AAOS Report - February, 2005

USBJD initiates young investigator workshops

The U.S. Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) strives to raise public awareness and increase research of musculoskeletal diseases in the United States. To this end, the Research Committee of the USBJD will launch a Young Investigators Initiative with two workshops in 2005 that will provide early-career clinical investigators with an opportunity to work with experienced clinical investigators to help them secure funding.

"We have gathered a very knowledgeable, professional group of people to implement this program. They are deeply committed to this effort and have experience organizing similar programs," said Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD, president of USBJD.

The first workshop in May 2005 will cover issues of clinical research, with lectures on methodological issues and statistics. The participants will be divided into groups of five to 10 to review grant proposals. The second workshop will take place in October 2005 and will include a mock study section, small workshops to review study section comments, or “pink sheets,” and lectures on demystifying the promotions process.

The organizing committee will review applications in late February and in March and will make their decisions by the end of March.

For more information on the Young Investigative Initiative, e-mail usbjd@usbjd.org, go to www.usbjd.org/, or call Toby King, (847) 384-4010.

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