DCRI holds inaugural research training camp

April 19, 2017 – The event focused on providing the tools needed to bring research ideas to fruition.

On April 8 and 9, clinical fellows and health professionals from across the United States convened in Durham for the inaugural DCRI Research Training Camp. Chaired by DCRI Executive Director Eric Peterson, MD, MPH, and DCRI Education Director Tracy Wang, MD, MHS, MSc, (pictured), the hands-on program focused on providing the tools needed to bring research ideas to reality. Topics ranged from cutting-edge sessions on big data and innovating research with technology, to group-based discussions on industry funding and writing a first K or R Award.

“I’m very pleased with the success of this program, which was filled with lively discussions and great enthusiasm. The meeting showcased DCRI’s thought leadership in clinical research,” Wang said.

Daniel Mark, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, vice chief for academic affairs in the Division of Cardiology and director, Outcomes Research, DCRI, kicked-off the program sharing the habits of successful clinician researchers. Robert Califf, MD, Donald F. Fortin, MD, professor of cardiology, closed day one with a keynote address discussing the future of clinical research and the key role these young clinicians will play in the future of healthcare.

Highlights of day two included a comprehensive discussion about writing a great abstract, led by Wang, and an in-depth look at statistical analysis plans with Karen Pieper, MS, associate director, DCRI clinical trials statistical operations. The program closed with an esteemed panel of DCRI members—Peterson, Daniel B. Mark, MD, MPH, and Laine Thomas, PhD—who offered journal editors’ perspectives on manuscript review.

“The DCRI is committed to training the next generation of clinical researchers. This training camp was a great step towards this goal,” Peterson said.

To learn more about the inaugural DCRI Research Training Camp, contact DCRI Education Partner Relations Manager Heather Crown at heather.crown@duke.edu.