Research Education and Careers in Health (REACH)

For Current Students

The MRC/DAC Co-Sponsored Lectures

The Methodology Research Core and Design and Analysis Core are pleased to offer supplementary materials for the MRC/DAC co-sponsored lectures presented this Fall.

If you would like to access lecture slides for either "Principles of Workflow in Data Analysis", presented by Dr. J. Scott Long OR "Statistical Graphics for Visualizing Data". presented by Dr. William Jacoby, please see the links below. Dr. Long's website contains tips and other information, including an area to submit data analysis "horror stories".

MRC Training Page

Dr. Long's website at Indiana University

* the Design and Analysis Core is a biostatistical resource jointly supported by the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science (Award No. UL1TR000050) and the UIC Cancer Center. The MRC provides statistical and methodological expertise to researchers at the Institute for Health Research and Policy.

Annual International Science of Team Science (SciTS) conference at Northwestern

The Annual International Science of Team Science (SciTS) Conference is a week-long international, multi-agency forum dedicated to the empirical field of the science of team science (SciTS) and brings together thought leaders from a broad range of disciplines, including: translational research, evaluation, communications, social and behavioral sciences, complex systems, technology and management in an effort to enhance understanding of how best to engage in team science to meet society's needs.

Learn more about Team Science at Research Team Support & Development (RTS&D) of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute.

To know about the Registration, lodging information for this conference. Click here.


Yalda Afshar, CCTS TL1 Pre-doctoral Education for Clinical and Translational Scientists (PECTS) Fellow for 2008-2010, graduates this May. As a student in UIC College of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program, she has earned an MD and a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics. Her PhD dissertation work was done in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Laboratory in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology – CS under the guidance of Dr. Asgerally Fazleabas.

Yalda is the winner of the COM’s Ervin G. Erdös, MD and Sara F. Rabito Erdös, MD Prize for her research. Along with that honor, she has been selected for two significant awards:

  • The Eugertha Bates Memorial Award (awarded to a graduate and an undergraduate student by the Office of the Chancellor for Student Affairs). This award is given in recognition of a student whose volunteer activities in a campus and/or community setting demonstrates an outstanding level of caring, dedication, and selfless commitment to others. Nominees for the Eugertha Bates Memorial Award must have made an exceptional contribution to the humanitarian needs of others.
  • The Jay. G. Hirsch and William A. Tito Memorial Award for the Class of 2012 (awarded by the Gold Humanism Honor Society selection committee). This award is given annually to a member of the graduating class from the Chicago site of the College of Medicine who most embodies the humanistic qualities of Drs. Hirsch and Tito, who were exemplary physicians, role-models, and leaders. The recipient is selected from the group of students chosen for membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

In addition, Yalda has been selected by the Graduate College to be that College’s banner carrier at commencement. We congratulate her and wish her well in her future!

Danyelle N. Martin, CCTS Pre-doctoral Education for Clinical and Translational Scientists (PECTS) Fellowship Awardee (2008-2011) successfully defended her PhD dissertation April 30, 2012. She is in the Dept. of Medicine and in the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology; her advisor is Dr. Susan Uprichard.

Shane Phillips, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, UIC College of Applied Health Sciences (previous KL2 Scholar) on another milestone.  He got a RO1 award from NIH!
National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Title: Effects of Low Carbohydrate and Low Fat Diets on Endothelium Function in Human Obesity
Dates: 8/13/2010 – 7/31/2015
Direct funds: $1,250,000
Total funds: $1,945,500

RESEARCH NEWS: Late Preterm Births Risk Respiratory Illness
Babies born between 34 weeks and 37 weeks gestation are much more likely to have respiratory illness compared to infants born at full term, and their risk of respiratory illness decreases with each additional week of gestation until 38 weeks, researchers report. The study, published in the July 28 issue of JAMA, was conducted by University of Illinois at Chicago researcher Dr. Judith Hibbard and colleagues from the Consortium on Safe Labor. Hibbard's UIC co-authors are Dr. Isabelle Wilkins, professor and director of maternal-fetal medicine, and Dr. Michelle Kominiarek, assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine [and Fall 2010 MS CTS Trainee]. The Consortium on Safe Labor includes researchers from 12 institutions (19 hospitals) who contributed data to study labor progression and Cesarean delivery.