CB 399: Doing Research through International Collaboration Fall 2012

Doing Research through International Collaboration
Nanocourse Faculty: Edward T. Ryan, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical
                                 School, and  Massachusetts General Hospital
                                 Marylyn Addo, Ragon Institute of MGH, Harvard and MIT;
                                 Shahin Lockman, Harvard School of Public Health;
                                 Louise Ivers, Partners in Health, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard   
                                 Medical School

Curriculum Fellow: Zofia Gajdos (zofia_gajdos@hms.harvard.edu)

Performing human research through an international collaboration presents both unique opportunities and unique challenges. Issues of collaboration, cooperation, responsibility and credit, financial aspects and accounting, culturally appropriate ethical review, data management, shipping, training, and bilateral capacity building all need to be considered and addressed. This nanocourse will be comprised of two sessions. In the first, four faculty members with international human subject research experience will discuss their successful and active international research programs, stressing the pros and cons, opportunities and challenges, and lessons learned of a career in international collaborative research. In the second session, course attendees will have been expected to prepare a two page proposal of an envisioned international collaborative effort on an investigative topic of their choice. This nano-proposal needs to outline the proposed specific aims, research plan (including samples or data that would need to be collected), timeline, and estimated modular budget. Attendees will also be expected to prepare a short power point presentation of seven slides to focus discussion. The first slide should state the proposed project title and the investigators name. The second should state the proposed international research site and collaborating institution. The third should state the significance of the problem to be addressed. The fourth should state the project's specific aims. The fifth should state the proposed research plan, including samples or data to be collected. The sixth should include a proposed timeline and ballpark modular budget. The seventh should outline the ethical, biosafety, data management, capacity building aspects that would be inherent in their project. At this second session, each attendee will give a brief presentation of their proposed project using their focused slides, and faculty and course attendees will use these "projects" to explore critical aspects of successful international collaborations. Previous international experience is not required. The purpose of the course will be to instruct attendees on unique aspects of international research, and to facilitate the formulation of nascent international collaborations.



First Session: Monday, November 5, 2012 9:30 AM -12 PM
Location: TMEC Building, Room 250
Second Session: Monday, November 19, 2012 9:30 AM -12 PM
Location: Modell TBD


DROP DEADLINE: Monday, October 29, 2012