American Society of Hematology

About the Translational Research Training in Hematology Program

ASH-EHA Translational Research Training in Hematology (TRTH) is intended for trainees and junior faculty engaged in laboratory-based translational research. MDs, PhDs, and MD-PhDs are encouraged to apply.

TRTH includes three mandatory components:

  • an intensive, week-long course held in Europe in the spring
  • a follow-up meeting during the EHA Annual Congress in June
  • a second follow-up meeting during the ASH annual meeting in December

Spring Course

During the spring course, trainees participate in didactic and interactive sessions to further their understanding of translational research methodology and career development; meet in small group sessions with TRTH mentors, peers, and faculty to refine their individual research proposals; and learn from leaders in the field about the variety of pathways to a successful career in hematology research.

The course includes the following components:

  • Principles of translational research: Participants get an overview of methodologies for designing and executing clinical research studies with laboratory correlatives. Topics include stem cell research, animal models, live cell and in vivo imaging, flow cytometry, cell therapy, cell and biobanking, clinical trial design, principles of bioinformatics, molecular pathogenesis (including genetics, gene editing and epigenetics), pharmacogenomics, diagnostics and biomarkers, and identification of molecular targets.
  • Ethics in hematologic translational research: Discussions focus on ethical and regulatory issues in Europe and North America related to translational research. Topics include good clinical practice, quality care assurance, good manufacturing practice, relationships with the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, and intellectual property.
  • Career development insight: Career retrospectives are provided from leading hematologists with a broad experience in translational research. Hematology pioneers speak about their personal and career challenges and successes as well as maintaining a work-life balance.
  • Small-group working sessions: These daily sessions enable participants to refine their research projects by with each other and with faculty. An important part of the program, the sessions allow participants to forge bonds for collaboration and in-depth improvements of their research proposals.
  • Presentation of research proposals: At the beginning of the course, participants present their proposals. At the end, they present revised proposals that incorporate the changes made throughout the week.

Follow-up Meetings

The follow-up meetings provide additional opportunities for TRTH participants to refine their research proposals through small group mentoring sessions and to interact with mentors and peers. At the final meeting, trainees present on the status of their research projects and careers.

Learning Objectives

TRTH offers trainees the opportunity to:

  • Discuss the principles of translational research design and execution.
  • Recognize the ethical and regulatory issues of translational research.
  • Examine the fundamentals of competitive grant writing, abstract presentation, and manuscript preparation.
  • Demonstrate the improvements in the quality of their own research proposals through input from faculty and peers.
  • Formulate strategies for pursuing and developing a successful career in hematological research.
  • Discuss approaches to forming and sustaining a multi-disciplinary translational research team.
  • Practice preparing research results and presenting their work to diverse audiences.
  • Develop contact with other trainees to facilitate future collaboration.
  • Develop relationships with leaders in translational and clinical research who can enhance professional networking opportunities.
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Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for TRTH, the applicant must:

  • Be a trainee (in hematology-related fellowship/postdoctoral training), junior faculty, or program group leader who has completed his/her fellowship training within the past three years, and have an MD, PhD, MD-PhD, biomedical PhD, or PharmD degree (or equivalents).
  • Be actively employed in a hematology or hematology-related research environment.
  • Be an EHA member, EHA Guest, or ASH member at the time of LOI submission and throughout the award term, and have a mentor who meets this requirement. Not an ASH member yet? Take the first step.
  • Have a research project that is hypothesis-driven and directly connected to some aspects of human biology. Projects may encompass any form of cellular, molecular, structural, biochemical, genetic, or other appropriate experimental approach using human biological material or human subjects with the aim of reaching novel insights into human biology. Pilot and early phase clinical studies translating the laboratory discoveries "to the bedside" may be included in the proposal; however, pure clinical trial projects with laboratory correlatives will not be considered.
  • Not hold a concurrent ASH research award or be participating in an ASH career-development program, including the Clinical Research Training Institute.

Please visit the EHA website for full eligibility requirements and restrictions.

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Application Process

TRTH has a two-step application process, which begins with the submission of a letter of intent (LOI). Only those who meet the LOI requirements will be invited to submit a full application.

To view detailed application requirements and begin the application process, please visit the EHA website.

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Terms and Conditions

There is no registration or application fee for TRTH; however, by applying, applicants agree to participate in all three components of the program and to respond to all follow-up surveys.

ASH and EHA will arrange all travel and accommodation as follows.

  • Spring course: ASH and EHA will arrange and cover economy class airfare, up to €1,000. Participants are responsible for arranging their own visas and ensuring they have valid travel documents in order to attend the week-long course in Europe.
  • Follow-up meetings: ASH and EHA will arrange and cover economy class airfare (up to €1,000 per meeting) as well as hotel accommodations for three nights per meeting.

Each participant is responsible for additional hotel nights and airfare costs above the established allowable amounts. Additional details of the TRTH travel policy will be communicated to awardees upon acceptance in the program.

If there are special circumstances regarding the participant's or institute's ability to cover additional costs, applicants are still encouraged to apply; however, the mentor should include an addendum that explains the financial difficulties that exist.

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Questions?

For more information, please contact the EHA Executive Office at training@ehaweb.org. back to top