NINR: Omics to Advance Symptom Science Research

On June 22 from 12:00-3:30 p.m. ET, NINR’s Division of Intramural Research (DIR) will hold a virtual symposium to mark a milestone anniversary — celebrating 20 years of its Summer Genetics Institute (SGI). This will examine how omics methodologies are improving symptom measurement and characterization and will explore how this research is guiding approaches to biobehavioral interventional methods. This event is free of charge, but registration is required.

Training: Enhancing Response, Protecting Dignity: Disability Tips and Tools for First Responders

First responders sometimes face unpredictable challenges when assisting people with disabilities. Awareness, education, and training are needed to prepare responders to meet these challenges.

WRHSAC invites you to join us for this unique training which will provide first responders with awareness and training to enhance response to people with disabilities.

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm (on-site registration begins at 7:30am)
Location: UMass Amherst Campus Center, Amherst, MA
The training is free and breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Click here to register

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) has been working with planners, first responders, and direct care providers over the last year to learn about issues and gaps related to responding to people with disabilities, those who suffer from addiction, and those who have other additional assistance needs. Research, surveys, and interviews were conducted to assess the status of available training and resources for first responders, and to develop a comprehensive picture of what additional resources are needed to support first responders in the optimal care of people with disabilities.

Research Assistant Job Openings

Baystate Health has full-time job openings for Research Assistants to partner with the Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden County Sheriff’s Office to study opioid use disorder treatment for incarcerated patients.

This is part of a five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The goal of the project is to evaluate provision of medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in houses of correction across Massachusetts in an effort to decrease opioid use disorder and opioid overdose risks across the state.

The Research Assistants (RAs), under the supervision of the Project Director, will assist with data collection and entry focused on MOUD initiation and adherence in Houses of Correction (HOCs) in Western Massachusetts. RAs will work daily at one of three HOCs in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties.

Click here for more details.

Moving Massachusetts Upstream (MassUP): Request for Information

The “Moving Massachusetts Upstream” (MassUP) initiative is a partnership across Massachusetts state agencies including the Health Policy Commission (HPC), the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Office of the Attorney General, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

On behalf of the participating state agencies, the HPC has released a Request for Information (RFI) on MassUP.  Any interested organization or individual (e.g., a community organization, health care provider, social service agency, local government body, etc.) is invited to submit a response to the RFI.   This can be accessed here. Responses should be emailed to by 3pm on October 25.

MassUP will include an investment opportunity to support partnerships that include health care provider organizations and community-based organizations working together to address upstream (i.e., social, environmental, and economic) challenges and enable sustainable improvements in community health and health equity.  MassUP also will include the establishment of an interagency policy alignment working group, through which state agencies will proactively work toward alleviating policy barriers to addressing the social determinants of health in the Commonwealth. This work includes hosting a Learning Forum that we are also requesting feedback on through this RFI.

I-Corps Program at the UMCCTS

Fall 2019 course starts October 25th, 2019

The I-Corps Program at the UMCCTS, a joint MassTERi/UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) initiative, is designed to support the translation of biomedical research by providing early-stage education and strategic guidance to faculty, staff and students during the ideation phase of technology development.

Designed specifically for the biomedical researcher at UMass, it guides interdisciplinary teams through a hands-on process of understanding the market for their technology utilizing a proven customer discovery methodology.

This short course is a pre-cursor to a selective and intense set of courses run by the NIH and NSF and known as I-Corps. The I-Corps Program at the UMCCTS is designed to give teams a feeling if they and their opportunity are ready to apply for the national classes held by NIH and NSF. This short course maintains the intensity of the full I-Corps program but limits the time commitment.

For more details and to register, click here.

Become a Community Evaluator

Tufts Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research (TIER) is a research center at Tufts University that evaluates programs and policies that target children, families, and communities. As part of an on-going needs assessment, we are looking to train a cohort community evaluators from across the state. Community evaluators will learn about participatory research approaches, help us collect and analyze data from families in your community, and share recommendations on how to best improve programs and services that impact the lives of families and children in Massachusetts. We will train you. You will receive a $3,000. No experience is necessary. Program will begin in September 1, 2019.


A Conversation in the Community: A Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention

April 4, 2019
9:30am – 12:00 pm
Old Chapel
UMass Amherst campus

The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences invites you to the next event in the Dean’s Symposia Series: “A Conversation in the Community: A Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention.” Join us as we welcome suicide prevention specialist Dr. Eric Caine for his keynote lecture “Rethinking Suicide Prevention.”

Keynote Speaker: Eric Caine, MD
Director, Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention
University of Rochester Medical Center

Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse in our Communities

March 19, 2019
French King Restaurant
129 French King Highway, Erving, MA

A light dinner will be served
$20 registration fee
Register at or (413) 772-9069

Northwestern District Attorney – David E. Sullivan
Baystate Health Care MD – Dr. Stephen Boos
Chief of the Child Abuse Unit-Assistant District Attorney Linda Pisano
Department of Children and Families – Screening and Intake personnel
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Coordinator – Stacey Langknecht


Continuing Education Activity for Nurses Aims to Reduce Sudden Infant Death

NINR and the Safe to Sleep® campaign, led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development with other collaborators, recently partnered to update a continuing education (CE) activity for nurses, Risk Reduction for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death.

The activity informs pediatric, obstetric, and neonatal nurses; nurse practitioners; nurse specialists and nurse-midwives about the latest research and risk-reduction strategies for SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. The activity can help refresh knowledge for nurses who educate family members and caregivers about caring for infants. It explains ways nurses can communicate risk-reduction messages to parents and caregivers without adding to their already busy schedules. The activity describes modeling safe infant sleep practices immediately after delivery and encourages parents and caregivers to continue these practices at home.

The CE activity is accredited by the Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Click here to learn more about the course.