Four new Core Competency Workshop Series launched so far this academic year


Published January 23, 2018

The Workforce Development core of the UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has launched four new Core Competency Workshop Series since the start of the academic year last fall.

“The series strives to aid participants in examining the characteristics that bind people together as a community, including social ties, common perspectives and interests, and geography. ”
Ashley Regling, MA, Educational Workforce Specialist

That brings to six the number of series that are now available to clinical and translational researchers in the Buffalo Translational Consortium.

Another two new series are scheduled for launch in the spring, according to core director Margarita Dubocovich, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

See list below.

The workshops are provided in collaboration with the following CTSI cores: Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD); Informatics; Team Science; and Community Engagement. Additional collaborators include: the KL2 Mentored Career Development Award; the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; and the departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Environmental Health in the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

Gerald Sufrin, MD, Department of Urology chair, says he has attended the workshops on statistsics and found them to be "extraordinarily valuable, particularly in view of the superbly knowledgeable faculty, the excellent organization of the workshops, and their commitment to providing information that can be integrated  into  ongoing research and proposals."

Core Competency Workshops are designed to increase the knowledge base of researchers and trainees in 14 subject areas that are deemed to be essential to researchers in clinical and translational science by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Participants who attend all the workshops in a series are eligible to receive a CTSI Certificate of Completion.

"The workshop sessions are lucid and are notable for presentations that provide contemporary, state-of-the-art knowledge." added Sufrin. "The availability of the diverse resources of a large research institution, when made accessible to investigators across multiple disciplines, underscores the value of the integration that is enabled by these workshops."

One of the new series this year is the Community Engagement Workshop Series, which has so far presented featured speakers Jill Halterman, MD, MPH, a professor of pediatrics at UB, and Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter, PhD, director of the CTSI’s Community Engagement core. Both have extensive experience in community-engaged research in Western New York. May Shogan, director of international exchanges and education at the International Institute of Buffalo, will present a workshop titled “Working Effectively with Refugees and Immigrants” on Tuesday, January 30.


Kenneth  M. Tramposch, PhD, Senior Associate Vice President for Research, presents "Conflicts of Interest and Conflicts of Commitment," part of the Core Competency Workshop Series on Responsible Conduct of Research.

“The series strives to aid participants in examining the characteristics that bind people together as a community, including social ties, common perspectives and interests, and geography,” said Educational Workforce Specialist Ashley Regling, MA, who has been helping to plan and organize the Core Competency Workshop Series since joining the CTSI last fall.

“The series encourages the appraisal of the role of community engagement as a strategy for identifying community health issues, translating health research to communities, and reducing health disparities, she said, all of which are key aims of the CTSI,” she said.

Attendees are expected to gain a better understanding of how to summarize the principles and practices of the spectrum of community-engaged research, as well as learning methods for analyzing the ethical complexities of conducting community-engaged research. Attendees also explore the effects that cultural and linguistic competence and health literacy have on the conduct of community-engaged research.

Core Competency Workshop Series offered in 2017-18

These are the four new workshop series launched during the 2017-18 academic year:

  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Community Engagement
  • Translational Teamwork

Added to the workshop series that were also offered last year:

  • Statistics
  • Responsible Conduct of Research

Plus series that will be added later this semester:

  • Scientific Communication in February
  • Good Clinical Practice

Coming next are “Research Implementation and Leadership” and “Cross-Disciplinary Training.” Look for announcements in the coming months, said Regling.

Visit the CTSI website for a complete, up-to-date schedule of the Core Competency Workshop Series.