/2013. If you purchase Contact Hours, you must still complete the evaluation in your “My Tests, Evaluations and Certificates” section of the ACRP website. The evaluation will be available on their ACRP records from 10/15/ 2013 to 11 /15/ 2013. Contact: Sindhu Halubai, 734-239-4739.
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 theweekly Coordinator Highlights for more information as well as the MICHR Education Events page!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Danto Auditorium - U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Do you have questions about your research? Are you having trouble figuring out which regulatory department to go to for your specific issue? Do you want more information on education training for the regulatory aspects of your clinical research project?

For answers to these questions and more, come to MICHR's new series:

"Ask the Experts" 

This session will highlight regulations and compliance at U-M. Get answers to your research questions and find out more about training opportunities.

Meet with your U-M regulatory and compliance representatives:
  • IRBMed 
  • Office of Regulatory Affairs 
  • UMHS Compliance Office

A Three-Part Webinar: March 18, March 25, and April 1, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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.

About the presenter: Thomas Annesley 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.

  Responsible Conduct of Research for K Awardees

A 4-Part series over 8 weeks: Wednesdays from 3-5pm, February 26, March 5, March 19, and Thursday, April 17, from 3-5pm

Get responsible conduct of research off your desk!

MICHR is again offering this innovative approach to responsible conduct of research (RCR) training that aligns with your priorities for conducting research and working with your mentor. A new team of faculty will lead the workshop in 2014, including, Dr. Susan Gould and Dr. Naomi Laventhal.

Registration is required.

What will you get?

  • 8 hours of face-to-face faculty-led RCR training
  • An additional optional 4 hours of online research ethics and integrity education using U-M supported suite of training modules from the on-line education company Epigeum-available on our CTools site.
  • Expert consultation and resolution of an ethics or integrity issue in your research
  • Practice using a systematic approach to recognize and address RCR issues
  • Experience presenting to other how you addressed an RCR issue. . This seminar meets the requirements for the NIH K 23 application, or any federal or non-federal career development grant and responds to your needs.
Session 1: February 26th 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Session 2: March 5th 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Session 3: March 19th 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Session 4: April 17th 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Seating is limited.

Last offered November 22, 2013.  Watch for future offerings.

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.

Last offered July 2012. Find out more about the 2012 Mentoring Forum.

Michigan is known for fostering cross-disciplinary engagement and collaboration, but the practical work of collaborating across disciplines requires more that deep knowledge of science. Two outstanding leaders in team science and positive management will speak to you and your mentor about the praxis of team science. Expect some highly engaged small group experience. Boxed lunch.
 Find out more about the MICHR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award.

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 (January 18): Basics of Study Design [discuss design issues in a hypothetical research proposal]

Session 2 : January 25 Getting Started With Your Study [critique methods sections of grants and a study protocol, discuss alternative recruitment methods]

Session 3 : February 1 Pitfalls in Study Design and Interpretation [review ethical challenges in study design]

Session 4 : February 8 Research Funding and Budgets [develop goals for seeking funding and review sources of help to find grants; develop a study budget]

Session 5 : February 15 Next Steps in Your Research Career [practice networking and communicating your research to potential mentors and collaborators]

at ACTS in April 2014
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. 

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: October 11, 2013.  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.

 Co-Sponsored by the UMMS Faculty Development Office and MICHR Education 
Last offered November 20, 2013.  Watch for future offerings.
  • Where do you find collaborators who complement your expertise and share your research goals?
  • how do team members work together to maximize scientific outcomes yet respect professional differences?
  • How do you ensure that your collaborative work is recognized by your institution and advances your career?

Clinical and translational research is entering a new era, and the research model is transitioning from small-scale, individual “labs” to large-scale team science. In this new MICHR education series, panels of team scientists from diverse backgrounds will discuss the research they have accomplished and how they have furthered their careers through team science.

This session will focus on how to develop productive and effective teams. Panel Moderator will be Dr. Nicolas Lukacs, Professor and Assistant Dean for Research Faculty, UMMS

To ensure the session covers topics relevant to you, please submit your questions for panelists during registration.

Last offered September 2012.  Watch for future offerings.

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

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.

 The Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR)

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

The Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR) provides statistical consulting to all U-M faculty, staff, and graduate students with the design, planning, analysis, and presentation of research studies.

CSCAR also presents workshops on statistical methods, statistical software, and qualitative data analysis. Fall, Winter and Spring workshop offerings include Statistics Review, SAS, SPSS, Stata, SEM and Analysis with R.

Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR)
3550 Rackham Building
Ann Arbor, Mi 48109
Information, appointments, and workshop registration: (734) 764-7828

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