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Sessions for research support professionals begin with talk on community engagement

SMaRT Connects, the newest resource of the Staffing, Mentorship and Research Training (SMaRT) Program, launches from 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 15 in the College’s Lecture Room B with the topic “Community Engagement and Recruitment.”

SMaRT Connects supports human subjects research professionals through timely College of Medicine research process information, professional development and networking. At each session, attendees will learn the latest tips, techniques, policies and procedures from subject-matter experts who facilitate discussion, answer questions and provide guidance.

The inaugural program features Andrea Murray, project manager, community-engaged research, and Kesley Zapotocky, project manager, recruitment and retention, both of Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Register online here.

The SMaRT Program facilitates the navigation of College of Medicine resources for researchers and research support staff. The program team is available to work with investigators and staff at each stage of the research process, creating alignment to necessary skills and resources when they are most needed. The program is available to all levels of research support faculty and staff at the College of Medicine. It offers tailored orientation to investigator-initiated research, pre- and post-award consultation services and navigation to institutional resources applicable to all stages of the research process.

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute provides the tools, resources and training to help the Penn State community move its health research more efficiently and effectively out of science laboratories and into use by the people and communities who need it. Through its cores, the institute provides consultations, research tools, advanced biostatistical expertise, funding programs for exploration of unique ideas and a dedicated team for partnering with the community more effectively in research.

In addition, the institute trains the next generation of translational and clinical scientists with several opportunities for Penn State’s medical and graduate students, including a dual degree in clinical and translational science.

To request an institute consultation, complete a service request form.

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