2017 ASBMT Clinical Research Training Course

The annual ASBMT Clinical Research Training Course was held July 12 – 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina, for 12 scholars and 10 faculty members from across the transplant spectrum. This course was developed in response to concerns that clinical fellowship programs don’t always adequately cover the principles of research and how to take findings from the laboratory to the clinic.

To read a recap of the event, click here.





Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017 ASBMT Clinical Research Training Course (CRTC)

Deadline was: March 8, 2017 at 11:59:59 PST​

Tuition, travel, housing and meal expenses will be paid by the society and corporate sponsors for up to 12 scholars to attend the course. Participants will be competitively selected. Preference will be given to fellows and faculty with no more than two years of BMT experience following training or a faculty appointment.

Details:            Clinical Research Training Course

                        July 12 – 17, 2017

                        Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

                        Charlotte, North Carolina

Objectives and Curriculum

The ASBMT Board of Directors created the course in 2006 because of concerns that clinical fellowship programs don’t adequately cover the principles of research and how to take findings from the laboratory to the clinic.  The course helps close the gap by addressing those deficiencies.  The course includes formal presentations and extensive follow-up dialogue and small-group discussion, covering topics such as:

  • Research subject eligibility and recruitment
  • Clinical trial design
  • Biostatistics
  • Data management and quality control
  • Study endpoints
  • Late effects and quality of life
  • Clinical pharmacology, including polypharmacy and drug interactions
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Relationships with pharmaceutical companies and third-party payers
  • Opportunities for grants and clinical research training
  • Grant writing
  • Working with a mentor
  • Translational trials
  • Working with laboratory investigators
  • Research ethics
  • Subject safety

Each participant will be expected to have a research project that can be developed in discussions with faculty and with peers. 


The 2017 course directors are Christopher N. Bredeson, MD, MSc, The Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa and Margaret MacMillan, MD, University of Minnesota.

Faculty members will share their career stories and anecdotes. They will tell how they got where they are and the lessons learned along the way.  Free time for rest, recreation and creative thinking will be built into the schedule.

Eligibility and Application

An applicant must be an ASBMT member or sponsored by an ASBMT member. For purposes of this program, "junior faculty” is defined as two years or less teaching in the BMT field.

The following information is required in order to be considered:

  • Applicants must complete the application survey (click here)
  • The applicant must identify a local mentor with whom to work in implementation of the research project after the course.
  • A 2-5 page letter of application which includes the following information, must be submitted to info@asbmt.org:
  1. The applicant’s background, training, interest in blood and marrow transplantation and clinical research and career goals
  2. An outline of a research project to be further developed during the course. Details of the proposed research project should be a major portion of the application letter and should at a minimum include the following headings:
    1. Protocol Title
    2. Background
    3. Hypothesis and Aims
    4. Study Design, Innovation
    5. Potential problems/challenges, Summary. 
  • Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from their mentor

Applicant selection will be based on curriculum vitae, proposed project, local mentor and, all other things being equal, regional representation. Please note, that since scholars will be accepted based in a large part on the merit of the submitted project, it is NOT possible to change the overall project concept after submission (or after acceptance onto this Course).

The deadline to receive applications was March 8, 2017 at 11:59:59 PST. No extensions will be granted.

Clinical Research Training Course

                        July 12 – 17, 2017

                        Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

                        Charlotte, North Carolina