About the Course

The goal of the New Investigator Toolkit is to address common gaps in training that surface during the launch of an independent laboratory. These sessions bring together early and mid-career investigators for panel discussions on the development of critical “soft-skills” such as cultivating mentoring skills, building your lab brand, and strategic planning through different career stages. In addition, sessions of budgeting and peer-review provide tangible tips for these important aspects of managing your lab and building your career.

LearnORS will maximize success by allowing the learners to control the rate at which they move forward through segmented content created by experts.

Course Curriculum

Alayna Loiselle, PhD
University of Rochester Medical Center

This course outlines the best practices in peer-review, including how to deal with issues rigor & reproducibility and how to handle papers for which you may not have expertise on all aspects of the manuscript. In addition, we outline the benefits and responsibilities of the peer-review process.

Dennis Anderson
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

The goal of this session is to help participants understand key aspects of creating and managing a lab budget. Practical discussions about how budget management strategies may vary by funding source, institution type, and career stage. Finally, we will discuss some strategies for risk management to facilitate long-term success.

Kyle Allen
University of Florida

Starting a new lab is difficult! This course covers some of the decision points that new/early-stage investigators may face, including how to prioritize different research directions, balancing risk, using funds strategically, hiring and time management.

Kyle Allen
University of Florida

This session walks through different approaches to developing your mentorship and management style.  Topics covered include how to set and communicate expectations for your lab members, development of Individual Development Plans, strategies for developing and sustaining a diverse laboratory, and different ways of assessing productivity of your team.

Alayna Loiselle, PhD
University of Rochester Medical Center

This session is focused on developing a vision for your lab, and how that impacts what you and your lab are known for. In other words, your lab ‘brand’. Through an informal discussion, this session will cover how different investigators developed their brand, how they communicate this brand both within their laboratories, and to the broader scientific community, as well as how to handle the ‘re-branding’ during scientific or career transitions.

Alayna Loiselle, PhD (Module Lead)
University of Rochester Medical Center

Lara Silverman, PhD
L.I.S. BioConsulting, LLC.

This session will discuss the key aspects of developing and maintaining a high quality lab environment, including development of Standard Operating Procedures and critical process parameters, training, and documentation.


The NEW LearnORS Enrollment allows individual learners and multi-user groups to:

  • Become an ORS Member and purchase the Courses at discounted pricing
  • Access all LearnORS Courses offered with a single registration

Scientific Courses

Art of Grant Writing
Orthopaedic Basic Science
Principles of Clinical Research

ORS Member rate = $250/Course
Non-Member rate = $350/Course

Career Development Courses

Enhanced Writing and Publication Skills

ORS Member rate = $90/Course
Non-Member rate = $120/Course

New Investigator Toolkit

ORS Member rate = $29/Course
Non-Member rate = $59/Course

LearnORS Bundle (Best Value) – ALL 5 Courses

ORS Member rate = $825
Non-Member rate = $1,125

Learn ORS Residency Bundle

This purchasing option allows a Residency Program to purchase access to all LearnORS Courses for as many residents as they have in their Program.