Successful completion of cohort 2022 – 2023
The Scientific Communication in Clinical and Translational Research certificate is organized annually by the Professional Development Core (PDC) of the Hispanic Alliance of Clinical and Translational Research (The Alliance) and partially supported by the Hispanics-In-Research Capability: SoHP & SoM Partnership (HiREC). It was offered mainly online through synchronic sessions and self-directed learning by Dr. Estela S. Estapé, Professor and Senior Advisor for the post-doctoral Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus (UPR-MSC), and Director of the Research Center, San Juan Bautista School of Medicine.
The course is open to early- to mid-career investigators with a doctoral degree in basic sciences, clinical, or other health-related fields interested in receiving coaching in scientific writing to disseminate their research projects’ results in peer-reviewed journals. The objectives are to: 1) understand the importance of authorship, acknowledgments, and conflict of interest, 2) learn how to review a manuscript, and 3) complete a scientific manuscript ready for submission to a peer-review journal. A 54-hour Certificate of Participation is awarded upon evidence of submitting the manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal.
Table 1. 2022-2023 Trainees profile (n=5)From October 2022 to April 2023, 5 out of 5 participants completed the course. All trainees were females, from multiple disciplines and scientific backgrounds
|Trainee Full Name||Highest Degree||Institutional Affiliation||Position||Research Area|
|Lafarga Previdi, Irene||PhD||UPR-Medical Sciences Campus||Project Coordinator||Maternal health, health disparities, social determinants of health|
|Sala, Ana||PsyD||UPR-Medical Sciences Campus||Assistant Professor||Behavioral Psychology|
|Santiago Rodríguez, Edda||DrPH||UPR-Medical Sciences Campus||Adjunct Professor||HIV|
|Saber, Nadezhda||PhD||Universidad Central del Caribe||Assistant Professor||Neuroscience|
|Pabón-Cruz, Karen||DrPH||UPR-Medical Sciences Campus||Investigator/ Research||Health Services Research|
Table 2. Scientific manuscripts to be submitted by the 2022-2023 trainees
|Dimension||Irene Larfarga||Ana Sala||Edda Santiago||Nadezhda Sabeva||Karen Pabón|
|Status||Plan to submit in the next 3 months||Plan to submit in the next 3 months||Plan to submit in the next 3 months||Plan to submit in the next 3 months||Plan to submit in the next 3 months|
|Full Title or Tentative Title||The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Pregnancy, Birth Experiences, and Mental Health: Voices from Women in Puerto Rico||The Impact of a Virtual Focused Acceptance and Commitment (FACT) Protocol on the Emotional Consequences of Living with Cancer: A Pilot Study||Prioritizing structural interventions to increase Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: HIV providers' perspectives||Expression of Anxiety, Learning Deficits, and Impaired Long-term Memory Extinction in a war-theater reflective model of Gulf War Illness||Adequacy of prenatal care and its relationship with adverse pregnancy outcomes among Puerto Rican women|
|Journal Name||Maternal Child Health Journal||Journal of Psychosocial Oncology||AIDS and Behaviour||Life Sciences||Journal of Clinical Medicine|
|Authors||Lafarga Previdi, Irene; Vélez Vega, Carmen; Hernández Otero, Nobel; Guzzi Vasques, Ana; Alvelo, Génesis; Ayala, Ishwara; Guilloty, Natacha; Medina, Jessica; Cancel, Marialane; Contreras, Sofía; Cordero, José; Alshawabkeh, Akram||Sala, Ana Cecilia; Bauman, David; Beachy, Bridget; Centeno Hilmaris; Cruz Correa, Marcia||Santiago Rodríguez, Edda; Malavé Rivera, Souhail & Rodríguez Díaz, Carlos E.||Marrero-Valentin, Jose; Perez, Dinely; Roche-Lima, Abiel; Carrasquillo Carrion, Kelvin; Ferchmin, Pedro; Sabeva, Nadezhda.||Pabón-Cruz, Karen; Parrilla-Rodríguez, Ana M; Gorrín-Peralta, José and Torres-Cintrón, Mariela|
|Main Research Area||Maternal Health||Behavioral Oncology||HIV||Neuroscience||Public Health, Health Services Research|
- “It helped me to write a complete manuscript and revise it at the same time; the timeline and deadlines greatly contributed to this.”
- “This experience helped gain experience in manuscript development and revision. The textbook for the course also was a useful reference.”
- “…I liked the fact that we were able to meet and discuss our revisions and share experiences. Great way to network and learn over distinct research topics.”
A new call for the Scientific Communication course is now open
We are excited to announce that a new cohort 2023 – 2024 for the course Scientific Communication in Clinical and Translational Research will be selected during the following months is now open. Stay tuned to the institutional emails and our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for additional details.