Announcing Boston MCRC Pilot Grant RFA 2023
Boston Musculoskeletal Clinical Research Collaboratory, a NIAMS funded CCCR, is delighted to announce a Request for Applications (RFA) for Pilot Project Grants
Funding Start Date: August 1, 2023
Funding available: $22,500.00
RFA Release Date: March 1, 2023
Notification of Intent: April 14, 2023
Application Due: June 1, 2023
Funding Start Date: August 1, 2023
Boston MCRC awards one grant per year for a project period of 12 months. We encourage new applicants, however pending progress of already awarded pilots, the PI may submit a competitive renewal for a 2nd year of funding, which will be reviewed with all other applications.
The goal of the Pilot Program is to support clinical research opportunities with the MCRC providing clinical research study design and methodologic advice and assistance. The MCRC focus is on musculoskeletal and rheumatic disorders and their impact. Successful applicants will periodically attend our multidisciplinary Research Accelerator to present updates and to receive methodologic input and feedback at various stages of their proposal, such as study design and analytic approaches.
For full details and the application please visit https://www.bumc.bu.edu/bostonmcrc/pilot-grants/boston-mcrc-pilot-grant-2023-rfa/
Congratulations Dr. Jean Liew
Congratulations to Dr. Jean Liew on receiving two awards presented at ACR 2022.
Rheumatology Research Foundation Investigator Award
Spondylitis Early Career Investigator Award.
Dr. Liew (@rheum_cat) was super busy at ACR Philly being the top tweeter of #ACR22. Dr. Liew provided useful, important, clear and concise summaries of various abstracts/community hubs/posters throughout the meeting, which took a lot of pre-planning and work. She was helping the entire global Rheumatology community (including patients) keep up with all of what was going on at ACR.
Virtual MSK Elective
Section of Rheumatology now offering Virtual MSK Elective for URiM medical students and residents.
Dr. Eugene Kissin has created this 1-month Musculoskeletal Examination and Imaging Elective to help overcome the obstacles that URiM medical students and residents may face in getting mentored in joint and soft tissues examination, radiography and ultrasound imaging, as well as foster enthusiasm for a career in rheumatology.
The goal of the training program is to attract URiM residents/medical students to the field of Rheumatology through an intensive, month-long curriculum of training in musculoskeletal anatomy, physical examination, radiography and ultrasound examination through a virtual environment. Participants will be guided through web-based modules in musculoskeletal radiograph interpretation, musculoskeletal ultrasound use, and surface anatomy and musculoskeletal physical examination to be used as part of this curriculum.
- students receive a handheld ultrasound equipment & iPad
- real-time remote ultrasound and physical examination guidance & feedback
- Independent ultrasound scan review by Dr. Kissin
- anatomy & musculoskeletal radiograph interpretation modules
- musculoskeletal ultrasound modules
- surface anatomy and physical examination modules
Learn more here.
Dr. Mike York recieves the Evans Clinician designation
Congratulating Dr. York on this wonderful high honor of receiving the Evans Clinician designation!
The designation was established in 2017 to recognize and celebrate outstanding clinicians who possess clinical skills, attributes and professionalism that define excellence and to establish a home for such individuals to share experiences and grow their membership. Similar to the DOM Clinical Excellence Award, the designation is intended to acknowledge the value of clinical medicine and honor clinical role models among the faculty.
The award will be presented at the Evans Day Dinner on Thursday, October 13th in the Hiebert Lounge
BU Rheumatology at the 2022 Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis
Enjoy these pictures and comments, shared with us by Tuhina Neogi, from the Arthritis Foundation walk on Sunday, June 12.
We lucked out with great weather. We had the best sign and the best turn out. We didn’t take enough pictures, though. We missed taking pics of some members of the team, and missed out on some important photo-ops, particularly with our youngest walkers. We had a good number in the 3-&-under age group…which made our walk quite leisurely and punctuated…
The waffles with whipped cream and fruit were a hit, and the kids got some great tattoos; some held on to helium-filled balloons for a short time before they inevitably accidentally let go.
Some thanks are in order:
- Thank you to Gabriela for being a great Team Leader, making sure the group stopped periodically to ensure that none of our crew at the back of the pack were having any difficulty (particularly as some young walkers got distracted by geese with their baby goslings or thorny weeds, etc.)
- Thank you to Kim for setting up our team online
- Thank you to Sharon, Anne, and Lisa for overseeing the logistics of our sign and brochures
- Thank you to Jean for bringing snacks for our table
- Thank you to all that came out!
It was great to see everyone, and hopefully we can go back to making this an annual get together with family.
Congratulations to Dr. Giovanni Ligresti on his promotion to Associate Professor
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Giovanni Ligresti to Associate Professor.
Join us as we congratulate Dr. Ligresti on this achievement, a result of his dedication to research and scholarly activity.
Congratulations to Chan and Emily Kim – Welcome, Phoebe!
Phoebe Barsky Kim was born April 15 to Chan and Emily Kim, and big sister Addy.
Snapshots from the 2022 OARSI Meeting in Berlin
Tuhina Neogi receives the 2022 OARSI Clinical Research Award
Tuhina Neogi is the recipient of the 2022 Clinical Research Award from the Osteoarthritis Research Society International.
The purpose of the OARSI Clinical Research Award is to recognize excellence in clinical research related to osteoarthritis. Research domains include, but are not limited to, areas such as epidemiology and health services research, clinical outcomes, translational research, and therapeutics, encompassing all phases of research having clinical implications; research having been conducted within the last five years.
Dr. Neogi was acknowledged during the Opening Ceremony at the World Congress on April 7, 2022 in Berlin.
More News from OARSI 2022
From Healio Rheumatology, April 11 issue
Increasing rates of walking, standing or maximum-level activity is associated with reductions in cartilage loss in knee osteoarthritis, according to a speaker at the 2022 OARSI World Congress.
“Physical activity is consistently recommended for managing knee OA,” S. Reza Jafarzadeh, PhD, of the Boston University School of Medicine, said in his presentation.
Reza Jafarzadeh, DVM, MPVM, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Clinical Research & Data Analysis Core in the Section of Rheumatology. He presented his poster in a plenary session during the OARSI 2022 World Congress on Osteoarthritis in Berlin, Germany.