ORS/OREF/AAOS New Investigator Workshop

Clinical, Translational, and Basic Science Research

Clinical, Translational, and Basic Science Research

May 17-18, 2013,  Baltimore, MD
Application deadline:  February 12, 2013


The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), the Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation (OREF), and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) are again offering an expanded version of their long-standing, successful grant writing, networking, and career development workshop, with an emphasis on clinical trials.  Through this workshop, new investigators have developed the skills and learned the strategies to successfully secure funding for clinical, translational, and basic science research.

Attendees who elect to submit a draft research plan will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an experienced musculoskeletal researcher who will provide mentoring, discuss funding strategies, and offer recommendations so essential for a successful academic career. All attendees will meet senior investigators who manage highly successful research programs funded by the NIH, DOD, VA, and private foundations, and who have served on NIH study sections.

A session on networking will enable early-career investigators to effectively collaborate among their multidisciplinary peers and senior counterparts.  Professional relationships forged at this workshop will continue to develop afterwards, as the assigned mentors will provide assistance in grant application preparation beyond the workshop until grants are funded.

The keynote speaker is Richard Lieber, PhD, University of San Diego, whose research laboratory has been supported primarily by grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Lieber will join the workshop via Skype with a presentation entitled “Key Strategies for Successful NIH Funding”, giving advice on the marketing aspect of applying for grant funds.

The program is open to junior faculty, post-doctoral researchers, clinical fellows, and residents with a commitment to pursuing an academic research career.  Basic science and clinical investigators (PhD, MD, MS) with or without training awards are invited to apply.

The workshop will take place on May 17 – 18, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  The application deadline is February 12, 2013, and proposals for faculty review will be due on March 22, 2013.

Workshop fee: $595.00 (includes registration fee, 2 nights of hotel stay, syllabus, and other workshop materials)


AGENDA (tentative agenda will be available on or before January 1, 2013)


Eligibility Requirements:

1.       Junior faculty

2.       Clinical fellows, residents, or post-doctoral researchers who are doing research and have a

confirmed faculty appointment, or

3.       Basic and clinical investigators (MD, PhD, MS) with or without  training awards


Documentation Required:

1.       Completed Application

2.       Letter of nomination from division or department chair to include description of

the candidate’s work and research interest.

3.       NIH Biosketch of the applicant

NIH Biosketch Template


Evaluation Criteria:

1.       Potential for success as an independent investigator in musculoskeletal research

2.       Ability to benefit from the ORS/OREF/AAOS New Investigator Workshop

3.       Evidence of commitment in pursuing an academic research career in musculoskeletal



Notification of Acceptance:

Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or before February 15, 2013.



For more information please contact Jola Lewsza at lewsza@ors.org