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Vol. LIX, No. 15
July 27, 2007
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Briefs

Principles of Clinical Research Class

Registration for the 2007-2008 "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research" class begins on Aug. 1. The course will run from Oct. 15 through Feb. 25, 2008. The deadline for registering is Oct. 5. Classes will be held on campus on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6:30. There is no charge for the course but purchase of a textbook is suggested. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, including a final exam. For more information or to register, visit www.cc.nih.gov/researchers/training/ippcr.shtml or call (301) 496-9425.

Workshop Emphasizes Speedier Adoption of Interventions

The National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Mental Health recently co-sponsored a technical assistance meeting titled the Dissemination and Implementation Research Workshop: Harnessing Science to Maximize Health. It came as a result of a need to clarify the mission and goals of dissemination and implementation science. Such research aims to identify, understand and overcome barriers to the adoption of interventions that research has shown to be efficacious or effective, but where adoption has been limited or delayed.

In health, dissemination and implementation research has only recently emerged as a priority. The science community has seen scientific development revolving around basic research, treatment, efficacy, effectiveness and adaptation to the real world, although "the latter," explained Dr. David Chambers, associate director of dissemination and implementation research at NIMH, "too often gets defined as beyond the purview of research."

The workshop provided participants an overview of the current scientific landscape of dissemination and implementation research, strategies to improve the quality and impact of future research endeavors and information about funding opportunities.

Dr. Jon Kerner, deputy director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, NCI, said, "There is an urgent need to address the vexing problem of how little of the intervention research NIH funds is applied to real-world settings." Added Chambers, "It is necessary to make sure that the effective practices that have been created and tested through NIH funding get to the people for their benefit."

By getting information and interventions into use, dissemination and implementation research can close the gap between research discovery and program delivery. This is a daunting task considering the time it takes to move science into programs. Chambers cited a paper explaining that, in the context of primary care, "It takes 17 years to turn 14 percent of original research to the benefit of patient care."

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research will lead a trans-NIH effort on Sept. 10 to advance and support dissemination and implementation science; a follow-up technical assistance workshop will be held Sept. 11. More information may be found at obssr.od.nih.gov/Content/Conferences_And_Workshops.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens. New students are invited to begin classes on any Monday. The curriculum combines traditional striking arts, forms, sparring and basic Aikido techniques with emphasis on self-defense. No experience is necessary. Class will meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays (6-7 p.m. Fridays and 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, optional), and will continue for about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular school training. Registration fee is $50 and includes 10 weeks of beginner's class and a uniform costs $40. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Pam Dover, (301) 827-0476 or visit www.recgov.org/r&w/nihtaekwondo.html.

NCRR Seeks Input for a New Strategic Plan

The National Center for Research Resources is seeking input from the biomedical and behavioral science research community for a new strategic plan covering 2009-2013. As a $1 billion-a-year research center, NCRR enables NIH-funded researchers across the country to translate basic discoveries into improved patient care. The new plan will provide an important framework to strengthen and integrate NCRR's matrix of research programs, particularly as the center continues to build the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program.

NCRR encourages NIH staff to invite grantees and research communities to provide input into this process. A user-friendly online form is available at www.ncrr.nih.gov/strategicplan. Responses are due by Friday, Aug. 24. Comments will help guide the discussion at NCRR's Strategic Planning Forum in December.

If you have questions, call the NCRR Office of Science Policy and Public Liaison at (301) 435-0866 or email planeval@mail.nih.gov.

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