News

The CTSI news page showcases news items associated with CTSI personnel, awardees, trainees and scholars. Please click the the links below to view the original articles and video footage. Click here to access the CTSI News Archive to view articles previous to 2014.

July 28th, 2014

CTSI Releases KL2 Mentored Career Development Program RFA

The KL2 Mentored Career Development program provides 2 years of support for new investigators interested in a career in clinical or translational research. The goal of the program is to foster the discipline of clinical and translational research and, by increasing clinical research capacity, to expedite multidisciplinary clinical and translational science at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Letters of intent are due on Friday, September 26, 2014 by 5:00 pm. Click here to view detailed information about the KL2 program and to view the full RFA.

CTSI Releases Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic Methods Award RFA

The CTSI is requesting applications from investigators for funding of Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic Methods pilot projects.  A maximum of $35,000 will be awarded for a 1 year period. Strong proposals spanning two years will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The principal goal of this program is to stimulate the development of novel biostatistical and epidemiologic methods that help overcome specifically identified limitations and significantly enhance the validity and accuracy, scope or speed of clinical or translational research. Initial abstracts are due by September 15th at 5:00 pm. Click here to read more about the NBEM program and to view the RFA.

CTSI Welcomes Informaticist Jack Chang

In June, Jack Chang joined the CTSI as a bioinformaticist, and he is working with researchers across the University to build various data management systems. Data management systems have been created by other departments, of course, so Chang has spent much of his first few months on the job meeting with other researchers and informaticists within the University, to ensure he isn’t duplicating the efforts of others. “Instead, we should try to integrate those efforts,” said Chang. Click here to read more about Jack Chang in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Scientific Writing for Mentors and Proteges

The Office of Graduate Education and the CTSI will offer a unique course designed to teach mentors to effectively and efficiently develop their protégés as scientific writers and to teach protégés the basics of scientific writing. This course runs from September to April and starts with a series of classes on the fundamentals of good writing and ends by completing a grant application or manuscript. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 15th. Click here for the full course description and application instructions.

Save the Date: CTSI Skill-Building Workshop on the Close-Out of Clinical Research Studies

The next CTSI skill-building workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, August 5th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. CTSI Director Karl Kieburtz and Research Compliance Office Mike Ritz will discuss the close-out process for clinical research studies including compliance matters. Click here to read more about this workshop.

Registration Open for Academic Core Curriculum

Registration is now open for the Academic Core Curriculum for Junior Faculty, taking place September 29 through October 3. The week-long course is designed to help Senior Instructors and Assistant Professors identify the skills they need for more successful career advancement.  More information on the course can be found here. Click here to register.

July 21st, 2014

CTSI Announces 2014 Faculty Pilot Funding Awardees

Six URMC faculty members earned CTSI pilot awards for 2014-2015. The CTSI’s pilot program offers faculty members one year awards for up to $50,000, to obtain new skills, develop technologies, generate critical preliminary clinical data, test new collaborative approaches, and create new outcome assessments and biomedical informatics advances. The CTSI is currently accepting applications for the 2015 pilot awards, abstracts are due by September 2nd, 2014 and the full RFA can be found here. The 2014 faculty awardees are:

Roman Eliseev, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Project: Improving mitochondrial function in MSCs to accelerate fracture repair in aging

Elizabeth Guancial, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology)
Project: Chemoprevention of bladder cancer through estrogen receptor modulation

Richard J. Looney, MD
Professor of Medicine (Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology)
Project: Role of the Gut Microbiome in Preventing Allergic Disease

Edward Messing, MD
Chair of Urology
Project: Exosomes from bladder cancer patients can serve as biomarkers of disease

Craig Morrell, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Aab Cardiovascular Institute)
Project: Novel microRNA Based Therapy to Improve CD4+ T-cell Responses to Vaccination

Sherry Spinelli, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Project: The Role of Microparticle-Derived Thy-1 (CD90) in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Congratulations to all of the awardees!!!!!

RFA: Center for Commmunity Health Mini-Grants

The Center for Community Health is pleased to announce that we are accepting Community Health Mini-Grant Applications for a grant to be awarded in August 2014. The purpose of the mini-grant program is to provide grants up to $1,000 for the development, strengthening, or evaluation of community-URMC health improvement partnerships for research, education, intervention, or service.  Applications are welcome from either URMC or community partners. The application deadline is Monday, August 11, at noon. Click here to view the full RFA.

NCATS Launches Chemical Toxicity Data Model Competition

NCATS’ Toxicology in the 21st Century (Tox21) Data Challenge 2014 is a crowdsourcing competition to develop computational models that can better predict chemical toxicity. The Tox21 initiative is designed to improve current toxicity assessment methods, which are slow and costly. Register for the challenge today! The model submission deadline is Nov. 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m. ET. NCATS will showcase the winning models in January 2015. Click here to read the full announcement.

Monitoring Clinical Research Study Spending and Revenue Realization

The first of two CTSI Skill Building Workshops will be held on July 23rd from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium and will be entitled Monitoring Clinical Research Study Spending and Revenue Realization. This session is part of new series focused on clinical study fiscal management and will feature presentations from CTSI Director Karl Kieburtz and Research Compliance Office Mike Ritz. . Click here for more information about the skill building workshops.

Bio-specimens Available To Researchers

The Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities (Fairbanks Institute) has created an extensively annotated bio-specimen repository for hypothesis-driven research. These biological samples are linked with longitudinal clinical and disease-specific health records information drawn from the Indiana Network for Patient Care (INPC), a state-wide electronic clinical data repository. The Fairbanks Institute and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) requests submissions of project applications for research use of bio-specimen with longitudinal electronic medical record data. Click here for more information on this opportunity.

Sonication System Available to Researchers

The Genomics Research Center is making the Covaris S2 sonication system available for use by University researchers. Use the PPMS system to reserve time on the instrument. Click here to request a PPMS account. A $50 fee will be charged per session and Covaris tubes will need to be purchased separately. Direct questions to urgenomics@urmc.rochester.edu.

Scientific Research Posters Wanted!!!

The CTSI is looking for research posters to display in the atrium of the Saunders Research Building. If you have a recent poster that we can showcase please contact Katie Libby. Stop by and view the current poster which highlights research conducted by Dr. Steve Barnett on "Responding to Community Feedback on Research Methods".

July 14th, 2014

CTSI Releases Pilot Funding Requests for Applications

The CTSI has released Requests for Applications for both the CTSI Pilot Awards Program and the CTSI Incubator Program. The Pilot Awards program considers four different types of proposals: investigator-initiated pilot studies for faculty ($50,000 maximum for one year); investigator-initiated pilot studies for trainees($25,000 maximum for 1 year); UNYTE Translational Research Network grants ($50,000 maximum for 1 year); and a new Clinical Trials Methods and Technologies grant ($50,000 maximum for 1 year). Pilot Award abstracts are due by September 2nd, 2014 and the full RFA can be found here.

The goal of the CTSI Incubator program is to identify research collaborations at the institution with tremendous potential to catalyze breakthrough treatments, diagnostic techniques, or quantum leaps in community health. We anticipate that successful Incubator Projects will utilize the award to provide the groundwork to achieve programmatic levels of extramural funding. These "superpilot" programs will be eligible for awards of up to $125,000 per year, for up to two years of support per research program. Incubator abstracts are due by September 2nd, 2014 and the full RFA can be found here.

SAC Incubator RFA Released

As a companion to the CTSI Incubator Program the SMD Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) sponsors a “superpilot” award with a maximum funding level of $125,000 per year for each of two years. The purpose of the SAC Incubator Program is to foster the establishment of extramurally-funded, nationally-recognized centers of excellence in biomedical research with the potential to generate new strategic directions for the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the University. Abstracts are due on September 2nd, 2014. Click here for the RFA.

CTSI Pilot Grant Leads to $3.6M in NIH Funding

In an attempt to help urban teens keep their asthma symptoms in check, Jill Halterman, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pediatrics at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital, has developed a study which combines giving students their medications at school with motivational counseling specifically designed for teens. The 5-year study, which was developed in partnership with the Rochester City School District and the district’s nurses, is supported by a $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. A pilot study, which generated initial data used in the application to NIH, was funded by the CTSI. Click here to read more about this project in the CTSI Stories Blog.

New eRecord Research Functionality! 

Starting on Thursday July 17th the new In Basket functionality will be activated.  You will now be able to receive notification in your In Basket within eRecord if one of your participants has been admitted to the Emergency Department.  This notification will only apply to those participants that have been associated to a study within eRecord.  If you have any questions please contact ResearchHelp@URMC.Rochester.edu.

Enroll Now: Extra Level of Security Coming to URMC Remote Access Systems in August

URMC is adding a new barrier to our defenses aimed at thwarting the ongoing phishing attacks that threaten the security of patient and employee information. Any faculty or staff member who utilizes the Medical Center's Remote Access systems (eRecord, eView, VPN, and ePartner) must enroll with Duo Security, a two-factor authentication tool that adds a second layer of security when you log in to systems remotely. ENROLL NOW: set up your mobile phone and a landline phone or tablet by Wednesday, Aug. 6—find instructions and FAQs on the ISD Two-Factor Authentication page. Optional enrollment is also available for remote access to HRMS. Read more on the University site.

Call for Proposals: Faculty Development Workshops

You are invited to submit a proposal for the 2014-2015 Faculty Development Workshop Series. The goal of this workshop series  is to bring together faculty and educators to share best practices, and help participants gain knowledge regarding quality of care, teaching and learning,  career development, mentoring, leadership, and scholarship. Workshops provide an interactive, active learning small group experience. The workshops are 2 hours in duration. Please  include with your proposal: the title of the workshop, presenter(s) and academic titles, and 2-4 learning objectives. Please submit your workshop proposal or topic suggestions electronically to faculty_development@urmc.rochester.edu by July 18th.

July 7th, 2014

CTSI Director's Update July 2014

In this month's CTSI Director's Update, Harriet Kitzman, Co-Director of the CTSI, offers her takeaways from the Mini Summer Research Institute. The institute was held on June 19th, 2014 and focused on how research is changing in the Affordable Care Act era. Click here to read more about this story in the CTSI stories blog.

Public Health Grand Rounds Recap: Oral Health and People with Intellectual Disabilities

People with intellectual disabilities experience health problems at a significantly higher rate than the general population, and access to health care can be especially challenging in more specialized fields, such as oral health. For the past decade, Lisa M. DeLucia, D.D.S., a pediatric dentist at Eastman Institute for Oral Health, has been working to expand access to oral health services to people with intellectual disabilities.  Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

ResearchMatch Online Training

A free webinar on how to use ResearchMatch.org, a subject recruitment tool, is now available for researchers (investigators and coordinators). The webinar is held on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 3-4:30pm, and the next session will be held on Thursday, July 10th. Researchers can attend once and repeat the training as needed.  To register click here.

Save the Date: Monitoring Clinical Research Study Spending and Revenue Realization

The first of two CTSI Skill Building Workshops will be held on July 23rd from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium and will be entitled Monitoring Clinical Research Study Spending and Revenue Realization. This session is part of new series focused on clinical study fiscal management and will feature presentations from CTSI Director Karl Kieburtz and Research Compliance Office Mike Ritz. . Click here for more information about the skill building workshops.

Research Boot Camp July 16th

The Research Boot Camp is a half day workshop that applies the basic human subjects protections introduced via CITI and the policies/procedures reviewed in the orientation course to conducting research at the UR. The workshop is comprised of 4 presentations: Study Protocol Basics: Elements & Development Considerations; Informed Consent: Federal Regulations, Institutional Policy & Good Practice; RSRB & WIRB Review Processes; and Study’s Approved…What’s Next? The next session will be held Wednesday, July 16th from 8:00am-12:00pm in Helen Wood Hall Classroom 1W502. Continuing education credit will not be provided. Breakfast and snacks welcome.

WNY Flow Users Group Meeting

The 11th Annual Western New York Flow Users Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 16th from 8:45 am- 4:00 pm in the Class of 62 Auditorium (G-9425). This event is a great way to keep up with the latest flow technology and provides opportunities to network with colleagues from area universities! Vendor displays will be setup in the Flaum Atrium. Please register here

June 30th, 2014

CTSI Ramping up Efforts to Support Clinical Trials of the Future

Karl Kieburtz, M.D., M.P.H., co-director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, recently spoke to the Medical School Advisory Council (MEDSAC) about his vision for the future clinical trials. Read about how the need for research subjects to show up at a clinical research facility may be eliminated in the full story in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Research Boot Camp July 16th

The Research Boot Camp is a half day workshop that applies the basic human subjects protections introduced via CITI and the policies/procedures reviewed in the orientation course to conducting research at the UR. The workshop is comprised of 4 presentations: Study Protocol Basics: Elements & Development Considerations; Informed Consent: Federal Regulations, Institutional Policy & Good Practice; RSRB & WIRB Review Processes; and Study’s Approved…What’s Next? The next session will be held Wednesday, July 16th from 8:00am-12:00pm in Helen Wood Hall Classroom 1W502. Continuing education credit will not be provided. Breakfast and snacks welcome.

Wilmot Cancer Center Announces Pilot Grant Awardees

Wilmot Cancer Institute awarded $200,000 in funding to five URMC investigators this month for pilot and collaborative studies in cancer research. Since 2011, the Institute has awarded more than $1.5 million in seed grants for cancer research. The 2014 awardees are: Eric Kim, MD (Hematology/Oncology), Rick Phipps, PhD (Environmental Medicine), Laura Calvi, MD (Endocrine/Metabolism), Catherine Ovitt, PhD (Center for Oral Biology), and Lei Xu, PhD (Biomedical Genetics). Click here to read more about the funded projects.

Applications Sought for Pilot Funding in Aging Research

The Rochester Aging Research Center and the Office for Aging Research and Health Services invite applications for pilot grants in aging research. Subjects will be considered for funding from basic aging research across the translational research spectrum to the study of health services delivery and policy. Successful proposals will be funded with up to $50,000 for 12 months. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 1 to Daina_Bullwinkel@URMC.Rochester.edu. Contact Dirk Bohmann, Yeates Conwell, or Vera Gorbunova with questions.

Natalia Golub PhD Dissertation Defense

Natalia Golub, a student in the CTSI MSTP Program, will defend her PhD Dissertation on Thursday, July 10th at 1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-501). Natalia was is an MD/PhD student in the Epidemiology program within the Department of Public Health Sciences. Her research projects is titled "Longitudinal Health Outcomes in Former Refugees.

WNY Flow Users Group Meeting

The 11th Annual Western New York Flow Users Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 16th from 8:45 am- 4:00 pm in the Class of 62 Auditorium (G-9425). This event is a great way to keep up with the latest flow technology and provides opportunities to network with colleagues from area universities! Vendor displays will be setup in the Flaum Atrium. Please register here.

CTSI ClinicalTrials.gov Consultation Clinic

The CTSI Research Navigator Program will host its monthly clinic to provide support for ClinicalTrials.gov users on Wednesday July 2nd from 9am – 11am in the SRB conference room 1.201. Walk-ins are welcome, registration is not required. Please email ResearchHelp@urmc.rochester.edu for more information.

June 23rd, 2014

Save the Date: Monitoring Clinical Research Study Spending and Revenue Realization

The first of two CTSI Skill Building Workshops will be held on July 23rd from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium and will be entitled Monitoring Clinical Research Study Spending and Revenue Realization. This session is part of new series focused on clinical study fiscal management and will feature presentations from CTSI Director Karl Kieburtz and Research Compliance Office Mike Ritz. . Click here for more information about the skill building workshops.

URMC Center for Community Health Honors Satcher Award Recipients

The fifth annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards were presented on April 28th, 2014 by the University of Rochester Medical Center in the Class of ’62 Auditorium. The community health improvement awards distinguish individuals who have made significant contributions to community health in the greater Rochester region through research, education, clinical services and outreach efforts. The 2014 recipients were Anne F. Brayer, M.D., Lisa M. DeLucia, D.D.S., Caroline Nestro, R.N., M.S.. Click here to read more about the 2014 awardees in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Scholar Spotlight: Gloria Wink

Gloria Wink, a student in the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate program, is working towards a Ph.D. in toxicology. She is one of two scholars in the program, which is a joint venture between the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. Click here to view Gloria's video on the CTSI Stories Blog (thanks to the folks at RIT for allowing us to use their video!). Learn more about the Rochester Bridges program at www.deafscientists.com.

Summer in the City: Building Partnerships

The next session of the Summer in the City Seminar Series will be held on Friday, June 27th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. Ann Dozier, RN, PhD Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, and representatives from Monroe County WIC and the Perinatal Network, Inc will present Building Partnerships:  Intended and Unintended Consequence. Attend for a thought-provoking look at an approach, which allowed the partners to re-examine current practices and assumptions, learn from the community and respond to new opportunities.

Disruptive Innovation and Data Driven Healthcare

A special session of Medicine Grand Rounds will be held on Tuesday, June 24th at 8:00 am in the Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576). Jonathan Darer, MD, MPH, Chief Innovation Officer and Director of the IAA Center for Clinical Innovation in the Geisinger Health System will present "Disruptive Innovation and Data Driven Healthcare." Dr. Darer also serves as Clinical Director for the Clinical Decision Intelligence System (CDIS), an enterprise analytic platform designed to drive innovation in care delivery, and co-investigator for Open Notes, a Robert Wood Johnson-funded initiative to evaluate the impact of providing patients access through their electronic health record portal to their doctors’ notes.

Orientation to Conducting Human Subject Research

This 1.5 hour seminar introduces basic UR policies and required review processes concerning human subject research.  The seminar also highlights resources available at the UR for designing and implementing study protocols. Continuing education credit will not be provided.  Lunches welcome. To register, or for questions, please contact:  kelly_unsworth@urmc.rochester.edu

4th Annual Stem Cell Symposium on Friday

The 4th Annual URMC Stem Cell Symposium will be held on Friday, June 27th, 2014. The full day symposium will begin at 10:00 am in the Class of 62 auditorium with presentations, a poster session, and prizes. The keynote speaker will be Gordon Keller, Ph.D., (University of Alberta), who will present “Modeling human development and disease with pluripotent stem cells.” Contact Daina Bullwinkel with any questions.

Early-life Antecedents of Children’s Health and Disease

A pediatrics mini-symposiumwill be held on June 26th entitled Early-life Antecedents of Children’s Health and Disease. Keynote speaker is Edward R.B. McCabe, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President and Medical Director of the March of Dimes Foundation presenting “March of Dimes: Boldness & Advocacy in Action”.

June 16th, 2014

Recap: Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium

The Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium was held this past Wednesday, June 11th at the University of Rochester Medical Center. This event was co-sponsored by the Office for Faculty Development, the Center for Experiential Learning, and the CTSI. Click here for a full recap of the events in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Scholar Update: Gina De Naples

Gina De Naples, a student in the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate program, is hoping to one day obtain a Ph.D. in neuroscience. She is one of two scholars in the program, which is a joint venture between the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology (thanks to the folks at RIT for allowing us to use their video!). Click here to view Gina's video on the CTSI Stories Blog.  Learn more about the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate Program at www.deafscientists.com.

Public Health Ground Rounds: Environmental Health and Expecting Women

OB/GYNs are an important source of information, but they already have a lengthy checklist of topics that they need to cover in a short patient visit. So it can be tough to add one more topic to their checklist, such as educating the patient on the benefits of a lead-free home. Click here to read how Dr. Katrina Korfmacher is addressing this issue through research in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Intra- and Extra- Cellular Mechanisms that Slow Aging

The next session of the Biomedical Genetics Seminar Series will be held on Tuesday, June 17th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619). Dr. Keith Blackwell, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School will present "Intra- and Extra-cellular Mechanisms that Slow Aging."

National Library of Medicine Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course

The National Library of Medicine has awarded Robert B. Greenblatt M.D. Library, Georgia Regents University a multi-year, $1.7 million contract to host the NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course. The course offers participants a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics and provides continuing education to health care professionals interested in the application of computer technologies to medicine.The fall class is scheduled for September 14-20, 2014. The deadline for application is July 7, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT. Click here for more information.

Orientation to Conducting Human Subject Research

This 1.5 hour seminar introduces basic UR policies and required review processes concerning human subject research.  The seminar also highlights resources available at the UR for designing and implementing study protocols. The next session will be held Wednesday, June 25th at 12:00pm in Helen Wood Hall Classroom (1W-502).  Continuing education credit will not be provided.  Lunches welcome. To register, or for questions, please contact:  kelly_unsworth@urmc.rochester.edu

Registration Open for Academic Core Curriculum

Registration is now open for the Academic Core Curriculum for Junior Faculty, taking place September 29 through October 3. The week-long course is designed to help Senior Instructors and Assistant Professors identify the skills they need for more successful career advancement.  More information on the course can be found here. Click here to register.

Challenges, Solutions and Smiles

The next session of the Summer in the City Seminar Series will take place on Friday, June 20th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Lisa M. DeLucia, DDS, Assistant Professor of Dentistry, and Onolee Stephan, MPH, Director of Health Programs for the Special Olympics, will discuss "Challenges, Solutions and Smiles: Overcoming Barriers to Dental Care in Patients with Special Needs through Community Collaboration." Lunch is provided.

Stem Cell Symposium: Poster Registrations Due

The 4th Annual URMC Stem Cell Symposium will be held on Friday, June 27th, 2014. Cash prizes will be awarded for graduate student and post doc posters. Please submit the poster registration form to Daina Bullwinkel no later than 8AM ON JUNE 17th.

June 9th, 2014

CTSI Directors Update- June 2014

Every month, the CTSI Stories Blog will post excerpts from ongoing conversations with the institute’s co-directors. To kick off the monthly series, Karl Kieburtz provides an overview of the CTSI’s key components, including education programs, pilot funding programs and research resources available through the CTSI. Click here to read Dr. Kieburtz complete comments in the CTSI Stories blog.

Mini Summer Research Institute's Focus: How research is changing in the ACA era

Spawned by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), PCORI is just one of several funding sources that have been shifting their focus toward patient-centered outcomes. At the Mini Summer Research Institute, which takes place on June 19, researchers, clinicians, and trainees can learn more about how the ACA has affected the funding landscape, and learn from colleagues who have had success navigating the still-being-charted waters. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog. To see a schedule of speakers and to register, click here. Register by Friday, June 13.

Save the Date for New CTSI Skill-Building Workshops: What Faculty Need to Know about Clinical Study Management

CTSI Director Karl Kieburtz and Research Compliance Office Mike Ritz will present two new skill-building workshops this summer for faculty who run clinical studies. Join us and improve your mastery of critical concepts needed to be a successful clinical researcher. Monitoring Clinical Research Study Spending and Revenue Realization will be held on Wednesday July 23rd and Close-Out of Clinical Research Studies, including Compliance Matters will be held on Tuesday August 5th. Both sessions will be held from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (HWH 1W304). Click here to read more.

Stem Cell Symposium on June 27th

Save the date for the 4th Annual URMC Stem Cell Symposium on Friday, June 27th, 2014. The full day symposium will begin at 10:00 am in the Class of 62 auditorium with presentations, a poster session, and prizes. The keynote speaker will be Gordon Keller, Ph.D., University of Alberta. The title of his presentation is “Modeling human development and disease with pluripotent stem cells.” Cash prizes will be awarded for graduate student and post doc posters. Please submit the poster registration form to Daina Bullwinkel no later than 8AM ON JUNE 17th.

March of Dimes VP to Speak at Pediatrics Symposium

Thursday June 26, the Department of Pediatrics hosts keynote speaker Edward R.B. McCabe, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President and Medical Director of the March of Dimes in a symposium “Early-life Antecedents of Children’s Health and Disease”.    Dr. McCabe will discuss how the March of Dimes support of research on polio, folic acid-deficiency, newborn screening, and preterm birth changed the world.   Understand why March of Dimes is promoting Personalized Medicine as the future of newborn screening.  Learn how environmental exposures adversely influence children’s health, and how new multi-disciplinary approaches and innovative research efforts are being developed to address this growing concern.  Click here for a full list of speakers.

Carolyn Glass Thesis Defense June 11th

Carolynn Glass, MD, the second graduate of the CTSI PhD in Translational Biomedical Sciences program, will defend her thesis on Wednesday, June 11th at 9:00 am in the Saunders Research Building (Room 1.412). The title of Dr. Glass's research is “Identifying a Potential Molecular Therapeutic Target for MLL-AF9 Leukemia”. All are welcome to attend.

June 2nd, 2014

CTSI Co-director Harriet Kitzman receives Hutchison Medal

Dr. Harriet Kitzman, Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Nursing and Co-Director of the CTSI, was presented with the Hutchison Medal by university president Joel Seligman at the School of Nursing Commencement Ceremony on May 16th. Dr. Kitzman was honored for her decades of research on the benefits of home nurse visitations for new mothers and infants. She was also recognized for her contributions as a mentor and role model in the School of Nursing, and as an inspiration to health care professionals around the world. Click here to read the full story in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Summer in the City Seminar Series

The Center for Community Health will kick off it's Summer in the City Seminar Series on Friday, June 6th, from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. The 2014 series will feature recipients of the Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards. The first session will feature Dr. Katrina Smith Korfmacher, Director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core of the Environmental Health Sciences Center, presenting "Pregnancy: A Window of Opportunity for Environmental Health Education." Lunch is provided.

ClinicalTrials.gov Consultation Clinic on June 4th

Having trouble with an error in the ClinicalTrials.gov system? Have a question about results reporting? Just can’t figure out what the QA comment is asking? The CTSI Research Navigator Program hosts a monthly clinic to provide support for ClinicalTrials.gov users and the next session will be held on Wednesday, June 4th from 9:00 am-11:00 am in the Saunders Research Building (1.201). Walk-ins are welcome, registration is not required. Please email for more information.

6th Annual SCORE Workshop on June 5th

The sixth annual Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) half-day seminar, “Health Research Management for the Human Subject Research Coordinator,” will take place Thursday, June 5th from 8:00-12:30 pm in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W304). Topics covered will include essential documents, responding to adverse events, and research study data metrics. Register by June 3. Click here for the full agenda and registration information.

CTSI Mini Summer Research Institute: New Funders, New Priorities, New Methods

The ecology of health-related research is evolving rapidly. Let us help you find your niche! On June 19th, experts will present new funding sources, new research priorities, and new methods at the all-day CTSI Mini Summer Research Institute. Opportunities for networking are included. To see a schedule of speakers and to register, click here. Please Register by Friday, June 13th.

Seminar: Recent Advances in Illumina Sequencing

The Genomics Research Center will host a two-hour seminar on recent advances with Illumina sequencing technology from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, in K-207 (2-6408), Medical Center. Laurie Steiner, assistant professor of pediatrics, will present some of her work performed with Illumina sequencing. There will also be an opportunity to apply for a small award toward free Illumina reagents for sequencing performed at the center. RSVP to John_Ashton@urmc.rochester.edu.

University of Rochester Pilot Funding Opportunities Database

The office of the Senior Associate Dean for Research is currently compiling a database of the pilot funding opportunities, prizes and awards that are available to researchers within the University of Rochester. If you currently manage or are involved with any of these types of programs please forward the program information to Catherine Muzytchuk.

Miner Library offers free EndNote classes in Summer and Fall

Learn to use the essential features of EndNote bibliographic management software, including creating and managing a database of references, importing references from an online database such as PubMed or Ovid Medline, and creating a manuscript and bibliography with EndNote and Microsoft Word. The next class will be held on Wednesday, June 11, from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Click here for the complete class schedule and to register.

May 27th, 2014

CTSI Welcomes New Trainees and Scholars

The CTSI has selected the 2014-15 awardees for the Year Out Program and the KL2 Career Development Program. The new scholars and trainees are listed below, click here to read more about their research in the CTSI Stories Blog.

KL2 Scholars

  • Beau Abar, PhD (Mentor: Manish Shah, MD)
  • Suzannah Iadarola, PhD (Mentor: Tristram Smith, PhD)
  • Megan Lytle, PhD (Mentor: Vincent Silenzio, MD, MPH)

CTSI Year Out Trainees

  • Josef Bartels (Mentor: Ronald Epstein, MD)
  • Michael Geary (Mentor: Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD)
  • Trevor Hansen (Mentor: Howard Langstein, MD)
  • Kelly Makino (Mentor: Anton Porsteinsson, MD)
  • Kyle Rodenbach (Mentor: George Schwartz, MD)
  • Lauren Roussel (Mentor: Howard Langstein, MD)
  • Elizabeth Saionz (Mentor: Jeff Bazarian, MD, MPH)
  • Lindsay Wahl (Mentor: Patricia Sime, MD)

Register for SCORE Workshop by June 3

The sixth annual Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) half-day seminar, “Health Research Management for the Human Subject Research Coordinator,” will take place Thursday, June 5, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W304). Attendees have an opportunity to earn 3.58 continuing education contact hours. Register by June 3. Email SCORE@urmc.rochester.edu with any questions.

26th Annual Genetics Day on May 30th

The 26th Annual URMC Genetics Day will be held on Friday, May 30th in the Class of 62 Auditorium from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Genetics Day is an annual one-day symposium showcasing Genetics research in oral and poster presentations. The keynote event, the Fred Sherman Lecture, will be delivered by Dr. Randy Schekman from UC Berkeley, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine 2013. Email Daina Bullwinkel for more information.

3rd Annual Autism Treatment Network Research Conference

The 3rd Annual Autism Treatment Network Research Conference will be held on Saturday, June 7th from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm in the Saunders Research Building. Click here to view the event flyer. RSVP by email to Alyssa Zelter.

Registration Open for Mini Summer Institute: Research in the New Age

Learn more about the new research emphases and funding mechanisms brought on by the Affordable Care Act, increase your knowledge of the developments in T2-T4 research, and collaborate on new approaches to garnering sources of funding.  The institute will be held on Thursday, June 19, from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and registration is open until June 13.  To register, or for more information, click here.

May 19th, 2014

Health Research Management for the Human Subject Research Coordinator

The 6th Annual SCORE Half-Day seminar will take place at the University of Rochester on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium, room 1w304.   This seminar entitled, Health Research Management for the Human Subject Research Coordinator, will be presented for those who actively coordinate health research and will address promoting and improving the clinical research experience.  There is no charge for this event. Click her for more information and to register by June 3rd.

ResearchMatch.org Researcher Webinar Training

A free webinar on how to use ResearchMarch.org, a University-supported recruitment tool, is now available for researchers (investigators and coordinators). The webinar is held on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 3-4:30pm ET, and the next session will take place on June 12th. Researchers can attend once and repeat the training as needed.  When registering, indicate ET time zone.  To register click here.

Registration Open for Mini Summer Institute: Research in the New Age

A mini summer insitute entitled "Research in the New Age" will be held on Thursday, June 19th from 8:45 am -5:30 pm. The purpose of this is to provide URMC investigators/clinicians and trainees the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the developments, opportunities and challenges emerging in T2-T4 research, including methods and approaches to garnering new sources of funding. Click here for more information and to register by June 13th.

Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium on June 11th

This annual Colloquium will take place on Wednesday, June 11th, from 7:30 am-4:00 pm. This is a professional development conference for faculty, educators, health care professionals, and trainees, advancing quality and best educational practices. This year's keynote speakers are Richard I. Levin, MD, FACP, FACC, FAHA, Director and cofounder of the Harvard Medical School Cambridge Integrated Clerkship. Click here for full program and to register. Please contact the Office for Faculty Development with any questions.

May 14th, 2014

Collaborations in Neuroscience Research: Location Change

The UNYTE Translational Research Network will host a session on "Promoting Upstate New York Collaborations in Neuroscience Research" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 16. Due to unexpectedly high interest, the event has been moved to the Upper Auditorium (3-7619) at the Medical Center. View the full agenda and registration details. Late registrations are still being accepted.

May 12th, 2014

CTSI Scholar Spotlight: Jarrod Bogue

In a new video on the CTSI Stories Blog, Jarrod Bogue, CTSI Year-Out Trainee, shares his research on bacteria riboswitches and the creation of new antibiotics. Click here to view Jarrod's story. Check out a poster featuring Jarrod’s work in the atrium of the Saunders Research Building.

Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium on June 11th

This annual Colloquium will take place on Wednesday, June 11th, from 7:30 am-4:00 pm. This is a professional development conference for faculty, educators, health care professionals, and trainees, advancing quality and best educational practices. This year's keynote speakers are Richard I. Levin, MD, FACP, FACC, FAHA, President and CEO of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and David A. Hirsh, MD, Director and cofounder of the Harvard Medical School Cambridge Integrated Clerkship. Faculty, Students, Residents, Fellows, and Staff are welcome! Click here for full program and to register. Please contact the Office for Faculty Development with any questions.

Regulatory Science Competition Winners Present Ideas to FDA

On April 28th, University of Rochester student David Brodell and University of Maryland graduate student Chelsea Virgile traveled to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) campus in Silver Spring, Maryland to present their winning "America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" competition proposals. The UR Office of Government and Academic Research Alliances and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute hosted and sponsored an inaugural “America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent Competition” in January.  Click here to read more about this exciting trip.

Imaging Mass Spectrometry: Molecular Mapping Beyond the Microscope

The University of Rochester Proteomics Shared Resource Laboratory is sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Richard M. Caprioli, Stanley Cohen Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Mass Spectrometry Research Center at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine on May 15th. Dr. Caprioli will present " Imaging Mass Spectrometry: Molecular Mapping Beyond the Microscope" and will will focus on recent technological advances both in sample preparation and instrument performance, so that a typical sample tissue, once prepared, can be imaged in just a few minutes. Contact Mark Platt, Ph.D., Director, URMC Proteomics Resource Facility for more information: (585) 276-6804.

Promoting Upstate New York Collaborations in Neuroscience Research

UNYTE's half-day neuroscience conference entitled Promoting Upstate New York Collaborations in Neuroscience Research will be held on Friday, May 16th, from 11:00 am -4:00 pm in the Upper Adolph Auditorium (3-7619). The session will feature keynote presentations by Jonathan Wolpaw, MD, Research Physician at the Wadsworth Center of Neural Injury & Repair and Gerv Schalk, PhD, MS Research Scientist at the Wadsworth Center for Neural Injury & Repair. Click here for the full agenda and registration information. Click here to read more about UNYTE and the conference on the CTSI Stories Blog.

Save the Date: Mini Summer Institute: Research in the New Age on June 19th

A mini summer insitute on Research in the New Age will be held on Thursday, June 19th. The purpose of this is to provide URMC investigators/clinicians and trainees the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the developments, opportunities and challenges emerging in T2-T4 research, including methods and approaches to garnering new sources of funding. Registation willl open soon!

Annual SCORE Half-Day Seminar on June 5th

The Sixth Annual Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) half day seminar will take place on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 from 8:00 am-12:30 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. The focus of the seminar will be Health Research Management for the Human Subject Research Coordinator. Additional details and registration information will be available shortly.

Call for Posters: Annual Genetics Day

The Department of Biomedical Genetics invites you and your colleagues to submit posters for the Genetics Day poster session to be held 1:00 – 3:00 PM Friday, May 30th, 2014.  There will be cash prizes for graduate student and post doc posters. Poster registration forms must be submitted to Daina Bullwinkel via email by 5:00pm on May 15th.

May 5th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: Thank you!

The CTSI Seminar Series, "Crossing Elmwood: River Campus-Medical Center Research Collaborations," has finished for the semester. Thank you to everyone that attended the seminars. Your attendance is greatly appreciated! The Fall 2014 topic will be "Women's Health" and will begin on September 2nd. The time for the Fall series will also be changing to 12:00-1:00 pm. Check the CTSI Seminar Series website for updates on speakers and topics.

NCATS Releases Annual Report

Read about the "exciting and innovative" work supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) through the CTSA program and others in the first ever NCATS Annual Report. Click here to access the report.

Cancer Center Colloquium Speaker

Barnett S. Kramer, MD, MPH will present "Cancer Screening: The Clash Between Intuition and Evidence" on May 2nd at 12:00 pm in the Cancer Center Conference Center, 2.0727. Dr. Kramer is the Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute. 

Seminar Recap: When Erythrocyte Biology and Mechanics Collide

Miss a CTSI Seminar? Sean Dobbin, CTSI Communications Manager, provides recaps of the CTSI Seminar Series on the CTSI Stories Blog. Click here to read the recap of the April 1st presentation by Richard Waugh, PhD and James Palis, MD.

April 28th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: Understanding RSRB Review Processes to Improve Submissions

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Tiffany Gommel, Director of the Research Subjects Review Board (RSRB). Ms. Gommel will present "Understanding RSRB Review Processes to Improve Submissions". Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available to those who attend in person. This session of the CTSI Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the Office for Human Subjects Protection.

Date:  Tuesday, April 28th
Time: 12:30-1:30 pm ****Please note time change****
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

CTSI Scholar Spotlight: Molly Jaynes

Molly Jaynes, a 3rd year student in the Translational Biomedical Science PhD program, recently attended the Translational Science 2014 conference in Washington DC. shares her research. The mission of this annua;meeting is to bring together all of the disciplines involved in clinical and translational research, for the shared benefits of networking and education. Click here to view a new video on the CTSI stories blog of Ms. Jaynes explaining her research and the poster that she presented at the meeting

5th Annual Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards Today

A special session of Public Health Grand Rounds and the 5th Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards will be held today, Monday, April 28th from 5:30-6:45 pm in the Class of 62 Auditorium. The invited speaker is Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, CPH, Professor and Director of Public Health Practice and Leadership at the University of South Florida. Dr. Troutman will present "Health Equity and Social Justice – Not Just a Walk in the Park".A reception will follow.

Public Health Grand Rounds: Data shows disparities not always attributable to race

Starting in 1997 and continuing in 2000, 2006, and 2012, the Monroe County Health Department began surveying a random sample of adults in Monroe County, and a deep dig into the results shows that over time a handful of factors are more strongly correlated than race or ethnicity when it comes to certain behaviors and health conditions. Ann Dozier, RN, PhD spoke about the findings at the March session of Public Health Grand Rounds. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI ClinicalTrials.gov Consultation Clinic May 7th

Having trouble with an error in the ClinicalTrials.gov system? Have a question about results reporting? Just can’t figure out what the QA comment is asking? The CTSI Research Navigator Program will host its monthly clinic to provide support for ClinicalTrials.gov users on Wednesday May 7th from 9am – 11am in the SRB conference room 1.201. Walk-ins are welcome, registration is not required. Please email ResearchHelp@urmc.rochester.edu for more information.

eRecord for Researchers Education Series Moves to Quarterly Meetings

The eRecord for Researchers Education Series will be moving from a monthly schedule to a quarterly schedule.  Therefore the April education session on Monday April 28th will be cancelled.  Further information will be coming as to when the next education session will be held.  If you have any questions please contact ResearchHelp@URMC.Rochester.edu. Thank you!

Redefining Cancer Subtypes through Proteogenomics

 The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the CTSI will co-host an invited talk by Henry Rodriguez, PhD, MBA, Director, Office of Cancer Clinical Proteomics Research, National Cancer Institute (NCI) on Wednesday, May 7th from 10:00am-11:00am in URMC 2-6408 (K-207).  The seminar will discuss the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) and other NCI initiatives such as The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) to comprehensively characterize tumors. Click here for the event flyer.

April 21st, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: Trainee Presentations

The next CTSI seminar will feature presentations from trainees who are supported through the CTSI Predoctoral Training Progam. This weeks presenters will be:

  • Aimee Morris – “Clinical Characteristics, Musical Variables, and Pathophysiology of Focal Embouchure Dystonia: A Disabling Disorder of Musicians”

  • Jeffrey Reed - “The Effects of Erythropoietin on Healthy Bone“

Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Date:  Tuesday, April 22nd
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Community Health Mini-Grant Program

The Center for Community Health announces that they are accepting Community Health Mini-Grant Applications for funding in May, 2014.  The purpose of the program is to provide grants up to $1,000 for the development, strengthening, or evaluation of community-URMC health improvement partnerships for research, education, intervention, or service.  The application deadline is Monday, May 12th at noonClick here for full application instructions.

Mentoring Workshop for Mid-Career and Senior Faculty

Kathy Kram, the Shipley Professor in Management at the Boston University School of Management, will discuss academic career development during a University-wide mentoring workshop on April 25. The event, “Building Effective Mentoring and Developmental Networks,” will focus on her approach to mentoring through creating and cultivating a developmental network to ensure ongoing learning and growth. More information and registration is available here.

Workshop on Environmental Epigenomics

There will be a Workshop on Environmental Epigenomics on Thursday, April 24th from 8:30-3:30 pm in the Medical Center (2-7520). This event will feature presentations by four invited speakers, including Dr. Trevor Archer, Senior Investigator at NIEHS. All are welcome to attend this event and registration is not necessary. For more information and the full agenda click here. (Sponsored by the Department of Environmental Sciences)

Satcher Community Health Awards Set for April 28

The 2014 Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards will be presented  at a program starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) at the Medical Center. The evening features a special grand rounds lecture delivered by Adewale Troutman, Director of public health practice and leadership at the University of South Florida, who will discuss “Health Equity and Social Justice: Not Just a Walk in the Park.”  RSVP online.

Aab CVRI Cardiovascular Research Pilot Grant Program

The Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) announced a new program that will fund pilot research projects to support high impact research that creates novel basic and translational knowledge. In order of priority, the areas of targeted research are heart failure, vascular inflammation and fibrosis, and thrombosis.  Abstracts are due on May 1st. Click here for the full RFA.

Redefining Cancer Subtypes through Proteogenomics

 The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the CTSI will co-host an invited talk by Henry Rodriguez, PhD, MBA, Director, Office of Cancer Clinical Proteomics Research, National Cancer Institute (NCI) on Wednesday, May 7th from 10:00am-11:00am in URMC 2-6408 (K-207).  The seminar will discuss the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) and other NCI initiatives such as The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) to comprehensively characterize tumors.

CTSI Symposium Recap: Consent Comprehension

Dr. Carl D’Angio, the host of the 2014 CTSI Symposium, shared a selection of research on the topic of informed consent, and also included some of his own research, which showed that when it comes to providing truly informed consent, there are rarely any easy answers. Click here to read more about the presentation on Consent Comprehension in the CTSI Stories Blog.

April 14th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: Trainee Presentations

The next CTSI seminar will feature presentations from trainees who are supported through the CTSI TL1 Training Programs. This weeks presenters will be:

  • David Paul – “Using DTI to measure changes in occipital lobe white matter after decompression of the optic chiasm”
  • Jarrod Bogue – “Investigation of the fundamental biochemistry and conformational properties of a specific riboswitch from Neisseria gonorrhoeae”
  • Melissa Squires – “Analysis of Inpatient Data on Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Strong Memorial Hospital”

Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Date:  Tuesday, April 15th
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Boolean Models in Immunology

The next session of the Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) Symposium Series will feature Juilee Thakar, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Thakar will present "Boolean Models in Immunology" on Friday, April 18th from 11:30 am-1:00 pm in the Adolph Lower Auditorium (1-7619). Boolean networks allow researchers to link long term dynamical behaviors with structural motifs of the signaling network. Dr. Thakar give a few examples of such network modelsand their computational complexity.

Promoting Upstate New York Collaborations in Neuroscience Research

The UNYTE Translational Research Network will be hosting a Scientific Session focused on Neuroscience Research on May 16th from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. The session will feature keynote presentations by Jonathan Wolpaw, MD, Research Physician at the Wadsworth Center of Neural Injury & Repair and Gerv Schalk, PhD, MS Research Scientist at the Wadsworth Center for Neural Injury & Repair. Click here for the full agenda and registration information.

Redefining Cancer Subtypes through Proteogenomics

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the CTSI are pleased to co-host an invited talk by Henry Rodriguez, PhD, MBA, Director, Office of Cancer Clinical Proteomics Research, National Cancer Institute (NCI). The seminar will discuss the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) and other NCI initiatives such as The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) to comprehensively characterize tumors.  The presentation will be held on Wednesday, May 7th from 10:00am-11:00am in URMC 2-6408 (K-207).

Environmental Health Sciences Center Pilot Program

The Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) has funds to support a limited number of meritorious Pilot Projects.  The focus of the pilot project should be relevant to "Environmental Agents as Modulators of Human Disease and Dysfunction", with special emphasis on proposals addressing how the environment modifies stem cell function, affects early life origins of adult diseases, and disrupts host/pathogen interactions.  Applicants may request a maximum of $30,000 for the duration of one year and must hold a  tenure-track position. Initial applications are due on May 5th. Click here for the full announcement.

Save the Date: 6th Annual SCORE Half-Day Seminar on June 5th

The Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) will hold their Annual Seminar on Thursday, June 5th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-304). The focus of the seminar will be Health Research Management for the Human Subject Research Coordinator. Additional details and registration information will be available shortly.

Symposium Recap: Consent & Other Ethical Challenges in Conducting Research with Deaf Persons

In this recap, Robert Pollard, PhD, Director of the Deaf Wellness Center discusses the challenges of conducting research with deaf persons. Communication gaps can damage relationships and create distrust between researchers and the Deaf community.  They can also create ethical dilemmas that endanger the informed consent process. Click here to read more about how Dr. Pollard is overcoming these research challenges.

Video of CTSI Symposium Now Available

Video of the 2014 CTSI Symposium Ethics in Research: Consent Quandaries is now available here.

April 7th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: Mobile phone-based asthma self-management aid for adolescents (mASMAA): "Txt4ASMA"

The next CTSI seminar will feature a joint presentation by Hyekrun Rhee, PhD, RN, PNP, Associate Professor of Nursing and James Allen, PhD, Professor of Computer Sciences. This research team will present "Mobile phone-based asthma self-management aid for adolescents (mASMAA): "Txt4ASMA".   Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Date:  Tuesday, April 8th
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Introduction to LEAN as it Relates to Research

The next SCORE (Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education) meeting will feature a presentation by Jenny Argentieri, Manager of Lean Education and Training at the University of Rochester. Ms. Argentieri will present "Introduction to LEAN as it relates to Research" on Thursday, April 10th, from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-502). Lean is simply the identification and elimination of waste from day-to-day processes in order to spend more time, effort and resources on the things that matter most.

Cornell and Univerity of Rochester Release RFA for New Collaborative Pilot Program

Cornell University and the University of Rochester are pleased to announce a new joint collaborative pilot program. The purpose of this Pilot Award Program is to promote new inter-institutional, multidisciplinary collaborations in the domain area of “Immunity and Infection”. The pilot award will be granted for one-year and includes up to $50k in total funding, allocated 50/50 between the two sites. Deadline for applications is May 2nd. Click here for more information and to view the full RFA.

Save the Date: Mini Summer Instiute: Research in the New Age

A one-day Mini Summer Institute on Research in the New Age will be held on Thursday, June 19thThe purpose of this is to provide URMC investigators/clinicians and trainees the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the developments, opportunities and challenges emerging in T3-T4 research, including methods and approaches to garnering new sources of funding. Additional detail will be availble soon.

Alzheimer's Disease Regulatory Science Fellowship

The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA (RUF), in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and the U.S. FDA, Division of Neurology Products (DNP), is offering a two-year Regulatory Science Fellowship focused in the area of Alzheimer’s Disease. The fellow will have an unparalleled opportunity to receive training in regulatory science at the FDA, gaining valuable experience and knowledge working with the DNP. Click here for more information.

The Power and Pitfalls of Interdisciplinary Research

The UR School of Nursing is pleased to sponsor an invited talk by Kathleen C. Buckwalter, PhD, RN FAAN, Associate Director of the National Health Law and Policy Center at the University of Iowa and Professor Emeritus of Nursing who will present "The Power and Pitfalls of Interdisciplinary Research” . Dr. Buckwalter's research has been funded by several branches of the NIH, including the NIA, NINR, and the NIMH, as well as numerous private foundations. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, April 9th from 12:00-12:50 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-502).

Prevention Pilot Program RFP Released

The Prevention Pilot Program is intended to support the development of Prevention Research into a program of excellence for the institution.  It is designed to fund innovative pilot projects focused on communicable or chronic disease prevention, including both physical and mental health problems. Abstracts are due by 5:00 PM on April 7, 2014. Click here for more information.

Video Series Helps Graduate Students Apply For NIH Pre-Doctoral Grants

The Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute is now offering a viseo series that helps doctoral students get additional training in fields related to their core focus and apply for an NIH National Research Service Award. The series includes eight short videos focusing on a separate part of the application process. Click here for more information and to watch the videos.

March 31st, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: When Erythrocyte Biology and Mechanics Collide

The next CTSI seminar will feature a joint presentation by Richard Waugh, PhD, Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and James Palis, MD, Professor of Pediatrics. This research team will present "When Erythrocyte Biology and Mechanics Collide." Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Date:  Tuesday, April 1
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Symposium Recap: Informed Consent Quandaries and New Approaches

Read the next installment of the 2014 Symposium recap to learn about the presentation given by Nicholas H. Steneck, PhD, Director of the research ethics and integrity program at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research at the University of Michigan. As the keynote speaker of the 2014 CTSI Symposium, Steneck provided a brief history of the consent process, and discussed some potentially tricky consent situations that researchers can encounter.

CTSI Education Spotlight: David Paul, ART Student

As a child, David Paul always dreamed of pursuing a career that would combine his interests in science, engineering, business and the arts. After reading the book, Gifted Hands, by Dr. Ben Carson, he knew that a career in medicine would fulfill his interests. Click here to read David's story about his journey from entering Medical school to being accepted in to the CTSI year-out program.

Wilmot Cancer Center Request for Proposals

The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center is soliciting applications for grants focusing on Cancer Research.  This RFA is designated to support two behavioral, clinical or epidemiological cancer research projects ($25,000) and three Basic or Translational research projects ($50,000). Click here for the complete instructions and the required face page. Applications are due to Pamela Iadorola by May 1, 2014.

CTSI Will Now Provide Weekly Seminar Recap

The CTSI will now offer a weekly recap of the seminar series presentation via the CTSI Stories Blog. This written recap compliments the video archive which was already available. Check out a recap of last week's presentation by Dr. Anne Luebke and Dr. Loisa Bennetto on Autism Biomarkers here.

Frailty of Older Adults: Physiology, Ascertainment and National Scope

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, April 4th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD, Hurley-Dorrier Professor & Chair of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will present "Frailty of Older Adults: Physiology, Ascertainment and National Scope". Assorted wraps will be available, please bring your own beverage.

eRecord for Researchers Education Series: What Should Be Documented in eRecord?

The next session of the eRecord for Researchers Education Series will be held on Monday, March 31st from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-510). Attend this seminar and learn how to navigate eRecord faster and more efficiently! This month's topic is "What should be documented in eRecord for research?".  This session will include a review of the types of studies and documentation that should be included in eRecord in order for research to take place, and how to document studies in eRecord and associating patients with those studies.

Registration Closing Soon for Translational Science 2014

There are less than 2 weeks left to register online for Translational Science 2014! Join more than 700 of your peers April 9-11 in Washington, D.C. for three days of networking and education. Connect with leaders and peers to learn and share best practices, and go back to your lab with new ideas and strategies to take your research even further!

March 24th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: Listening through noise: Search for Autism biomarkers

The next CTSI seminar will feature a joint presentation by Anne Luebke, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Loisa Bennetto, PhD, Chair of Psychiatry. This research team will present "Listening through noise: Search for Autism biomarkers". Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Date:  Tuesday, March 25th
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Symposium Recap: Informed Consent in Community Participatory Research

While researchers regularly spend time educating participants on the front end of their studies, informed consent can be a moving target which requires regular follow-up throughout the duration of a trial. Speaking at the 2014 CTSI Symposium, Cindi Lewis, a student in the CTSI's Translational Biomedical Sciences PhD program, outlined a continuum of strategies that researchers can employ to ensure that study participants are giving fully informed consent throughout the duration of a study, which can help prevent rumors like the one mentioned above from spreading. Click here to read more about Ms. Lewis's presentation in the CTSI Stories blog.

eRecord for Researchers Education Series: What Should Be Documented in eRecord?

The next session of the eRecord for Researchers Education Series will be held on Monday, March 31st from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-510). Attend this seminar and learn how to navigate eRecord faster and more efficiently! This month's topic is "What should be documented in eRecord for research?".  This session will include a review of the types of studies and documentation that should be included in eRecord in order for research to take place, and how to document studies in eRecord and associating patients with those studies.

Promoting Upstate New York Collaborations in Neuroscience Research

Save the date for the UNYTE Scientific Session on "Promoting Upstate New York Collaborations in Neuroscience Research." May 16 2014, 11am-4pm, University of Rochester. Details available here.

Festschrift for Caroline Breese on April 25th

A Festschrift to honor the late Caroline  Breese Hall, M.D., a Professor of Pediatrics and an expert in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, will be held from  8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 25th in the Class of ’62 Auditorium. Join international experts in infectious diseases and vaccine development for a full day of scientific talks and discussions.  Click here for a schedule of events.

March 17th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: Progress Toward Noninvasive Vision Correction

The next CTSI seminar will feature a joint presentation by Krystel Huxlin, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Wayne Knox, PhD, Associate Dean of Education and New Initiatives and Professor of Optics. This research duo wil present "Progress toward noninvasive vision correction." Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Date:  Tuesday, March 18th
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Mentoring Workshop for Mid-Career Faculty on April 25

Kathy Kram, the Shipley Professor in Management at the Boston University School of Management, will discuss academic career development during a workshop on Friday, April 25th from 11:30-1:00 in the Saunders Research Building. The event, “Building Effective Mentoring and Developmental Networks,” will focus on her approach to mentoring for mid-career faculty. Lunch is provided. More information and registration is available here.

Assessing Health Indicators among Monroe County Adults (1997-2012)

Ann Dozier, RN, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sciences and Division Chief of Social and Behavioral Sciences will present "Assessing Health Indicators among Monroe County Adults (1997-2012)". This presentation is part of Public Health Grand Rounds and will take place on Friday, March 21, 2014, from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W304). Assorted wraps will be available. Please bring your own beverage.

2014 Hypertension Guidelines Lecture

The Forty-First Annual Arvilla Berger Lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in the Class of 62 Auditorium at 8:00 am. Lecturer Raymond R. Townsend, M.D., member of the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC8), will present on the 2014 Hypertension Guidelines. Dr. Townsend is a Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the Clinical & Translational Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Director of the Penn Hypertension Program. For further information, please email Susan Jones.

Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration in HIV Positive Patients in the Age of Antiretroviral Therapy

The next session of the Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series will feature a presentation by Kelly L. Jordan-Sciutto, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of Pathology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jordan-Sciutto will present "Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration in HIV Positive Patients in the Age of Antiretroviral Therapy". The event will be held on Monday, March 17th from 12:00-1:00 pm on the K-307 auditorium and is co-sponsored by the Center for AIDS Research & the HIV Training Grant.

Academic Core Curriculum for Junior Faculty

Save the Dates! The Academic Core Curriculum for Junior Faculty will be held September 29th  – October 3rd from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. This is a week-long course designed to help Senior Instructors and Assistant Professors with clinical responsibilities identify the skills they need for more successful career advancement. Information regarding registration will be available soon. If you have any questions, please contact CTSI Education Program Coordinator, Katie Libby.

Financing Frictions and Factor Dynamics at the Firm: Evidence and Implications

The next session of the 2013-14 CIRC Symposium Series will be held on Friday, March 21st, 2014 from 11:30am - 1:00pm in the Computer Studies Building (CSB) 209. Ryan Michaels, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Economics will present "Financing Frictions and Factor Dynamics at the Firm: Evidence and Implications"

March 10th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: Using MRI to Predict Visual Recovery After Tumor Resection

The next CTSI seminar will feature a joint presentation by G. Edward Vates , MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Brad Mahon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences. This research team will present "Using MRI to predict visual recovery after tumor resection"   Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Date:  Tuesday, March 11th
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

2014 CTSI Symposium - Ethics in Research: Consent Quandaries

This 2014 CTSI symposium will address quandaries in research consent where there are likely to be gaps in knowledge or controversies about the best approach. Topics for discussion include new tools for research consent, methods to address consent comprehension, the unique aspects of consent in settings like special populations, high-risk settings, community participatory research and comparative effectiveness research, and the special challenges of training community partners to obtain consent and conduct research. Please join us on Thursday, March 13th from 7:30-4:30 pm for this exciting event! Click here to register.

NIH Clinical and Translational Research Summer Course for PhD Students

The NIH Clinical Center invites graduate students to apply to the Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students, to be held at the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD July 7-18, 2014. During the two-week intensive course, students will learn the process of clinical and translational research from concept to implementation. Four students from the University of Rochester attended the course in 2013. Click here to read their personal experiences in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Why Integrity is a Problem in Clinical and Translational Research

The 4th Annual University of Rochester Lecture on Biomedical Ethics will be held on Wednesday, March 12th at 2:00 pm in the Class of 62 Auditorium. Nicholas H. Steneck, PhD, Director of the Research Ethics and Integrity Program at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health will present "Why integrity is a problem in clinical and translational research". Refreshments will follow in the Flaum Atrium.

I2B2 Training on March 11th

Attend the training session on March 11th and learn to use i2b2 (Informatics for Integrating Biology and Bedside), a data query tool that allows you to perform simple queries on eRecord data. Classes are offered once a month and are held from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Teaching and Learning Lab (2-8513). Register here.

March 3rd, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: Ultrasound Technologies for Tissue Engineering

The next CTSI seminar will feature a joint presentation by Diane Dalecki, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Denise Hocking, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology. This research team will present "Ultrasound Technologies for Tissue Engineering". Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Date:  Tuesday, March 4th
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Learn More About The Research Coordinator Development Initiative

There are over 20 different Human Resources (HR) job titles which have been used to employ staff whose primary job duties include coordination of human-subject research. This wide range of titles has made it challenging to recognize people who perform these important professional duties. The CTSI and HR have collaborated to develop a standardized job series, as recommended by the contributors to the Research Coordinator Development Initiative (RCDI). This initiative will be discussed in depth at the CTSI Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, March 5th from 4:00-5:00 pm. Click here to read more about the Research Coordinator Development Inititiative in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Town Hall Meeting on March 5th

The next CTSI Town Hall meeting will be held this Wednesday March 5th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. Topics will include: The launch of the UR Connected research cooridnator job matching system , the new i2b2 to REDCap integration tool, specifics on the Research Coordinator Development Initiative, and a presentation by Dr. Karl Kieburtz on the new directions for the CTSI. Join us!

Informed Consent: A Conversation About Ethics in Human Subject Research

Informed Consent, a play inspired by a true story of the Havasupai Tribe and the legal battle to limit research on Tribe Member’s DNA, will open at Geva Theater this spring. A panel of faculty, medical students, and community members will discuss the use of genetic information in research and the duty of researchers to communicate personal information gathered from DNA. The event will be moderated by UR bioethics assistant professor Margie Shaw, J.D., Ph.D. Wednesday, March 5th, from 12:00-2:00 pm in the Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576). Click here for event flyer.

Public Health Grand Rounds: Why are Healthcare Associated Infections a Public Health Problem?

Dr. Ghinwa Dumyati, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Prevention Program, will present "Why are Healthcare Associated Infections a Public Health Problem?" on Friday, March 7th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. Dr. Dumyati will review the public health impact of HAIs and her local experience in successfully reducing the incidence of two common HAIs in the Rochester region. Lunch is provided.

2014 Gilbert B. Forbes Visiting Scholar Lecture Series

Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Duke University School of Medicine will be speaking on "Forging an Understanding of Iron Disorders" on Thursday, March 6th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Class of 62 Auditorium.

February 24th, 2014

The Six Pillars of the CTSI

You’ve heard this before: “Connect. Learn. Get Help. The CTSI helps research teams work faster and better.” But do you know exactly how do we help? In order to better communicate what we do and how we do it, and also to help create a more accountable management structure, the CTSI is moving toward an organization based on six “pillars” – organizational components that group our programs and new initiatives into logical categories. Click here to read more about the six pillars in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Seminar Series: CAPA Plans: Solutions, Not Blame

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Lorrie D. Drivers, CCRP, RQAP-GCP, Executive Director of Global Quality Assurance and Compliance. Ms. Divers will present "Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) Plans: Solutions, Not Blame". Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. This session of the CTSI Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the Office for Human Subjects Protection.

Date:  Tuesday, February 25th
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

NIH Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students

The NIH Clinical Center invites graduate students to apply to the Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students, to be held at the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD July 7-18, 2014. During the two-week intensive course, students will learn the process of clinical and translational research from concept to implementation. This training is offered by the Clinical Center at no cost. Participants are responsible for their travel and housing. Application deadline: April 1, 2014. For additional information, please call (301) 435-8015 or visit http://cc.nih.gov/training/phdcourse.

eRecord Education Series: Locating Archives and Printing in eRecord

Join us for the next session of the eRecord Education Series on Monday, February 24th, from 12:00-1:00 in Helen Wood Hall (1w-510). This month's topic is "Where is that old information? Where to find archived information from before eRecord". In addition, there will be a review of how to efficiently print information from eRecord. Lunches are welcome.

Save the Date: CTSI Town Hall Meeting

Mark your calendar for the next CTSI Town Hall meeting on Wednesday March 5, 4pm to 5pm. Topics will include UR Connected, new i2b2 features, the Research Coordinator Development Initiative, and new directions for the CTSI. Join us!

Neurobiology and Neurology of Highly Skilled Motor Performance in Musicians

The annual Schmitt Program on Integrative Brain Research Symposium will be held on March 6th-8th. The topic will be "Neurobiology and Neurology of Highly Skilled Motor Performance in Musicians" and will focus on three themes: 1) the neurobiology of motor control and learning in highly skilled tasks, 2) the neurology of dystonia in musicians, and 3) the neuroscience of musical performance and potential strategies for injury prevention. Click here for the event program and registration information.

February 17th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: A multidisciplinary effort toward identifying and mitigating closed-head brain injury

The next CTSI seminar will feature a joint presentation by Jeffrey Bazarian, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Eric Blackman, PhD, Professor of Physics and Astronomy; and Jianhui Zhong, PhD, Professor of Imaging Sciences.This interdisciplinary research team will present "A multidisciplinary effort toward identifying and mitigating closed-head brain injury" Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Date:  Tuesday, February 18th
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Green Fluorescent Protein: Lighting Up Life

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center For Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies will host it's annual Vollmer W. Fries Lecture on Thursday, February 20th at 3:00 pm. The featured presenter will be Martin Chalfie, PhD, Professor of Biological Sciemces at Columbia University and the 2008 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Dr. Chalfie will present "Green Fluorescent Protein: Lighting Up Life".

eRecord Education Series: Locating Archives and Printing in eRecord

Join us for the next session of the eRecord Education Series on Monday, February 24th, from 12:00-1:00 in Helen Wood Hall (1w-510). This month's topic is "Where is that old information? Where to find archived information from before eRecord". In addition, there will be a review of how to efficiently print information from eRecord. Lunches are welcome.

Systematic Identification of Genuine Regulatory Relationships during Influenza Virus Infection

The next session of the Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) Symposium Series will feature a presentation by Hongyu Miao, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Computational Biology. Dr. Miao will present "Systematic Identification of Genuine Regulatory Relationships during Influenza Virus Infection". This presentation will be held Friday, February 21st, 2014 from 11:30-1:00 pm in K-207 Auditorium (2-6408)

West Coast Metabolomics Center - Pilot and Feasibility Projects

The NIH West Coast Metabolomics Center at UC Davis (WCMC) requests submissions of pilot project applications. These awards are intended to support projects that will provide preliminary data for new extramural grant submissions. The review process will emphasize innovation and the potential of the project to have a significant impact on an important research problem. Funds will be available for up to $50,000 in total costs per project for a 12-month period. Click here to access the application materials. Submission deadline is March 15th.

Health Equity and Social Justice – Not Just a Walk in the Park

A special session of Public Health Grand Rounds, along with the 5th Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards, will be held on Monday, April 28th from 5:30-6:45 pm in the Class of 62 Auditorium. The invited presenter is Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, CPH, Professor and Director of Public Health Practice and Leadership at the University of South Florida. Dr. Troutman will present "Health Equity and Social Justice – Not Just a Walk in the Park". A reception will follow. Click here to register.

New Biomolecular Research Service Available

The Structural Biology and Biophysics Facility recently purchased a AKTA Pure chromatography system for purification of RNA, proteins, peptides, or complexes thereof. The system supports a wide range of chromatography techniques and accepts columns sold by GE, Bio-Rad, and other companies. Contact Jermaine Jenkins to plan your experiments. Read more..

Nominations for Translational Science 2014 Awards Deadline Today

Do you know a member of the Translational Science community that has gone above and beyond in their contributions to the field over the last year? If you answered yes, then fill out a nomination form for one of the Translational Science 2014 awards!

February 10th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: Calorics Pharmaceuticals: Linking yeast longevity to age-associated diseases

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by David Goldfarb, PhD, Professor of Biology, entitled "Calorics Pharmaceuticals: linking yeast longevity to age-associated diseases". The Goldfarb lab's primary research interest is the molecular mechanisms that control the exchange of molecules and information between the nucleus and cytoplasm. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Date:  Tuesday, February 11th
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Regulatory Science Competition Spurs Innovation

A new UR contest encourages students and the whole UR research community to think about turning advances in basic and applied sciences more quickly – and safely – into new ways to improve health. Last week, the UR Office of Research Alliances and the CTSI hosted and sponsored the inaugural “America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent Competition.” Entrants presented ideas that addressed FDA priority areas such as improving clinical studies and evaluation, harnessing diverse data through information sciences to improve health outcomes, developing prevention-focused food safety systems, and strengthening social and behavioral science leading to informed decisions. David Brodell of Team Cardioid had the winning idea: computational simulations to better determine whether an experimental drug would be toxic to the heart.  David will present his idea directly to the FDA.   Read more in the CTSI Stories Blog. Click here to learn more about Regulatory Science news, events, and funding opportunities.

PCORI Issues Funding Announcements Offering Up To $206 Million in Research Support

PCORI has announced the latest round of eight research funding opportunities, offering up to $206 million to support comparative effectiveness research (CER) designed to answer the health and healthcare questions of greatest concern to patients and other healthcare stakeholders. Funding announcements were released for the following programs: Large Pragmatic Clinical Studies Initiative, obesity treatment options, transitional care servicesand a  funding announcement on improving methods, for studies focused on the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®) of the National Institutes of Health. The deadline for required Letters of Intent for each of these PFAs is 5 p.m. (ET) Friday, March 7. PCORI will host informational town hall and training webinars for interested applicants in February and March. More information is available here.

Register Now for the 2014 CTSI Symposium

The 2014 CTSI Symposium, Ethics in Research: Consent Quandaries, will take place on Thursday, March 13th from 7:30 am- 4:30 pm in the Saunders Research Building. Topics will include new tools for research consent, methods to address consent comprehension, the unique aspects of consent in settings like special populations, high-risk settings, community participatory research and comparative effectiveness research, and the special challenges of training community partners to obtain consent and conduct research. Click here to register.

Light Microscopy Resource Demonstration

The URSMD Light Microscopy Shared Resource (core facility) is happy to announce that there will be a Nikon STORM super resolution microscopy demonstration beginning February 11th.  Please contact Linda Callahan if you would like to attend a demonstration of the system using Nikon's samples and/or if you would like to prepare your own samples for a demonstration.   The system will be on campus until February 19th in room 4.7523. Click here for more information on the Nikon STORM.

Save the Date: Genetics Day 2014

The date for Genetics Day 2014 has been set for Friday, the 30th of May. Genetics Day is an annual UCIS-sponsored one-day symposium showcasing Genetics research in oral and poster presentations. The keynote event, the Fred Sherman Lecture, will be delivered by Dr. Randy Schekman from UC Berkeley, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine 2013. A call for posters and a detailed program will be released at a later date.

Save the Date: CTSI Town Hall Meeting

Mark your calendar for the next CTSI Town Hall meeting on Wednesday March 5, 4pm to 5pm. Topics will include UR Connected, new i2b2 features, the Research Coordinator Development Initiative, and new directions for the CTSI. Join us!

Webinar on Expanding Race & Ethnicity Data Collection in NYS Hospitals

University of Albany School of Public Health will host a webinar on Tuesday, February 25th, from 11:00 am- 12:00 pm entitled "We Ask Because We Care: What Communities Need to Know about Expanding Race & Ethnicity Data Collection in NYS Hospitals to Address Healthcare Disparities".  Dr. Ruth Browne & Dr. Marilyn White from the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health will lead the webinar. Click here for more information.

February 3rd, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: Nanoparticle-mediated Gene Silencing Confers Radio Protection to Salivary Glands In-vivo

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Stephen Dewhurst, PhD Vice Dean for Research, Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology; Danielle Benoit, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Catherine Ovitt, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Genetics. This trio will dicsuss their collaborative research project entitled " Nanoparticle-mediated gene silencing confers radio protection to salivary glands in vivo". Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Date:  Tuesday, February 4th
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

CTSI Education Spotlight: Melissa Squires, ART Student

Melissa Squires is a current student in the CTSI Year-Out Program, working with Stephen Sulkes, MD on a project entitled "Analysis of Inpatient Data on Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Strong Memorial Hospital". In a new post on the CTSI Stories Blog, Ms. Squires describes her journey from her undergraduate education, to entering to Medical School and her decision to pursue a mentored research experience. Click here to read Melissa's story.

Trends and Trajectories in Late-Life Disability

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, February 7th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Dr. Douglas Wolf, Professor of Aging Studies and Public Administration and International Affairs at Syracuse University will present “Trends and Trajectories in Late-life Disability”. Dr. Wolf will review empirical evidence on trends in the prevalence of disability among the older population of the U.S. since roughly 1980, and on the more-recent literature devoted to characterizing and explaining individual-level disability trajectories. Lunch is provided.

Abstract Deadline Extended to February 5th for Translational Science 2014

Translational Science 2014 will feature the latest developments in biomedical research, bringing together trainees, educators, senior investigators, administrators, and others engaged in clinical and translational science. New this year, a limited number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentations, in addition to poster sessions. Submit your presentation abstract to Translational Science 2014 Abstract Submission by Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Ingenuity Pathway Analysis Site License

The Genomics Research Center is now administering the Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) site license for the University. The center will offer IPA access to investigators, including their research staff, that use the GRC NextGen sequencing and micro array services at no additional cost. For those researchers that do not use these GRC services, there will be a fee to access IPA. For more information on IPA, visit Igenuity's website.

Staff Awards Deadline Is Feb. 7

Nominations for three staff awards are being accepted through Friday, Feb. 7. The Witmer Award is intended as a "lifetime achievement" award, recognizing staff members for their accomplishments, leadership, and dedication to the University over the course of their career. The Meliora Award recognizes staff members whose work performance over the past year exemplifies the University's motto, Meliora. The Staff Community Service Award recognizes outstanding time and talent contributions of nonmanagement staff to the University community (in a capacity other than their usual assignment) or to the benefit of the greater Rochester community. Full- and part-time active staff from any division are eligible for the awards. See complete details and nomination materials. Direct questions to the Witmer, Meliora,or Staff Community Service Awards mailboxes on global or call 275-4642 or 276-6817.

January 27th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: Neuroimaging Biomarkers in HIV-Associated CNS Injury

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Giovanni Schifitto, MD, MS, Professor of Neurology and Imaging Sciences and Jianhui Zhong, PhD, Professor of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. The duo will be presenting "Neuroimaging Biomarkers in HIV-Associated CNS Injury". Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Date:  Tuesday, January 28th
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Learn How to Find Information in eRecord Efficiently

Want to find information in eRecord faster and more efficiently?  Come to the next eRecord for Researcher’s Education Series to find out how.  This session will review how to navigate and customize eRecord to help filter and find information more efficiently, including archive information. This session will be held Monday, January 27th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-510). Lunches are welcome!

Clinical Research Certification Exam Support Available Soon

Are you preparing to take a clinical research certification exam or interested in preparing for a future exam? A study group facilitated by representatives from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and The Office for Human Subject Protection (OHSP) is forming to meet weekly, starting January 29th.  Sessions will run through the end of February.  If interested in participating in the study group, email  SCORE@urmc.rochester.edu.

Data Management Plan Workshop

As more and more funders are asking for data management plans (DMPs) with grant applications, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies is collaborating with River Campus Libraries to bring UR researchers the best possible services in support of data management needs. The one-hour workshop on writing a successful data management plan will be held on Thursday, January 30th at noon, in the Saunders Research Building, Room 1.410. This workshop will cover the basics of writing a data management plan, as well as introducing the DMPTool, an online resource that helps you draft DMPs tailored to specific funders' requirements. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Image Guided Micro Irradiation using SARRP Technology

Adrian Treverton, Chief Operating Officer of Xstrahl Life Sciences, will present "Image Guided Micro Irradiation using SARRP Technology" on Thursday, January 30th from 10:00-11:00 am in the Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555). This seminar is hosted by the URMC Shared Resource Laboratories and will explore image guided small animal radiation systems - a significant transformation in pre-clinical radiation research.

5th Annual Diversity Conference: Crossroads: An Opportunity for Progress

The 5th Annual University of Rochester Diversity Conference will be held on March 28th, 2014. This years keynote speaker will be Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University. Workshop proposals are now being accepted with a deadline of February 7th. Poster proposals are also being accepted with a deadline of March 14th.

Abstracts for Translational Science 2014 Due January 29th

Share your research or encourage someone you know to submit their work at Translational Science 2014, New this year, a limited number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentations, in addition to poster sessions. Submit your presentation abstract to Translational Science 2014 Abstract Submission by Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

January 20th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: OHSP Quiz Show

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Tiffany Gommel, MS, CIM, CIP, Director of the Research Subjects Review Board, and Kelly Unsworth, MS, CCRC, CIP, Director of Research Education & Training in the Office for Human Subject Protection. This session of the seminar series is entitled "OHSP Quiz Show: A Human Subject Protections & Good Clinical Practice Refresher". Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. This session of the CTSI Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the Office for Human Subjects Protection.

Date:  Tuesday, January 21st
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

3rd Annual Medical Scientist Research Symposium

The 3rd Annual Medical Scientist Research Symposium will be held this Friday, January 24th. This symposium is a half-day annual event to showcase the research and scientific accomplishments of the University of Rochester’s Medical Scientist Training Program. The keynote speaker will be Thomas R. Cech, Ph.D. , Nobel Laureate, and Director of the University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute. Dr. Cech will present “Telomerase in Health and Disease:  Genomics and the Future of Medicine”. Click here for the full agenda.

Request for Applications: Bioinformatics Pilot Award

The URMC Center for Integrative Bioinformatics and Experimental Mathematics (CIBEM) invites applications for experimental bioinformatics pilot awards to promote collaborations between CIBEM faculty members and experimental bioinformatics scientists. Priority will be given to high-risk, highly innovative projects related to CIBEM faculty’s research interests. All faculty members of the University of Rochester are eligible for this award. The deadline for proposals is March 15th. Click here to view the RFA.

Save the Date: 5th Annual Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards

The 5th Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 28th. The ceremony will be paired with a special session of Grand Rounds, featuring speaker Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, CPH Director of Public Health Practice and Leadership at the University of South Florida. Dr. Troutman will present "Health Equity and Social Justice - Not Just a Walk in the Park".

New URMC Strategic Plan Website Launched

A new website was launched this week which provides an overview of the Medical Center's 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. The plan, which has been named I-Quest (Innovation, Quality, Excellence, Scale and Teamwork), focuses on , six key initiatives;

  • Expand and transform the health care system
  • Create an integrated culture
  • Build platforms for innovation
  • Develop programs of excellence
  • Build enabling technologies, resources and infrastructure
  • Maintain financial sustainability

The new I-Quest website offers users a wealth of information including how the plan will effect research, education, and patient care at URMC. Please click here to explore the new site.

January 13th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: Seeing eye to eye

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Yousef Khalifa, MD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Jiebo Luo, PhD
Professor of Computer Science entitled "Seeing eye to eye: connecting artificial intelligence with automated surgery grading via digital videos." Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Read more here.

Date:  Tuesday, January 14th
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w304)

New on the CTSI YouTube Channel: Nana Bennett on the Center for Community Health

Nana Bennett, MD MS, describes the URMC Center for Community Health and its connections to the CTSI in a new video on the CTSI YouTube Channel. Dr. Bennett provides examples of research-community partnerships supported by the Center, and lists types of support available to teams interested in community-engaged research. Click here to watch the video.

Call for Nominations: 5th Annual David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards

The University of Rochester’s Center for Community Health is seeking nominations for the 2014 5th Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards, recognizing individual University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community through research, teaching, practice and/or outreach programs. The deadline for nominations is noon on Friday, February 28, 2014. Click here for the nomination form.

Important Deadlines for Translational Science 2014

Translational Science 2014 is an annual meeting which aims to bring together all of the disciplines involved in clinical and translational research, for the shared benefits of networking and education.  ACTS and AFMR invite researchers to submit abstracts to be presented at the meeting by Wednesday, January 29th. Additionally, members are invited to nominate one trainee for The Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Trainee Travel Award to attend the Translational Science 2014 by February 7th.

I2B2 Training on January 14th

Attend the training session on January 14th and learn to use i2b2, a data query tool that allows you to perform simple queries on eRecord data. Classes are offered once a month and are held from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Teaching and Learning Lab (2-8513). Register here.

Registration Open for the 2014 CTSI Symposium

Click here to access the registration site for the 2014 CTSI Symposium Ethics in Research: Consent Quandaries which will be held on March 13th, 2014.

January 6th, 2014

New Video: Karl Kieburtz on the CTSI

CTSI Director Karl Kieburtz, MD MPH, offers his thoughts on the CTSI in a new Featured Personality video available on the CTSI YouTube channel. In the 4-and-a-half minute interview, Dr. Kieburtz discusses how the CTSI can help URMC understand the impact of health care policy changes on the community, touches on key points of the recent Institute of Medicine report on the CTSA program, and shares some ideas on the future of the CTSI. Click here to watch the video.

CTSI Welcomes New Informatics Director

As of January 1, Timothy D. Dye, PhD has been appointed the new Director of Biomedical Informatics for the CTSI. Tim has returned to URMC where he previously served as Chief of the Division of Public Health (Public Health Sciences), and after serving in research and informatics leadership posts at SUNY Upstate Medical University and at the University of Hawaii. In his new roles at UR, Tim will lead the CTSI’s biomedical informatics program, coordinating services and overseeing expansion and dissemination of research information resources to support clinical and translational research activities for the CTSI and its partners. Click here to read more.

CTSI Seminar Series Resumes on January 14th

The Spring 2014 CTSI Seminar Series begins on January 14th and will feature an exciting series of lectures focused on "Crossing Elmwood: River Campus-Medical Center Research Collaborations. " All lectures will take place in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304), on Tuesdays from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm. Click here to view the full schedule.

ORPA Closed on January 7th

The ORPA office will be closed on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, as a result of a planned power outage from 6:00 a.m. until noon.  ORPA personnel will be working from home and will be checking email and voicemail.  With this in mind, please work with your ORPA RA to take care of any urgent business ahead of time.

Save the Date: CTSI Symposium to be held on March 13th

The Annual CTSI Symposium will be held on Thursday, March 13th and the topic is "Ethics in Research: Consent Quandries".Preliminary agenda items include: New approaches to research consent, consent comprehension, consent in special populations, consent in community participatory research, The Federal Emergency Research Consent exception, and more. Additional details will be available shortly

 

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