The Accelerator unit is the focal point of this MCRC. A key feature is the weekly Research Accelerator meeting in which ongoing and proposed research projects are evaluated critically. This feature ensures frequent interactions between clinician researchers, epidemiologists and biostatisticians who are the core members of the MCRC. The Accelerator unit has provided critical support for other Center grants related to rheumatic and arthritic disorders at Boston University.

Attendees in the meeting consist of faculty (physicians, statisticians, and epidemiologists), rheumatology fellows, post-docs, project managers, data analysts, and graduate students.  The 2-hour meeting occurs every Tuesday morning and lasts about 2 hours depending on the number of presentations.

During the meeting, we often review research proposals, abstracts and manuscripts, and discuss new research ideas. We also invite outside speakers to give a talk on their research.

Presenters often talk about their research for about one hour in a very informal setting. If possible, we would like to get power point slides of their talk first so we can distribute to attendees. People may ask questions during the talk or we can wait until the presentation is complete.


The Boston Musculoskeletal Clinical Research Collaboratory (Boston MCRC) is a National Institutes of Health Core Center for Clinical Research (CCCR) supported by NIH grant P30 AR072571.

All publications resulting from the support of Accelerator resources are required to
credit the CCCR grant P30 AR072571 and must comply with NIH Public Access Policy.