Research Announcements

2014-2015 NIH Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) Course

Registration for the 2014-2015 “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research” course is now open.  The course will run from October 14, 2014 through March 9, 2015.  Classes will be held on the NIH campus at the Clinical Center, Building 10, Lipsett Amphitheater at 5:00 pm, please click the link for course information, schedule, and registration:  


Last year, nearly 2100 participants registered for the course: 480 at the NIH, 677 at remote U.S. sites, and 902 at international sites.  There are two ways you can participate in the 2014-2015 IPPCR course and view the lectures: 1) in person at the NIH as a registered participant or 2) view the archived online as a registered participant.


Course Objectives:


- To become familiar with the basic biostatistical and epidemiologic methods involved in conducting clinical research.

- To understand the principles involved in the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues in clinical human subjects research, including the role of IRBs.

- To become familiar with the principles and issues involved in monitoring patient-oriented research.

- To understand the infrastructure required in performing clinical research and to have an understanding of the steps involved in developing and funding research studies.


There is no charge for the course; however, the textbook, Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Third Edition is suggested as supplemental information for the course.  The curriculum has been enhanced and will include additional lectures providing more comprehensive content on clinical research infrastructure.  A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, which is based on receiving a passing grade on an open-book final examination.  This course will be of interest to physicians and all other health professionals planning a career in clinical research.  A course in biostatistics, such as STAT 200 or STAT 500, currently offered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) may provide supplemental benefit to those enrolled in “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research.


For additional information on the course and registration, please visit the course website or email course coordinator, Daniel McAnally at or call 301-496-9425.  The deadline for registering is October 6, 2014.  An e-mail confirmation will be sent to those who successfully register for the course.   


If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this activity, please call(301) 496-9425 during the business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at least seven business days prior to the event.

Paper Packets Not Required!

Investigators will no longer be required to supply copies (paper packets) to the IRB office after the electronic submission has been given an IRB#.  Investigators will be notified of the assigned IRB# by email. Applications for Full Board Review will be reviewed at the next possible IRB meeting.   For details see the IRB Submission Process website.

Neuro-Oncology Focus Group

We are starting a new focus group for brain and spine tumors where basic, translational, and clinical research will be discussed in formal and informal ways for the diagnosis and treatment of these tumors.  This may include primary or secondary tumors. The overarching goal of this group is to strengthen our Comprehensive Cancer Center and ultimately improve patient care.

 Our objectives are to:

1) Foster collaboration in neuro-oncology research

2) Compete for national funding for basic and translational research as well as clinical trials

 Our monthly meeting will be held on the 2nd Monday of each month from 4-5PM. All interested investigators, cancer center members and their immediate colleagues (lab personnel and residents, etc.) are invited to attend. In this way, we hope to inspire new projects and collaborations.


The first meeting will be held on Monday July 8th, 2013 at 4PM in Neurosurgery conference room, UT 4124.

 If you have any questions, please email Michele Aizenberg or Nicole Shonka.


 Michele Aizenberg, M.D.

Nicole Shonka, M.D.

Surinder Batra, Ph.D.