CAIRIBU ARCTICS Community Forums

ARCTICS is a virtual community of CAIRIBU trainees and early-stage investigators: Advancing the Research Capacity of Trainees and Investigators at early-Career Stages.

CAIRIBU ARCTICS COMMUNITY FORUMS are aimed at enhancing the skills and knowledge of early-stage investigators. ARCTICS forums are free to attend and are open to all investigators.

2023-2024 ARCTICS Schedule

Second Wednesday of each month; 1:00 PM Eastern (12 PM Central | 10 AM Pacific) (special times noted below)

Forum Topic Forum Description Date Time Speaker(s)
Lab management: Memoirs of starting a lab Listen to insights from a panel of early-stage investigators who have recently launched their independent laboratories as they share their stories of navigating the challenges and unexpected twists that come with lab establishment. Discover the surprises and hurdles new PIs have encountered in the process, and learn about the innovative solutions they've employed to overcome these obstacles. Dec 13, 2023 1-2PM EST LaTasha Crawford, VMD, PhD, DACVP, Asst. Prof. Dept. of Pathobiological Sciences, UW-Madison
Jim Hokanson, PhD, Asst. Prof. Joint Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Medical College of Wisconsin
Kimberly Keil Stietz, PhD, Asst. Prof. Dept. of Comparative Biosciences, UW-Madison
Grants: How to write a successful grant resubmission using your summary statement Learn how to harness grant reviewers' feedback to refine and enhance your grant proposal for successful funding. Gain valuable strategies and practical insights on how to effectively decipher summary statements, address reviewers' comments, and increase your chances of securing the funding you need for your research. Jan 10, 2024 1-2PM EST Rosalyn Adam, PhD, Director, Basic Science Research; David E. Retik Chair in Urology Research; Assoc. Prof. of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
DEI in biomedical science This session focuses how to engage in diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity efforts within the realm of biomedical science. Feb 14, 2024 1-2PM EST TBD
Lab management: Starting your lab and budgeting Join us for an interactive session where we'll delve into the intricacies of grant budget composition, effective equipment procurement processes, and securing your lab workspace. In this session, we'll employ breakout rooms to facilitate in-depth discussions and learning opportunities. March 13, 2024 1-2PM EST TBD
Navigating the Funding Landscape: A Comprehensive Overview of U.S. Funding Systems and Strategies for Success This session offers a generalized overview of U.S. funding systems and effective research funding strategies from a seasoned investigator with a proven track record of successful funding. April 10, 2024 1-2PM EST Aaron Dingle, PhD, Department of Surgery Senior Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Epidemiology and biostatistics crash course Discover the foundational principles of biostatistics, explore its significance, and see how it is applied to analyze scientific data. May 8, 2024 1-2:30PM EST TBD
Past Forums
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Making the most of your collaborations: Best practices for trainees Collaborative science skills are essential for those considering a career in interdisciplinary research. However, training is often focused on improving the skills of the team leaders. This session will provide skills and strategies that trainees can use now as a part of their current interdisciplinary collaborations as well as in the future when they lead their own teams. July 12, 2023 SPECIAL TIME: 12-1PM EST Whitney Sweeney, PhD from the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)
How to write a scientific paper This session covers when and how to outline your manuscript, writing tips, how to organize your data into a compelling narrative, how to submit the paper, and how to respond to reviews. Aug 9, 2023 1-2:30PM EST Nicole De Nisco, PhD, Asst. Prof. Biological Sciences, UT Dallas
How to facilitate a clinician/PhD interaction This panel of investigators will share tips and tricks for how they have successfully forged MD/PhD collaborations. Sept 13, 2023 1-2PM EST Lindsey Burnett, MD, PhD, Asst. Prof. Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UC San Diego Health
Douglas Strand, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Dept. of Urology, UT-Southwestern
John Knight, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Dept. of Urology, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham
Maria Hadjifrangiskou, PhD, Assoc. Prof. of Pathology and Assoc. Prof. in Urology, Vanderbilt
Fundamentals of the NIH grants process Step-by-step walk through of the application writing, submission, and grant review process. Oct 11, 2023 1-2PM EST Christopher Mullins, PhD, Program director, Kidney, Urologic, & Hematologic Diseases, NIDDK, NIH
Grant mechanisms for moving to the next stage of your research career What grant mechanisms are relevant at each career stage? What grants should I aim to pursue at each career level? What is the difference between different NIH training grant mechanisms and what are the different requirements? Nov 8, 2023 1-2PM EST Tracy Rankin, PhD, MPH, Deputy Director & Program Director, Division of Kidney, Urologic, & Hematologic Diseases, NIH