FFASt is a new series of immersive-learning workshops designed to cover current issues in translational research. Learning opportunities are designed to shorten the formal didactic component of the training process without disrupting research productivity. This is a unique cluster of courses designed by the UCI ICTS to specifically support the education of the scholars and trainees. The FFASt program is designed to provide an immersive accelerated environment that addresses both fundamental and advanced topics in clinical translational science. The course topics will be flexible. FFASt courses will be offered once per quarter.
Few clinician-scientists actually receive formal training in GLP. It is the rare young investigator who even knows that there is a science of specimen handling, processing, and tracking. Formal instruction in GLP needs to be provided at an early stage in a clinician-scientist’s research career. In this context, Drs. Caiozzo and Zaldivar developed a FFASt course entitled “Barcode” (16 hours of classroom instruction given by Dr. Zaldivar) on proper laboratory practices. Dr. Zaldivar oversees the UCI ICTS Bioassay Core Laboratory and has over 30 years of experience in GLP. The Barcode course addresses key topics identified in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 such as: 1) facility management, 2) specimen acquisition and disposal, 3) equipment maintenance and calibration, 4) standard operating procedures, 5) protocols for nonclinical laboratory study, 6) storage and retrieval of records and data, and 7) disqualification of testing facilities. All scholars and trainees are required to take this course every other year.
The purpose of this workshop is to provide scientists and students involved in team based scientific collaborations with specific skills and strategies to effectively combine and integrative diverse areas of knowledge and expertise. This facilitation of “integrative capabilities” is thought to enhance innovation in teams. Dr. Maritza Salazar, who will be joining UCI’s School of Business in the Fall as an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, will facilitate the workshop. She will lead a two-part workshop that will first focus on strategic team planning and design. During the second part of the workshop, she will teach communications skills to integrate diverse knowledge areas when working with others on clinical and translational research teams.
There is a growing recognition that many published studies cannot be replicated for a variety of reasons. As a consequence, the scientific community and NIH understand that there needs to be an emphasis of instruction with respect to both rigor and reproducibility. This FFASt course will focus on approaches to enhance the overall integrity of the scientific process and address topics related to: i) experimental design; ii) analyses and statistics; iii) data management; iv) resource sharing; and v) publication and reporting.