Request for Proposals: Young Investigator Program

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The PI and Planning Committee of the Precision Medicine: Moving Theory Into Practice Workshop is requesting abstracts of 300 words or less (plus one optional table or figure) on work that has a high likelihood of making a lasting impact on personalized and precision medicine research and advancement. 

Eligible young investigators include post docs, graduate and undergraduate students from departments of economics, policy and medicine; scientific laboratories; and professional organizations and entities. All abstracts will be systematically reviewed by the PI and the Planning Committee.

15 young investigators will be selected to present their abstracts in a poster session at the workshop. The workshop and the attendant poster session will be held at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on April 8-9, 2020. 

Grantees will have an opportunity to be part of closed-door presentations and discussions that will create a research agenda to guide future work in personalized and precision medicine. The inclusion of young investigators is a high priority, given the importance of networking and the value afforded by the continued exchange of knowledge and ideas among young and established investigators. The goals of this program are to motivate young investigators to pursue research careers related to personalized and precision medicine issues and topics addressed at this workshop and submit grants to AHRQ solicitations.

Abstract Submission Requirements

  • Typed abstract, submitted as a PDF (inclusion of one table or figure is encouraged but option; table/figure text not included in word count).
  • Submit abstract online to Monica Kim at monicak@usc.edu. Ms. Kim will distribute all abstracts to the planning committee for review. Include this subject line on your submission message: 2020 PERSONALIZED AND PRECISION MEDICINE ABSTRACT SUBMISSION. 
  • In the email message accompanying your submission, include your full name, title and institution, and phone number. Additionally, please also attach your CV to your submission email. 
  • Submissions must be received by December 31, 2019 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Submissions will not be accepted after this time.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts are required to attend the workshop and present their poster. 

Travel and expenses will be covered for young investigators selected to present their abstract at the workshop poster session. 

Workshop Overview

The research development workshop, Precision Medicine: Moving Theory Into Practice will provide a collaborative environment for members of the regulatory, economic, payer, implementation, clinical and scientific communities to discuss the utility and limitations of Personalized and Precision Medicine (PPM) and challenges associated with its implementation into health care systems. 

As an exemplar, the workshop session will apply the above perspectives to autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, a rapidly evolving specialty within PPM, in effort to extend PPM beyond oncology and other specialties to which is it commonly applied. Workshop participants will identify research questions and develop an agenda to guide future research to increase the understanding of the utility and limitations of PPM approaches and to accelerate the development and implementation of PPM into standard clinical care, especially of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. The workshop aims to inform research to advance the understanding of PPM, to ultimately make health care safer, higher quality, more efficient, equitable, and affordable.