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UR CTSI Seminar Series

The monthly UR CTSI Seminar Series features guest speakers from the University of Rochester Medical Center and from around the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program to highlight their latest research and innovative methods. The series is open to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public and takes place on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 12:00-12:30 p.m via Zoom. Faculty and staff also have the opportunity to receive CME credits for attending the seminar.

Our Upcoming Seminars

For the fall 2020 semester, the seminar series will highlight members of the URMC research community who have leveraged UR CTSI support to advance their research projects and careers.

Title and Presenter
UR CTSI Data Services and Tools to Support Your Research, Jeanne Holden-Wiltse, M.P.H., M.B.A.
11/12/20 Title TBD, Roman Eliseev, M.D., Ph.D. 
Title TBD, Caroline Silva, Ph.D.
Title TBD, Fahad Saeed, M.B., B.S.
Title TBD, Marc Swogger, Ph.D., and Kenneth Conner, Psy.D., M.P.H.

View Past Seminars

In the spring of 2020, the UR CTSI Seminar Series focused on dissemination and implementation science, which examines the process by which scientific evidence is adopted, implemented, and sustained in typical community or clinical settings. 

Date/Time Location  Title and Presenter

1-7619 Adolph (Lower) Auditorium

A Quick Introduction to Equity-Focused Dissemination & Implementation presented by Reza Yousefi Nooraie, M.Sc., Ph.D., James M. McMahon, PhD, & Kevin A. Fiscella, M.D., M.P.H.

1-9576 Ryan Case Method Room Implementing Practice Change to Improve Cancer Care Delivery to Sexual and Gender Minority Patients presented by Charles S. Kamen, Ph.D.​, M.P.H.


Are Antidepressants Effective in Older Adults in China? Why Implementation Matters presented by Yeates Conwell, M.D.


Special Seminar - CRoFT Pilot Project: The Effects of Flavored Tobacco Products on Appeal and Toxicity presented by Amanda J. Quisenberry, Ph.D. & Thivanka Muthumalage, Ph.D.

1-9576 Ryan Case Method Room

National Immunization Partnership to Improve HPV Vaccination Rates​ presented by Cynthia M. Rand, M.D., M.P.H.
5/05/20 1-9576 Ryan Case Method Room

Postponed to Fall 2020

Advancing Research on Sustainability and Equity within Implementation Science presented by Rachel Shelton, Sc.D., M.P.H., Columbia University


Academic Research Track (ART) Scholars

Longitudinal "Real World" Changes in Skin Microbial Ecology in Atopic Dermatitis Patients Before and After Treatment 
Presented by Fatima Bawany

Nueroprotective Role of Prolactin in the Injured Brain
Presented by Alejandra Rodriguez

Examining the Relationship of Cigarette Smoke and the Development of Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy
Presented by Victor Wang

Effects of Kainic Acid-Induced Auditory Nerve Damage on Envelope-Following Responses in the Budgerigar
Presented by ​John Wilson, M.S.

In the Spring of 2019, the series focused on collaborative research, team development, and leadership through challenges.

Date Webcast
12/10/2018 The Impact of Sensory and Language Experience on Perception: Findings from Preterm Infants and Deaf Adults presented by Rain Bosworth, Ph.D.
1/22/2019 Team Science: The What, the Why, and the How presented by Kevin Fiscella, Ph.D.
2/26/2019 Studying Scientific Collaboration Using Network Analysis; An Overview of CTSA Studies presented by Reza Yousefi Nooraie, M. Sc., Ph.D.
3/26/2019 Clinical and Translational Approaches to Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment presented by Michelle Janelsins, Ph.D.
4/23/2019 Perinatal Oral Health Translational Research: from Free Solo to Team Science presented by Jin Xiao, DDS, PhD
5/28/2019 Reducing the Burden of C. Difficile Infections Through Collaboration presented by Ghinwa Dumyati, M.D.

“The New CTSI: Connect, Learn, Get What You Need”

Date Webcast


Overview CTSA Program presented by Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH, Martin Zand, MD, PhD, Nancy Bennett, MD


Annual Updates from the Office for Human Subjects Protection presented by Kelly Unsworth, Tiffany Gommel, Kathleen Wessman, and Jennifer Dolan


Administrative Core presented by Martin Zand, MD, PhD, Tom Fogg, MS, Nicole O'Dell, MS, and Sharyl Zaccaglino


Informatics presented by Timothy Dye, PhD


Translational Endeavors presented by Martin Zand, MD, PhD, James Dolan, MD, and Edward Schwarz, PhD


Research Methods presented by Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH, Edwin van Wijngaarden, PhD, Rob Strawderman, ScD, and Eric Rubinstein, JD, MPH


Data Management presented by the Office for Human Subjects Protection


Network Capacity presented by Karen Rabinowitz, JD, and Carrie Dykes, PhD


Community and Collaboration presented by Gail Newon, and Katia Noyes, PhD, MPH


Network Science/Regulatory Science presented by Martin Zand, MD, PhD


KL2 Career Development Program presented by Robert Holloway, MD, MPH
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Hub Research Capacity presented by Nancy Bennett, MD, Steven Barnett, MD, and Giovanni Schifitto, MD, MS


CTSI Trainee Presentations
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Population  Health Analytics presented by Michael Dulin, MD, PhD
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"Advancing Regulatory Science and Translational Science: Research, Training and Partnerships"

Date Webcast


Regulatory Science Research and Core Competencies presented by Joan Adamo, PhD and Scott Steele, PhD


Advancing Regulatory Science at the FDA presented by Carol Linden, PhD


Regulating Science and Translational Research: Innovation to meet patients' needs presented by Michael Rosenblatt, MD


Working with FDA to better understand generic drug equivalence presented by Michel Berg, MD


Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda: Lessons Learned in Conducting Research from OHSP/RSRB & Board Members presented by Kelly Unsworth, MS, CCRC, CIP


Development of International Scientific Resources in collaboratino with NIH and FDA: The Telemetric and Holter ECG Warehouse (THEW) case presented by Jean-Philippe Couderc, PhD, MBA


Not Just Another Acronym: What the NPRM Could Mean For You presented by Kelley O'Donoghue, MPH, CIP


Challenges in applying FDA rules to medical countermeasure development for acute radiation exposure presented by Yuhchyau Chen, MD, PhD


Developing a Regulatory Science Training Program and Potential Career Paths presented by Emma Meagher, MD


A Look Inside: The Roles and Responsibilities of a Coordinating Center presented by Emily Flagg


CTSI Skill-Building Working - Industry Consulting: The Contract presented by Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH and Karen Rabinowitz, JD - Please note: This seminar was not recorded


Real World Evidence and the FDA presented by Robert Meyer, MD


America's Got Regulatory Science Talent Contest


CTSI Skill-Building Workshop - Orphan product pricing issues presented by Frank Marshall, MD and Frank Sasinowski, MS, MPH, JD

"Population Health"

Date Webcast


Annual OHSP Updates and Quiz Show presented by Jennifer Dolan, Emily Flagg, Tiffany Gommel & Kelly Unsworth


Exploring the Value of Regional Health Information Exchange Services presented by Ted Kremer, MPH


Population Health in Monroe County: A local perspective on the NYS Prevention Agenda  presented by Ann Dozier, PhD & Anne Kern


Helping patients talk to their primary care providers about their day-to-day challenges: Overview of a randomized trial presented by Marsha Wittink, MD, MBE


ACO, ACA and FFS: New Motivation for Cross-Disciplinary Research presented by Ekaternia Noyes, PhD


Exempt Research presented by Kathleen Buckwell, CIP


The world is full of nonlinearities:  System Science, Body Weight, and Us presented by Diana Fernandez, MD, MPH, PhD


Using Population Surveillance to Improve Health presented by Ghinwa Dumyati, MD


Healthcare Reform in NYS-DSRIP and Finger Lakes Performing Provider System presented by Kathleen Parinello, PhD & Michele Lawrence, MBA, MPH


Implementation Research: The What, Why, and Why not? presented by Kevin Fiscella, MD, MPH


Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), creating a community of Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practices and the data to support them presented by Betty Rabinowitz, MD & William Brien

"Women's Health"

Date Webcast


Environmental Exposures and Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA) in US Women presented by Todd Jusko, PhD


OHSP Policy 901: Investigator Responsibilities presented by Kelly O'Donoghue, MPH, CIP, OHSP


Cognition in the Menopausal Transition: How Reproductive Aging Impacts Cognitive Aging in Women presented by Miriam Weber, PhD


High Morbidity, Low Mortality: Women's Health Conditions and Research Neglect   presented by Donna Baird, PhD, Principal Investigator, Epidemiology, NIEHS/NIH


Reproductive Issues in People with Epilepsy presented by Lynn Liu, MD


Should unwanted pregnancy be considered a high-risk perinatal condition? Analyzing the Experience of 300,000+ Upstate Women presented by Tim Dye, PhD - Please note: This seminar was not recorded


Comparative Effectiveness in Vascular Care presented by Michael Stoner, MD


Sex-Dependent Neurotoxicity of Ambient Ultrafine Particulate Matter presented by Joshua Allen, PhD


Studies on Women's Health: The WHI and Beyond presented by Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, Interim Dean of SPHHP and Professor, Epidemiology and Environmental Health, University at Buffalo - Please note: This seminar was not recorded


Phthalates and women's health presented by Emily Barrett, PhD


Standard Deviations from the Mean: When Does a Patient Become a Subject?   presented by Carolyn Jones, MD


Bone-target drug deliver presented by Danielle Benoit, PhD


Community Partnership for Breastfeeding Promotion and Support presented by Ann Dozier, PhD


Pregnancy Outcomes and Women's Health in Neuromuscular Disorders presented by Emma Ciafaloni, MD


Planning for Your Plan: Data and Safety Monitoring Plan Development and Implementation Considerations presented by Lisa de Blieck and Kelly Unsworth, OHSP

"Crossing Elmwood: River Campus-Medical Center Research Collaborations"

Date Webcast


Seeing eye to eye: connecting artificial intelligence with automated surgery grading via digital videos presented by Yousef Khalifa, MD and Jiebo Lu, PhD


Neuroimaging Biomarkers in HIV-Associated CNS Injury presented by Giovanni Schifitto, MD, MS and Jianhui Zhong, PhD


Nanoparticle-mediated gene silencing confers radio protection to salivary glands in vivo presented by Stephen Dewhurst, PhD, Danielle Benoit, PhD and Catherine Ovitt, PhD


Calorics Pharmaceuticals: linking yeast longevity to age-associated diseases  presented by David Goldfarb, PhD


A multidisciplinary effort toward identifying and mitigating closed-head brain injury presented by Jeffrey Bazarian, MD, MPH, Eric Blackman, PhD and Jianhui Zhong, PhD


CAPA Plans: Solutions, Not Blame  presented by Lorrie D. Drivers, CCRP, RQAP-GCP


Ultrasound Technologies for Tissue Engineering presented by Diane Dalecki, PhD and Denise Hocking, PhD


Using MRI to predict visual recovery after tumor resection by G. Edward Vates, MD, PhD and Brad Mahon, PhD


Progress toward noninvasive vision correction presented by Krystel Huxlin, PhD and Wayne Knox, PhD


Listening through noise: Search for Autism biomarkers presented by Anne Luebke, PhD and Loisa Bennetto, PhD


When Erythrocyte Biology and Mechanics Collide presented by Richard Waugh, PhD and James Palis, MD


Mobile phone-based asthma self-management aid for adolescents (mASMAA): "Txt4ASMA" presented by Hyekrun Rhee, PhD, RN, PNP and James Allen, PhD


CTSI Year Out Trainee Presentations presented by 2013-2014 CTSI Year Out Trainees April 15


CTSI Year Out Trainee Presentations presented by 2013-2014 CTSI Year Out Trainees April 22


Understanding RSRB Review Processes to Improve Submissions presented by Tiffany Gommel, RSRB Director

"From Test Tube to Table: Understanding the Evolving Science of Nutrition Research"

Date Webcast


State of the CTSI presented by Thomas Pearson, MD, MPH, PhD and Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH


Mineral Dynamics in Pregnant Teens - Is the Fetus a Perfect Parasite? presented by Kimberly O'Brien, PhD, Cornell University


RSRB Update presented by Tiffany Gommel, MS, CIM, CIP


Prenatal Methylmercury Exposure from Fish Consumption and Child Development: Findings from the Seychelles Child Development Study   presented by Edwin van Wijngaarden, PhD


The Deaf Weight Wise Study: A unique clinical trial of health behavior modification with Deaf adults presented by Steven Barnett, MD, on behalf of NCDHR and the Deaf Weight Wise Study Group


Dietary exposures to endocrine disruptors in low income pregnancies presented by Shaw-Ree Chen, PhD, and Emily Barrett, PhD


Fish Oil, Lipidomics, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk   presented by Robert Block, MD, MPH


E-MOMS of Rochester study by Diana Fernandez, MD, MPH, PhD and Susan Groth, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAANP


Non-anemic gestational iron deficiency disrupts brain development - Risk factor for psychiatric disorder? presented by Margot Mayer-Proschel, PhD


What engages people? Self-determination theory research on motivation in learning, health care, virtual worlds, and other domains presented by Richard Ryan, PhD


Review of the Investigational Drug and Device Regulations and Change to the RSRB Online Submission System (ROSS) Application for Drugs and Devices presented by Kelley O'Donoghue, MPH, CIP and Tiffany Gommel, MS, CIM, CIP


The role of nutrition in the etiology and treatment of autism: From food dyes to supplement use presented by Susan Hyman, MD, Brianne Schmidt, RD, and Pat Stewart, PhD, RD


Nutritional Supplementation for Symptom Management in Cancer Patients presented by Luke Peppone, PhD


Research Data - What You Need to Know About Data Security and Storage presented by Mike Pinch and Robert Schrack, MSIA, CISSP-ISSMP, GCFA