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 sign up for the Weekly Update. Click here to access the CTSI News Archive to view articles previous to 2014.

March 9th, 2015

Healthcare Reform in NYS-DSRIP and Finger Lakes Performing Provider System

The next CTSI Seminar will feature a presentation by Kathleen Parrinello, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing and Michele Lawrence, MBA, MPH, Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences. This duo will present "Healthcare Reform in NYS-DSRIP and Finger Lakes Performing Provider System." The Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program requires community-level collaborations and focus on system reform, specifically a goal to achieve a 25 percent reduction in avoidable hospital use over five years.
Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available. 

Date:  Tuesday, March 10th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Meet the winner of “America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent”

Corey Hoffman, a predoctoral student in the Medical Center, was the winner of the second annual “America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent” student competition held on Feb. 10 at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Hoffman will soon travel to Maryland to speak with the Food and Drug Administration about his project. Click here to read more about the competition and Corey's project in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Solomon Abiola receives NSF grant to help fight Ebola

What if everyone in Nigeria had a smartphone with an app where they could input abnormal health symptoms? What if health care workers could monitor all the information in real time, and direct resources to people and places before an Ebola outbreak got out of control? Solomon Abiola, MS, is hoping to answer these questions, at least on a very small scale, in the next few months. A research associate in the Medical Center, Abiola recently received a $130,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a smartphone app that can track the symptoms of a population in real time. Click here to read more about Solomon's research in the CTSI Stories Blog.

New Education Opportunity for Clinical Research Faculty

“Clinical Research Studies Financial Training” provides faculty members conducting clinical research studies (including clinical trials) best practices for financial oversight of those activities. All faculty clinical researchers are welcome to complete the program – whether (s)he is new to the clinical research field or an experienced research veteran. The program is co-presented by Dean Karl Kieburtz M.D., M.P.H. (Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research) and Michael Ritz CPA, CIA (Research Compliance Officer). The program consists of a combination of on-line videos and two Work Group sessions. Work Group sessions are offered at various dates in March and April, beginning Wednesday March 17th. If you are interested in completing the program, please make a reservation for each of the two Work Group sessions. Upon making your reservation, instructions how to access the recorded on-line sessions will be provided. You may register by contacting Amy Crosby (acrosby@orpa.rochester.edu 275-5373) in the Office of Research and Project Administration. Please also ask Amy about the potential to earn continuing education credit.

University researchers invited to compete for spot at Falling Walls conference

The University invites its young researchers, scholars and entrepreneurs to summarize their ground breaking ideas in three minutes, at a competition to determine who will qualify for the Falling Walls conference in Berlin, Germany, this November. The annual conference, which commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall, addresses "which walls will fall next?" by highlighting the latest research, innovations and scientific findings from around the world. University of Rochester masters students, PhD candidates, post-docs, scientists, entrepreneurs and early career faculty members born after Nov. 8, 1980 35 years old or younger are urged to apply by April 26 for a preliminary Falling Walls Lab competition to be held on May 19 at Sloan Auditorium. The winner, picked by a nine-member jury that includes business leaders, University leaders and faculty members, will directly qualify for the Nov. 8 Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, with costs of travel and accommodations covered. The Berlin trip also includes a ticket to attend the Nov. 9 Falling Walls Conference where prominent scientists from around the world present their research. Three winners from the Lab Finale will also be asked to present at the conference. Questions? Contact fallingwallsrochester@rochester.edu.

4th Annual Medical Scientist Research Symposium

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and the Dr. Thomas and Joyce Pearson endowed lectureship fund is pleased to present the 4th Annual Medical Scientist Research Symposium on Friday, April 10th. The keynote speaker will be Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D., Professor of Mammalian Cell Biology & Development at Rockefeller University. Dr. Fuchs will present “Stem Cells in Silence, Action and Cancer" from 1:00-2:00 pm in the Class of '62 Auditorium. There will also be a student poster session and oral presentations. Click here to register and learn more.

Miner Library to host Shakespeare exhibit: “And There’s the Humor of It”

From March 16-April 25, 2015, Edward G. Miner Library will host the National Library of Medicine’s exhibit, “And There’s the Humor of It” Shakespeare and the Four Humors.” This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, March 25, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Miner Library. The exhibit’s co-curator, Theodore Brown, Ph.D., Professor of History and Medical Humanities and Phelps Professor of Public Health and Policy at the University of Rochester, will give opening remarks. Click here to read more.

Save the Date: Annual Health Professions' Faculty Development Colloquium June 3rd

This annual Colloquium brings together faculty, educators, and healthcare professionals to share best practices. Eric Holmboe, Senior Vice President of Milestones Development and Evaluation for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education will be the keynote speaker. Click here for more information.

March 2nd, 2015

CTSI Director's Update-March 2015

Every month, the CTSI Stories Blog will post excerpts from ongoing conversations with the institute’s co-directors. This month , newly appointed co-director Martin Zand, MD, PhD introduces himself and discusses his interest in informatics and population-based research methods. Dr. Zand's research focuses on B cell response to vaccines, and using graph theory to understand and improve population health and healthcare delivery. Click here to read the full interview with Dr. Zand in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Using Population Surveillance to Improve Health

The next CTSI Seminar will feature a presentation by Ghinwa Dumyati, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Infectious Disease Division. Dr. Dumyati will present "Using Population Surveillance to Improve Health." Dr. Dumyati is responsible for leading research initiatives focused on surveillance for emerging and healthcare associated infections (HAI) and prevention of HAI in the local Rochester area. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available. 

Date:  Tuesday, March 3rd
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Our Health in Black and White

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will take place on Friday, March 6th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Wade Norwoood, Chief Program Officer for the Finger Lakes Health Agency, and Gladys Pedraza-Burgos, Chief Operations Officer for the Ibero-American Action League, will present "Our Health in Black and White: A presentation on health disparities in the Finger Lakes Region and the work of our community's African American and Latino Health Coalitions." Assorted wraps will be available while supplies last. Bring your own beverage.

Dyson Day Lecture: Poverty and Health Care in Rochester

The Fifteenth Annual Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Forum will be held at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4th, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium. Edward J. Doherty, former Vice President for Community Programs at the Rochester Area Community Foundation (RACF) and author of a series of special reports on the area’s poverty issues, will present highlights from RACF reports, providing perspective on how Rochesterians can help break the vicious cycle of poverty and illness. Click here to read more.

Data, Predictions, and Decisions in Support of People and Society

Eric Horvitz, distinguished machine learning researcher, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Managing Director of Microsoft Research will speak at the University of Rochester on Tuesday, March 3rd at 11:00 am in the Eisenberg Rotunda (Schlegel Hall). Mr. Horvitz will explore how data science is being used to advance society during his presentation entitled "Data, Predictions, and Decions in Supprt of People and Society." No RSVP is necessary.  Sponsored by the Institute for Data Science.

Request for Information Regarding the National Library Medicine

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a call for participation in a Request for Information (RFI), allowing the public to share its thoughts with the NIH Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Working Group charged with helping to chart the course of the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest biomedical library and a component of the NIH, in preparation for recruitment of a successor to Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, who will retire as NLM Director at the end of March 2015. Click here to read the full request.

February 23rd, 2015

ACTS Membership Benefits

If you’re reading this, it means that you — yes, YOU — are a member of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS). That’s because the CTSI recently purchased an institutional ACTS membership, meaning that all faculty, post-docs, fellows, and students in the University of Rochester can access the association’s member benefits. Read more about those benefits in the CTSI Stories Blog.

The World is Full of Nonlinearities

The next CTSI Seminar will feature a presentation by Diana Fernandez, MD, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Fernandez will present "The World is Full of Nonlinearities:  System Science, Body Weight, and Us." Dr. Fernandez is a Nutritional Epidemiologist interested in the synergism between individual nutrition and physical activity behaviors and the environment. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available. 

Date:  Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Dr. Kitzman Receives Health Care Achievement Award

Harriet Kitzman R.N., Senior Associate Dean for Research at the University of Rochester School of Nursing was selected as a recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s 2015 Health Care Achievement Awards. The Health Care Achievement Awards are to be presented March 24 during a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The event recognizes individuals and groups whose contributions to health care have been deemed outstanding by their colleagues, patients and supervisors. Click here to read more.

Clinical Trials of Devices and FDA Approvals

The next session of the CTSI skill-building workshop series Good Advice: Case Studies in Clinical Research, Regulation, and the Law will take place on Wednesday, February 25th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. Dr. Arthur Moss, Associate Director of the Heart Research Follow-up Program and Brad Berk Distinguished Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) will present "Clinical Trials of Devices and FDA Approvals".

Issues, Barriers and Potential Solutions to Enhance Research Coordination

The next Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) event will take place on Thursday, March 12th from 12:00-1:30 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-510). The topic of this month's event is "Open Discussion: Share issues, barriers and potential solutions to enhance research coordination" and will be facilitated by Nancy Needler, BS, CCRC, Manager of the CTSI Research Coordinator Program. The discussion will begin with sharing the processes you use to assure that your research subject understands studies activities (including the use of the investigational agent, if applicable). 

Plenary Speakers Announced for Translational Science 2015

Are you ready to learn about the latest discoveries in the field of translational science? Register now and join a diverse audience of trainees, junior and senior investigators, and NIH program officers for Translational Science 2015, April 16-18 in Washington, DC! Early registration ends February 27th! This years plenary speakers are:

  • Robert Califf, MD, Deputy Commissioner, Medical Products and Tobacco, FDA
  • Garret Fitzgerald, MD, FRS, Professor, Medicine and Pharmacology; McNeil Professor in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics; Chair, Department of Pharmacology; Director, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Roy Herbst, MD, PhD, Chief, Medical Oncology, Yale Cancer Center; Associate Director, Translational Research, Yale Cancer Center; Clinical Research Program Leader, Thoracic Oncology Program, Yale Cancer Center
  • Petra Kaufman, MD, MSc, Clinical Innovations Director, NCATS Division of Clinical Innovation
  • Geoffrey Smith, JD, Managing Director of Mars Grand Challenge Ventures
  • Christopher Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor, Basic Sciences, Division of Physiology, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University

February 16th, 2015

CTSI Revamps Leadership Structure

The CTSI has reorganized itself to broaden the range of expertise among the institute's top leadership. As of January 1, Nancy M. Bennett, MD, MS, Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH and Martin Zand, MD, PhD have begun to serve as the institute's co-directors. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Exempt Research

The next CTSI Seminar will feature a presentation by Kathleen Buckwell, CIP, Senior Regulatory Specialist in the Office for Human Subject Protection. Ms. Buckwell will present on conducting exempt research at the University of Rochester. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available. 

Date:  Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Call for Nominations: Academic Mentoring Awards

Nominations are due March 24 for the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s 2015 academic mentoring awards. There are three awards: one for mentoring junior faculty; one for mentoring predoctoral trainees, postdoctoral trainees or fellows in basic science research; and one for mentoring residents, fellows, or other clinical trainees in clinical care or clinical research. The awards will be presented at the school’s convocation in the fall. Details on nomination requirements are available online.

Save the Date! 1st Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium

The CDC Global and Territorial Health Research Network Coordinating Center at the University of Rochester will be hosting its first Global Health Symposium on June 15 on the URMC campus. More details will be forthcoming, including a Call for Abstracts.

Join NCATS for Rare Disease Day at NIH

Rare diseases affect an estimated 25 million Americans. Sponsored by NCATS and the NIH Clinical Center, Rare Disease Day at NIH is a free event designed to raise awareness about rare diseases, the challenges patients face and the importance of research collaborations. The event will take place February 27th, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Masur Auditorium, Building 10 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Click here for more information.

February 9th, 2015

CTSI Pilot Program: “Accidental discovery” leads to new direction for research

In the hopes of better understanding microRNA’s function, Craig Morrell, D.V.M., Ph.D., infected mice lacking microRNA 451 with malaria, thinking the missing microRNA would cause the mice to succumb more quickly. Instead, they all got better. The discovery led to an application for a CTSI Pilot Grant, which allowed Morrell and Lesley Chapman, a fifth year predoctoral student in the translational biomedical science program, to further their study of microRNA 451, which plays a role in T-cell proliferation. Click here to read more about this success story in the CTSI Stories Blog.

ACO, ACA, and FFS: New Motivation for Cross-Disciplinary Research

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Ekaterina Noyes, PhD, MPH, Professor of Surgery (Research) and Scientific Director of Surgical Health Outcomes and Research Enterprise (SHORE). Dr. Noyes will present "Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Fee-For-Service (FFS): New Motivation for Cross-Disciplinary Research" Dr. Noyes is a health services researcher with expertise in quality of care assessment, comparative effectiveness, and health outcomes and economic evaluations in healthcare. Lunch is provided, but please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, February 10th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Integrity Matters: Protecting Patient Privacy is Everyone’s Job

The next Study Coordinators Organization for Research & Education (SCORE) event will be held on Thursday, February 12th from 12:00-1:30 in the Medical Center (2-7520). Diane Healy, Privacy Officer for Research, will present "Integrity Matters: Protecting Patient Privacy is Everyone’s Job." SCORE events are held the 2nd Thursday of every month from noon to 1:00pm. The event location remains available from 1:00 to 1:30pm for continued discussions among participants. 

NIH Offers New Matchmaker Tool

NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools, better known as RePORT, provides easy access to info on NIH funded research. The new Matchmaker tool allows you to enter manuscript abstracts, research bios, or other scientific text, and retrieve a list of similar projects from the RePORTER database.  After you submit your text (up to 15,000 characters in length), Matchmaker will analyze it for key terms and concepts, then pull up the top 100 most-similar NIH-funded projects, ranked by match score. Click here to read more.

Call for Nominations: Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards

The Center for Community Health is seeking nominations for the 6th Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards. The award recognizes 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, March 6, 2015. Click here for more information.

Prevention Pilot Program RFA

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 February 9, 2015. Click here to read the full RFA. Please click here for more details on the submission process and deadlines.

February 2nd, 2015

CTSI Director's Update February 2015

Every month, the CTSI Stories Blog will post excerpts from ongoing conversations with the institute’s co-directors. This month, Nana Bennett discusses the spring CTSI Seminar Series on population health, and the CTSI’s emphasis on this field of growing importance. Click here to view the full CTSI Seminar Series schedule, with upcoming presentations on exciting topics like population surveillance, healthcare reform and implementation research. Click here to read Dr. Bennett's thoughts in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Helping Patients Talk to Their Primary Care Providers

The next CTSI seminar will feature a joint presentation by Paul Duberstein, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Marsha Wittink, MD, MBE, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. This team will present "Helping patients talk to their primary care providers about their day-to-day challenges: Overview of a randomized trial." Dr. Duberstein's current research focuses on the development of customized interventions to overcome barriers to effective communication and decision-making about emotion-laden topics in medical care. Lunch is provided, but please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Andrus Summer Fellowship

The E. Cowles Andrus Summer Fellowship for Community Health Improvement offers medical students, and occasionally exceptional public health master’s students, the opportunity to plan and conduct projects to improve the health of the community. The summer fellow will work within the Center full-time for eight weeks under the direct supervision of a manager or director but will be expected to work independently on a substantial and sustainable project mutually agreed upon by the student and the Center’s needs. Current University of Rochester MD students (preferred) and MPH students are eligible. Deadline for applications is February 6th. Click here for more information.

Collaborative Care for Depression

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, February 6th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Yeates Conwell, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program will present "Collaborative Care for Depression in Later Life: Lessons Learned from Urban China." Lunch is provided, please bring your own beverage.

Dr. Erin Haynes presents on Environmental Health

Dr. Erin Haynes. Director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core at the NIEHS funded University of Cincinnati Center for Environmental Genetics will give two presentations in Rochester during February. On February 25th, Dr. Haynes will present "Citizen Science for Air Quality: Community-Academic Partnerships to Address Industrial and Hydrofracking Emissions in Ohio" from 7:30-8:30 pm at the Brighton Town Hall. On February 26th, Dr. Haynes will present "Neurodevelopmental Effects of Early Life Exposure to Pb and Mn" from 11:00 - 12:00 in the EHS Conference Room (4-8820).

January 26th, 2015

Population Health in Monroe County: A local perspective on the NYS Prevention Agenda

The next CTSI seminar will feature a joint presentation by Ann Dozier, PhD, Acting Chair and Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, and Anne Kern, Public Health Program Coordinator for the Monroe County Department of Public Health. They will present Population Health in Monroe County: A local perspective on the NYS Prevention Agenda." Dr. Dozier's research and fieldwork focuses on program evaluation methods and on maternal child health (MCH) outcomes. Click here to read more about the NYS Prevention Agenda. Lunch is provided, but please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, January 27th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

CTSI Offering NCHS Consultation Service

The CTSI is now offering a free consultation service for researchers who are looking to use publicly-available data collections offered by National Center for Health Statistics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dongmei Li, Ph.D., interim associate professor of clinical and translational research, is adept with the datasets, which can be challenging to navigate and analyze. Click here to view the full listing of datasets. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit the Research Request Dashboard.

Integrity Matters: Protecting Patient Privacy is Everyone’s Job

The next Study Coordinators Organization for Research & Education (SCORE) event will be held on Thursday, February 12th from 12:00-1:30 in the Medical Center (2-7520). Diane Healy, Privacy Officer for Research, will present "Integrity Matters: Protecting Patient Privacy is Everyone’s Job." SCORE events are held the 2nd Thursday of every month from noon to 1:00pm. The event location remains available from 1:00 to 1:30pm for continued discussions among participants. 

Getting to Know PCORI: From Application to Closeout

PCORI is hosting a free two-day interactive workshop to provide applicants with the tools and strategies to develop that winning application. The workshop will provide opportunities to meet PCORI staff, ask questions, obtain resources, and network with other participants.It will be held on February 19th-20th, 2015 at the Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental in Houston, Texas. Click here for more information on this event.

Partnerships for Change: Pursuing a Renewed Vision for Protecting Children's Environmental Health

Nsedu Obot Witherspoon will present: “Partnerships for Change: Pursuing a Renewed Vision for Protecting Children's Environmental Health” on Thursday, February 12th at 4:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Witherspoon is the Executive Director of the Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN), a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect children from environmental health hazards. This talk is free and open to the public.

Data Management Workshop on January 28th

Miner Library will host a data management workshop on Wednesday, January 28th, at noon in the Saunders Research Building (1.412). A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a formal plan that outlines how the data, including both physical and digital, will be handled over the course of the research project and beyond. This class will cover the practical tips and essentials of data management. Please register here; space is limited.

Call for Mini-Grant Applications

The Center for Community Health is pleased to continue the Community Health Mini-Grant Program, which provides grants up to $1,000 for the development, strengthening, or evaluation of community-URMC health improvement partnerships for research, education, intervention, or service.  The next quarterly application deadline is February 10, 2015. The application and instructions are located here.

Submit Your Abstract for Translational Science 2015 by Today!

Need a little more time to prepare your Translational Science 2015 abstract? You're in luck! The deadline to submit an abstract has been extended to Monday, January 26! This is your final opportunity to share your work and find new opportunities for collaboration with your colleagues – don't miss out! Submit your abstract here.

January 19th, 2015

Exploring the Value of Regional Health Information Exchange Services

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Ted Kremer, MPH, Executive Director of the Rochester RHIO project. Mr. Kremer will present "Exploring the Value of Regional Health Information Exchange Services." Rochester RHIO is a secure electronic health information exchange that gives authorized medical providers access to test results, lab reports, radiology results, medication history, insurance eligibility and more.Click here to read more about Mr. Kremer and Rochester RHIO in the CTSI Stories Blog. Lunch is provided, but please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

National Center for Deaf Health Research Data Blitz!

The SRB Data Blitz series is a monthly event that features presentations from research groups housed within the Saunders Research Building (SRB). The next SRB Data Blitz will take place on Wednesday, January 21st from 12:00-1:00 pm in the SRB atrium and will feature the research of the National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR). NCDHR is a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center with the mission to promote health and prevent disease with populations of Deaf sign language users and people with hearing loss through community-based participatory research. Light refreshments will be served.

CTSI and Center for Community Health welcome Kathleen Holt

Seeing something you love embraced by the masses can make for a wonderful feeling of validation. But the early adopters always retain bragging rights, and Kathleen Holt, PhDloved big data before it was cool. Holt joined the CTSI’s informatics team in late 2014. She spent the previous 14 years working for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), a council that accredits all the medical residency programs in the United States. Among other things, she worked to  analyze residency programs. Click here to read more about Dr. Holt in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Center for Integrated Research Computing Winter Boot Camp

The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) will be hosting a 6 week Winter Boot Camp program to help students, postdocs, research staff, and faculty learn new programming languages and sharpen their computing and data analytics skills. The classes are designed for beginners and will cover basic topics to give enough direction to move on to self-learning tutorials or other more advanced coursework. Classes start on January 26th and continue through March 5th. Space is limited. Register here.

Applications Sought for University Research Awards

A revised Request for Proposal and simplified application are available to faculty for the 2015–16 University Research Awards. The deadline for submission is February 2nd. Applications are sought from faculty across the University, and funding is awarded to recipients who demonstrate their projects favor new research with a high probability of being leveraged by future external funding.

January 12th, 2015

CTSI Director's Update 2015

Every month, the CTSI Stories Blog will post excerpts from ongoing conversations with the institute’s co-directors. This month , Harriet Kitzman, who is stepping down from her post as a CTSI co-director to focus on her stewardship of the institute’s “Collaborations and Services” pillar, reflects on her time as co-director and offers a few thoughts on the institute’s future directions. Click here to read the full story in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Annual OHSP Updates and Quiz Show

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation will feature a joint presentation by Jennifer Dolan, Emily Flagg, Tiffany Gommel & Kelly Unsworth, all from the Office for Human Subjects Protection. The group will present annual updates in relation to human subjects protection and host a quiz show for attendees to participate in. 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 13th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Call for Nominations: Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards

The Center for Community Health is seeking nominations for the 6th Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards. The award recognizes 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, March 6, 2015. Click here for more information.

Drug Discovery Pilot Award Accepting Applications

The Drug Discovery Pilot Award Program is accepting applications through January 30th for the next round of grant funding. The program is designed to help drug discovery projects at the Medical Center overcome specific hurdles standing in the way of future research, funding, and commercialization. Click here for more information and application instructions.

Apply Now for ACRP Certification Exams

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Certification for Clinical Research Coordinators (CCRC) examination is to be held locally February 26 - March 21, 2015.  Applicants must apply directly through ACRP by February 1, 2015.

Research Boot Camp January 16th

The Research Boot Camp is a 1/2 day workshop recommended for: 1) All new hires conducting human subject research and 2) Faculty/staff with less than 1 year of experience in conducting human subject research.  Course objectives and a content outline are available here.   The next session will be held Friday, January 16th from 8:00am-11:50pm in Helen Wood Hall Classroom 1W501. To register, or for questions, please contact:  kelly_unsworth@urmc.rochester.edu

Simulations of Variant Influenza Strains

The Center for Integrated Research Computing will host its next symposium on Friday, January 16th from 11:30-1:00 p.m. in th eComputer Studies Building room 209. Mike Jarvis, Associate Professor of History will present a review of his work on reconstructing an interactive model of St. George's, Bermuda in key target years. The ongoing research talk will feature simulations of variant influenza strains in relation to immune responses as presented by Chris Anderson from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Seminar Covers Integrative Approaches in Bioinformatic Analysis

Stephen Parker, Assistant Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at University of Michigan, will present “Integrating Genome, Epigenome, and Transcriptome Data to Detect Functional Allelic Signatures” from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the Ryan Case-Method Room (1-9576). The talk is hosted by the Graduate Student Society and the Bioinformatics Consulting and Education Service of Miner Library, in conjunction with the departments of Biostatistics and Computational Biology and Biomedical Genetics. A Q&A session for students and postdocs will follow from 4 to 5 p.m. Contact Helene McMurray at helene_mcmurray@urmc.rochester.edu or 275-6940 with questions.

Abstract Reviewers Needed for Translational Science 2015

Translational Science 2015 is quickly approaching, and volunteers are needed to assist in reviewing and scoring abstracts for the upcoming meeting. We are seeking senior level faculty and staff scientists as well as education program directors who are involved with promoting the career development of trainees to assist with rating abstracts. Each reviewer will be given approximately 20 abstracts to rate. Abstracts are limited to 2,000 characters, ensuring that scoring does not take up too much of your time. If you are interested in rating abstracts for the meeting, please answer a few brief questions.

January 5th, 2015

Population Health Overview: Can We Do Better?

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation will feature a presentation by Nancy M. Bennett, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine, the Director of the Center for Community Health and Associate Vice President at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Bennett will present "Population Health Overview: Can We Do Better?" This session is the kick-off for the Spring 2015 CTSI Seminar Series which will focus on population health research.

Date:  Tuesday, January 6th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

i2b2 Fundamentals Training

i2b2 is an open-source software system that allows users to query clinical data to estimate the size of clinical cohorts available for specific studies, allows for the creation of “data marts” to support the requirements of particular studies, and supports an efficient mechanism to transfer clinical data directly to REDCap. Training is strongly encouraged before a new user may access the system. The next training session will be held on Tuesday, January 6th from 3:00-4:00 pm in the TLL classroom (2-8513). Click here to register.

Fraud Awareness and Prevention

The next SCORE event will feature a presentation by Debra Russell, Manager of University Audit, entitled "Fraud Awareness and Prevention." The event will be held on Thursday, January 8th from 12:00-1:30 pm in the K-207 Auditorium (2-7520).

“America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent” Competition

Students at the University of Rochester are invited to participate in the 2nd annual "America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" competition! The competition aims to promote student interest in Regulatory Science – the science of developing new tools, standards and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality and performance of FDA-regulated products. The competition involves each team developing and presenting a proposed solution to a current opportunity in the area of Regulatory Science. The deadline for submitting information sheets is Friday, January 30th. Click here for more information,

URBEST Mentors Workshop

The URBEST program is hosting a workshop for all mentors entitled "Workshops in Need Supportive Mentoring." These workshops are designed for new or established mentors who would like to refocus or revamp their mentoring skills, and gain experience in need supportive mentoring. There are two sessions scheduled: January 9th mentoring workshop (3 pm – 5 pm) OR the January 30th mentoring workshop (3 pm – 5 pm). Click here for more information.

Translational Science 2015

We're only four months away from the year's best opportunity for networking and learning – Translational Science 2015! Abstracts are now being accepted and are due by Tuesday, January 20th. Registration is also open and available until April 3rd, 2015. Click here for more information about the meeting.

Center for Community Health Seeks Mini-grant Reviewers

The Center for Community Health is currently recruiting reviewers for the Community Health Mini-Grant Program. Reviewers can be URMC faculty/staff and community partners, who are knowledgeable about community-academic partnerships, effective principles of partnership, and have experience with community-academic partnership programs or research. Each reviewer is asked to serve in only one of the four quarterly grant cycles during the year. If you are interested in participating, please click here.

December 22nd, 2014

CTSI Trainee Publishes Cover Story in Science Translational Medicine

Research conducted by David Paul, Medical Student and former CTSI Pre-Doctoral Trainee, is featured on the cover of the current issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine. The study featured an interdisciplinary team of University neuroscientists and neurosurgeons has used a new imaging technique to show how the human brain heals itself in just a few weeks following surgical removal of a brain tumor. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Checking in at the CRC: A short walk!

At URMC’s Clinical Research Center, research subjects enjoy the shortest walk from parking lot to door of any CRC in the country. It may seem a rather trivial designation, but it’s a big deal for research subjects who have trouble walking long distances, and a big improvement over the long trip that they used to have to take from the parking garage. Click here to watch a video of Ann Miller, CRC Nurse Director, as she shows off how long the walk to the CRC used to be, and compares it to the very short trip that research subjects take today.

CTSI Seminar Series Resumes January 6th

The CTSI Seminar Series will resume during the Spring 2015 semester with a focus on population health. The objective of this series is to showcase ongoing research in population health at the University of Rochester, Medical Center and across the country and to stimulate new research in population health capitalizing on the existing strength of faculty and programs here at UR/URMC. The first session will be held on January 6th at 12:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304) and will feature a presentation by Dr. Nancy Bennett entitled "Population Health Overview: Can we do it better?"

Center for Community Health Seeks Mini-grant Reviewers

The Center for Community Health is currently recruiting reviewers for the Community Health Mini-Grant Program. Reviewers can be URMC faculty/staff and community partners, who are knowledgeable about community-academic partnerships, effective principles of partnership, and have experience with community-academic partnership programs or research. Each reviewer is asked to serve in only one of the four quarterly grant cycles during the year. If you are interested in participating, please click here.

Translational Science 2015 is Coming Up!

Mark your calendars! Translational Science 2015 will be held from Thursday, April 16, 2015 through Saturday, April 18, 2015. This event will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The mission of the meeting is to bring together all of the disciplines involved in clinical and translational research, for the shared benefits of networking and education. This year's meeting focuses on engagement opportunities with leaders and peers, and important messages from plenary speakers. Click here for registration information.

The Weekly Update Takes a Holiday Break!

The CTSI Weekly Update will not be published on Monday, December 29th. It will resume on Monday, January 5th. Happy Holidays!!

CTSI Offices Closed on December 26th

The CTSI Director's Suite, located on the main floor of the Saunders Research Building, will be closed on Friday, December 26th, 2014. Happy Holidays!!

December 15th, 2014

i2b2 Saves Researchers Time, Energy

Navigating eRecord can be clunky and arcane at times. Fortunately, there’s help in the form of a program called i2b2. The program, which stands for “Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside” was formed by Harvard University’s i2b2 Center, an NIH-funded center for biomedical computing, and integrates with eRecord to allow researchers to more easily navigate the (clunky and arcane) system. Through i2b2, researchers can query a wide variety of information in the university’s eRecord database — as well as a handful of other local sources including data from Flowcast and HBOC — and get data within a matter of minutes. Click here to read more about how i2b2 benefits researchers in the CTSI Stories blog.

An Evaluation of Statistical Methods for Differential DNA Methylation Microarray Data Analysis

The next session of the Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) Symposium Series will take place on Friday, December 19th at 11:30 am in the K-207 auditorium (2-6408). Dongmei Li, PhD, Associate Professor, and a member of the Bioinformatics team at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute will present An Evaluation of Statistical Methods for Differential DNA Methylation Microarray Data Analysis.

Emergency Medicine Research Data Blitz!

The SRB Data Blitz series is a monthly event that features presentations from research groups housed within the Saunders Research Building. The next SRB Data Blitz will take place on Tuesday, December 16th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the SRB atrium and will feature twenty research posters from the Emergency Medicine Department. Research areas include traumatic brain injury, geriatric emergency medicine, prehospital medicine, and global health. Light refreshments will be served.

Planning for Your Plan: Data and Safety Monitoring Plans

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Lisa de Blieck, Program Manager, Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics and Kelly Unsworth, Director of Research Education & Training, Office for Human Subject Protection. The presentation is entitled Planning for Your Plan:  Data and Safety Monitoring Plan Development & Implementation Considerations. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. This seminar is co-sponsored by the Office for Human Subject Protection. CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Please note the different time and location for this seminar.

Date:  Tuesday, December 16th
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Location: Adolph Auditorium (1-7619)

Regulatory Approvals. FDA guidance, Subpart H: Biomarkers for approval of treatment for rare diseases

The next session of the CTSI skill-building workshop series entitled Good Advice: Case Studies in Clinical Research, Regulation, and the Law, will take place on Wednesday, December 17th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. Charles Thornton, MD, Richard  T. Moxley III, MD, and Frank Sasinowski, MS, MPH, JD, will present "Regulatory Approvals. FDA guidance, Subpart H: Biomarkers for approval of treatment for rare diseases". Lunch is provided.

NIH & The BRAIN Initiative: Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies

The BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative is part of a Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. The Initiative is intended to accelerate the development of new technologies to help researchers produce dynamic pictures of the brain that show how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact. A webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 17th from 1:00-2:00 pm to discuss the BRAIN Initiative and describe how different sectors are involved. Click here to register.

Revised Format for NIH Biosketches

A recent notice released by NIH introduced a new Biographical Sketch (Biosketch) format required for all NIH and AHRQ grant applications. This new formay must be used by all applicant submitting for due dates on or after May 25th, 2015. Applicants submitting prior to this date have the choice of using either the old or new format. Click here for more information.

CTSI Offices Closed on December 26th

The CTSI Director's Suite, located on the main floor of the Saunders Research Building, will be closed on Friday, December 26th, 2014. Happy Holidays!!

December 8th, 2014

Pregnancy Outcomes and Women's Health in Neuromuscular Disorders

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Emma Ciafaloni, MD, Associate Professor, Neurology and Pediatrics, entitled Pregnancy Outcomes and Women's Health in Neuromuscular Disorders   Dr. Ciafaloni's clinical research interests focus on the outcome of pregnancy in women with muscular dystrophy and sleep disorders in neuromuscular diseases. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available to those who attend in person.

Date:  Tuesday, December 9th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

CTSI provides seed money for toilet training prototype

Every day, the CTSI helps research teams work faster and better. In this new series, “CTSI Success Stories,” we’ll allow researchers to share their own experiences working with the CTSI. In this installment, Dan Mruzek, PhD, discusses how the CTSI Pilot Funding Program helped his team build effective toilet training devices for children with autism. Click here to read the full story in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Your Feedback from the CTSI Retreat

The CTSI would like to thank everyone who took part in the CTSI retreat. 68 people attended the event and provided a great deal of written feedback. Tom Fogg, CTSI Executive Director of Operations has created summaries of the data collected focused on the mission and vision of the CTSI. Click here to read the full summary in the CTSI Stories Blog.

REDCap Upgrade: New Features and Improvements

A recent upgrade to the REDCap system offers users many new features and improvements to the existing system. REDCap is a mature, secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases and is available free to all University of Rochester faculty and staff. New features include the ability to schedule survey reminders, create survey confirmation emails, input a signature field for survey respondents to sign with a mouse, pen or finger, and the ability to generate QR codes for surveys. Click here to read the full list of new features and improvements. Click here to access REDCap.

SCORE Holiday Event: The Coordinator's Wishlist Begins With You!

The next Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) event will be held on Thursday, December 11th from 12:00-1:30 pm in Helen Wood Hall Classroom (1w-509). The title of the event is Coordinator's Holiday Wishlist Begins With You and will feature an open discussion focused on building a Coordinator wishlist. The list will ultimately identify common challenges that Coordinators face and also compile best practices.

Pilot Funding: Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine

The University of Rochester Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (URCCMBM) is requesting applications from New Investigators for funding of pilot projects. The pilot grant program is intended to provide seed funding to facilitate new research where multidisciplinary research and translational and clinical based research are encouraged among investigators to move toward a common goal of new discoveries along the continuum to humans and the community. Proposals are due on February 20th, 2015. Click here for the full RFA.

Research Certification Exam Review Preparation Available Soon

Are you preparing to take a clinical research certification exam through ACRP or SOCRA? A study group facilitated by representatives from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and The Office for Human Subject Protection (OHSP) will meet weekly, starting Wednesday, January 7th 4-6pm.  Sessions will run through mid-February.  If you are interested in participating in the study group, please email SCORE@urmc.rochester.edu.

December 1st, 2014

CTSI Director’s Update — December 2014

Every month, the CTSI Stories Blog will post excerpts from ongoing conversations with the institute’s co-directors. This month, Karl Kieburtz reflects on the 2014 CTSI retreat, which brought together dozens of CTSI faculty and staff to discuss the institute’s future directions. Click here to read Dr. Kieburtz's take on the event.

Community Partnership for Breastfeeding Promotion and Support

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Ann Dozier, PhD, Acting Chair and Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, entitled "Community Partnership for Breastfeeding Promotion and Support".   Dr. Dozier's current research and fieldwork focus is program evaluation methods including integration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and on maternal child health (MCH) outcomes. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available to those who attend in person.

Date:  Tuesday, December 2nd
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Working with the Deaf Community

The next session of the Diversity Seminar Series will feature a presentation by Elizabeth Ballard, Manager of URMC Interpreter Services, and Robert C. Nutt, MD, Fellow, Academic General Pediatrics and Neurodevelopmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. This duo will present Deaf Friendly Space – Working with the Deaf Community on Wednesday, December 3rd from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Natapow room (1-9545). Dr. Nutt has developed an ambulatory pediatric clinic for families who communicate using American Sign Language within the context of the Patient-Centered Medical Home framework at Strong Pediatric Practice.

NINDS Senior Investigator to Present on December 4th

Craig Blackstone, MD, PhD, Senior Investigator in the NINDS Cellular Neurology Section will present at URMC on Thursday, December 4th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Upper Auditorium (3-7619). Dr. Blackstone will present "Shaping the endoplasmic reticulum in neurons: insights from inherited spastic paraplegias". Dr. Blackstone's research group investigates cellular mechanisms underlying inherited neurological disorders, with an emphasis on neuromuscular and movement disorders.

Children's Book Drive

For a second year during this holiday season of giving, the University’s Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) participants are hosting donation stations to accept your contributions of NEW Books for the Golisano Children’s Hospital.The drive will run until Dec. 18. Thanks for your donation! Donation dropoffs are in the following locations: Saunders Research Building, CTSI Director’s Office (1.200), Clinical Research Center (G-5035), Miner Library (1-6222)

November 24th, 2014

Bone-targeted Drug Delivery

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Danielle Benoit, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering entitled "Bone-targeted drug delivery". Dr. Benoit's research specializes in the rational design of polymeric materials for regenerative medicine and drug delivery applications. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available to those who attend in person.

Date:  Tuesday, November 25th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

From Hawaii to Rochester: CTSI Welcomes Dongmei Li

Dongmei Li, PhD, who joined the CTSI’s bioinformatics team earlier this year, adds to the institute’s fast-growing informatics team. Led by Tim Dye, Ph.D., the group has been incorporated into the foundation of the CTSI. Li received her doctorate in biostatistics from The Ohio State University, and spent time in Hawaii as an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Science. While there, she used her expertise to help a variety of researchers tackle biostatistics problems and write grants. Click here to learn more about Dr. Li.

Research Coordinator's Holiday Wishlist: It Begins with You!!

The next Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education event will be held on Thursday, December 11th from 12:00-1:30 pm in Helen Wood Hall Classroom (1w-509). The title of the event is Coordinator's Holiday Wishlist Begins With You and will feature an open discussion focused on building a Coordinator wishlist. The list will ultimately identify common challenges that Coordinators face and also compile best practices.

What Makes a Good Invention?

The next session of the Intellectual Property and Commercializing Technology Lecture Series will take place on Tuesday, December 9th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Gowen Room (Wilson Commons). Reid Cunningham, an IP Attorney with UR Ventures, will present "How to Find Inventions, What Makes a Good Invention, and How to Find Prior Art". This presentation will explore how to find inventions related to your research, evaluating what makes a "good" invention, and how to use the patent classification system to search for prior art. Lunch is provided. Please RSVP to Melissa Napolitano.

Highlights from the 2014 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Annual Meeting

A group of local panelists will be convened on Tuesday, December 9th from 4:00-6:00 pm in LeChase Hall (G-9576) to discuss the highlights of the 2014 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Annual Meeting. Participants will gain new ideas regarding teaching and learning from the lecture hall to the bedside; better assess learners' educational needs and objectives; and develop strategies for academic career planning, mentoring, leadership, and medical education scholarship. Click here to register.

November 17th, 2014

Standard Deviations from the Mean: When Does a Patient Become a Subject?

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Carolyn Jones, MD, Associate Professor of Thoracic Surgery entitled "Standard Deviations from the Mean: When Does a Patient Become a Subject?" Dr. Jones graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine and recieived her fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery at URMC. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Association for Academic Surgery. This session is co-sponsored by the Office for Human Subjects Protection. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available to those who attend in person.

Date:  Tuesday, November 18th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

New PhD Program Bridges Gap Between Bench Research and Population Health

A new track in the PhD Program in Translational Biomedical Science called Infection and Immunity: From Molecules to Populations (IIMP), will develop scholars who are adept with both bench research and population health, in the hopes of providing a shorter path between basic science advances and health improvements for the community at large. Read more about the program on the CTSI Stories Blog.

Alcohol and Suicide: What is Known About the Link and What Can Be Done

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, November 21st from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Auditorium. Kenneth Conner, PsyD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry will present Alcohol and Suicide: What is Known About the Link and What Can Be Done. Epidemiological studies and clinical research on the links between alcohol and suicidal behavior will be discussed along with opportunities for prevention and treatment. Assorted wraps will be available while supplies last. Bring your own beverage.

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 February 9th, 2015. Click here for more information.

Submit Your Abstract to Translational Science 2015

The Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) and the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) are now accepting abstracts for Translational Science 2015, taking place April 16-18, 2015 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Click here for more information.

November 10th, 2014

Phthalates and Women’s Health

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Emily Barrett, PhD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology entitled "Phthalates and Women’s Health" . Dr. Barrett’s research focuses on how environmental exposures across the life course affect reproductive function. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available to those who attend in person.

Date:  Tuesday, November 11th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Year Out Scholar selected to participate in Kidney STARS Program

UR Medical Student and CTSI Year Out Scholar, Kyle Rodenbach, has been selected to participate in this year’s prestigious Kidney STARS Program, part of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2014 in Philadelphia, PA (November 11-16, 2014). Kyle will be participating in the program’s “clinical nephrology track” and is looking forward to learning more about clinical aspects of nephrology, hot topics in clinical research and career opportunities. Click here to read more about Kyle and his exciting award in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics (CHET) Data Blitz!

The SRB Data Blitz series is a monthly event that features presentations from research groups housed within the Saunders Research Building. The next SRB Data Blitz will take place on Friday, November 14th from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Saunders Research Building atrium and will feature the research of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics (CHET). Light refreshments will be served. Presenters will include

  • E. Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA, Co-Director of CHET
  • Charles Venuto, PharmD, Postdoctoral Fellow at CHET
  • Gretchen Birbeck, MD, MPH, Professor at CHET
  • Kevin Biglan, MD, MPH, Professor at CHET
  • Solomon Abiola, Health and Technology Research Associate at CHET

Beating Back Pain

On Friday, November 14th at 9 AM, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium, Richard Deyo, MD, MPH, will present “Beating Back Pain: Can we improve quality and cut costs at the same time” during Neurosurgery & Neurology Grand Rounds. His lecture will be paired with a presentation at 10 AM by Katia Noyes, PhD, MPH, Professor of Surgery, URMC, entitled: “To Bundle or Not to Bundle: alternatives to fee-for-service payment”. Dr. Deyo is Professor of Family and Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Public Health at Oregon Health and Science University and is one of America’s foremost authorities on the efficacy of medical, surgical, interventional pain management and complementary and alternative medical therapies of back pain.

Best Practices: Managing Investigational Product and Sample Transport

The next Study Coordinators Organization for Research & Education (SCORE) event will be held on Thursday, November 13th from 12:00-1:30 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-509). This month Stephen Bean, PharmD, Pharmacist with the Investigational Drug Service and Sonia Rosenberger, Institutional Biosafety Officer will present "Best Practices:  Managing Investigational Product and Sample Transport".

Symposium Brings Together Cancer Researchers

The 19th annual Wilmot Cancer Institute Scientific Symposium Thursday, Nov. 13, will feature keynote speaker Lewis Cantley, director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital. He will present “Targeting Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase for Cancer Therapy” at 3 p.m. in the Medical Center's Class of ’62 Auditorium. The daylong symposium brings together scientists working in basic, translational, and clinical cancer research. All are welcome to attend. Read more...

Teaching-As-Research Fellowship Available

The application deadline for the Teaching-As-Research Fellowship from the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning is Monday, Dec. 1. The program is for graduate and postdoctoral students in STEM fields who would like to explore a specific aspect of teaching through a research-based project. Fellows will spend the spring semester learning about teaching-as-research and developing their projects and the subsequent fall semester implementing the project and analyzing the results. The position comes with a $1,000 stipend for the year. More information about the program and a link to the application can be found here.

National Dental Research Meeting Held at URMC

Some 50 leaders from around the U.S., representing a $67 million, seven-year National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grant on practice-based research were in Rochester recently to evaluate progress to date, share input from various teams and committees and set strategic goals moving forward. Click here to read more.

November 3rd, 2014

CTSI Director's Update: The Community Advisory Council

In the November edition of the CTSI Director's Update Nana Bennett discusses the plans for the expansion of the role of the Community Advisory Council, which advises the Center for Community Health and URMC. Dr. Bennett descrobes how the Community Advisory Council informs researchers at the Medical Center on how to approach the community and use best practices to engage the broader community in an effective and meaningful way. Click here to read the full story in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Studies on Women's Health: The Women's Health Initiative and Beyond

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, Interim Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Preparedness and Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health. Dr. Wactawski-Wende will present "Studies on Women's Health: The Women's Health Initiative and Beyond". Dr. Wactawski-Wende is an epidemiologist who focuses her research on understanding factors that influence women’s health. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available to those who attend in person.

Date:  Tuesday, November 4th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

“America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent” Competition

Students at the University of Rochester are invited to participate in the 2nd annual "America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" competition! The competition aims to promote student interest in Regulatory Science – the science of developing new tools, standards and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality and performance of FDA-regulated products. The competition involves each team developing and presenting a proposed solution to a current opportunity in the area of Regulatory Science. The deadline for submitting information sheets is Friday, January 30th. Click here for more information,

Take an Aspirin (or Two) and Call (or Text or Email) Me (or Us) in the Morning (or Later)

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, November 7th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium and will feature a presentation by Michael Mendoza, MD, MPH, Medical Director at Highland Family Medicine and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences. Dr. Mendoza will present "Take an Aspirin (or Two) and Call (or Text or Email) Me (or Us) in the Morning (or Later)". Assorted wraps will be available while supplies last. Please bring your own beverage.

CTSI Seminar Recap: Sex Dependent Neurotoxicity of Ambient Ultrafine Particulate Matter

Between its contributions to heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections in children, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, air pollution plays a big role in our health. In fact, the World Health Organization believes that air pollution contributes to over 7 million premature deaths annually. Joshua Allen, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine is now studying how the ultrafine particles (UFPs) that accompany air pollution into the lungs can affect the growing brain. and discussed his research during the seminar held on October 28th. Click here to read more about Dr. Allen's project in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Only 3 Weeks until the Rochester Drug Discovery Symposium – Register Today!

The Rochester Drug Discovery Symposium is designed to promote sharing and collaboration among the various laboratories currently engaged in -- or contemplating being engaged in -- drug discovery and development at the University of Rochester. Talks will highlight investigators' experiences in drug development from pilot experiments, small molecule screening, and early-stage commercialization. The event will include poster presentations, the sharing of ideas and best practices, and information about available resources and support. Refreshments will be served. The event will take place Friday, November 14th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Click here to register.

PCORI Webinar: Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is pleased to invite you to participate in a webinar that will provide an overview of the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards Program.  Presenters will share information about the Engagement Awards Program, explore our current portfolio of awards, highlight a funded project, and review the application process. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 19th, from 1:00-2:00 pm. Click here to register.

Deadline extended ~ SAC Pilot award grants

The deadline for the submission of letters of intent for the SAC “super pilot” incubator award has been extended to November 17th. This award is sponsored by the SMD Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) with a maximum funding level of $125,000 per year for each of two years. More information is available here.

October 27th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series: The neurotoxicological consequences of early postnatal exposure to air pollution

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Joshua Allen, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine. Dr. Allen will present Sex-Dependent Neurotoxicity of Ambient Ultrafine Particulate Matter. Dr. Allen's research explores the sex-dependent effects of exposure to concentrated ambient ultrafine particulate matter and whether exposure can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available to those who attend in person.

Date:  Tuesday, October 28th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

CTSI Stories: Preventive Medicine residency: Flexible and faith-restoring

CTSI Communications Manager, Sean Dobbin, interviewed Elizabeth Helm, MD, MPH, who recently completed her residency in Preventive Medicine in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Read more about the residency program and her experience on the CTSI Stories blog.

Town Hall Meeting for Faculty Who Mentor Pre- and Post-Doctoral Research Trainees

Learn about new career and professional development opportunities for research trainees including the Center for Professional Development and the UR BEST program on Monday, November 3 at 10:00 am in the Class of '62 auditorium.

Call for posters: Wilmot Cancer Institute 19th Annual Scientific Symposium

All members of the University community are invited to present posters on basic or clinical cancer-related research at the annual Wilmot Cancer Institute Scientific Symposium on November 13th, 2014. Posters are welcome from a wide variety of areas including molecular biology, virology, epidemiology, gene therapy, cancer treatment, and behavioral and outcomes research. Prizes will be awarded. The deadline for entries is November 6th. All entries will be accepted. Click here for more information.

Community Health Mini-Grant Program

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 November 2014. Grant funding of up to $1000.00 is made on a quarterly basis. Applications are welcome from either URMC or community partners. The application deadline is Monday, November 10th, 2014 at noon. The application and instructions are available here.

October 20th, 2014

Comparative Effectiveness in Vascular Care

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Michael Stoner, MD, Chief of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Stoner will present Comparative Effectiveness in Vascular Care. Dr. Stoner is actively involved in comparative-effectiveness and value-based research, and studies include care process and value proposition optimization for aortic surgery, and critical analysis of evolving technologies. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person.

Date:  Tuesday, October 21st
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

SRB Data Blitz Today!!!!

The SRB Data Blitz will be held today, Monday, October 20th from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Saunders Research Building Atrium and will feature research from the Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The event will feature posters from 12 researchers and will be grouped by clinical trials, phenotype, epidemiology and community partnerships. Highlighted projects will include the Seychelles Project, studies of minimally verbal children, refugee children studies and sensory processing studies. All are invited to attend! Light refreshments will be served.

Good Advice: Case Studies in Clinical Research, Regulation, and the Law

The first CTSI Skill-Building Workshop in a new series focusing on "Good Advice: Case Studies in Clinical Research, Regulation, and the Law" will take place on October 22nd, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Tom Guttuso, MD , former Neurology resident and fellow , will discuss his experience with obtaining a patent, along with UR Venture’s Scott Catlin, JD. Lunch will be provided. Please bring your own drink.

Community Health Mini-Grant Program

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 November 2014. Grant funding of up to $1000.00 is made on a quarterly basis. Applications are welcome from either URMC or community partners. The application deadline is Monday, November 10th, 2014 at noon. The application and instructions are available here.

Proteomics Seminar Brings Universities Together

The Medical Center's Shared Resource Laboratories 2014 Regional Proteomics Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium and the Flaum Atrium. The event will feature speakers from western New York universities and institutions, and will include a poster session highlighting the protein identification work done at Rochester. The keynote address will be presented by Donald Hunt, professor of chemistry and pathology at the University of Virginia and one of the founders of the field of proteomics. Register here.

Seminar recap: Unwanted pregnancy — A high-risk perinatal condition?

Tim Dye, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and director of biomedical informatics at the CTSI, shared data from an analysis of the Perinatal Data System, which includes several hundred thousand pregnant women from the 22-county region of the Finger Lakes and Central New York. The seminar, which took place on Tuesday, Oct. 14, was part of the CTSI Seminar Series on Women’s Health. Click here to read more about the presentation in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Pilot Program: Exploring a new bladder cancer treatment

Elizabeth Guancial, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology Division) and Shu-Yuan Yeh, Ph.D., Professor of Urology were 2014 recipients of CTSI Pilot Funding for their project entitled "Chemoprevention of bladder cancer through estrogen receptor modulation". Guancial and Yeh’s research focuses on the patients who have a dangerous form of muscle-invasive bladder cancer, which can spread to other organs. These patients represent about 30 percent of those with the disease, and they are usually treated through surgical removal of the organ, which helps to keep the cancer from spreading. Click here to read more about this project in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Call for posters: Wilmot Cancer Institute 19th Annual Scientific Symposium

All members of the University community are invited to present posters on basic or clinical cancer-related research at the annual Wilmot Cancer Institute Scientific Symposium on November 13th, 2014. Posters are welcome from a wide variety of areas including molecular biology, virology, epidemiology, gene therapy, cancer treatment, and behavioral and outcomes research. Prizes will be awarded. The deadline for entries is November 6th. All entries will be accepted. Click here for more information.

October 13th, 2014

Should Unwanted Pregnancy Be Considered a High Risk Perinatal Condition?

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Tim Dye, PhD, Associate Chair and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research and Director of the CTSI Biomedical Informatics program. Dr. Dye will present "Should unwanted pregnancy be considered a high-risk perinatal condition? Analyzing the Experience of 300,000+ Upstate Women". Dr. Dye's research program focuses upon developing and understanding community-driven solutions to public health problems, and has included funded projects around such topics as micronutrition among women and children in Tibet (CDC), informatics and public health decision making in Costa Rica (NIH), and injury and culture in Antarctica (NSF). Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Click here for a recap of last week's seminar.

Date:  Tuesday, October 14th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

4th Annual Dr. Bernard Guyer Lectureship in Public Health

The 2014 Guyer Lectureship in Public Health will take place on Tuesday, October 14th from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. Patricia O’Campo, PhD, Director of the St. Michael’s Centre for Research on Inner City Health and Chair of Intersectoral Solutions to Urban Health Problems at the University of Toronto will be the keynote speaker. Dr. O'Campo will present "Tackling Worldwide Health Inequities: Is the evidence failing us?", which will explore the reasons for this failure, and suggest a way forward to ensure that research and the resulting evidence has a greater impact on reducing health inequities. Click here to register.

NIH Submission and Review Webinars

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) will host four “Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review” Webinars to be available in early November 2014 to give new NIH grant applicants and others useful insights into the submission and peer review processes.All new NIH grant applicants and their mentors are encouraged to attend to better navigate the NIH application submission and review processes. Click here for the webinar notice which includes the full list of dates and topics along with registration information.

Technology Development Fund Applications Due

The 2014 Technology Development Fund will award winning applications from faculty, staff, or students with up to $100,000 to develop their technology to a commercial endpoint. A submitted invention proposal to UR Ventures is required for an application. Pre-proposals are due Wednesday, October 15th, and can be submitted to Omar Bakht, director of New Ventures and Technology Development. Learn more here.

Quantitative Imaging Opportunities at the University of Rochester

The next session of the Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) Symposium Series will take place on Friday, October 17th from 11:30-1:00 pm in the K-207 Auditorium (2-6408). The session will feature a presentation by Ronald Wood, PhD, Research Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Wood will present "Quantitative Imaging Opportunities at the University of Rochester: Some Recent Developments and Examples". Pizza and soda will be served during the event.

UR Technology Champions Needed for High Tech Rochester Pre-Seed Workshop

The Pre-Seed Workshop provides inventors, entrepreneurs, and technology professionals with resources for quickly assessing their specific market opportunities and identifying the next steps to be taken in creating a startup business around their technology innovations. The workshop is limited to 12 teams. Each team revolves around a single innovation or new technology and its proponent or "idea champion." Workshop organizers fill out the team with regional technology experts, business and intellectual property attorneys, financial specialists, market researchers, and seasoned entrepreneurs.Click here for the workshop application.

Who is the CTSI?

The CTSI is comprised of many key faculty members, researchers and staff. Click here to view our newly updated "Who We Are" web page to see the members of the CTSI team.

October 6th, 2014

CTSI Director's Update October 2014

Every month, the CTSI Stories Blog will post excerpts from ongoing conversations with the institute’s co-directors. This month, Co-Director Harriet Kitzman discusses team science in the academic medical center, and how the Collaborations & Services pillar of the CTSI is supporting research collaboration. Click here to read the full story in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Reproductive Issues in People with Epilepsy

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Lynn Liu, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, entitled "Reproductive Issues in People with Epilepsy." Dr. Liu's research interests are focused on sleep medicine and epilepsy, and she is involved with many research studies run through the Strong Epilepsy Center. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Click here for a recap of last week's seminar.

Date:  Tuesday, October 7th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Seminar Recap: Studies in Uterine Fibroids

Donna Baird, PhD, Principal Investigator,Epidemiology (NIEHS) was the guest lecturer at the CTSI Seminar Series on Women’s Health on September 30th. Dr. Baird shared her research on uterine fibroids, outlining her current work and offering new directions for future studies. She recently started a longitudinal study of African American women in the Detroit area involving screening to identify new fibroids and follow growth of already existing fibroids. Click here to read the full story.

New Center for Professional Development for SMD Graduate Students and Postdocs!

The Center for Professional Development is a brand new resource intended to assist you in developing important supplemental skills, understanding career options, and becoming competitive for your desired career. The CPD will be comprised of three primary programs: Careers, Grants, and Writing. Click here to read more.

Research Boot Camp October 10th

This 1/2 day workshop 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; Study’s Approved…What’s Next? The next session will be held Friday, October 10th from 8:00am-11:50pm in Helen Wood Hall Classroom 1W509.  Continuing education credit will not be provided.  Breakfast and snacks are welcome. To register, or for questions, please contact:  kelly_unsworth@urmc.rochester.edu

Let's Talk Recruitment Tools

The next meeting of the Study Coordinators Organization for Research & Education (SCORE) will take place on Thursday, October 9th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall Classroom 1W509.  Nancy Needler, BS, CCRC, CTSI Research Coordinator Program Manager will present "Let’s Talk Recruitment Tools". SCORE’s Fall theme is “UR Research Infrastructure” and is focused on identifying various resources & services that are available to assist coordinators in the conduct of human subject research.

Environmental Health Sciences Center Pilot Project Funds Available

The Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) has funds to support a limited number of meritorious Pilot Projects. The objective of the pilot project should be relevant to the theme of the EHSC, namely "Environmental Agents as Modulators of Human Disease and Dysfunction". Applicants may request a maximum of $30,000 for the duration of one yearand must hold a tenure-track position. The deadline for initial applications is October 20th, Click here for the full announcement.

September 29th, 2014

High Morbidity, Low Mortality : Women's Health Conditions and Research Neglect

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Donna D. Baird, PhD, MPH entitled "High Morbidity, Low Mortality : Women's Health Conditions and Research Neglect." Dr. Baird is a Senior Investigator at NIEHS and Principal Investigator of the Women's Health Group. Dr. Baird's research focuses on understudied conditions in women's reproductive health, specifically uterine fibroids. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person. Click here for a recap of last week's seminar.

Date:  Tuesday, September 30th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Checking in at the CRC: Fall 2014

The CTSI Stories Blog has a new quarterly feature entitled "Checking in at the CRC!" The Clinical Research Center is a center that provides an optimal setting for medical investigators to conduct safe, controlled, inpatient and outpatient studies of both children and adults. The Fall 2014 edition features Ann Miller, nurse manager at the Clinical Research Center, discussing all of the ways that the CRC supports researchers and their human subjects.

First SRB Data Blitz! Is a Success

The new SRB Data Blitz! Series aims to give a broad and entertaining overview of research programs in the Saunders Research Building. The inaugural session was held on September 24th in the atrium and featured both poster and live presentations from members of the Heart Research Follow-up Program. Dr. Wojciech Zareba, Director of the Heart Research Follow-up program, welcomed approximately 40 attendees and offered opening remarks for the event. Click here to read more about the event in the CTSI Stories Blog and make sure to join us for the next session on October 29th, which will feature research from the developmental disabilities group.

The Brain Start-Up Challenge Informational Session

Have you ever wanted to be part of a team leading a new technology to commercialization? Are you interested in developing a business plan for an innovative brain related invention? If so, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE. Teams are being sought for the Brain Start-up Challenge, and all graduate students, medical students and postdocs may participate. An informational session will be held on Monday, September 29th at 3:00 pm in the Class of '62 Auditorium.

Moxley and Thornton Honored for Myotonic Dystrophy Research

University of Rochester neurologists Richard Moxley, M.D., and Charles Thornton, M.D., have been recognized by the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF) with an Outstanding Research Achievement Award. The event took place at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month and honored their contribution to finding new treatments for myotonic dystrophy. Click here to read more.

Materials Available for OHSP Policy 901: Investigator Responibilities

Kelly O'Donoghue, MPH, CIP, OHSP, Director of Office for Human Subjects Protection presented at the September 16th session of the CTSI Seminar Series regarding OHSP Policy 901. The materials from this presentation are now available via the OHSP website for anyone interested. The slide set and video from the presentation are available along with documentation on Policy 901.

New Round of Tech-Development Funding Opens

The Technology Development Fund in 2014 will award winning applications from faculty, staff, or students with up to $100,000 to develop their technology to a commercial endpoint. A submitted invention proposal to UR Ventures is required for an application. Pre-proposals are due Wednesday, Oct. 15, and can be submitted to Omar Bakht, director of New Ventures and Technology Development. Learn more here

Social Network Approaches to Studying The Delivery of Cancer Care

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, October 3rd at 12:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w304). Dr. Craig Pollack, Assistant Professor of Medicine at John Hopkins will present "Social Network Approaches to Studying
The Delivery of Cancer Care"
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Assorted wraps will be available while supplies last.

September 22nd, 2014

SRB Data Blitz! kicks off Wednesday

The CTSI is launching a new monthly series called the SRB Data Blitz!, whereby a team of researchers gives a series of rapid-fire presentations on their work. This month, researchers from the Heart Research Follow-up Program headed by Wojciech Zareba, M.D., Ph.D., are presenting. Eight research posters will be on display, and researchers will give 2-3 minute talks on each poster. If you want to learn a whole lot about cardiology research in just a little bit of time, there’s no better place to do so than the Saunders Research Building atrium on Wednesday, September 24th at noon. Click here to read more about this new series in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Cognition in the Menopausal Transition

The next CTSI seminar will feature a presentation by Miriam Weber, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Weber will present "Cognition in the Menopausal Transition: How Reproductive Aging Impacts Cognitive Aging in Women." Dr. Weber's research program is focused on how hormonal changes during critical periods in the female reproductive life cycle might increase the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease in later life. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.CME credit is available to those who attend in person.

Date:  Tuesday, September 23rd
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

CTSI Welcomes Margaret Demment to Informatics Team

Previously a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University, Margaret Demment is one of the newest additions to the rapidly-growing CTSI Biomedical Informatics team, and she’s already begun work on a variety of projects. Alongside Tim Dye, Ph.D., the director of the CTSI’s Biomedical Informatics team, she’s currently helping to create and study a massive data set called the Perinatal Data Network. The data, collected from more than 1 million women in Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, and Buffalo over the past decade, gives a snapshot of the women’s health just after giving birth. Click here to read more about Margaret in the CTSI Stories Blog.

New Intellectual Property and Commercializing Technology Lecture Series

UR Ventures is sponsoring a new series of lectures that will provide a solid understanding of a broad set of topics related to intellectual property and the commercialization of technology. The series kicks off on Tuesday, September 23rd with a presentation entitled "Fundamentals of Intellectual Property". The lectures will take place in the Wilson Commons, 2nd floor- Gowen Room from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. Please RSVP to Melissa Napolitano

Fall Research Conference: Growing the Next Generation of Community-Based Researchers

The UR Office for Diversity's Fall research conference is scheduled for Tuesday, October 28th from 12:00-5:00 pm in Schlegal Hall and will be focused on "Growing the Next Generation of Community-Based Researchers".  The keynote speakers will be Barbara Israel, PhD, Professor of Health Behavior at University of Michigan and Principal Investigator of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center and Zachary Rowe, BBA, Executive Director of Friends at Parkside. Click here for more information and registration.

SAC Incubator Program Extends Deadline For Submissions

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. The deadline for initital abstracts has been extended until November 3rd, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Click here to read the full RFA,

CTSI KL2 Program Deadline This Week

The KL2 Mentored Career Development program provides 2 years of support for new investigators interested in a career in clinical or translational research. The deadline for letters of intent is Friday, September 26th. Click here to view the current RFA.

September 15th, 2014

Regional Healthcare Planning and Blood Pressure Initiatives

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, September 19th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Clinical Professor of Internal and Family Medicine Medicine at URMC and Director of Innovative Strategies at the Finger Lakes Health System Agency will present "Regional Healthcare Planning and Blood Pressure Initiatives". Lunch wraps will be provided while supplies last. Please bring your own beverage.

OHSP Policy 901: Investigator Responsibilities

The next session of the CTSI seminar series will feature a special presentation co-sponsored by the Office for Human Subject Protection (OHSP). Kelly O'Donoghue, MPH, CIP, Director of OHSP will present "OHSP Policy 901: Investigator Responsibilities." Policy 901 describes the responsibilitiesand requirements of a Principal Investigator(PI) to ensure research is conducted in accordance with the OHSP and University policies and guidelines, as well as federal regulations, as applicable. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, 09/16/2014 from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Lunch will be served.

CTSI Seminar Recap: Environmental Exposures and Antinuclear Antibodies (ANAs)

When it comes to autoimmune diseases — conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis that cause a body to attack itself — women are at a higher risk than men. But the reasons why aren’t completely clear. So researchers at URMC are working to understand more. On Sept. 9, at the CTSI Seminar Series, Todd Jusko, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Department of Environmental Medicine, shared his past work and his search for an easy-to-identify biomarker. Click here to read more about Dr. Jusko's research.

Conversing with Computers to Improve Social Skills

Ehsan Hoque, PhD, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, will present "Conversing with Computers to Improve Social Skills" on September 19th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in the Computer Studies Building. Human nonverbal behaviors are subtle, fleeting, and often contradictory. Is it possible for a computer to recognize, understand and interpret human nonverbal behavior and provide meaningful feedback? In this talk, Dr. Hoque will highlight applications along with live prototypes to demonstrate the possibilities of computers helping us to improve our social skills.

Registration Open Now for 16th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference

The 16th Annual National Small Business Innovation in Research Conference will be held on October 21st-23rd, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The theme of the 2014 conference is “Land of Achievement: Extending the Reach of Science." The NIH SBIR/STTR conference helps small businesses in the life science sector learn more about the approximate $700 million dollars of annual NIH funding that is available to forge academic partnerships and build new businesses based on recently developed biotechnology. Click here for more information.

Deadline for CTSI Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic Pilot Proposals

Initial abstracts of proposals for the CTSI Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic pilot award program must be received by today, September 15th, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Click here for the full RFA.

September 8th, 2014

CTSI Seminar Series kicks-off September 9th!

The CTSI Seminar Series resumes on Tuesday, September 9th and the lecture series will focus on topics related to women's health during the Fall semester. The series kicks-off with a presentation by Todd Jusko, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Jusko will present "Environmental Exposures and Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA) in US Women."  The CTSI Seminar Series is held Tuesdays at 12:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. Click here to view the full schedule.

Get your study approved! Tips for researchers from the IRB directors

Using the example of the recent Facebook research study that manipulated users' timelines to gauge whether it would affect their own posts, Sean Dobbin, CTSI Communications Manager, talks with leadership from the UR Office for Human Subjects Protection and the Research Subject Review Board about issues that arise with research. IRB directors provide useful tips for researchers as well. Click here to read the full story on the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Pilot Program: Improving mitochondrial function to help patients with osteoporosis

Roman Eliseev, MD, PhD, a recent recipient of a 1-year CTSI Pilot grant, is working on a project that explores whether techniques that are currently being applied to aging patients with cardiovascular disease may also apply to aging patients with osteoporosis. Dr. Eliseev is also a former CTSI KL2 Scholar. Click here to read more about his project on the CTSI Stories Blog.

Dr. Howard Beckman kicks-off Public Health Grand Rounds

Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester will present "Regional Healthcare Planning and Blood Pressure Initiatives" on Friday, September 19th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium, 1W-304. Lunch will be provided. Please bring your own beverage. Click here for more details.

Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP)

The Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP) is funded by the New York State Department of Health and is designed to prepare researchers and research teams to compete for federal funding in clinical and translational biomedical research. This year, the State is again offering Center Awards: theme-based projects in a strategically important area of research for the institution. Funding for ECRIP Centers will probably range from $300,000 to $600,000 per year for two years The internal deadline for abstracts is 8:00 am on September 17th. Click here for the complete program announcement.

September 2nd, 2014

CTSI Director's Update September 2014

In this month's Director's Update, Karl Kieburtz discusses the CTSI’s growing biomedical informatics team and how it can support researchers at the University of Rochester. The CTSI has recently hired several faculty members to work together on a Bioinformatics team that will focus on managing and analyzing large data sets. Click here to read more about the CTSI Bioinformatics program in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP)

The Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP) is funded by the New York State Department of Health and is designed to prepare researchers and research teams to compete for federal funding in clinical and translational biomedical research. This year, the State is again offering Center Awards: theme-based projects in a strategically important area of research for the institution. Funding for ECRIP Centers will probably range from $300,000 to $600,000 per year for two years The internal deadline for abstracts is 8:00 am on September 17th. Click here for the complete program announcement.

CTSI Trainees, Awardees and Faculty Members Recognized During 2014 Opening Convocation Ceremony

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 2014 Opening Convocation Ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the Class of 62 Auditorium. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Flaum Atrium. Click here for the event flyer. Several CTSI program trainees, awardees, faculty members and alumni will receive awards at this year's ceremony. Click here to view the awardees in the complete story on the CTSI Stories Blog.

WUN research fund available to Rochester

As a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), Rochester is eligible for assistance from the Research Development Fund, a competitive fund available only to WUN partner institutions. The fund aims to bring together researchers to undertake innovative, high quality, sustainable research that addresses one of four WUN Global Challenges: responding to climate change, global higher education and research, public health and non-communicable diseases, and understanding cultures. The annual call for collaborative proposals with other WUN members is now open and available here.

Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) Course Open

Registration for the 2014-2015 "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research" course is now open. The Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) is a course to train participants on how to effectively conduct clinical research. The course focuses on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process by highlighting epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues. The course will run from October 14, 2014 through March 9, 2015. Classes will be held on the NIH campus at the Clinical Center. Click here for more information on this course.

CTSI Seminar Series Resumes on September 9th

The CTSI Seminar Series resumes on Tuesday, September 9th and the lecture series willl focus on topics related to women's health during the Fall semester. The series kicks-off with a presentation by Todd Jusko PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Jusko will present "Environmental Exposures and Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA) in US Women". The CTSI Seminar Series is held Tuesday's at 12:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Click here to view the full schedule.

CTSI ClinicalTrials.gov Consultation Clinic

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 September 3rd from 9am – 11am in the SRB conference room 1.201. Walk-ins are welcome, registration is not required. Please email the research help desk for more information.

Deadline for CTSI Funding Opportunities is September 2nd

The deadline for abstract submissions to both the CTSI Pilot Awards program and the Incubator program is Tuesday, September 2nd at 5:00 pm. Click here to view the Pilot Awards RFA. Click here to view the Incubator RFA.

Registration Closed for Junior Faculty Academic Core Curriculum

All of the slots have been filled for the Academic Core Curriculum for Junior Faculty which will begin on September 29th. We look forward to meeting all of the attendees!

August 25th, 2014

“Promoting” team science — URMC on the leading edge

The University of Rochester recently implemented an updated tenure and promotion criteria specifically designed to reward talented team scientists for their contributions to collaborative research groups. The new policies, which went into place on July 1, allow recognition for scientists who lead a defined portion of the work done by collaborative teams. This allows talented team scientists to further their careers, even if they are not always in roles such as principal investigators for grants or lead authors for publications. Click here to read more about this policy in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Clinical Services for Older Adults: A Request for Preliminary Proposals

The Greater Rochester Health Foundation recently released a preliminary request for proposals for a new initiative targeting clinical services for older adults. The Clinical Services for Older Adults initiative was created to support the implementation of thoughtful, well-planned  approaches to meet the health challenges faced by older individuals and their families. The internal deadline for proposals is October 15th. A total of $1.5M will be awarded to fund projects in 2015-2017. Click here for the internal RFP.

Writing a Successful Data Management Plan Workshop

Want to know more about the resources available at UR to help you manage your data effectively? Join us for a one-hour workshop on writing a successful data management plan. This workshop will cover the basics of writing a data management plan, as well as introducing the DMPTool, an online tool that helps you draft DMPs tailored to specific funders' requirements. The workshop will be held on Thursday, September 4th from 12:00-1:00 pm in 310 Carlson Library. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Deadline Extended for Scientific Writing Course

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 has been extended to September 2nd. Click here for the full course description and application instructions.

CRISPR-Cas: Tools and applications for mammalian genome engineering

The Shared Resources Laboratories will sponsor a seminar entitled "CRISPR-Cas: Tools and applications for mammalian genome engineering" on Friday, September 5th, 2014 from 10:00-11:30 in the Class of 62 Auditorium. Fei Ann Ran, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Zhang Lab at MIT, will discuss the newest developments in using Cas9 for in vivo and therapeutic applications. The Zhang research group is currently developing and applying molecular and optical technologies for probing brain function in health and disease.

The Cure for Password Overload

Are you experiencing password overload? Do you write down your passwords? Use the “remember me” feature offered by Websites and browsers? On Wednesday, August 27, at noon, Miner Library welcomes Tom Hasman, a cyber-security expert to find out how to handle password overload. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch. Click here for more information.

August 18th, 2014

Got a Question? Ask Cindy Doane.

If you’re a researcher with a question, Cindy Doane, M.P.H., M.S., probably has the answer. Doane has been helping to guide researchers to various resources both within the university since she joined the CTSI in March. Connecting with researchers either by email or in person, she assists with a wide variety of research-related requests. Her past experience in research made her an ideal fit for the position, as she is personally familiar with many of the challenges facing researchers and study coordinators. Click here to read more about Cindy and the services of the Research Navigator Program in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Scholar Spotlight: Lesley Chapman

Lesley Chapman is a fourth year PhD student in the CTSI's Translational Biomedical Sciences program. She is currently working with Dr. Craig Morrell on a project which focuses on developing a novel approach to fighting malaria. She was also recently a recipient of a NIH Fellowship award from NIAID for this project. Click here to view a video of Lesley Chapman discussing her project in the most recent CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Announces 2014 Pilot Program Trainee Awardees

Two URMC trainees are beginning new research projects in 2014-2015 that are funded by the CTSI Pilot Studies Program. The CTSI pilot grant program is intended to provide seed funding to facilitate new research and future funding. Multidisciplinary research is strongly encouraged, as well as translational and clinical research that moves new discoveries along the translational continuum to humans and the community. Clinical and community based research, practice-based research, and health services research proposals are also encouraged. The CTSI Pilot Studies program is currently accepting applications for all of it’s funding mechanisms. Abstracts are due on September 2nd and the full RFA can be viewed here.   The 2014-2015 awardees are:

Amanda Croasdell (Medical Student)
Project: Specialized Proresolving Mediators Act as a Novel Therapeutics Against Infection

Daniela Geba (PhD Candidate)
Project: Comparative effectiveness of screening methods for type 2 diabetes: a pilot study

VISTA Collaboratory: Grand Opening of Data Visualization Contest

The Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation (HSCCI) is hosting a contest to identify spectacular examples of data visualization to showcase on the new display wall at the heart of the VISTA Collaboratory, a facility that is being managed by the technical staff at the Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC). At 20 feet wide and 8 feet tall with a 50-megapixel resolution, the curved display wall creates an immersive experience. The display wall accepts a variety of data inputs, including our supercomputers in the Research Data Center, to which it is directly linked, as well as laptops and other mobile devices. The deadline for submissions is September 5th. Click here to read more about the contest.

Certificate Course Teaches Patient Safety

Department of Public Health Sciences faculty are offering a certificate course for health care professionals, trainees, and students on how to improve patient safety. The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 29. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of participation in the “Patient Safety Program” from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. Physicians, dentists, nurses, dental assistants, hygienists, certified research coordinators, URMC radiology technologists and pharmacists will be eligible for up to a maximum of 16.5 hours of continuing education credits. “ Click here for more information.

CTSI Skill-Building Workshops Resume on October 22nd

A new series of CTSI Skill-Building Workshops will begin on Wednesday, October 22nd and the topic will be "Good Advice: Case Studies in Clinical Research, Regulation, and the Law". The series focuses on opportunities, challenges and obstacles that face researchers working on clinical research  for which legal and regulatory counsel are essential. Click here for the full schedule.

August 11th, 2014

CTSI Scholars Receive NIH Fellowship Awards

Lesley Chapman and Molly Jaynes, students in the CTSI’s PhD Program in Translational Biomedical Science, recently received F31 awards from the National Institutes of Health. Lesley rececieved an F31 from NIAID for her project entitled "Mechanisms of microRNA-451 mediated regulation of malaria infection in mice". Molly received an F31 from NINDS for her project entitled "Dysfunctional Motor Automaticity in Focal Hand Dystonia in Musicians". Click here to read more about these two promising projects in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Academic Core Curriculum: Registration Closing Soon

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. Only a few slots remain open, please click here to register asap.

Using Wasp Venom for Good Instead of Evil

Aisha Siebert, a student in the CTSI's PhD Program in Translational Biomedical Science, will present at the Department of Biology Donut Talk today, Monday August 11th, from 12:00-1:00 pm in Hutchinson Hall Room 473. The title of her presentation is "Transcriptional control of human cellular metabolism by wasp venom: Nasonia vitripennis venom-derived bioactive peptides reveal new insight into human metabolic disorders".

Free Webinar: How to Enter the Clinical Research Field

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals will offer a free webinar on Friday, September 5th, from 12:00-1:30 pm, entitled "How to Enter the Clinical Research Field." This webinar will feature five experts in the field as they share their insights, tips, and tools for developing an action plan for a career in clinical research. Click here to read the full program description and to register. The deadline for registration is September 4th.

RFA Deadline Today: Center for Commmunity Health Mini-Grants

The Center for Community Health is accepting Community Health Mini-Grant Applications. 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.

Application Deadline Approaching 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 must be submitted to Daina Bullwinkel by 5:00 pm on September 1st.

August 4th, 2014

CTSI Director's Update August 2014

Every month, the CTSI Stories Blog will post excerpts from ongoing conversations with the institute’s co-directors. This month, Dr. Nana Bennett gives an overview of the CTSI’s population health pillar, which was officially established in early 2014. This new pillar will focus on four main objectives: 1) Develop methods  to measure and demonstrate improvements in population health; 2) Increase capacity to make use of population health data; 3) Increase the institutional capacity to conduct community-engaged population health research; and 4) Increase early-career training opportunities in population health and population research. Click here to read the full Director's Update in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Welcomes New Trainees and Scholars

Three new scholars have been appointed to the CTSI KL2 Career Development Program for 2014-15. The KL2 Mentored Career Development program provides 2 years of support for new investigators interested in a career in clinical or translational research. The RFA for this program is now open with a deadline for letter of intents on Friday, September 26th. Click here to view the current RFA. The new KL2 scholars are:

  • Beau Abar, PhD
    Mentor: Manish Shah, MD, MPH
    Project Title: “Examining Barriers to Treatment for Depression among Older Adults”
  • Megan Lytle, PhD
    Mentor: Vincent Silenzio, MD, MPH
    Project Title: “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health disparities/suicide prevention”
  • Suzannah Iadarola, PhD
    Mentor: Tristram Smith, PhD
    Project Title: “Parent-Focused Intervention for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”

Additionally, there are eight new trainees entering the CTSI Year-Out (ART) program for medical students. The new trainees are:

  • Josef Bartels
    Mentor: Ronald Epstein, MD
    Project: “The Qualities of Science”
  • Michael Geary
    Mentor: Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD
    Project: “Modulation of the prostanoid receptor EP4 to reduce scarring during flexor tendon healing”
  • Trevor Hansen
    Mentor: Richard Phipps, PhD
    Project: “Thy1 Expression as a Marker and Therapeutic Target for Scar Formation in Capsular Contracture following Reconstruction Mammoplasty”
  • Kelly Makino
    Mentor: Anton Porsteinsson, MD
    Project: “Advance Care Planning in Early Dementia Study”
  • Kyle Rodenbach
    Mentor: George Schwartz, MD
    Project: “Crystatin-C-based renal reserve in children with history of hemolytic uremic syndrome-associated acute kidney injury”
  • Lauren Roussel
    Mentor: Howard Langstein, MD
    Project: “Evaluating Upper Extremity Function Following Mastectomy in Reconstructed and Non-Reconstructed Women with Breast Cancer”
  • Elizabeth Saionz
    Mentor: Jeffrey Bazarian, MD, MPH
    Project: “Post-concussion progesterone decline in female athletes”
  • Lindsay Wahl
    Mentor: Patricia Sime, MD
    Project: “One Protein, Multiple Functions: The Role of Tissue Transglutaminase in Pulmonary Fibrosis”

Congratulations to all of the new trainees and scholars!! The full listing is also available on the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Incubator Grant Furthers Psoriatic Arthritis Studies

In the hopes of advancing treatments or even preventing Psortiatic Arthritis, researchers at UR Medicine are now studying a specific molecule on the surface of the cells that lead to the crippling form of arthritis, which results in joint inflammation in 50 percent of patients within two years of diagnosis. This study is led by Chris Ritchlin, M.D., M.P.H., chief of the Department of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology, and is supported by a 2-year, $250,000 incubator grant from the CTSI. Read more about this exciting project in the CTSI Stories Blog. The CTSI Inubator Program is currently accepting abstracts with a due date of September 2nd. Click here to view the full RFA.

CTSI ClinicalTrials.gov Consultation Clinic

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, August 6th from 9am – 11am in the Saunders Research Building conference room 1.201. Walk-ins are welcome, registration is not required. Please email ResearchHelp@urmc.rochester.edu for more information.

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

The next CTSI skill-building workshop is scheduled for this 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. Lunch will be provided.

AAMC Webinar: Overcoming Obstacles to Research During Residency

Dr. Michael Rothberg will describe a program to address the most commonly cited barriers for resident engagement in research; lack of interest, insufficient technical support, and a paucity of mentors and leadership. The webinar wil be held on Monday, August 4th at 12:00 pm. Click here for more information and registration.

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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