International Research Initiative - IRI

International Research Initiative

  Mission

The International Research Initiative is committed to aspiring scientists from around the world with a desire to explore and nurture their interest in scientific research. Be it a part of the path to residency, and/or the start of a career as a physician-scientist, the experience in Boston will certainly quench the fellow's thirst for knowledge in a highly academic environment.

  Vision

 We prepare research scientists that will become positive leaders in their communities, worthy of inspiring future generations.

  About the program

The International Research Initiative (IRI) training program is a comprehensive educational experience designed for individuals who want to pursue rigorous clinical or basic science research careers. The program features:

Hands-on experience at affiliated laboratories dedicated to basic science, translational, and / or clinical research
A 9-month collaborative training program covering the basics of clinical research: Principles and Practice of Clinical Research – Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, Continuing Professional Education
Monthly career development seminars by senior researchers

Duration of the program: 12 months

Start Date : March 2023
End Date : March 2024

We are IRI

We embrace challenging experiences and embark on new endeavors. Fear is not in our vocabulary, we have replaced it with confidence. Our philosophy is based on teamwork. Every day we try to be better than the previous one by exceeding our own expectations. Welcome to the IRI state of mind!


Building bridges towards research

By identifying suitable candidates, we facilitate and coordinate a one year-long appointment as an unpaid research fellow in either a clinical or basic science laboratory in one of many hospitals in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Having worked with many principal investigators, we have a strong relationship with many laboratories and research groups that focus in many areas of Medicine ranging from neurology and musculoskeletal disorders, to orthopedic surgery and biomechanics.


Research Training

During this year in Boston, selected applicants will be taking participation in the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research course. At the end of the course, participants will be able to design clinical trials, collect data, use the basic functions of statistical software, critically read and understand scientific publications, and describe complex clinical trial designs.


Invest in your future

We are committed to physicians from around the world with a desire to explore and nurture their interest in scientific research. Be it part of your path to residency, and/or the start of a career as a physician/scientist, the experience in Boston will certainly quench your thirst for knowledge.

Current Labs

Here are some examples of principal investigators and laboratories that we are currently working with. However, this list changes on a yearly basis with countless opportunities to include other laboratories with diverse research interests. Click on the icons to see the names of the respective principal investigators.

Surgery
  • Ted James, MD
  • Evangelos Messaris, MD
  • Bernard Lee, MD
  • Tara Kent, MD
  • Sidhu Gangadharan, MD
  • Benjamin James, MD
  • Devin Eckhoff, MD
  • Ammara A. Watkins, MD MPH
  • Rafael Vega, MD

GENERAL SURGERY/NEUROSURGERY

Gastroenterology
  • S. Freedman, MD PhD
  • Camilia Martin, MD
  • Z. Gordon Jiang, MD PhD
  • Sarah Flier, MD
  • Alan Bonder, MD
  • Mandeep Sawhney, MD

GASTROENTEROLOGY

Urology
  • Anurag Das, MD
  • Peter Chang, MD MPH

UROLOGY

Cardiology
  • Robert Gerszten, MD
  • Wilson Grandin, MD
  • Aarti Asnani, MD
  • Debby Ngo, MD
  • Michael Gavin, MD MPH
  • Rashad Garan, MD
  • Anjali Nath, MD
  • Connie Tsao, MD
  • Alec Schmaier, MD
  • Eric Folch, MD

CARDIOLOGY/PULMONOLOGY

Endocrinology
  • C. Mantzoros, MD PhD
  • Ana Abreu, MD PhD

ENDOCRINOLOGY

Radiology
  • Miles Miller, PhD
  • Camilo Jaimes Cobos, MD
  • Michael S. Gee, MD PhD
  • Alejandra Bedoya, MD
  • Mannudeep Kalra, MD

RADIOLOGY

Hematology
  • V. Boussiotis, MD PhD
  • Andrea Bullock, MD
  • Miles Miller, PhD
  • Bruno Bockorny, MD
  • Mary Linton Peters, MD

HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY

Neurology
  • Seward Rutkove, MD
  • Christopher Celano, MD
  • Christopher Gibbons, MD
  • F. Fregni, MD PhD MPH
  • David Perez, MD MMSc
  • Farrah Mateen, MD PhD

NEUROLOGY/PSYCHIATRY

Orthopedic Surgery
  • Ara Nazarian, PhD
  • Brian Snyder, MD PhD
  • Mary Bouxsein, PhD
  • Miho Tanaka, MD

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

Dermatology
  • Michael Bigby, MD
  • Jean Mcgee, MD
  • Neelam Vashi, MD

DERMATOLOGY

Pediatrics
  • John Zupancic, MD MS ScD
  • Jocelyn Silvester, MD
  • Neha Thakkar, MD

PEDIATRICS

Pediatrics
  • Leslie A. Garrett, MD

GYNECOLOGY

Class of 2022

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Valeria Bustos, MD

Lee Lab

Plastic Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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David Arboleda, MD

Miller Lab

Systems Biology
Massachusetts General Hospital

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Sebastian Niezen, MD

Jiang Lab

Gastroenterology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Cesar Palacios, MD

Gerszten Lab

Cardiology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Alejandro Garcia, MD

Lee Lab

Otolaryngology
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

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Danitza Lukac, MD

McGee Lab

Dermatology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Ana Maria Cabal, MD

Mateen Lab

Neurology
Massachusetts General Hospital

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Carolina Vigna, MD

Messaris Lab

Colorectal Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Jose Emmanuel Gonzalez, MD

Moser Lab

Pancreatic Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Mateo Garland, MD

Kent Lab

General Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Tiago Reyes, MD

Garan / Grandin Lab

Cardiology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Marcela Banegas, MD

Silvester Lab

Pediatrics Gastroenterology
BIDMC / BCH

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Angela Koo, MD

Frantz/ Martin Lab

Pediatrics
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Romelia Barba, MD

Bonder Lab

Gastroenterology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Andy Silva-Santisteban, MD

Sawhney Lab

Gastroenterology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Natalia Chaves, MD

James Lab

Endocrine Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Leticia Campoverde, MD

Bullock Lab

Hematology / Oncology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Henriette De La Garza, MD

Vashi Lab

Dermatology
Boston Medical Center

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Edith Martinez, MD

Nazarian Lab

Orthopedic Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Irene Yator, MD

Rutkove Lab

Neurology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center