News

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August 1st, 2016

Special Call for Proposals on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience is now accepting applications for pilot funding, for awards to begin on November 1, 2016. This special call for proposals is in support of a major initiative by the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience to launch an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) at the University of Rochester. Awards will be given to projects that draw together interdisciplinary teams to advance the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Application submissions are due on September 1st. Click here for the full RFA.

The Heart-Brain Connection: The Link between LQTS and Seizures

In a study published this week in Neurology, researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center found a clear association between the heart and the brain in patients with a rare cardiac disease called Long QT Syndrome (LQTS). Patients carrying LQTS genetic mutations were three times more likely to have experienced seizures in their past, compared to their family members who did not carry any LQTS mutations. Interestingly, LQTS patients who had a history of seizures also tended to have worse cardiac symptoms with about 20% having survived at least one lethal cardiac arrhythmia in their life. Lead author, and CTSI KL2 Scholar, David Auerbach, Ph.D., set a new clinical precedence for the link between seizures and LQTS with this study. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

New Study: Race, Not Gender, is Key Factor in NIH Funding

A new study in Academic Medicine has found that race, not gender, is the most significant factor influencing funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study, led by University of Kansas economist, Donna Ginther, PhD, demonstrated that women of color were less likely to receive NIH funding compared with Caucasian women. This research follows Ginther’s 2011 study on “Race, Ethnicity, and NIH Research Awards”, which showed that Asian and African American applicants were less likely to be awarded NIH research grants than Caucasian peers from similar backgrounds and with similar qualifications regardless of gender. In the current study, Ginther and her colleagues set out to identify possible “double binds”, or additional barriers, that Asian and African American women may face when applying for NIH funding. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Faculty Pilot Project Identifies New Hearing Test for Autism Risk

A new study born out of a Faculty Pilot project funded by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute may offer a new way to screen very young children for Autism. The study, which was published in the journal Autism Research, shows that children with Autism may have inner ear deficiencies that impact their ability to recognize speech. Most tests for ASD look for abnormalities in auditory communication and rely on speech to determine these abnormalities. Since speech delays are common among children affected by ASD, these tests are often ineffective. Anne Luebke, PhD and Loisa Bennetto, PhD, believe that the hearing test described in the study may lead to earlier ASD diagnoses and treatment, which will optimize the impact of the treatment. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stoires Blog.

Understanding the 3 Levels of Racism

The 4th annual Summer Brown Bag Series will continue on Thursday, August 4th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Caroline Nestro, MS, will present " The Gardener’s Tale–An Allegory to Help Us Understand the 3 Levels of Racism." Ms. Nestro is pursuing her doctorate in human development where she is exploring the dynamics that prevent integration, across racial lines, of the health care workforce hierarchy. The Gardener's Tale was created by Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, and is a profound allegory which promotes understanding about the many layers and nuances of institutionalized, personally-mediated, and internalized racism.

Save the Date: SCORE Open Discussion

The next Study Coordinators Organization for Research Education (SCORE) meeting will be held on Thursday, August 11th, from 12:00-1:30 pm in Saunders Research Building (1.416). Nancy Needler, BS, CCRC, will facilitate the discussion which will focus on the new SCORE Topics Board.

July 25th, 2016

What Martin Luther King, Jr. Would Want Us to Know About Health Care Disparities

Augustus A. White III, M.D., Ph.D, author of Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care, will present at the University of Rochester on Thursday, September 1st, from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Class of 62 Auditorium. White is the director of the Culturally Competent Care Education program and a professor of Medical Education and of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He was the first African American surgical resident and professor of Surgery at Yale Medical School and the first African American graduate of Stanford Medical School. To register for this lecture, please contact Grace Fuller.

Call for Community Health Mini-Grant Applications

The Center for Community Health is accepting Community Health Mini-Grant Applications for a grant to be awarded in September 2016. These mini grants provide 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 Wednesday, August 10th, at noon. The application materials and instructions are located here.

Call for Proposals: 2016-17 Faculty Development Workshop Series

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2016-2017 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, skills, and new ideas and strategies 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 90 minutes in duration. Submit your workshop proposal electronically to faculty_development@urmc.rochester.edu, and be sure to include the title, presenters names and academic titles, and learning objectives.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs

The NIH recently announced the availability of several extramural loan repayment programs, including one focused on health disparities research and one specifically for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Extramural LRPs repay up to $35,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research at a domestic, nonprofit, or government entity. Research funding from NIH is not required to participate in the Extramural LRPs.

Advanced Immune Biomaging Pilot Grants

The Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging (P01) has funds to support a limited number of meritorious Pilot Projects. The objective of the pilot project should be relevant to the cellular dynamics of inflammatory disease and the regulation of immune function. The objective of this Program Project is to identify key control points in inflammatory disease through the intra-vital analysis of immunity in infected and inflamed tissues. Successful projects will have a collaborative component with one of the existing P01 faculty (Drs.
Deborah Fowell, Minsoo Kim, David Topham, and Jim Miller). The deadline for submitting initial applications is September 9, 2016. Contact Stefanie Fingler with any questions. Click here for the full instructions.

July 18th, 2016

UR CTSI Welcomes New Medical Students in the Academic Research Track

Each year, the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UR CTSI) funds a handful medical students during a mentored “year-out” for research experience.  The Academic Research Track (ART) program offers students who are interested in pursuing research as part of their careers the opportunity to delve into basic, clinical, educational, or translational research through seminars, mentored research and an enriched medical school curriculum. This highly competitive program offers NIH-level stipends with some additional funds to support students’ research projects. The UR CTSI also offers tuition reimbursement for funded scholars who wish to pursue a Master’s Degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry concurrent with their year of research. Click here to read more about the ART students and the exciting research projects that they will be working on over the next year.

Ray Dorsey: Telehealth Will Transform the Health Care System

The University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s associate director for Clinical Trial Methods and Technologies, Ray Dorsey, M.D., M.B.A., co-authored a review article in the New England Journal of Medicine published this week.  The review suggests that the growth of telehealth, a patient-centered initiative for electronic distribution of health-related services and education, will have a profound impact on the delivery of health care in the coming decades. Click here to read more from Dr. Dorsey in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Research Participant Recruitment & Retention Conference

The Research Participant Community Partnership Core of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research is hosting a conference, “Research Participant Recruitment & Retention: What is Working Across the Nation?” on Friday, September 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Nationwide and local research professionals, various stakeholders and study team members are encouraged to attend. This year’s conference focuses on best practices and innovative strategies for research participant recruitment. Click here for more information.

Webinar on I-Corps at NIH

Based on the highly successful NSF I-Corps program, the I-Corps at NIH curriculum is designed to provide scientists from NIH SBIR funded companies with real-world, hands-on entrepreneurship training, facilitated by domain experts from the biotech sector. This new program seeks to accelerate the development and commercialization of new products and services arising from projects supported by currently funded NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards. In particular, the I-Corps program is designed to support training that will help project teams at NIH-funded small businesses overcome key obstacles along the path of innovation and commercialization. A webinar on I-Corps will be held on Thursday, July 21st from 1:00-2:30 pm. Click here to register.

Changes to NCBI Resources

Two upcoming webinars will address changes that are being implemented in NCBI Resources. On Wednesday, July 20th from 12:00-1:00 pm NCBI will host the webinar entitled "Upcoming Important Changes in the Sequence Databases." This webinar will describe upcoming changes in the way that NCBI handles GI identifiers for sequence records. On Wednesday, July 27th, from 12:00-1:00 pm NCBI will host a webinar entitled "Important Changes to NCBI Web Protocols." This webinar will discuss NCBI's upcoming switch to the secure HTTPS protocol. Use the links above to register for either webinar.

July REDCap Tip of the Month: Adding a Progress Bar in REDCap

Having a progress bar can be a nice visual aid for survey respondents and may help reduce survey dropout. REDCap doesn’t have the capability to create a progress bar out of the box, but you can add one with some clever use of HTML. The July REDCap tip of the month provides simple HTML codes that can be cut and pasted into any section of REDCap that accepts HTML. However, it is not recommended to use either a section header or a descriptive field for the progress bar. Click here to read the full story including the HTML code.

The CTSI Stories Blog Has a New Home!

The CTSI Stories blog will now appear on the new CTSI website and will no longer be updated via the Wordpress site. This blog aims to tell the stories of those that have benefitted from CTSI support and the impact that our sponsored investigators have had on the community. We also will inform the UR community of the services and funding opportunities available through the CTSI. Click here to view the new CTSI Stories.

July 11th, 2016

Announcing the Winners of a New Collaborative Pilot Award Program

The University of Rochester Medical Center is teaming up with the State University of New York at the University of Buffalo (SUNY UB) on a collaborative genomics project. To accelerate collaboration between our institutions, a URMC-SUNY UB Collaborative Genomics Pilot Award Program has been implemented. The overall goal of this pilot funding is to help researchers obtain further federal or foundation funding and to take advantage of opportunities for regional collaboration across NY state. Two projects were recently selected for funding which feature researchers from the University of Rochester, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo. Click here to read more about these projects in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Summer Bioinformatics Workshops

The Bioinformatics Consulting and Education Service (BCES) of Edward G. Miner Library will host two workshops in July. Biostats Boot Camp is meant to provide a foundation and/or refresher on basic statistical concepts for anyone working in the Biomedical Sciences. Biostats Boot Camp will be held over five weeks from 1:00-3:00 pm, from July 14th to August 11th in Miner’s Data Visualization Classroom (1-6051H). Introduction to Galaxy is a special, two-day event on July 19th and 20th which will cover how to integrate data and perform simple and complex analysis, data visualization and visual analytics, how to share and reuse your bioinformatic analyses, all from within Galaxy. Register for both workshops here.

News From Miner Library

The staff at Miner Library have announced that the fees for interlibrary loans and document delivery have now been eliminated in the hopes of making research easier for everyone at the University of Rochester. Additionally, the 2 week loan period has now been extended to 3 months. If you’d like more information about any of Miner Library services, talk with your librarian or the fabulous people at the Answer Desk.

July 15th Deadline for EHSC Pilot Projects

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 one year and must hold a tenure-track position. The deadline for initial applications is July 15. Click here for more information.

Expand the Diversity of your Postdoctoral & Junior Faculty Applicants 

Research shows that more diverse workforces enjoy greater productivity and better outcomes. Diversity in the workplace fosters collaboration and cooperation among people of different backgrounds and viewpoints, allowing us to challenge our assumptions, test ideas and broaden knowledge. These interactions force us to anticipate alternative viewpoints and expect that reaching consensus will take effort, ultimately leading to creativity and innovation.The university maintains a database of over 1,400 graduate students from under-represented populations who are seeking postdoctoral positions and has access to over 5,000 more seeking postdoc and faculty positions through The Registry and The Black Doctoral Network. If you are interested in expanding the diversity of your postdoctoral and junior faculty applicants, please contact John P. Cullen, PhD, CTSI Director of Diversity and Inclusion, with information about your job opening and a set of research area keywords. Your job posting can be shared directly with those students who align withyour research area.

Application Deadline Nears for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers more than 500 awards in teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards for the 2017–18 academic year. The application deadline for most awards is August 1. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions, visit the program website.

July 5th, 2016

SCORE Half-Day Seminar: A Minds-On Practice

The Study Coordinators Organization for Research & Education (SCORE) recently held its 8th annual Half-Day Seminar. This year, the seminar included lectures on self-determination theory, standard operating procedures, and mindful practice, and also focused on root cause analysis, a method of reviewing adverse events that occur in clinical research in order to prevent recurrence. With recent changes in Food and Drug Administration guidelines for investigation of adverse events in clinical trials, some of the burden of root cause analysis has fallen to study coordinators and research nurses. That is why the Seminar Planning Committee, according to Nancy Needler, Manager, CTSI Research Coordinator Program decided to include a hands-on and “minds-on” root cause analysis practice in breakout sessions this year – a first for the SCORE Half-Day Seminar. Click here to read more about the seminar in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Expert Feedback on NIH Rigor and Transparency Guidelines

Do you have questions about recent changes to National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grant applications regarding scientific rigor and transparency? Tufts University recently held a webinar in which faculty shared their experiences in reviewing grants for rigor and reproducibility in NIH study sections. To hear more about how study sections are handling the new grant requirements access the webinar here.

Course on Recruitment and Retention

The Department of Public Health Sciences will offer PM419 "RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS IN CLINICAL RESEARCH" this fall. This course focuses on strategies to recruit and retain subjects from groups known to be ‘hard to recruit’ such as individuals from disenfranchised communities (racial/ethnic minorities, homeless) and other sub-groups such as the elderly. This course combines on-line work with in class discussion and presentations from individuals responsible for clinical research recruitment and retention. If you are interested in learning more about this course, contact researchhelp@urmc.rochester.edu.

Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant to Enhance Workforce Diversity

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for mental health research dissertation grants to enhance workforce diversity (R36).  The purpose of this FOA is to enhance the diversity of the mental health research workforce by providing dissertation awards in all research areas within the strategic priorities of the NIMH to individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research. This two-year award supports the completion of the doctoral research project. Applications are due on August 21st. Click here for the full FOA.

Mobile Health Data for Clinical and Health Systems Research

The NIH Collaboratory will host a webinar on Friday, July 8th from 1:00-2:00 pm focused on "Mobile Health Data for Clinical and Health Systems Research". This webinar will be led by Ida Sim, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Co-director of Biomedical Informatics at the UCSF Clinical Translational Science Institute, and Co-founder of Open mHealth. Open mHealth is a leader in open source data integration tools, and works to standardize and visualize medical data to fit your specific needs.Click here to enter the webinar.

June 27th,2016

CTSI Now Offers Advanced Certificate in Regulatory Science

The CTSI, in partnership with the Department of Public Health Sciences, is rolling out a new advanced certificate in regulatory science for graduate students, postdocs, and researchers from a broad range of fields. The program is just one of several efforts by the CTSI to advance regulatory science and promote student and trainee interest in learning how new drugs and devices are developed and ultimately reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Click here to read more about the new program and it's requirements in the CTSI Stories Blog.

NSF Director Outlines Six New "Research Big Ideas"

At its May meeting, the National Science Board praised National Science Foundation Director France Córdova’s proposed set of nine new ideas for the agency – including six “research big ideas” and three “process ideas” that she believes will lead to transformative discoveries. The foundation’s six research big ideas are: Harnessing Data; Shaping the New Human Technology Frontier; The Rules of Life; Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution; Navigating the New Arctic; and Windows on the Universe: the Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics. Click here to read the full press release.

Translational Genomics / Epigenomics Symposium

The Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo will host the FIRST Translational Genomics/Epigenomics Symposium at Roswell Park on September 23rd and 24th, 2016. There is an impressive line-up of speakers in the fields of DNA methylation and histone modifications, genomics, clinical genomics, and epigenomics. Registration is now open. Click here to read more about the symposium agenda and for the registration link.

The NIH Collaboratory

Supported by the Common Fund at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory aims to improve the way clinical trials are conducted by creating a new infrastructure for collaborative research with healthcare systems. The Collaboratory also supports the design and rapid execution of pragmatic clinical trial Demonstration Projects that address questions of major public health importance and engage healthcare delivery systems in research partnerships. These projects help to establish best practices and provide proof of concept for innovative designs in pragmatic clinical research. Data, tools, and resources produced by the Collaboratory are made available to the greater research community to promote partnerships with healthcare systems and propel a transformation in how clinical research is conducted.

Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program

The NIH is accepting applications for the 2017 Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program. This is a competitive opportunity for early-stage physician-scientists to conduct independent clinical and translational research as tenure-track investigators at the NIH and in academia. Funding provides full research and salary support for 5+ years at the NIH followed by three years in academia (up to $500,000/year) or continued appointment in the NIH intramural program. Applications are due by Friday, August 26, 2016.

Environmental Health Sciences Center Accepting Pilot Applications

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 year and must hold a tenure-track position. The deadline for initial applications is July 15th. Click here for more information.

June 20th, 2016

Under-Represented Scientists Stay in the Game with Help from the National Research Mentoring Network

The biomedical sciences have struggled with diversity for a long time. Research shows that many groups who are under-represented in the general population, are even further under-represented in the biomedical science workforce. In fact, one study found that black scientists were less likely to receive NIH funding than their white peers who had similar training experiences, publication records and educational backgrounds. To combat this, the NIH developed a Diversity Program Consortium that administers the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). Click here to read about how the National Research Mentoring Network is connecting researchers in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Networking for Scientists

Joseph Schmitthenner, life sciences career coach with the Center for Professional Development, will discuss networking strategies and resources for scientists. The workshop, which is designed for graduate students and postdocs, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 21st , in the Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), Medical Center. Contact CPD-SMD-Grad@URMC.Rochester.edu for more information.

Join a National Conversation About Women's Heart Health

HealthStreet is an innovative community engagement program at the University of Florida with a mission to improve the health of our community by bridging the gaps in health care and health research. The University of Florida, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, are hosting the 7th annual "Our Community, Our Health" event (OCOH) on women's heart health. This town hall meeting facilitates two-way communication between the community and researchers. We share ideas about priorities for health research and ways to communicate research findings and blends ideas for research from multiple stakeholders across the country. View the live stream link (6-7 p.m. EST) here on June 30th.

Killing Cancer Cells by Targeting Tumor Suppressors

The next Wilmot Cancer Institute Seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 20th, from 1:00-2:00 pm in the Formicola Conference Room (2.027). Marcus E. Peter, PhD, will present "Killing Cancer Cells by Targeting Tumor Suppressors". Dr. Peter is a Professor of Cancer Metabolism at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Environmental Health Sciences Center Accepting Pilot Applications

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 year and must hold a tenure-track position. The deadline for initial applications is July 15th. Click here for more information.

Big Data Science Training Enhancement Program

Recognizing the increase in data generated in the clinical setting, the Big Data Science Training Enhancement Program (BD-Step) seeks to bring scientists with expertise in bioinformatics, modeling, or management of large datasets into collaborative research environments at VA Medical Centers. The BD-Step program offers year long fellowships to address these big data challenges. Applications are due June 24th. Click here for more information and application instructions.

June 13th, 2016

Erika Augustine: Battling Batten Disease

Batten diseases are rare genetic disorders that affect 2 to 4 of every 100,000 infants born in the U.S. Genetic mutations disrupt the function of the nervous system causing vision loss and epilepsy starting between ages 5 and 10 and ultimately resulting in death in the 20’s or 30’s. When Erika Augustine, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology began caring for patients almost 10 years ago,  prospects for Batten disease treatments were limited. Now, Augustine and her colleagues are conducting clinical trials for a therapies that target the root of the disease rather than simply alleviating symptoms. In a new video on the CTSI Stories Blog, Augustine, who serves as a member of the Strategic Leadership Group for the CTSI and has utilized the CTSI’s Clinical Research Center to conduct her clinical trials, discusses her research and why she became a doctor and a researcher.

CTSI in the News

A reporter from the Rochester Business Journal recently caught up with CTSI co-director Karl Kieburtz, M.D., M.P.H., to talk about what the CTSI has been up to in the past 10 years. The CTSI’s new focus on bioinformatics – using digital technology to collect and analyze massive amounts of data – was the major focus of the article.  Over the past ten years, the CTSI researchers have kept pace with the boom in new technologies like FitBits and smartphones, and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter by using these technologies as research tools. Several research project in the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics, which is tightly integrated with the CTSI, utilize these technologies to track aspects of physical and psychological health of individual patients or entire populations. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog

Collaborations with the VA Seeks to Improve Veteran Care

The UR School of Nursing recently held a two-day conference where URMC researchers and administrators, researchers, and clinicians from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) discussed ways to improve home-based care for veterans. In an effort to foster more collaborations between URMC and the VA, the fall CTSI Grand Rounds will address research on veteran’s issues such as combating insomnia, preventing suicide, and managing pain. Other topics will include opportunities for research collaborations with the VA, how to improve the quality and evaluation of extended care for veterans, and how to become a VA researcher.

Supplemental Funding from the NIH Promotes Diversity in Research

The National Science Foundation has shown that individuals from certain racial and ethnic groups are greatly underrepresented in health sciences across the nation. In addition, individuals with physical or mental disabilities or who come from disadvantaged backgrounds experience significant barriers to joining the health science research workforce. Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from the National Institutes of Health are designed to create a pipeline for under-represented individuals to help them overcome those barriers.  Diversity Supplements are supported using funds specifically set aside for this purpose and thus can be approved by NIH Project Officers without peer review. This significantly expedites the review process and removes yet another barrier to funding for under-represented individuals. Click here to read more about these opportunities in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Toward an Integrated View of Aging in Context, Evolving Needs and Population Health

The next session of the Social Connectedness and Health Research Seminar Series will be held on Friday, June 24th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-502). Christopher Seplaki, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences will present "Toward an Integrated View of Aging in Context, Evolving Needs and Population Health." Dr. Seplaki's research focuses on understanding how challenges in the social and physical environment interact with the biological processes of aging, and how to translate that understanding into effective interventions that reduce disability and mortality among older adults. Lunch will be provided.

Seeds for Collaboration Inaugural Faculty Mixer

Seeds for Collaboration is a new faculty mixer that will be held monthly during the academic year sponsored by the Del Monte Institute for Neuromedicine and the Dean’s office. The goal is to germinate and incubate discourse that will ultimately result in inter-departmental and cross-disciplinary collaboration, discoveries, publications and grant applications. At each event faculty mingle for half an hour, and then three 5-8 minute talks are presented. It is hoped that “Seeds” will provide basic science, translational and clinical faculty alike an opportunity to share their research interests and directions and to attract collaborators in an informal, social environment. The first mixer will be held on June 14th. Click here for more information.

Registration for CIRC Summer School Open Now

The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) will be hosting workshop training sessions for a 6 week period starting on July 19th. Topics will include basic training in Linux, programming languages, data analytics tools, and visualization. The courses are designed for beginners and extra emphasis will be placed on using these languages, libraries, applications, etc. specifically
on BlueHive. Click here for the full course schedule and registration information.

REDCap Tip of the Month: Four Easy Ways to Boost Survey Response Rates

You always want the highest response rate possible when conducting a REDCap survey. But sometimes getting recipients to even open your email can be a challenge. Think about it: the average person receives 85 emails every day. That is an avalanche of work emails, promotions, newsletters, and stuff from random companies we do not remember giving our email to. Somehow your survey invitation needs to cut through the inbox clutter, grab your recipients’ attention, and convince them to complete the survey. Click here to learn four fundamentals that will help your survey rise above the clutter and increase response rates.

June 6th, 2016

mPower”-ing Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Ray Dorsey, M.D., David M. Levy professor of Neurology, director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics, and associate director for Clinical Trial Methods and Technologies at the CTSI and URMC, is featured in a new video discussing his research involving a smartphone application that helps assess symptoms of Parkinson’s disease patients from the comfort of their own homes. Dorsey helped develop the mPower smartphone app, which is a clinical research tool that is helping researchers understand why certain Parkinson’s disease patients experience certain symptoms and how those symptoms change over time.  Click here to read more about the mPower project and to view Dr. Dorsey's video on the CTSI Stories Blog.

8th Annual SCORE Half-Day Seminar on June 7th

The 8th Annual Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) half-day seminar will be held on Tuesday, June 7th from 7:30 am - 12:45 pm in the Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576). The theme of this year's seminar is Professional Development for Research Personnel and the purpose is to enable participants to identify the relevance of autonomous motivation in the workplace, root cause analysis strategies, an approach to standard operating procedure development, and mindful practice strategies.The keynote speech will be given by Christopher P. Niemiec PhD, Senior Lecturer of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology. Dr. Niemic will present "Self-Determination Theory: Optimal Motivation at Work." Click here for the full agenda.

Information Technology and Gender Ideology

The next session of the Diversity Seminar Series will be held on Tuesday, June 7th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619). Dr. Ineke Buskens, Principal Research Fellow in the Gender Tech Lab at the United Nations University on Computing and Society, will present "(Religious) Gender Ideologies and Information Communication Technology." Religious institutions shape cultural norms, social rules and behavior, and they impact the rigidity of the gender roles and rules that are used to justify gender discrimination. A new field for Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) research and intervention is focused on fostering appreciation for gender diversity and equality. Click here for more information and to register.

ROC Health Research Website

Did you know the CTSI supports the health research website, ROCHealthResearch?  This site is a place where investigators can post open studies, where patients and the community can see currently open studies or register to participate in future studies.  If you would like more information about the site please contact researchhelp@urmc.rochester.edu.”

May 30th, 2016

New CTSI Website Goes Live!

The CTSI is transitioning to a new website to make it easier for you to find what you need. The site features a radically simplified navigation to connect you to CTSI programs and information quickly and easily. Click here to go to the site. As of today, only the top-level pages have been re-designed, and they continue to link to the old pages. Over the next month or so, the rest of the site will be transitioned over, so check back often. Let us know what you think by responding to our anonymous REDCap survey! ?

Tackling US Veterans Health Issues With Research

This Memorial Day, while we celebrate and honor the many Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, we are also reminded of the many issues faced by our veterans who have returned home. When Phillip Saunders donated $10 million to the University of Rochester Medical Center for the construction of a new home for clinical and translational research, he stipulated that the building, which now bears his name, honor U.S. armed forces. Visitors of the Saunders Research Building may recognize the Veteran Memorial Wall, which is prominently displayed in the building’s atrium. The fall CTSI Seminar Series will honor Saunders request by highlighting veteran research occurring at the University of Rochester, the Rochester Outpatient Clinic/Canandaigua Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, and across the country. Click here to read more about the upcoming CTSI Seminar Series in the CTSI Stories Blog.

REDCap Data Management for Clinical Research Course

A self-paced, online "Data Management for Clinical Research" course has been re-released via Coursera.org. The course is available to anyone at no cost (regardless of location or institution affiliation) and is designed to teach important concepts related to research data planning, collection, storage, and dissemination. This course assumes very little current knowledge of technology and will focus on practical lessons, short quizzes, and hands-on exercises to explore best practices for data management.

Closing Out Mental Health Awareness Month

As we near the end of Mental Health Awareness Month, the CTSI would like to highlight some mental health research projects it has funded in the past 10 years. Mental Health Awareness Month is the longest running national initiative of Mental Health America. Every May since 1949, has been dedicated to fighting damaging stigma about mental illnesses while fostering awareness that these illnesses are real and treatable. The organization also provides tools to help connect people in need with services and treatment for their mental illnesses. Click here to read about the mental health focused research projects that the CTSI has supported.

Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium June 1st

This Annual Health Professions' Faculty Development Colloquium is a highly interactive program that brings together faculty, educators, and healthcare professionals to share strategies and best practices in health professionals education.  Thought-provoking plenary sessions, workshops, and short communications covering a variety of topics will help renew and support Colloquium participants in their professional roles.  Poster presentations will foster networking and the interchange of ideas. The 2016 colloquium will be held on Wednesday, June 1st, from 7:30-5:00. Register here.

Registration for SCORE Half-Day Seminar Closes June 2nd

Registration will close for the 8th Annual SCORE Half-Day Seminar on June 2nd. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, June 7th from 7:30 am -12:45 pm in the Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576). The keynote speech will be given by Christopher P. Niemiec PhD, Senior Lecturer and Research Associate in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology at the University of Rochester. Dr. Niemic will present "Self-Determination Theory: Optimal Motivation at Work." Click here for the full agenda.

May 23rd, 2016

SCORE Half-Day Seminar to feature Root Cause Analysis Simulation

The registration deadline is approaching for the 8th Annual SCORE Half-Day Seminar, taking place on Tuesday, June 7th. This year's half-day seminar will feature a simulation of root cause analysis, a metholodology to review adverse events, identify key causes and contributing factors and implement system-based solutions. Read more on the CTSI Stories Blog.

Solomon Abiola wins local Falling Walls Competition

Solomon Abiola, a dual PhD candidate in translational biomedical science and computer science, won the University's second annual Falling Walls competition. Abiola will head to Berlin to compete against 99 other researchers from around the world. Each competitor will give a three-minute pitch in front of leading scientists and innovators. Abiola will describe his work on a mobile health application known as Node that helps health officials respond and track disease outbreaks as they occur. Read more on the University of Rochester Newscenter page.

URMC Diversity Seminar Series June 7th

Ineke Buskens, Drs, principle research fellow at Gender Tech Labs, will speak at the URMC Diversity Seminar Series on Tuesday, June 7 at noon. Her talk, titled "Religious Gender Ideologies and Information Communication Technology," will take place in the Lower Adolph Auditorium. Her most recent book, Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East; Changing Selves, Changing Societies, is one of the first to address critical areas of gender and computing in cultural context.

Celebrating Clinical Trials Day

Clinical Trials Day is celebrated on May 20th each year in honor of the start of what is largely regarded as the first clinical trial: a 1747 study of diet and scurvy among sailors in the British Royal Navy. URMC's Clinical Research Center (CRC) is an essential resource for the implementation of clinical trials and offers a safe and comfortable place for patients and study volunteers to receive treatments. Read more about Clinical Trials Day and the CRC on the CTSI Stories Blog.

Collaborative Pilot Award Program in Data Health Analytics

The purpose of this initial Pilot Award Program by the Goergen Institute for Data Science is to promote new cross campus, multidisciplinary collaborations that aim to utilize data to predict and improve health outcomes. Preference will be given to proposals that are highly innovative, interdisciplinary and have a high potential for follow-on funding, particularly proposals from faculty that participated in the Health Data Retreat. Applications are due by May 31. Click here to read the full RFA.

Congratulations, Graduates!

The CTSI congratulates graduates from the May commencement that took part in CTSI-funded education programs like the Academic Research Track and those supported by the CTSI during their MD/PhD program. Click here to see the list and read more on the CTSI Stories Blog.

May 16th, 2016

NIH Women of Color Research Network

The Women of Color Research Network is an online community of women helping other women succeed in research, with a special focus on enhancing diversity in biomedical science. The purpose of this site is to provide women in biomedical careers of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and their supporters with a venue for networking and sharing information. Members can exchange ideas about career development, get advice on navigating the NIH grants process, and participate in discussion groups on a wide range of topics, such as mentoring, science policy, and work-life balance. Click here to read more about the Women of Color Research Network in the CTSI Stories Blog.

SCORE Call for Posters Deadline is May 20th

The 8th Annual Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) Half-Day Seminar will take place at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry on Tuesday, June 7th, in the Ryan Case Method Room 1-9576. SCORE invites study team members (study coordinators/project nurses) to submit posters by Friday, May 20th to be displayed at the 8th Annual SCORE Half-Day Seminar – For further information click here. The seminar, Professional Development for Research Personnel, will be presented for those who actively coordinate health research. To register on-line, click here by June 2nd.

Prognosis Discussions in Oncology

The next session of the Social Connectedness and Health Research Seminar Series will be held on Friday, May 20th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-502). Ronald Epstein, MD, Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research will present "Prognosis Discussions in Oncology: Why is it so hard to change the conversation?" Vegetarian and non-vegetarian food options will be served.

Announcing OpenHelix Access

Miner Library now provides access to OpenHelix, an online learning forum with tutorials and self-paced, hands-on exercises to help you learn more about a variety of bioinformatics tools and workflows. These tutorials supplement our existing calendar of workshops and classes, which are ongoing and open to all members of the URMC community Access to the full suite of OpenHelix tutorials and materials is made possible by a partnership between Medical Center Libraries and Technology, the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and River Campus Libraries.

Submissions Now Open for Journal of Clinical and Translational Science

Cambridge University Press and the Association for Clinical and Translational Science announced that they are jointly launching a new Open Access title - Journal of Clinical and Translational Science(JCTS). The Journal of Clinical and Translational Science is an international peer-reviewed journal that will publish papers capturing the spectrum of research from T1 (translation from research lab bench to bedside) through to T4 (translation to populations). JCTS will start publishing in 2016 and is now open for submissions.

CFAR Funding Opportunities

The University for Rochester Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is excited to announce two pilot RFA’s this spring. The CFAR Focused Topic Areas RFA focuses on three areas:  HIV-associated Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease,  Stress, Trauma, and Vulnerable Populations, and HIV Cure.  The CFAR General HIV/AIDS RFA is a general call for applications to address key gaps in our understanding of HIV/AIDS and that address the NIH HIV/AIDS High Priority Research Topics that have been designated by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Office of AIDS Research (OAR) (see RFA for list). Applications are due for both pilot RFA’s before or on June 24th 2016, no later than 5 PM. Click here for more information.

Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium June 1st

This Annual Health Professions' Faculty Development Colloquium is a highly interactive program that brings together faculty, educators, and healthcare professionals to share strategies and best practices in health professionals education.  Thought-provoking plenary sessions, workshops, and short communications covering a variety of topics will help renew and support Colloquium participants in their professional roles.  Poster presentations will foster networking and the interchange of ideas. The 2016 colloquium will be held on Wednesday, June 1st, from 7:30-5:00. Register here.

ROSS System Downtime for Maintenance

Please be advised the RSRB Online Submission System (ROSS) will be unavailable from 4-7pm every Saturday, starting this Saturday, May 14th until further notice for maintenance. During this time you will not be able to access any RSRB applications or their associated documents, nor will you be able to create/submit any new action items (i.e., Amendments, Continuing Reviews or Reportable Events). Please plan accordingly!

May 9th, 2016

Care for One, that’s Love. Care for Hundreds, that’s Nursing. It’s National Nurses Week!

Today kicks off National Nurses Week – a historical week of recognition and appreciation for the front line of the health care system. While many people recognize the role nurses play in providing patient care, their integral role in biomedical research is often overlooked. The CTSI is proud to have supported four nurse researchers through our Pilot Funding Programs, KL2 Mentored Career Development Program, and the Year-Out Program for Medical Students. Click here to read more about the researchers and their projects in the CTSI Stories Blog. And don't forget to recognize the nurses that make a difference in your life!

SCORE Call for Posters Extended Until May 20th

The 8th Annual Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) Half-Day Seminar will take place at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry on Tuesday, June 7th, in the Ryan Case Method Room 1-9576. SCORE invites study team members (study coordinators/project nurses) to submit posters by Friday, May 20th to be displayed at the 8th Annual SCORE Half-Day Seminar – For further information click here. The seminar, Professional Development for Research Personnel, will be presented for those who actively coordinate health research. To register on-line, click here by June 2nd.

CTSI Seminar: Population Health Analytics

The next session of the CTSI seminar series will be held on Thursday, May 12th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Ryan Case Method Room. Michael Dulin, MD, PhD, will present "Population Health Analytics." Dr. Dulin is the Chief Clinical Officer for analytics and outcomes research for the Dickson Advanced Analytics Group (DA2) in the Carolinas Healthcare System. Dr. Dulin founded and serves as the director of the Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research (MAPPR), and co-founded the North Carolina Network Collaborative (NCNC).Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.

REDCap and eRecord Open Discussion

The next meeting of the Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) will be held on Thursday, May 12th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Saunders Research Building (1.416). Amanda Davin, Analyst Programmer in Academic IT, and David Pinto, BS, RN, Clinical Research Informaticist with the CTSI, will lead an open discussion about using REDCap and eRecord in research. The event location remains available from 1:00 to 1:30pm for continued discussions among participants.

(Religious) Gender Ideologies and Information Communication Technology

The next session of the Diversity Seminar Series will be held on Tuesday, June 7th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619). Ineke Buskens, Drs, will present "(Religious) Gender Ideologies and Information Communication Technology (ICT)." Dr. Buskens is a cultural anthropologist who is currently based at the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society in Macau, SAR China. To register for this workshop, please contact Grace Fuller.

Register Now For the Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium

Registration is now open for the Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium, to be held on Wednesday, June 1, from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The featured plenary speaker will be Geoff R. Norman, PhD, from McMaster University. The colloquium will also feature short communications and workshops on a variety of topics intended to meet the needs of faculty, educators and health care professionals. Interactive sessions and poster presentations by colloquium participants will foster the interchange of ideas. Click here for the full program information and to register.

Zika Virus Community Discussion

As the weather warms the, possibility of a Zika outbreak in the U.S. looms large. What is the likelihood of an outbreak in Rochester? What should womend do to protect themselves? Come to a free community talk and panel discussion featuring URMC women's health and infectious disease experts. The talk will be held on Monday, May 9th at 7:30 pm in the Rochester Museum and Science Center Eisenhardt Auditorium. Click here to view the flyer.

Full access to OpenHelix Now Available

The University of Rochester now has full acess to OpenHelix, which is an online bioinformatics resource that promotes more efficient use of the most relevant resources. OpenHelix empowers researchers by providing a search portal to find genomics resources and training, distributing effective tutorials and training materials on genomics resources, and contracting with resource providers to provide comprehensive training and outreach programs.

REDCap Tip of the Month: Leveraging the Codebook

REDCap projects often have multiple stakeholders, each with a different area of interest or focus for the project. The REDCap proficiencies of these stakeholders can also vary, which poses challenges when you are trying to provide a high-level overview of how you are constructing the project’s variables. One solution to this challenge is to leverage the Codebook that is already incorporated in REDCap. The Codebook is a read-only version of the much larger Data Dictionary for the project. Click here to learn how to access the codebook in REDCap.

May 2nd, 2016

An Eye on Global Health: The Rochester Global Health Symposium

The CTSI recently hosted a full-day symposium to discuss current global health issues, such as the spread of the Zika virus, global cancer prevention and control, addressing global health disparities using new approaches and technologies, and more. The Rochester Global Health Symposium & UNYTE Scientific Session, which was organized by the Coordinating and Collaborating Center at the CTSI, featured presentations by leaders in global health research who are part of the Global and Territorial Health Research Network, or “Global Network”. The symposium included a full day of presentations with breakout discussion sessions as well as a student poster session and competition. Three students were recognized for the outstanding scientific merit and visual quality of their posters out of 27 poster presenters. Click here for more information about the symposium or to access the video recording via the CTSI Stories Blog.

Collaborative Pilot Award Program in Data Health Analytics

The purpose of this initial Pilot Award Program by the Goergen Institute for Data Science is to promote new cross campus, multidisciplinary collaborations with a goal to utilize data to predict and improve health outcomes. Preference will be given to proposals that are highly innovative, interdisciplinary and have a high potential for follow-on funding, particularly proposals from faculty that participated in theHealth Data Retreat. Applications are due by May 31. Click here to read the full RFA.

Falling Walls Competition Application Deadline Extended

The Falling Walls Conference commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall by hosting young entrepreneurs and inventors and giving them the opportunity to express their best ideas, ideas that will “break down the walls” and remove barriers to progress in science and society. The participants in this international conference are the winners of local competitions held around the world. If you are interested in applying, click here for the full instructions.The registration period for the Falling Walls competition is quickly coming to a close. The preliminary event will take place on Wednesday, May 18th in the Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall beginning at 2 p.m.

SCORE Half-day Seminar: Call for Posters!

Research study coordinators and project nurses are invited to register and submit posters for the CTSI-sponsored 8th Annual Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) Half-Day Seminar taking place at the URMC on Tuesday, June 7th. The SCORE Half-Day Seminar is a half day of learning and professional development for research personnel. Researchers, study coordinators, and project nurses are encouraged to participate in discussions about autonomous motivation, “mindfulness”, and supporting psychological needs in the workplace, reducing risk and preventing adverse events, and better understanding how to plan, implement, and maintain a “standard operating procedure”. Click here for the full story in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Perceived Risks of Medication Side-Effects

The next session of the HSR Seminar Series will be held on Friday, May 13th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall 1w-502. Peter Veazie, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences will present "The role of sense of uniqueness and regulatory focus in risk perception and uncertainty about medication side-effects." Results are reported from a recent pilot study suggesting (1) that the perceived risk of medication side-effects is related to how unique people believe themselves to be and (2) that there is greater uncertainty around the risk of such side-effects for people who focus on promoting gains rather than preventing losses. 

28th Annual Genetics Day Today

The 28th annual Genetics Day Symposium which will take place on Monday, May 2, in the Medical Center's Class of ’62 Auditorium and the Flaum Atrium. Genetics Day is an annual UCIS-sponsored one-day symposium showcasing genetics research in oral and poster presentations. This year's Fred Sherman lecturer is Michael Levine, professor and director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, who will present “Visualization and Evolution of Transcriptional Enhancers in Animal Development."

April 25th, 2016

CTSI Seminar Series: Trainee Presentations

The next session of the Spring 2016 CTSI seminar series will feature presentations by CTSI Year-Out Trainees. The CTSI supports medical students interested in a year-out experience of mentored research in clinical or translational research through the Academic Research Track. Erika Snow will present on her project "The Role of E-cigarettes as a Barrier to Smoking Cessation." Leigh Sundem will present on her project  "Erythropoietin for Compression Neuropathy: Preclinical Efficacy and Cellular Site of Action." Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.

Date:  Tuesday, April 26th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Saunders Research Building Room 1.416 ** Please note special location**

Success Stories: Incubator Grant leads to R01 Investigating Psoriatic Arthritis Biomarker

Past Incubator Program awardee, Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chief of Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine at URMC, has just won a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore a promising biomarker and possible drug target of psoriatic arthritis (PsA).  In previous studies funded by the CTSI Incubator Program Award, Ritchlin and his collaborators began to shed light on how and why osteoclasts run amok in PsA. Click here to read more about Dr. Ricthlin's research.

Satcher Health Improvement Awards April 29th

The 7th Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards will be held on Friday, April 29th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities will present "From Health Disparities to Health Equity: Building Relationships in Healthcare Systems and Communities." The Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards recognize University of Rochester Medical Center faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community through research, teaching, practice and outreach. Click here to register.

Register now for the Academic Core Curriculum

The academic core curriculum for Junior Faculty is a week-long course designed to help Senior Instructors and Assistant Professors identify the skills they need for more successful career advancement. The 2016 course will be held from September 26th-30th, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm each day. Registrants are expected to attend all five days. Click here for the course topics and registration information.

Cognivue: Assessing the Aging Brain

The next Good Advice skill-building workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 27th, from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. This session will feature a joint presentation by Charles Duffy, MD, PhD, Professor of Cognitive Behavioral Neurology; and John Fahner-Vihtelic, Senior Licensing Manager with UR Ventures. The title of the presentation is "Cognivue: Assessing the aging brain - Patenting, Licensing, and Commercializing a Breakthrough Technology." Cognivue® is a first-of-its-kind, computer-based cognitive assessment tool designed to better and more easily measure brain function to detect early signs of dementia.

Brazilian Researcher Esper Kallas to Present on Zika Virus

Esper Kallas, M.D., Ph.D., an infectious diseases specialist and professor of Medicine at the University of Sao Paulo Brazil will present at the University of Rochester on Monday, May 9th from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in Whipple Auditorium. Dr. Kallas participated in a research fellowship program at URMC from 1996 to 1998, and has watched the outbreak unfold in Brazil. The entire University community is invited to attend. Click here for more information.

28th Annual Genetics Day on May 2

The 28th annual Genetics Day Symposium which will take place on Monday, May 2, in the Medical Center's Class of ’62 Auditorium and the Flaum Atrium. Genetics Day is an annual UCIS-sponsored one-day symposium showcasing genetics research in oral and poster presentations. This year's Fred Sherman lecturer is Michael Levine, professor and director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, who will present “Visualization and Evolution of Transcriptional Enhancers in Animal Development."

Aisha Siebert Defense on April 25th

PhD in Translational Biomedical Science student Aisha Lynn Siebert will defend her dissertation on Monday, April 25th at 9:00 am in the Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576). Ms. Siebert's research project is entitled “Parasitoid wasp (Nasonia) venoms: high throughput approach to functional characterization and translational application to drug discover.” All are welcome to attend.

April 18th, 2016

CTSI Seminar Series: Hub Research Capacity

The Spring 2016 CTSI seminar series is devoted to unveiling plans for version 2.0 of the CTSI. This week will feature a joint presentation on Hub Research Capacity by Nancy Bennett, MD, Co-Director of the CTSI; Steven Barnett, MD, Director of the National Center for Deaf Health Research; and Giovanni Schifitto, MD, MS, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Clinical Research Center (CRC). Critical activities for the successful conduct of translational research include ensuring the inclusion of all populations and the quality of participant and clinical interactions. To this end, UR-CTSI programs facilitate the integration of research across the broad spectrum of human diversity. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, April 19th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

RocHackHealth: A Path Toward New Solutions to Health Care Issues

RocHackHealth, a health care data hackathon hosted by the University of Rochester CTSI, was held this past weekend, April 8th –  10th, and was a great success. Teams of “hactivists” competed to come up with innovative big data solutions to issues currently facing the US health care system. Three separate challenges were given to teams to solve using available data and the winners of each challenge were awarded small prizes. Click here to read more about the winning teams and their projects in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Maintaining Leadership in LGBT Health Care Equality through Research

As you may have  read, UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial and F.F. Thompson Hospitals were recently recognized as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. Both hospitals earned top marks by demonstrating a strong commitment to providing equitable, inclusive care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and their families. John P Cullen, Ph.D., Director of CTSI Diversity and Inclusion and coordinator of outreach for the Susan B. Anthony Center, says that within the Rochester region, nearly 7% of people self-identify as lesbian, gay or bi-sexual, which is about twice the national average of other cities. Click here to read more from Dr. Cullen abouth this important local topic.

Center for Community Health Call for Mini-Grant Applications

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 June 2016. Applications are welcome from either URMC or community partners. The goal 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 Tuesday, May 10th at noon. Click here for the full RFA.

Call for Posters: SCORE Half-Day Seminar

The Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) invites study team members (study coordinator or project nurse) to submit posters to be displayed at the Annual SCORE Half Day Seminar. Posters should be research related and may be specific to a research study.The presenting author must be prepared to discuss how coordinating the study has positively affected their professional development. Submissions are due by Friday, May 4th at 4:00 pm. Click here for the full call for posters and the poster submission form.

The Diabetes Ecosystem and Small Island Developing States

Early photos and drawings of Pacific peoples show a lean, active, and healthy population that thrived in a challenging and isolated environment. How then did the Pacific Islands become one of the most intransigent diabetes hot zones on the planet? Timothy De Ver Dye, PhD, Director of the CTSI Informatics Program recently wrote a blog post about this topic in Biomed Central. Click here to read about what Dr. Dye's research has revealed about this topic.

Clinical and Basic Science Research Networking Event

On Wednesday, April 20th, the residency and graduate training programs of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will host a clinical and basic science research networking event to foster collaboration among faculty and trainees within diverse
disciplines. The event will include poster presentations, cocktails, and light hors d’oeuvres in the Saunders Research Building Atrium from 5 to 7 p.m. If you wish to attend, RSVP to Leslie_Antinarella@urmc.rochester.edu.

RoME Colloquium on mHealth and E-interventions

The Rochester mHealth and eInterventions (RoME) Colloquia aim to foster collaboration and innovation among interested members of the Greater Rochester region with an interest in research, intervention, or service delivery though mobile health and online media. You are invited to attend the first session on April 27th from 1:00-4:00 pm in the Romano room (1-9041). Dr. Helen Christensen, Chief Scientist and Director of the Black Dog Institute, will present "Delivering Interventions for Depression and Mental Health Using the Internet." RSVP to Vincent Silenzio.

Variable Selection Methods for Data Clustering

The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) will host its final symposium of the semester on Friday, April 15th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Class of ’62 Auditorium in the Medical Center (URMC G-9425). This month’s featured speaker is Tanzy Love from the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology. Tanzy will discuss variable selection methods for data clustering and demonstrate a new method with successful results. Click here for the full seminar description.

Data Sharing and Reuse: Expanding Our Concept of Collaboration

The National Cancer Institute supports the Team Science Toolkit, which is an interactive website to support, conduct, and study team-based research. A recent article by Betsy Rolland, PhD MLIS MPH, entitled "Data Sharing and Reuse: Expanding Our Concept of Collaboration" examines the challenges to data sharing and some potential solutions. Click here to read more.

Save the Date: Genetics Day is May 2

The 28th annual Genetics Day Symposium which will take place on Monday, May 2, in the Medical Center's Class of ’62 Auditorium and the Flaum Atrium. Genetics Day is an annual UCIS-sponsored one-day symposium showcasing genetics research in oral and poster presentations. This year's Fred Sherman lecturer is Michael Levine, professor and director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, who will present “Visualization and Evolution of Transcriptional Enhancers in Animal Development."

April 11th, 2016

CTSI Seminar Series: Career Development and Predoctoral Training Programs

The Spring 2016 CTSI seminar series is devoted to unveiling plans for version 2.0 of the CTSI. This week will feature a joint presentation on the CTSI Career Development Program and the CTSI Predoctoral Training Programs by Robert Holloway, MD, MPH, Director of the CTSI Career Development program, and Timothy Dye, PhD, Director of the CTSI Predoctoral Training programs. The mentored Career Development program provides 2 years of support for the early career development of multidisciplinary clinical and translational scientists. The CTSI supports predoctoral trainees through three different programs; the Year-Out mentored research program; the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP); and the Translational Biomedical Science Phd program. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, April 12th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location:Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619) ***Please Note Location Change***

UR Connected: Linking Researchers and Research Coordinators at UR

UR Connected is like Monster.com for research coordinators.  Like Monster, UR Connected is a web application that allows job seekers and employers to find one other – only in this case the job seekers are all research coordinators and the employers are research investigators at the University of Rochester. Within UR Connected, research coordinators can post their qualifications, advertise availability for new or additional projects, browse job titles and HRMS IDs for posted jobs, or browse opportunities to contribute to in their spare time. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Can Big Data Transform Healthcare?

On April 7th, Martin Zand, MD, PhD, director of the Rochester Center for Health Informatics and co-director of the CTSI discussed the future of big data in health care at the Simon Business School New York City Seminar Series. Big data, defined as too large or complex to be captured, analyzed, or stored by conventional data processing methods, has captured the world’s attention in recent years. The inception of many new and inexpensive ways to collect large amounts of data (think Fitbit® and genome sequencing), has unlocked new and boundless potential to inform practices in business, government, health care, and beyond. Click here to read more about big data in the CTSI Stories blog.

Improving Communication in Advanced Cancer

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, April 15th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Ronald Epstein, MD, Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research will present "Talking About the Hard Stuff: An Intervention to Improve Communication in Advanced Cancer". Assorted wraps will be available while supplies last. Bring your own beverage.

New Advanced Certificate in Regulatory Science

The advanced certificate in Regulatory Science is a multidisciplinary, cross-departmental graduate credential administered by the Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) designed to produce a cadre of highly trained professionals able to contribute to the development of new medical interventions by enhancing the innovation, efficiency, and quality of the medical product development pipeline. The goal of the program is to provide trainees with in-depth instruction in the fundamental skills, methodology, and principles necessary for a future career as a successful researcher/ scientist, reviewer, or other professional in academia, industry, government or other organization. Click here for more information about the program.

Falling Walls Competition Applications Due Friday

The Falling Walls Conference commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall by hosting young entrepreneurs and inventors and giving them the opportunity to express their best ideas, ideas that will “break down the walls” and remove barriers to progress in science and society. The participants in this international conference are the winners of local competitions held around the world. If you are interested in applying, click here for the full instructions. Applications are due April 15th.

Satcher Health Improvement Awards April 29th

The 7th Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards will be held on Friday, April 29th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities will present "From Health Disparities to Health Equity: Building Relationships in Healthcare Systems and Communities." The Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards recognize University of Rochester Medical Center faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community through research, teaching, practice and outreach. Click here to register.

Registration for the Global Health Symposium Ends April 14th

The 2nd Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium and UNYTE Scientific Session will be held on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 and will focus on Innovation Solutions to Combat Global Health Disparities. This year’s symposium brings together leaders in global health research from Upstate New York and around the world to promote research collaboration, provide networking opportunities and help new researchers begin a career in global health. Students, trainees, junior faculty and senior faculty are all invited! There is no charge to attend but registration is required. The deadline to register is April 14th. Click here for more information and the registration link.

Developing and Advancing a Career in Research

The next Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) event will be held on Thursday, April 14th from 12:00-1:30 in the Saunders Research Building (1.416). A series of panelists will discuss the topic "Hear My Story: Sharing the When, How, and Why in Developing and Advancing a Career in Research". Panelist members will include David Oldfield, Project Nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital; Noreen Connolly, Health Project Coordinator at the Strong Epilepsy Center; and Jessica DeSanctis Keith, Student in the Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology program.

REDCap Tip of the Month: Adding Confirmation Emails

Have you ever wished REDCap could automatically send a confirmation email whenever a respondent completes your survey?  A recent upgrade to REDCap now allows you to do just that. The use of a confirmation email is a great way you to thank the respondent. It is also a useful way to send respondents a copy of any pertinent information related to the survey they just completed. Click here to read more about this new feature in the CTSI Stories blog.

April 4th, 2016

The CTSI Research Methods Forum: Get More Out of Your CTSI Grant Applications

The CTSI is implementing a new forum this May to help junior investigators become independently funded. The pathways are a fast track showing how investigators can rework their scientific proposals for KL2 Mentored Career Development and CTSI Pilot awards into proposals for K or R21 awards from the National Institutes of Health. The twice monthly Research Methods Forum will focus on multidisciplinary research methods and will offer investigators the opportunity to share research ideas and receive constructive criticism from their peers. While the forum is open to investigators of all ranks, it will particularly benefit junior investigators by offering the opportunity to interact with potential collaborators and receive thorough feedback on their proposed research early in project development. Click here to read more about the Research Methods Forum in the CTSI Stories Blog.

A Quality Systems Approach to Clinical Site Management

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature a presentation entitled "A Quality Systems Approach to Clinical Site Managment" given by members of the Clinical Materials Services Unit (CMSU). Presenters will include Cornelia Kamp, Executive Director of Strategic Services; Tim Hackett, Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, and Joan Woodcook, Manager of Quality Assurance. The seminar will review the role of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in managing site activities as well as practical implications of using SOPs. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. This session is co-sponsored by the Office for Human Subject Protection.

Date:  Tuesday, April 5th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619) ***Please Note Location Change***

2016 Weliky Lecture on Women and Diversity in Medicine

The 2016 Tana Grady-Weliky, MD, Lecture on Women and Diversity in Medicine will be held on Tuesday, April 5th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Brenda D. Lee, MEd, Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs, Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Humanities, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry will present "Indelible Encounters and Obstacles to Institutional Credibility: Reflections from a 39-year Journey with Medical School Diversity." To register for this event please email Grace Fuller.

Rochester Global Health Symposium Call for Posters Extended to April 8th

The 2nd Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium and UNYTE Scientific Session will be held on Thursday, April 21st. Poster abstract submissions are now being accepted for research posters focused on global health topics or descriptive posters sharing information about institutional programs, laboratories, services and resources. Students who submit posters in category 1 (research posters) will be eligible to compete in a student poster competition, to be judged by a vote of poster session attendees. Poster abstracts are due by April 8th. Click here for the full call for posters.

New York Bioconnections 2016

NewYorkBIO is committed to connecting NY's community clusters to foster growth, share passions and best practices, and cultivate life science research and commercialization in every corner of New York State. On April 6th from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Ryan Case Method Room, NewYorkBio will host Bioconnections 2016, an informational session focused on investment opportunities for growing companies, ways to reduce costs, public policy and advocacy issues, and professional development. Click here to register.

Assay Guidance Workshop for High-Throughput Screening and Lead Discovery

NCATS and FDA researchers are holding a workshop on April 5-6, 2016, at the Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building in College Park, Maryland, for scientists involved in assay development for high-throughput screening and lead optimization. The goal of the workshop is to share best practices and provide advice for robust assay design and development. During the two-day workshop, drug discovery experts will cover a broad range of critical concepts underlying assay development and lead discovery strategies. Registrants can elect to attend in person or via webinar here.

Falling Walls Competition Accepting Applications

The Falling Walls Conference commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall by hosting young entrepreneurs and inventors and giving them the opportunity to express their best ideas, ideas that will “break down the walls” and remove barriers to progress in science and society. The participants in this international conference are the winners of local competitions held around the world. The conference consists of a series of rapid-fire three minute presentations. Each presenter will have just three minutes and three slides — one slide with his or her name and presentation title followed by two content slides — to convey any number of major themes and ideas. If you are interested in applying, click here for the full instructions. Applications are due April 15th.

OnPar: Online Partnership to Accelerate Research

OnPAR gives investigators a second chance at funding by matching high-scoring, unfunded National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposals with private biomedical foundations and/or industries seeking to fund promising research. Foundations will have access to peer-reviewed research proposals that directly relate to their funding priorities, industry will have access to a rich pipeline of early stage and translational research proposals that align with its priorities, while applicants with strong research proposals will be provided with a second opportunity to secure funding. Click here to apply.

2016 Science of Team Science Conference

The Science of Team Science (SciTS) is a rapidly growing cross-disciplinary field of study that aims to build an evidence-base and to develop translationalapplications to help maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of team-based research. The 2016 conference will review the current state of knowledge in the SciTS field, highlight applications for enhancing team science, and discuss future directions for advancing SciTS to improve the global scientific enterprise. The conference will be held on May 16-19th in Phoenix, Arizona. Click here for registration information.

Psychology Internship and Fellowship Programs

The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is pleased to offer several psychology training opportunities, each of which are strongly integrated with the UCSD Department of Psychiatry. This collaboration results in a rich clinical and research environment. Applications to the internship program are due by November 1, and postdoctoral applications are due by December 21. Click here for more information.

March 28th, 2016

Network Science / Regulatory Science

The Spring 2016 CTSI seminar series is devoted to unveiling plans for version 2.0 of the CTSI. This week will feature a presentation on Network and Regulatory Science by Martin Zand, MD, PhD, Co-Director of the CTSI  and Professor of Medicine. The Network Science function will bring together the University of Rochester Institute for Data Science, the Rochester Center for Health Informatics, and the Department of Public Health Sciences to create an Optional Function in translational network science that will develop, apply and disseminate novel network science methods, develop and implement a core curriculum in translational research network methodologies, and disseminate these resources to the CTSA network The Regulatory Science function will focus on the FDA’s identified Regulatory Science priority areas of ensuring readiness to evaluate innovative and emerging technologies and to stimulate innovation in clinical trials and personalized medicine to improve product development and patient outcomes. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, March 29th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304)

Rochester Global Health Symposium Call for Posters

The 2nd Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium and UNYTE Scientific Session will be held on Thursday, April 21st. Poster abstract submissions are now being accepted for research posters focused on global health topics or descriptive posters sharing information about institutional programs, laboratories, services and resources. Students who submit posters in category 1 (research posters) will be eligible to compete in a student poster competition, to be judged by a vote of poster session attendees. Poster abstracts are due by April 1st. Click here for the full call for posters.

2015-16 Faculty Pilot Program Awardee: David N. Herrmann, MD

David Herrmann, MD, Professor of Neurology and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will conduct a “Pilot Study of Mexiletine for Muscle Cramps in Charcot Marie tooth Disease” over the next year with support from the CTSI Faculty Pilot Program.. Dr. Herrmann is Director of the Peripheral Neuropathy Clinics and Cutaneous Innervation Laboratory and also the Rochester PI for the Inherited Neuropathy Consortium Rare Disease Clinical Research Center. Dr. Herrmann’s research focuses on new gene identification for inherited neuropathies, development of novel neuropathy outcome measures and biomarkers and experimental therapeutics. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Palliative Care: Who, What, When, Where and Why

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, April 1st from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Timothy Quill, MD, Acting Director, Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics and Georgia & Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care will present "Palliative Care: Who, What, When, Where and Why." Assorted wraps will be available while supplies last. Bring your own beverage.

Satcher Health Improvement Awards April 29th

The 7th Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards will be held on Friday, April 29th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities will present "From Health Disparities to Health Equity: Building Relationships in Healthcare Systems and Communities." The Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards recognize University of Rochester Medical Center faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community through research, teaching, practice and outreach. Click here to register.

Save the Date: Annual Health Professions Faculty Development Colloquium June 1st

The Annual Health Professions' Faculty Development Colloquium will be held on Wednesday, June 1st from 7:30 am -4:00 pm. This years keynote speaker is Geoff Norman PhD, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. Dr. Norman will present "The Things We Know, the Things We Think We Know But Don''t, and the Things We Don''t Know But Should. Faculty, students, residents, fellows, and staff are all invited to attend this event! More information about the colloquium and registration will be available soon.

Poor Wages, Poor Health

The Occupational Health Clinical Center (OHCC) in Syracuse recently issued a report called: “Healthy Work in Syracuse? Conversations with Low Wage Workers.” Jeanette Zoeckler, Program Manager of the clinic and lead author of the report, will visit Rochester on April 5 to discuss their findings and their relevance to Rochester at 7PM at Workers United, 750 East Avenue. Ms. Zoeckler will present "Poor Wages, Poor Health: Conversations with Low-Wage Workers in Syracuse." This talk is free and open to the public.

The Promise of Big Data to Transform Healthcare

Please join the Simon Business School New York City for the third seminar in a multi-part series covering health care business challenges and the changing landscape, presented by industry notables and University of Rochester experts on US health care. The seminars focus on understanding trends that have the potential to fundamentally alter the delivery and financing of health care.  On April 7, 2016, Martin Zand, MD, PhD, Director of the Rochester Center for Health Informatics, will discuss the ways in which big data is used to improve and change health care delivery. Click here for more information.

March 21st, 2016

Community and Collaboration

The Spring 2016 CTSI seminar series is devoted to unveiling plans for version 2.0 of the CTSI. This week will feature a presentation on Community and Collaboration presented by Gail Newton, Director of Community Health Partnerships at the Center for Community Health and Katia Noyes, PhD, MPH, Professor of Surgery. The UR-CTSI views community engagement and collaboration/team science as the means to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of research to significantly improve health. Our community and increasingly, our region, is a laboratory where we can demonstrate how research directly and indirectly impacts the health of the population through better, more rapid translation of science to clinical and community solutions. To do this, we engage communities and stakeholders early and throughout the research process to identify: the most important research needs for our community, culturally tailored research designs, meaningful outcomes, and the best implementation practices. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, March 22nd
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304)

Director's Update: Applying for a New Collaborative Innovation Award

This month, Martin Zand, MD, PhD discusses a new funding opportunity that encourages investigators to streamline the process of translating initial discoveries into patient care in collaboration with other CTSA institutions. The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) hubs promote advances in translational research and training at participating medical research institutions. The Collaborative Innovation Award Program will enable innovative collaborations among CTSA hubs to overcome system-wide barriers to translational effectiveness. Click here to read more about this new funding opportunity in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Falling Walls Competition Accepting Applications

The Falling Walls Conference commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall by hosting young entrepreneurs and inventors and giving them the opportunity to express their best ideas, ideas that will “break down the walls” and remove barriers to progress in science and society. The participants in this international conference are the winners of local competitions held around the world. The conference consists of a series of rapid-fire three minute presentations. Each presenter will have just three minutes and three slides — one slide with his or her name and presentation title followed by two content slides — to convey any number of major themes and ideas. If you are interested in applying, click here for the full instructions. Applications are due April 15th.

Dengue Fever and the Struggle to Control Urban Spaces in Delhi and Singapore

Randall Packard, PhD, Professor of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will present at the University of Rochester on Wednesday, March 23rd. Dr. Packard's presentation is entitled "Dengue Fever and the Struggle to Control Urban Spaces in Delhi and Singapore: Lessons for Combatting the Zika Virus?" Dr. Packard's research interests focus on the international health history of disease, particularly Malaria and Dengue. The talk will be held at 5:00 pm in 108 Goergen Hall with a reception immediately following in the Goergen atrium.

How Costa Rica is Staying Ahead of Zika

Despite recent Zika virus outbreaks in many Central and South American countries, Costa Rica has managed to remain unscathed. Timothy D. Dye, Ph.D., Director of the CTSI Biomedical Informatics program and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, believes this is due to Costa Rica’s long standing dedication to health and education. Dye has studied Costa Rica’s primary care system, which he believes is an excellent model for other countries to follow, for the past 15 years. Click here to read his recent Springer Nature blog post.

2016 CTSI KL2 Scholars Announced

The CTSI Mentored Career Development Program (KL2 Scholars Program) provides 2 years of support for the early career development of multidisciplinary clinical and translational scientists. The goal of the program is to promote the successful transition of KL2 scholars to an independent career as a clinical and translational investigator. The 2016 CTSI Scholars are:

  • Autumn Gallegos, PhD, Senior Instructor of Psychiatry. Project Title: Effects of Mindfulness on PTSD: A Community-Based Clinical Trial among Trauma Survivors. Mentors: Wilfred Pigeon, Kathi Heffner, and Catherine Cerulli.
  • Caroline Quill, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine. Project Title: Improving ICU Patient Outcomes Using Graph Isomorphism Analysis. Mentors: Martin Zand, Scott Halpern, Anthony Pietropaoli.

Save the Date: Bioethics Lecture Is April 15

Lawrence Tabak, principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health, will present the sixth annual Bioethics Lecture, “Reproducibility of Biomedical Research,” from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425), Medical Center. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Professional Development.

NCATS Eli Lily Externship Opportunity

The primary objective of this NCATS externship program is to enhance translational scientists, trainees/scholars’ core competencies in clinical trial design, clinical pharmacology, toxicology and other areas critical to the drug development process. The externship will support the training and education of participants in techniques and principles needed to pursue research in one of the world’s premiere pharmaceutical companies. All application materials must be submitted by April 20th, 2016 for consideration. Click here for the full announcement.

March 14th, 2016

Network Capacity

The Spring 2016 CTSI seminar series is devoted to unveiling plans for version 2.0 of the CTSI. This week will feature a presentation on Network Capacity presented by Karen Rabinowitz, JD, Legal Counsel for the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics and Carrie Dykes, PhD, Research Engagement Specialist for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The CTSA Consortium is in the midst of transition from a loosely connected set of awarded institutions to a tightly integrated network of sites capable of deploying complex, multi-center research projects. The University of Rochester CTSI has an unusual depth of experience in both running global, multi-center trials for drugs and devices as a hub, and functioning as a performing site in NIH-funded networks. Hence, we are well placed to both function efficiently as a participating site in Network projects (what we call ‘engaged followership’), as well as to continue to contribute innovative methods to the CTSA Consortium in order to improve translational efficiency. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, March 15th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304)

Register Now for the 2nd Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium

The 2nd Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 21st, 2016, from 8:30-5:30 in the Saunders Research Building. This year’s symposium brings together leaders in global health research from Upstate New York and around the world to promote research collaboration, provide networking opportunities and help new researchers begin a career in global health. Students, trainees, junior faculty and senior faculty are all invited! The call for posters and registration portal is now available here.

16th Annual Saward-Berg Honorary Lecture

The Department of Public Health Sciences is pleased to announce that this year’s Saward-Berg Honorary Lecture entitled “The Elements of Scholarship” will be delivered by Guohua Li, MD, DrPH. His lecture will cover the framework and structure of knowledge creation, definitions of research, science, and scholarship, and metrics for measuring the quality of scholarship. This annual event will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, from 10:30 AM to 11:50 AM in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304). All are welcome to attend!

Call for CFAR Administrative Supplement Applications

The NIH has announced a call for Administrative Supplement applications from the Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) in the following scientific areas:

  1. Tracking HIV Transmission Phylodynamics: Leveraging Collaborations with Public Health Departments and Others to Research Methods to Analyze Phylogenetic Data in Close to Real-Time (up to $200,000 DC)
  2. HIV and Host Factor Targets for Structural Research (up to $200,000 DC)
  3. Advancing PrEP Delivery (up to $200,000 DC)
  4. Rapid HIV Treatment Initiation: Implementation Models, Uptake, and HIV Care Continuum Outcomes (up to $100,000 DC)
  5. Drug-Drug Interactions in the Context of Antiretroviral Treatment and HIV Co-Infections and Comorbidities (up to $100,000 DC)

The first portion of the application process is due on or before Tuesday April 5, 2016, no later than 5 PM via e-mail to Laura Enders. Click here to access the full supplement announcement.

RocHackHealth: Rochester Healthcare Data Hack-A-Thon

Join University faculty, students, staff and other “techies” to collaborate intensively on solutions to current healthcare related data problems at the RocHackHealth: Rochester Healthcare Data Hack-A-Thon on April 8-10, 2016. As a follow up to the ROCHD3 event last fall, this event will try to solve some of the obstacles discussed as Hackers will form teams to compete in solutions to specific problems on the following data sets: hospital readmissions, identification of physician prescribing patterns, and identification / visualization of physician teaming practices. Click here to see the schedule of events, register or for additional information.

FDA Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

The FDA’s Commissioner’s Fellowship Program is accepting applications for the Class of 2016 from April 1 - May 12, 2016! FDA invites outstanding health care professionals, scientists, and engineers to apply to its two-year Fellowship Program, where they will receive regulatory science training and the chance to conduct cutting-edge research on targeted scientific, policy, or regulatory issues under the mentorship of an FDA senior scientist. Click here for more information.

Social Supports and Health

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, March 18th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Ann Marie White, EdD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, will present "Social Supports and Health." Dr. White's research interests focus on system science methods in the application of community engagement in research, mental health promotion, and violence prevention systems in communities. She has an active research program involving social media data and successful transitions into adulthood.

Dengue Fever and the Struggle to Control Urban Spaces in Delhi and Singapore

Randall Packard, PhD, Professor of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will present at the University of Rochester on Wednesday, March 23rd. Dr. Packard's presentation is entitled "Dengue Fever and the Struggle to Control Urban Spaces in Delhi and Singapore: Lessons for Combatting the Zika Virus?" Dr. Packard's research interests focus on the international health history of disease, particularly Malaria and Dengue. The talk will be held at 5:00 pm in 109 Goergen Hall with a reception immediately following in the Goergen atrium.

March 2016 REDCap Tip of the Month: How to Create Test Records

When you are designing forms, REDCap will show you a preview of the forms you are building. But it will not show if your branching logic or calculations actually work as designed. To test logic and calculations, you will need to create test records. This post covers how to create test records, as well as how to test your longitudinal projects and surveys. Click here to view the full instructions for creating test records with screenshots.

March 7th, 2016

Data Management

The next session of the Spring 2016 CTSI Seminar Series will feature a joint presentation with the Office for Human Subject Protection (OHSP) focused on "Data Management". Staff from the Clinical Trials Coordination Center (CTCC) will share their experiences using different data management strategies and tools. The CTCC is one of the core research units of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics, with over 20 years of experience in the development, management and conduct of human clinical trials. The CTCC has managed over 70 multi-center, international clinical trials. These efforts have led to the FDA approval of five new therapies for patients. In addition, the CTCC has been central in the conduct of novel early phase clinical trials, including non-superiority, futility and selection designs. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.

Date:  Tuesday, March 8th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304)

Utilizing URMC Labs for Clinical Research

The next meeting of the Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) will be held on Thursday, March 10th, from 12:00-1:30 in the Helen Wood Hall (1w-502). Kristine Kuryla, Director of Clinical Trials Operations for URMC Labs, will present "Utilizing URMC Laboratory Resources Collecting and Processing Biological Clinical Research Samples." During this session attendees will learn about URMC Labs services, how to obtain pricing, how to navigate the lab services website, and how to setup services. Kris Kuryla and the URMC Lab staff will be present after the 1-hr session for additional and welcomes your questions. Click here for more information.

Does Your Research Involve Diverse Populations?

There are two upcoming opportunities to highlight your research and foster multidisciplinary collaborations. The 7th Annual UR Diversity Conference, titled “#URDiversity: What Do You Stand For?” is scheduled on April 8th on River Campus. The 3rd Annual Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at URMC, is scheduled on Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 8 am to noon, in the Flaum Atrium and Saunders Research Building Atrium. Click here to read more about these events and for details on calls for posters in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium

The 2nd Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 21st, 2016, from 8:30-5:30 in the Saunders Research Building. This year’s symposium will focus on using technology to defeat health disparities and brings together leaders in global health research from Upstate New York and around the world to promote research collaboration, provide networking opportunities and help new researchers begin a career in global health. Registration and call for posters will be available soon. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Impact of Case Volume on Mortality

The next session of the Health Services Research seminar series will be held on Friday, March 11th, from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-502). Yue Li, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences will present "Impact of Case Volume on Mortality for Adult Intensive Care Unit Patients."  Dr. Li is an experienced policy and outcomes researcher with major focuses on the elderly and adults with mental illness.

HIV/AIDS Grant Review Services

The University of Rochester Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) offers a grant review service to all investigators submitting HIV/AIDS related funding applications throughout the year. early stage or established investigators new to the field of HIV/AIDS can receive advice and comments on grant proposals in a friendly, informal environment. Investigators can use this service for proposal shaping, proposal refinement or even discussion of summary statements for scored applications. Click here for  more information about the service.

New UR Health Research Facebook page

The CTSI has created a Facebook page titled UR Health Research. This page will be used to communicate to the community and to University of Rochester employees and students items of interest related to research. We can also post information about clinical trials that are recruiting. For more information contact researchhelp@urmc.rochester.edu.

Satcher Community Health Improvement Award Nominations Due Friday

The Center for Community Health is accepting nominations for the 7th 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 11, 2016. Click here for more information.

February 29th, 2016

There is a Method to Our Madness: Research Methods

The Spring 2016 CTSI seminar series is devoted to unveiling plans for version 2.0 of the CTSI. This week will feature a presentation on Research Methods presented by  Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH, Co-Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute;  Edwin van Wijngaarden, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences; Rob Strawderman, ScD, Professor of Biostatistics; and Eric Rubinstein, JD, MPH, Executive Director of Research Services at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The Research Methods Core supports URMC researchers in two areas: (1) Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) for support of clinical research design and analysis, including educational programs and novel method development and (2) Regulatory Knowledge and Support (RKS), which will provide investigator support and institutional knowledge to assist investigators in complying with IRB policies, State laws, and Federal regulations. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, March 1st
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304)

Cullen Joins CTSI to Bring Renewed Focus on Diversity and Inclusion

“Only 5 percent of prostate cancer research subjects are black men,” said John Cullen, PhD, director of diversity and inclusion at the CTSI. “This can lead to great disparities in health outcomes, as the effectiveness of drugs can vary based on a patient’s race.”Despite a Congressional mandate that NIH funded research include minorities, a recent study found that less than 5 percent of NIH-supported trial participants are non-white. Cullen, who joined the CTSI in January is tasked with narrowing some of these gaps that can affect and sometimes stymie medical research. Click here to read more about Dr. Cullen's new role in the CTSI Stories Blog.

2015-16 Faculty Pilot Program Awardee: Emily Carmody, MD

Emily Carmody, MD, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Assistant Professor at the Wilmot Cancer Center will lead a team of investigators through an exciting pilot project over the next year. Dr. Carmody specializes in treating both benign and malignant musculoskeletal tumors in adults and children. Dr. Carmody, along with Michael Zuscik, PhD (Associate Professor of Orthopaedics) and Christopher Ritchlin (Professor of Medicine) is working on a pilot project entitled “Assessment of Forteo as a Therapeutic to Treat Knee Osteoarthritis.” Click here to read more about this project in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Call for Nominations: Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards

The Center for Community Health is seeking nominations for the 7th 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 11, 2016. Click here for more information.

Big Data Applications for Realtime Infectious Disease Modeling

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, March 4th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Solomon Abiola, MS, will present "Big Data Applications for Realtime Infectious Disease Modeling: From Ebola to Zika and Beyond." In 2015, Solomon and his research team leveraged smartphone technology during the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to perform realtime contact tracing. Numerous applications exist beyond Ebola, and will be discussed with regards to the ongoing Zika virus outbreak.

NIH Announces New Grant Writing Groups to Promote Diversity

Are you a postdoctoral associate or junior faculty member looking to improve your grantwriting skills and enhance the success rate of your funding proposal submissions to the NIH? Apply now for grantwriting programs offered by expert coaching teams within the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). Programs taking place in the coming year are focused on mentees from Black or African American populations or rural backgrounds or mentees who work primarily with either population (depending upon the program). Click here to read more about these programs.

Deadline Extended for CFAR / CTU Pilot Program Applications

The UR Center For AIDS Research (CFAR) announces the revision of the CFAR / Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) Joint pilot RFA.  The deadline has been extended until April 1, 2016.  Additionally, a Letter of Intent with a one page concept sheet or a discussion regarding the application topic with CFAR / CTU faculty (Dr. Keefer and/or Dr. Schifitto) is required by March 4, 2016. The full revised RFA and additional information can be found here.

Diversity Engagement Survey – Your Voice Matters!

How valued and included do you feel working, teaching and learning at the UR? The UR recently launched the first ever University-wide Diversity Engagement Survey, a confidential, 10-minute online survey to assess the UR environment, with a goal of identifying areas of strength and areas that need improvement. Everyone’s opinions are very important. Please complete the survey by March 18th. Look for an email survey invitation, sent on February 16th, from rochester@surveystar.com. Click here for more information about the survey process.

February 22nd, 2016

Translational Endeavors

The Spring 2016 CTSI seminar series is devoted to unveiling plans for version 2.0 of the CTSI. This week will feature a presentation on Translational Endeavors presented by   Presented by Martin Zand, MD, PhD, Co-Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Professor of Medicine; James Dolan, MD, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences; and Edward Schwarz, PhD
Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Research and Professor of Orthopaedics. The Translational Endeavors Core oversees functions that are designed to develop workforce autonomy, and to develop individual autonomy and begin the path to a sustainable research program. Over the next five years, the Translational Endeavors Core plans to develop a workforce training program focused on competencies across the translational spectrum. This core will also contine to support the CTSI Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program, which provides seed funding for highly innovative translational and clinical research projects. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, February 23rd
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium, 1W-304

CTSI Director's Update: URMC and UB Create a New Collaborative Genomics Pilot Funding Program

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the SUNY University at Buffalo (UB) released a request for applications last week seeking submissions to a new Collaborative Genomics pilot award program. The goal of this program is to fund projects that will lead to accelerated collaboration between UB and URMC in the area of large-scale, collaborative genomics. In particular, the program is seeking projects that will build on established strengths at both institutions and leverage the collaboration to apply for future NY state opportunities for regional collaborative centers. Click here to read more about the new pilot program and other collaborations with UB in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Apply Now: Certificate of Advanced Study in Biomedical Data Science

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Department of Public Health Sciences are accepting applications for the 2016 Summer cohort of the Certificate of Advanced Study in Biomedical Data Science (CAS-BDS). Classes will begin on Monday, June 27th. The program, centered around a two-semester analytic project, prepares researchers to conduct “big data” analytics for health services, clinical, and public health research. This program prepares researchers for careers in data analytics, data wrangling, and clinical and health services research using large complex datasets. Click here to read more about the Certificate program in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Accelerating Innovation: Funding for Women Entrepreneurs in Biotechnology and Healthcare

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) support biotechnology and healthcare small businesses owned by women and individuals from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds through open funding opportunities available through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. On March 2, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET, join NCATS and its NIH co-hosts with the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) for a webinar about programs and funding opportunities available to support women-owned small businesses and women in research and technology transfer organizations. Click here to register.

Using Online Tools to Save Faculty Time

The next Spring Online Learning Faculty workshop will be held on Monday, February 29th from 11:30 am-1:00 pm in Helen Woodf Hall (1w-510) to inform educators about online tools that can save time. This workshop will highlight more than a dozen ways that faculty can use online tools and resources to save time and effort. While emphasizing gains in efficiency, opportunities for improvement in student satisfaction and learning will also be recognized. Lunch is provided. Please register by Friday, February 26th 2016 via email.

Aging and Engaging: Development of an Automated Social Skills Coach

The next session of the Social Connectedness and Health Research Seminar will be held on Friday, February 26th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-501). Kimberly Van Orden, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry will present "Aging and Engaging: Development of an Automated Skills Coach." Dr. Van Orden's program of research focuses on the prevention of late life suicide and the role of social connectedness as a mechanism for preventing those suicides.

Symposium on the Application of Nonhuman Primates to Problems in Pediatric Medicine

The Wake Forest Clinical and Translational Science Institute will host a symposium on March 31st in Winston-Salem entitled "The Application of Nonhuman Primates to Problems in Pediatric Medicine." The symposium is free but registration is required. Click here to register.

February 15th, 2016

Alone we Can Do So Little; Together we Can Do So Much: Research Collaborations and Community Engagement

The Spring 2016 CTSI seminar series is devoted to unveiling plans for version 2.0 of the CTSI. This week will feature a presentation on community and collaboration presented by Nancy Bennett, MD, Co-Director of the CTSI and Director of the Center for Community Health; Gail Newton, Director of Community Health Partnerships at the Center for Community Health; and Katia Noyes, PhD, MPH, Professor of Surgery and Scientific Director of the Surgery Health Outcomes and Research Enterprise (SHORE). Community engagement enables investigators to better understand how research can impact population and public health and reflect the interests of community groups. Translational research also requires collaboration among investigators across the translational spectrum. The CTSI seeks to support exisiting collaborations; to foster a new generation of team scientists; and to encourage the development of new transdisciplinary teams.  Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.
Date:  Tuesday, February 16th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium, 1W-304

New Collaborative Genomics Pilot Award Program RFA

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and SUNY at Buffalo (UB) would like to announce a new pilot funding program focused on collaborative genomics research. The goal of this program is to fund projects that will lead to accelerated collaboration between UB and URMC in the area of large-scale, collaborative genomics. All full-time faculty at SUNY UB and URMC are eligible to apply.  Applications must have dual principal investigators, one from SUNY UB and one from URMC. Projects must use human tissue, primary cells, or primary human microbiome samples. Abstracts and initial application cover sheet and cover letter should be submitted by 5 PM, February 29, 2016 in PDF form via e-mail to Tricia_DiQuattro@urmc.rochester.eduClick here for the full RFA.

Meet the Winner of the 3rd Annual "America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" Competition

Angela Ryck is the winner of the University of Rochester’s 3rd Annual America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent Student Competition Winner. Ryck's project seeks to enhance emergency communication, specifically towards food safety. Her project includes a two-fold system that could be used by a wide range of stores or restaurants when a person buys food to notify consumers in the event of a food recall. Those who purchased the recalled items will receive direct notification such as a text or phone call. Click here to read more about Angela's project in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Funding Available to Study Zika Virus

The National Science Foundation announced this week that it's Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) prorgam is interested in receiving proposals relevant to the ongoing spread of the Zika virus. Proposals may be submitted through one of two routes: as a submission to the annual call for EEID proposals or as a RAPID proposal. Of particular interest are proposals that address the ecological transmission dynamics of Zika virus. Click here for more information about these programs.

Furth Fund Nominations Due February 26th

The Furth Fund, established in 1986 by Valerie and Frank Furth provides early career scientists with $10,000 in research funds to help foster the development of promising scientists. Nominees should be junior, tenure track faculty appointed in natural or biological science departments within ASE, SMD or SON who have been hired within the past three academic years. Preference will be given to nominees who wish to use the award to support the active engagement of graduate students or postdocs in their research. Click here for nomination directions.

Changes to CTSI Voucher Program

The CTSI voucher program (which provides project-specific financial assistance through the Research Request Dashboard or RRD) will end as of June 30th. NIH rules that will govern renewed CTSA funding after June will no longer allow CTSI to financially support project-specific fee-based services.  Those services can still be accessed through the RRD, but must be paid for through other sources.  As a transitional measure, vouchers will no longer be automatically awarded after March 31, 2016.  Starting April 1st, requests for funding will be approved on a case-by-case basis.  The RRD will still be used to notify recipients of the award. 

February 8th, 2016

Stop Drowning in Data! Scaling Up Rochester's Biomedical Informatics Capacity through CTSI 2.0 

This semester's seminar series is devoted to plans for version 2.0 of the CTSI. This week, Dr. Tim Dye will discuss the CTSI Informatics program. Come learn about the CTSI's Biomedical Informatics Core's vision for scaling up UR's research informatics capacity to address the rapidly changing (and exciting!) scope of health research during the next five-year grant cycle. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.
Date:  Tuesday, February 9th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium, 1W-304

"Our Community, Our Health" Program

The University of Florida has created the “Our Community, Our Health” (OCOH) program, which brings diverse communities together to foster an ongoing conversation among health researchers and community members. The next session will be held on February 10th from 6:00-7:00 pm, and is entitled "Colorectal Cancer Research and Me, Everything I Wanted to Know." The panelists for this session are Thomas George, MD, Director of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program; Sonisha Warren, PhD, Clinical Research Coordinator, and Jennifer West, Nurse Navigator. All community members in the Rochester area are welcome to join the session via live stream.

Community Health Mini-Grant Applications Due February 10th

The Center for Community Health is now accepting Community Health Mini-Grant Applications for grant funding up ro $1000 to support the development, strengthening or evaluation of community-URMC health improvement partnerships for research, education, intervention, or service. Faculty, staff, and advanced trainees (post-docs, residents, etc.) at the University of Rochester Medical Center, or community partners are invited to apply. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 10th, at noon and the funding is expected to be awarded in March 2016. The application and instructions are located here.

SCORE Open Discussion Sessions February 11th

The next meeting of the Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) will be held on Thursday, February 11th. There will be two sessions, one from 12:00-1:00 pm and the second from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) room 2-7534. These sessions will feature open discussions facilitated by Nancy Needler, CTSI Health Project Coordinator. The ice breaker topic will focus on resources for coordinators to get phlebotomy training, but coordinators are encouraged to share their own issues too. Click here for more information.

Mathematica Demonstration

Wolfram Research will host a free demonstration of Mathematica on Monday, February 15th from 9:00-10:00 am in Meliora 203. This talk will illustrate the capabilities in Mathematica 10 and other Wolfram technologies that are directly applicable for use in teaching and research on campus. All attendees will receive an electronic copy of the examples, which can be adapted to individual projects. Click here for more information.

Translational Science 2016 Abstract Deadline Extended

Share your research with an audience of your peers and discover new opportunities for collaboration by submitting an abstract to present at Translational Science 2016. The deadline for submissions has been extended to February 12th. Abstracts must align with Translational Science's educational tracks and themes. You must be registered for Translational Science 2016 in order for your abstract to be accepted. Click here for more information.

Call for Nominations: Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards

The Center for Community Health is seeking nominations for the 7th 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 11, 2016. Click here for more information.

Insider Preview: UR Medicine’s 2016 Super Bowl Ads

Even if you’re not a football fan, there’s another reason for you to tune in to this weekend’s big game: Two new UR Medicine ads will debut during Super Bowl 50. One will pull at your heartstrings, and the other will excite you—both will make you proud to be part of our team. Click here for a sneak peek of both commercials.

February 1st, 2016

CTSI Inner Workings Revealed!

Have you ever wondered how a complex research infrastructure support operation really works? Come to Tuesday's CTSI Seminar to find out! This semester's seminar series is devoted to plans for version 2.0 of the CTSI. Each week, CTSI leadership will explain plans for one of the new cores developed for the recently-submitted application for the third five-year grant cycle, expected to begin in July. This week, PI Martin Zand will lead a discussion of the Administrative Core, including organization and governance; evaluation; and quality and efficiency. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.
Date:  Tuesday, February 2nd
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium, 1W-304

Rigor and reproducibility: What you need to know

The latest CTSI Stories blog post explores the NIH's added emphasis on rigor and reproducibility. The new requirements will ensure that researchers are using rigorous, robust methodology that has been carefully planned out in their grant applications. Included in the blog post is a link to a presentation detailing the new requirements.

IT Town Hall

URMC Information Technology will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Adolph Auditorium (1-7619). The meeting will address several important topics regarding Information Technology that affect the research and educational community at the Medical Center. Click here for more information.

Call for Nominations: Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards

The Center for Community Health is seeking nominations for the 7th 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 11, 2016. Click here for more information.

The Palliative Care Communication Research Initiative

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, February 5th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Bob Gramling, MD, DSc, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Nursing Co-Director of Research, Division of Palliative Care, will present "The Palliative Care Communication Research Initiative." Dr. Gramling's research focuses on understanding prognosis communication between patients, families, and clinicians in the context of advanced illness. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.

Furth Fund Call for Nominations

Valerie and Frank Furth created the Furth Fund to help foster the development of promising scientists. The fund provides early career scientists with $10,000 in research funds. Nominees should be a junior, tenure-track faculty appointed in natural or biological science departments with ASE or SMD who have been hired within the past three academic years. Nominations are due to Jeffrey Lyness by Friday, February 17th. Click here for more information.

Request from URMC Libraries: Please Share Your Feedback

The teams at URMC’s libraries—Miner Library, Bibby Library at Eastman Institute of Oral Health, Williams Library at Highland, and the Family Resource Library in the Golisano Children’s Hospital are requesting feedback regarding awareness and use of library services. Click here to access the survey, the survey will close on February 5th.

January 25th, 2016

Annual Updates from the Office for Human Subjects Protection

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature an Annual Update from the Office for Human Subjects Protection presented by Kelly Unsworth, Director of Research Education & Training; Tiffany Gommel, Director of the Research Subjects Review Board; Kathleen Wessman, Director of Quality Improvement; and Jennifer Dolan, Quality Improvement Associate. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. This session of the seminar series is co-sponsored by the Office for Human Subjects Protection.

Date:  Tuesday, January 26th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditoriun (1w-304)

Call for Community Health Mini-Grant Applications

The Center for Community Health is now accepting Community Health Mini-Grant Applications for grant funding up ro $1000 to support the development, strengthening or evaluation of community-URMC health improvement partnerships for research, education, intervention, or service. Faculty, staff, and advanced trainees (post-docs, residents, etc.) at the University of Rochester Medical Center, or community partners are invited to apply. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 10th, at noon and the funding is expected to be awarded in March 2016. The application and instructions are located here.

X02 Programs Now Accepting Pre-Applications

Three X02 programs are now accepting pre-applications. The letter of intent for the Collaborative Innovation Awards (CTSA Program) is due on February 8th, 2016. Applications for the Biomedical Technology Research Resource program are dur on March 15th, 2016. Applications for the Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center are due on December 15th, 2016. The Collaborative Innovation Awards encourage pre-applications for innovative collaborative investigations (involving three or more CTSA sites) into improvements of the methods of translational research, at any step in the translational spectrum (T1-T4). If you are interested in applying for this funding opportunity, the CTSI would love to help! Please contact the Research Help Desk for assistance with your application.

Faculty Workshops on Online Learning

The Spring semester series of faculty workshops on online learning will begin on Thursday, February 4th at 11:30 am in the Genrich Rusling Room located in LeChase Hall. This session is entitled "Getting Started with Online Learning in 3 Easy Steps" and will provide an introduction to online learning for instructors. Organization and planning tools will be reviewed to assist faculty in preparing for the design and development of an online course, hybrid online, and web-enhanced courses. Please register here by January 29th.

ICMJE Proposes New Data Sharing Requirements

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) has a comment period now open on new requirements they are proposing on data sharing. "As a condition of consideration for publication of a clinical trial report in our member journals, the ICMJE proposes to require authors to share with others the deidentified individual-patient data (IPD) underlying the results presented in the article (including tables, figures, and appendices or supplementary material) no later than 6 months after publication." ICMJE also plans to require investigators to outline their data sharing plan when registering a clinical trial. To learn more visit www.icmje.org or provide feedback here.

Bridging Fellowships Available

The Bridging Fellowship program is a University-wide effort to support members of the University faculties in interdisciplinary study. Specifically, the program releases members from departmental obligations for one semester to allow them to move to another part of the University for the purpose of learning aspects of another discipline. The distinctive feature of Bridging Fellowships is that they are for study in an area that is peripheral to the fellow’s central professional concern, and they permit the acquisition of knowledge and methods in a different field. Proposals should be sent to the Provost’s Office (c/o Marisa Wilson) by March 4, 2016. Click here for more information.

Miner Library Offers Bioinformatics Workshops

The Bioinformatics Consulting and Education Service of Edward G. Miner Library is pleased to announce a number of upcoming workshops for which registration is now open. The next workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 26th from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Miner Data Visualization Classroom (1-6051H), and is entitled "Making Sense of Your Gene, Protein or Metabolite List: Secondary Analysis".  This workshop will discuss secondary analysis of high-throughput sequencing data with a focus on RNA-seq. Click here to register and view the calendar of all of upcoming workshops.

Save the Date: University at Buffalo CTSA Forum

The University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center will host a forum on March 9th from 12:00-5:00 pm to celebrate the first year of their Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), and to explore innovative translational science. The featured speakers will be Satish Tripathi, President of the University at Buffalo; Michael Cain Dean of the School of Medicine, and David Stephens, MD, Principal Investigator of the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Click here for more information.

Kiosk Aims to Highlight Research Studies

To raise awareness of the importance of research studies, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute is hosting a volunteer registration kiosk for ResearchMatch. The kiosk is available at Café 601 in the Medical Center through mid-February. To learn about research studies at the University, visit RocHealthResearch.urmc.edu.

January 18th, 2016

Overview of the CTSA Program

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature a joint presentation by the three co-directors of the CTSI. Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH, Senior Associate Dean, Clinical Research, Robert J. Joynt Professor in Neurology; Martin Zand, MD, PhD, Professor, of Medicine; and Nancy Bennett, MD, Director of the Center for Community Health, Professor of Medicine will provide a broad overview of the CTSA program for the upcoming five years based on the renewal application that was recently submitted. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, January 19th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576) **Please note special location**

Translational Biomedical Science Alum Lands Postdoc at NIH

Lesley Chapman, PhD graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in Translational Biomedical Science (TBS) in August 2015 and is currently a computational biology fellow with the NIH NIAID RTB in Rockville, MD. Dr. Chapman was originally trained as a wet lab researcher, and in her current training experience she will gain expereince in the following areas: software development, image processing, and machine learning. Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Andrus Fellowship Accepting Applications

The Center for Community Health, a University of Rochester academic center that conducts research, develops and implements programs that address the health of our community, is once again offering the Andrus Summer Fellowship to a qualified student. 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 deadline for applications is January 31st, 2016. Click here for the application materials.

Deadline Extended for IIMP Training Track PhD Program Applications

The application deadline for the Infection and Immunity: From Molecules to Populations (IIMP) training track in the School of Medicine and Dentistry Translational Biomedical Science PhD Program has been extended to February 8, and the application fee has been waived. Seniors or master’s students interested in careers that combine expertise in basic wet-lab sciences of infection, immunity, or inflammatory diseases with the larger picture of population science are invited to apply. All applications should be completed online with the application directed to the Translational Biomedical Science PhD Program/IIMP training track. Send questions to PJ Simpson-Haidaris.

Call for Applications for the 2016-2018 Dean's Teaching Fellowship Program

The Office for Faculty Development announces a call for applications for the 2016–2018 Dean's Teaching Fellowship Program. The program, which is open to junior and mid-career faculty members committed to academic careers, is designed to further the development of a core group of master educators, promote the careers of MD and PhD faculty in medical and dental education, and support educational innovations and research at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. For additional information about the program, please click here. Please email your completed application to Karen_Grabowski@urmc.rochester.edu by the submission deadline of Monday, February 1, 2016.

Save the Date: 7th Annual Diversity Conference

This year’s conference #URDiversity: What Do You Stand For? will be held on April 8th, and urges the community to examine how each individual’s academic, personal, and professional passions further diversity and inclusion within the greater societal context.  The keynote speaker, Alicia Garza, will discuss current national social movements and organizational strategies to connect individuals and organizations across the country fighting against the plague of social injustice. The deadline for submissions of workshop proposals is February 3rd and the deadline for posters is March 28th.

New NIH Requirements for Research Grant Applications

The NIH has begun a new initiative designed to improve the rigor of experimental design in research, and to increase the reproducibility of scientific experiments.  Investigators will be required to explicitly discuss and address three areas in the Research Plan and add an attachment addressing “Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources”.  These changes will be explicitly included in the new Study Section proposal review and scoring criteria for grants submitted on or after January 25, 2016.  For more information, please watch this video from the NIH and the CTSI Grant Writing Resources Webpage.

Applications Sought for University Research Awards

The UR invites applications for 2016-17 University Research Awards. These awards are funded at a level of $250,000 every year through the president’s office, and require matching funds from the schools, for a total of $500,000. All UR faculty are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will demonstrate that their projects favor new research with a high probability of being leveraged by future external funding. A committee of faculty from across UR provides peer review of the applications.? The deadline for submission is February 1, 2016. Click here for the application materials.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Regulatory Science

The UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI) is delighted to announce the inaugural Postdoctoral Fellowship in Regulatory Science and invites qualified candidates to submit applications for the 2016 cohort. The postdoctoral fellowship is an experiential program that will provide our most outstanding postdocs with unique immersion experiences in regulatory science research at UCSF or Stanford, in industry, and at the FDA. The deadline for applications is January 29th. Click here for more information.

Reminder: Submit Your Abstract by January 29th!

The deadline to submit an abstract for Translational Science 2016 is quickly approaching! Don't miss out on the chance to share your work, gain exposure, and find new opportunities for collaboration — submit your abstract by Friday, January 29.

January 11th, 2016

2016 CDC Special Interest Project Funding Available

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the Funding Opportunity Announcement for 2016 Special Interest Projects (SIPs). This program will provide funding to design, test, and disseminate effective applied public health prevention research strategies in six specific areas described in the RFA. Funding is provided as a supplement to the existing Prevention Research Center grant. The University can apply for multiple SIPs, but for each SIP only one application can be submitted. If you are interested in applying, please submit a 1 page abstract about your proposal to Eric Rubinstein by Friday, January 15, 2016. Notification to submit a full application will be made on January 18th. The proposal deadline is February 22nd, with letters of intent due to the CDC on January 21st. Please click on these links for the full announcement and a summary of the individual SIPs.

Second Call for Abstracts: CTSI Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic Methods Awards

The CTSI is issuing a second call for submission of abstracts for Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic Methods (NBEM) awards. Submissions will be due on January 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM. 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. Information about the program and instructions for submission can be found in the RFA.

Spring CTSI Seminar Series Previews "The New CTSI"

The CTSI Seminar series resumes for the spring 2016 semester on Tuesday, January 19th with a look at the “new CTSI.” The theme for the series is “The New CTSI: Connect, Learn, Get What You Need” and will feature presentations by the writing teams who collaborated on the recent Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) application, which is intended to provide major funding for the CTSI’s next five-year cycle beginning July 2016. The objective of the seminar series is two-fold: (1) To describe future plans for the CTSI as described in the 2015 renewal application and (2) To inform the University community about resources offered by the CTSI. Click here to read more about the series and to see the full schedule in the CTSI Stories blog.

REDCap for Coordinators: Applied Uses

The next meeting of the Study Coordinators Organization for Research & Education (SCORE) will be held on Thursday, January 14th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Center for Experiential Learning Room 2-7534. Amanda Davin, REDCap Administrator will present " REDCap for Coordinators - Applied Uses". REDCap is a secure, web-based application for building and managing online surveys and databases. The CTSI also shares REDCap tips of the month on the CTSI Stories Blog. The event location remains available from 1:00 to 1:30pm for continued discussions among participants.

URBEST to Host Faculty Mentoring Workshop

URBEST will run a workshop for faculty who regularly guide the scientific and professional development of PhD graduate students or postdocs from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, at the Center for Experiential Learning, (2-7534) Medical Center. The workshop will also address key factorsthat contribute to meaningful, balanced, and satisfying careers. Breakfast will be provided. Register here by Friday, January 22.

CIRC Winter Boot Camp

The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) will be hosting a 6 week 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. Each language or topic is an individual "module," that will take place during 1.5 hour lectures over 3 or 6 days. Each programming module is independent, and participants may sign up for one or more modules. Click here for the class schedule and registration.

IIMP Pilot Funds Available

The Infection and Immunity: From Molecules to Populations (IIMP) Program has funds to support a limited number of meritorious Pilot Projects. The objective of the pilot project is to promote new collaborations between basic science research laboratories and population science investigators, and projects are intended to “transform” research approaches in all URMC PhD programs by having current pre-doctoral students incorporate both laboratory and population training in their dissertation research. Applicants may request a maximum of $7,500 for the duration of one year. The deadline for submitting initial applications is February 29, 2016. Click here for more information.

Top REDCap Tips in 2015

Every month, the Institute for Translational Health Sciences (Washington) publishes a REDCap tip, shortcut, or best practice to help you get the most out of the installation. With 2015 coming to an end, they have highlighted the tips readers found most valuable this year. The winners are: Custom Numbering, Correcting Outdated Calculations, and Granting Statistician Access. Click here to read more about these tips in the CTSI Stories Blog.

January 4th, 2016

End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes: From Care Processes to Quality

The next Social Connectedness and Health Research seminar will be held on Friday, January 8th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-502). Helena Temkin-Greener, PhD, MS, Professor of Public Health Sciences will present "End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes:
From Care Processes to Quality"
. Dr. Temkin-Greener will describe her recent study, which examined the impact of communication – among nursing home providers and between providers and residents/family members – and two EOL quality measures, in-hospital deaths and hospice use. Lunch will be provided.

Registration and Call for Abstracts Open for Translational Science 2016

Plan to attend Translational Science 2016, April 13-15, 2016 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC! Translational Science 2016 will offer more continuing education than ever before! Explore the latest scientific abstracts during an expanded poster hall viewing hours, and grab your front row seat to three plenary sessions, dedicated oral presentation time, and over 30 breakout sessions. Abstract submissions are due by January 29th, and early registration ends on February 24th. Click here to view the Translational Science 2016 website.

Research Certification Exam Review Preparation Begins January 6th

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 6th from 4-6pm. Sessions will run through mid-February.  If you are interested in participating in the study group, please email SCORE@urmc.rochester.edu.

Applications Sought for University Research Awards

Applications are invited for the 2016-17 University Research Awards. Originally called Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards, the University Research Awards are funded $250,000 every year by the president and as match by the schools for a total of $500,000 annually. 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. A review committee of faculty from across UR provides peer review of the applications. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2016. Click here for the application materials.

EHSC Pilot 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 year. Applications from new investigators collaborating with existing EHSC Faculty are encouraged. The deadline for submitting initial applications is January 29, 2016. Click here for more information.

December 21st, 2015

CTSI Success Story: Pilot Awardee Xinping Zhang

Xingping Zhang, B.Med, PhD was the recipient of two CTSI faculty pilot awards; one in 2007 for her project entitled "Electrospun Fibers of Instructive Nanocomposites for Stem Cell Based Bone Tissue Engineering", and another in 2015 for her project entitled "Identification of the Effective Vascular Progenitors for Bone Repair and Regeneration".  Dr. Zhang's research centers on finding ways to "revitalize, " or reactivate the healing processes of bone. When people suffer massive bone loss due to traumatic injury or a tumor, bone grafts are used to restore the shape and strength of the bone. Click here to view a video of Dr. Zhang describing her newest project on the CTSI Stories Blog.

Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Awards

The Clinical Research Forum’s Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards honor outstanding accomplishments in clinical research that have been published in a peer-reviewed journal in calendar year 2015.  This annual national competition seeks to identify major advances resulting from the nation’s investment in research to benefit the health and welfare of its citizens. Winning projects will be recognized at the Translational Science 2016 meeting in Washington DC from April 13th-15th. The deadline for submissions is January 11th. Click here for eligibility requirements and submission link.

REDCap for Coordinators: Applied Uses

The next meeting of the Study Coordinators Organization for Research & Education (SCORE) will be held on Thursday, January 14th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Center for Experiential Learning Room 2-7534. Amanda Davin, REDCap Administrator will present " REDCap for Coordinators - Applied Uses". REDCap is a secure, web-based application for building and managing online surveys and databases. The CTSI also shares REDCap tips of the month on the CTSI Stories Blog. The event location remains available from 1:00 to 1:30pm for continued discussions among participants. 

Research Certification Exam Review Preparation Begins January 6th

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 6th from 4-6pm.  Sessions will run through mid-February.  If you are interested in participating in the study group, please email SCORE@urmc.rochester.edu.

CFAR / CTU Collaborative Pilot Announcement

The UR-CFAR is happy to announce a revised request for applications. One award will be made for a one-year period with maximum funding of $50,000 in Direct Costs. Applications are due for the CFAR / CTU Pilot before or on January 22, 2016, no later than 5 PM. Click here to view the full announcement. The purpose of this pilot funding opportunity is two-fold:

  1. To support highly innovative research projects that address key gaps in our understanding of HIV/AIDS and in HIV treatment and prevention; high-risk/high reward science is strongly encouraged, along with studies likely to result in new extramural funding and
  2. To facilitate interdisciplinary and inter-professional collaborations between the UR HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (CTU; consisting of clinical research sites for the AIDS Clinical Trials Group [ACTG] and the HIV Vaccine Trials Network [HVTN]) and members of the UR CFAR.

Web of Science Survey

The River Campus, Miner, and Sibley Libraries are surveying faculty, staff and graduate students on their use of Web of Science. The survey will help the libraries determine if Web of Science meets school needs or if the University should evaluate Elsevier’s SCOPUS as an alternative. If you’re interested,  please click on this link and complete the survey by January 31, 2016. The survey is online and will only take a few minutes to complete. Your response is anonymous and will be analyzed only in aggregate.

December 14th, 2015

Proposed "Common Rule" Changes Could Stifle Research

Proposed changes to the federal regulations that protect those who participate in research are aimed at improving the protection of human subjects, but researchers fear the adjustments could stifle human subject research and, ultimately, progress against preventing and treating disease. Changes to the regulations known as “The Common Rule” would complicate consent requirements for the secondary use of biospecimens and data, and mandate  single IRB approval for multi-site studies. A Town Hall meeting was held on Wednesday, December 9th to discuss the proposed revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects known as “The Common Rule.” Click here to read a synopsis of the Town Hall meeting in the CTSI Stories blog. The following documents are available for those who could not attend or to provide direction for those who would like to submit comments:

Orphan Product Pricing Issues

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature a presentation by Fred Marshall, MD Associate Professor of Neurology  and Frank Sasinowski, MS, MPH, JD, from Hyman, Phelps, & McNamara PC. Drs. Marshall and Sasinowski will present "Orphan Product Pricing Issues." Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, December 15th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Second Call for Abstracts: CTSI Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic Methods Awards

The CTSI is issuing a second call for submission of abstracts for Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic Methods (NBEM) awards. Submissions will be due on January 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM. 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. Information about the program and instructions for submission can be found in the RFA.

Dye Receives Fulbright Specialist Program Award

Timothy Dye, Ph.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Public Health, and Medical Informatics, has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist Program Award by the Institute of International Education. The director of biomedical informatics at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Dye works to combine global health with big data. The Fulbright Award will help him further his research in the emerging field of “Data Diplomacy,” which seeks to better understand the role that data sharing plays as an agent in social and political relationships around the world. Click here to read more about Dr. Dye in the CTSI Stories blog.

New Master's of Science in Epidemiology Program

The department of Public Health Sciences is now accepting applications to a new Master's of Science in Epidemiololgy program. This is a 34 credit program which focuses on epidemiologic methogologies, statistical tools used to analyze public health data and preparation for employment in a wide range of private and public institutions engaged in clinical and public health research and evaluation. Click here for more information on the Master of Science in Epidemiology.

SCORE Donation Station for Children's Books Closes Friday

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 --cardboard books for children ages 2 - 4 are appreciated. Donations will be accepted until 12/18/15 in the Saunders Research Building 1.104 (vending machine area), the Clinical Research Center (G-5035) and Miner Library (1-6222).

December 7th, 2015

America's Got Regulatory Science Talent Contest

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature presentations from students who are competing in the America's Got Regulatory Science Talent Contest. The competition involves students developing and presenting a proposed solution to a current opportunity in the area of Regulatory Science. The winning team will travel to Washington, DC to meet with the FDA and fellow winners from the University of Maryland, and present their proposals in Spring 2016. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, December 8th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Town Hall to Discuss Changes to the "Common Rule"

ATTENTION RESEARCHERS: Steve Dewhurst, Ph.D., will host a Town Hall to discuss the proposed revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects known as “The Common Rule.” These changes, recently proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 15 other Federal Departments and Agencies, will touch virtually ALL AREAS of basic and clinical research. Proposed changes include revisions to requirements governing secondary use of biospecimens and data, elements of consent, the minimal risk definition, and many others. The federal government is accepting feedback to the new and revised policies until January 6, and the Town Hall will educate researchers on how they can provide effective feedback. Read more about the changes, and mark your calendars for the Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, December 9th from 4 to 5 pm in the Class of ’62 Auditorium. This presentation will also be livestreamed.

REDCap Tip of the Month: Survey Termination Options

Regular users of REDCap have often expressed an interest in having more options for ending a survey. They felt, for example, that it would be helpful to redirect survey participants to a project website at survey completion. However, survey termination options such as a redirect were not possible until REDCap added three new options to address this topic. With these options, survey developers can now better guide the user experience for survey participants. The options, which can be found in “survey settings” in the online designer, now include survey completion text, redirection to a URL, and auto continue to another survey at the completion. Click here for more information about these options.

Using Social Media in Research Recruitment

The next meeting of the Study Coordinators Organization for Research & Education (SCORE) will be held on Thursday, December 10th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-501). Donna Berryman, Senior Associate Director of Medical Center Libraries & Technologies will present "Social Media in Research Recruitment." The event location remains available from 1:00 to 1:30pm for continued discussions among participants. 

I2B2 Fundamentals Training

The next i2b2 Fundamentals training will be held on Tuesday, December 8th from 3:00-4:00 pm in TLL 2-8513. I2b2 training consists of hands on instructor led training which focuses on establishing an i2b2 project for various types of research. The use of the i2b2 tool, along with search strategies and case use, is explored through the use of hands on exercises. Click here to register.

November 30th, 2015

Real World Evidence and the FDA

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature a presentation by Robert Meyer, MD, Director of the Virginia Center for Translational and Regulatory Sciences. Dr. Meyer will present "Real World Evidence and the FDA."  Prior to joining the faculty at UVA, Dr. Meyer was Vice President and head, Global Regulatory Strategy, Policy and Safety at Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) where he was responsible for regulatory strategy and operations, regulatory policy and intelligence, and product safety. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

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

CFAR World AIDS Day 2015

In honor of World AIDS Day, the UR Center for AIDS Research will host a scientific symposium on December 1st featuring “Novel HIV Vaccine Strategies” by Dr. Dan Barouch, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and “Silencing of Retroviral DNAs in Embryonic Stem Cells” by Dr. Stephen Goff, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics and Microbiology & Immunology at Columbia University Medical Center here in the Class of “62 Auditorium.  The deadline for poster registration is Monday, November 23rd. Click here for more information about the CFAR World AIDS Day.

The Complexities of Gestational Weight Gain

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, December 4th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Susan W Groth, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAANP, Associate Professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, will present "The Complexities of Gestational Weight Gain and Downstream Effects". Dr. Groth's research focuses on a variety of factors that contribute to obesity in women, including genetic predisposition, behavioral and environmental components. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.

Deadlines Approaching for Applications to CTSI Funding Programs

Three CTSI funding programs are currently accepting applications:

 

November 23rd, 2015

Industry Consulting: The Contract

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature a presentation by Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH, Co-Director of the CTSI and Professor in the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics; and Karen Rabinowitz, JD, Legal Counsel and Associate Director of Collaborations at the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics. Their presentation is entitled "Industry Consulting: The Contract" and will focus on the process of entering into consulting arrangements with industry sponsors, consulting agreement negotiations, and issues related to liability and confidentiality Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.

Date:  Wednesday, November 25th **Please note the special day***
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

CTSI Scholar Spotlight: Wyatte Hall, PhD

The Rochester Partnership for Deaf Postdoctoral Scholars is a joint program between the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Rochester Institute of Technology National Technical Institute of the Deaf. In a new video on the CTSI Stories Blog, Wyatte Hall, Ph.D., a program scholar, discusses his field of study and Rochester’s vibrant deaf community. Click here to view the video.

CFAR World AIDS Day 2015

In honor of World AIDS Day, the UR Center for AIDS Research will host a scientific symposium on December 1st featuring “Novel HIV Vaccine Strategies” by Dr. Dan Barouch, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and “Silencing of Retroviral DNAs in Embryonic Stem Cells” by Dr. Stephen Goff, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics and Microbiology & Immunology at Columbia University Medical Center here in the Class of “62 Auditorium.  The deadline for poster registration is Monday, November 23rd. Click here for more information about the CFAR World AIDS Day.

CTSI Pilot Program RFA Released

The CTSI is now accepting applications for the Pilot program for awards to begin on July 1, 2016. The overall goal of the Pilot Studies Program is to provide seed funding for highly innovative translational and clinical research that addresses translational research questions, and provides insights generalizable to other projects.Translational and clinical research that moves new discoveries along the translational continuum to humans and the community is strongly encouraged. Awards are available in four categories: faculty, trainee, UNYTE translational research network and novel biostatistical and epidemiologic methods. Initial abstracts are due on December 7th. Click for the full pilot program RFA.

CTSI Incubator Program RFA Realeased

The CTSI is now accepting applications for the Incubator program for awards to begin on July 1, 2016. The Incubator Program (2 years, $125K/year) supports the development of promising clinical and translational research within the institution, where larger, carefully targeted investments can accelerate progress and create stand-alone research programs. The goal of the program is to identify research collaborations at the institution with tremendous potential to deliver a quantum advance in therapies, diagnostic techniques, or population and public health programs, accelerating scientific progress and leading to programmatic levels of extramural funding. Initial abstracts are due on December 7th. Click here for the full Incubator program RFA .

Precision Medicine Funding Announcements

The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) is a bold new research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease. A major piece of the PMI is the development of a research cohort that will engage a million or more Americans who volunteer to contribute their health data over many years to improve health outcomes, fuel the development of new treatments for disease, and catalyze a new era of data-based and more precise preventive care and medical treatment. There are currently numerous funding opportunities available focused on creating the cohort program. Click here to view the Precision Medicine funding opportunities.

SCORE Donation Station for Children's Books

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 --cardboard books for children ages 2 - 4 are appreciated. Donations will be accepted between 11/23/15-12/18/15 in the Saunders Research Building 1.104 (vending machine area), the Clinical Research Center (G-5035) and Miner Library (1-6222).

November 16th, 2015

A Look Inside: The Roles and Responsibilities of a Coordinating Center

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature a presentation by Emily Flagg, Senior Regulatory Specialist with the University of Rochester Research Subjects Review Board (RSRB). Ms. Flagg will present "A Look Inside: The Roles and Responsibilities of a Coordinating Center." Federal guidelines direct the RSRB to review coordinating center activities when the University of Rochester is coordinating multi-center collaborative research. Click here for more guidance on this topic. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available. This session of the CTSI Seminar series in co-sponsored by the Office for Human Subject Protection.

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

David Paul Wins National Cadbury Award for Academic and Volunteer Achievements

University of Rochester Medical Student, and CTSI TL1 trainee, David Paul (M.D. ’16) was selected as the recipent of the 2015 National Cadbury Award for academic and volunteer achievements. Paul’s scientific achievements, in combination with his ongoing mentorship to Rochester city school students, have made him the first-ever UR medical student to receive The William and Charlotte Cadbury Award from the National Medical Fellowships and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Every medical school across the country nominates a student for this national honor, but only one student is chosen. Paul will receive the award, and be welcomed into the AAMC’s Future Leaders of Academic Medicine, at an awards ceremony in Baltimore. Maryland on November 9th. Click here to read more about David Paul in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI PhD Candidate Molly Jaynes Appears on WXXI's Connections

Molly Jaynes was recently on WXXI Connections with Evan Dawson, discussing her research and a possible cure for focal dystonia. Jaynes is in her fourth year of the CTSI's Translational Biomedical Science PhD program, and her research is focused on the prevention and treatment of focal dystonia in professional instrumentalists. Jaynes was joined by her mentor, Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D., and were. The full interview, along with a video about Molly's project, can be found on the CTSI Stories Blog.

Housing and Health

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, November 20th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Kevin Kennedy, MPH, CIEC, Managing Director of the Center for Environmental Health at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas will present "Housing and Health: Changing the Healthcare Paradigm Through a Healthy Homes Program." Mr. Kennedy will discuss the efforts at Children’s Mercy Hospitals to integrate home environmental exposure and hazard mitigation into comprehensive care coordination for children with chronic illnesses. Assorted wraps will be available. Please bring your own beverage.

CTSI Mentored Career Development Program (KL2) Applications Due December 4th

The CTSI request for applications is currently open for the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program for awards to begin in July 2016. The program provides 2 years of support for the early career development of multidisciplinary clinical and translational scientists. The goal of the program is to promote the successful transition of KL2 scholars to an independent career as a clinical and translational investigator, generally by means of an individual K- or R-award. Full applications due on December 4. Click here for application instructions.

CTSI Pilot and Incubator Programs: RFAs Released

The CTSI is now accepting applications for two funding programs, for awards to begin on July 1, 2016. The Pilot Studies Program supports translational and clinical research that moves new discoveries along the translational continuum to humans and the community is strongly encouraged.  For more information and to download the RFA, click here. The Incubator Program (2 years, $125K/year) supports the development of promising clinical and translational research within the institution, where larger, carefully targeted investments can accelerate progress and create stand-alone research programs. For more information and to download the RFA, click here. Initial abstract submissions are due on December 7th.

Interested in Becoming CRP Certified?

The NYS Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) chapter is currently assessing the possibility of hosting a Clinical Research Professional (CRP) exam in Syracuse, NY. Sites must have a minimum number of individuals willing to sit for the exam in order to move forward with hosting the exam. If you are interested in sitting for the exam, which will be held sometime during the 1st quarter of 2016 in Syracuse, NY, please email durdonk@upstate.edu as soon as possible. Click here for more information about the certification process.

CTSI Grantwriting Resources Page

Writing a grant? The CTSI website now features up-to-date resource pages for 36 research-related programs, resources, departments and centers. Start with these and edit as necessary to suit your grant, or reach out to the appropriate group for more details. Or, they may be perfect as they are! Click here for the CTSI grantwriting resources page!

November 9th, 2015

Developing a Regulatory Science Training Program and Potential Career Paths

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature a presentation by Emma Anne Meagher, MD Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Meagher will present "Developing a Regulatory Science Training Program and Potential Career Paths." Dr Meagher’s research interest is the development of novel therapeutics in dyslipidemia. Her clinical practice focused on cardiovascular risk modification with an emphasis on management of dyslipidemia, hypertension and women’s cardiovascular health. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

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

Clinical Innovation and  the Learning Health System

Drs. Steve Dewhurst and Martin Zand invite you to attend a seminar by Wayne Psek, MD, MBA, PhD, on Wednesday, November 11th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the K-307 Auditorium (3-6408) entitled "Clinical Innovation and the Learning Health System." Dr. Psek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Dr. Psek's research focuses on the design and management of health care organizations and systems. Lunch will be provided.

UR Mentors: A New Faculty Development Program

UR Mentors is a new faculty development program designed to build and support a community of Master Mentors who can be resource persons within their respective departments, and able to coach less experienced mentors and training program directors. This evidence-based program features 4 sessions composed of interactive workshops and skill-building exercises. The program will begin in January 2016 and run through March. The deadline for applications is November 23rd. Click here for more information and application instructions.

Talks to Address Native American Health Disparities

Tassy Parker, Associate Vice Chancellor for American Indian Health Research and Education at University of New Mexico School of Medicine, will present two lectures on Monday, November 16, covering Native American health disparities. At noon, she'll present "American Indian Mental Health: Creating Pathways to Healing and Wellness through CBPR and the Social Determinants of Health" in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425). At 4:30 p.m., Parker will present "From Reservation Boarding School to the Dean's Team" in the Upper Auditorium (3-7619). Contact Grace Fuller to register.

New NIH Requirements for Research Grant Applications

NIH has begun a new initiative designed to improve the rigor of experimental design in research, and to increase the reproducibility of scientific experiments. Investigators will be required to explicitly discuss and address three areas in the Research Plan and add an attachment addressing “Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources”. These changes will be explicitly included in the new Study Section proposal review and scoring criteria. Click here to read more about the specific requirements.

REDCap Tip of the Month: Adding Project Notes

Frequent users of REDCap can run into challenges differentiating one project from another as their project list grows. This issue most often occurs when they have multiple projects with similar names or went through multiple iterations to develop a single project. To address this issue, REDCap has incorporated a new feature called “Project notes” to alleviate potential confusion. Any user with design rights can modify and see the notes for a project, which is a useful feature if you have more than one person working on a project. Click here for further instruction in the CTSI Stories Blog.

UR "Americas' Got Regulatory Science Talent" Competition

Students at the University of Rochester are invited to participate in the 3rd annual 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. Initial information sheets are due on November 13th. Click here for full application details.

Open Discussion: Barriers to Research Coordination

The next meeting of the Study Coordinators Organization for Research & Education (SCORE) will feature an open discussion on issues, barriers and potential solutions to enhance research coordination at the University of Rochester. All staff members are encouraged to attend if they would like to povide input. The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 12th from 12:00-1:30 pm in Center for Experiential Learning Room 2-7544. Click here for more information.

November 2nd, 2015

Challenges in Applying FDA Rules to Medical Countermeasure Development for a Nuclear Attack

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature a presentation by Yuhchyau Chen, MD, PhD, Chair and Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Chen will present "Challenges in applying FDA rules to medical countermeasure development for a nuclear attack." Chen has an extensive history in clinical and translational research, with a focus on radiosensitization, radiation biomarkers and radiation effects on normal tissue. She pioneered the schedule-dependent, pulsed paclitaxel radiosensitizing chemoradiation treatment, a lower toxicity option for inoperable lung cancer and was the first to discover the inflammatory cytokines Interleukin 6 and Interleukin, cell-signaling protein molecules, as indicators of radiation lung injury in post-treatment cancer patients.  Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

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

Population Health Coordinating Committee Welcomes New Members

Do you have an interest in promoting population health through research or education? If so, consider joining the Population Health Coordinating Committee (PHCC, formerly known as the Population Health Interest Group). The PHCC is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental group that serves as a resource to advance research and education programs in population health and community engagement at the University of Rochester. The committee also collaborates with clinical and community service programs across the University, and fosters discussion about relevant events, activities, developments and progress at local, regional and national levels. The group meets every other month. Contact Mary McDonald to get on the mailing list to receive future meeting notices. The PHCC is convened by the Center for Community Health and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. 

UNYTE Population Health Scientific Session

With population health sciences becoming a larger and more important field in medical research, the UNYTE Translational Research Network will host a scientific session on December 3rd in the hopes of bringing together population health researchers, clinical leaders, community members and data scientists. The session, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W304) will explore what population health research brings to the clinical enterprise and vice versa. Click here to read more about the scientific session in the CTSI Stories Blog.

The CTSI Welcomes David Pinto

With his extensive education and varied work history, you could say David Pinto is a modern Renaissance man. Now, he has found a place that marries nicely his various strengths. His experience in project management and as a study coordinator in cardiology made him an ideal candidate for his current position as a Clinical Research Informaticist. Pinto manages all CTSI research requests for the i2b2 tool as well as data extraction requests from eRecord, Flowcast, HBOC, Softlab, Trendstar, and others.  He also spends part of his time providing data management support for the Rochester Center for Health Informatics. Click here to read more about David Pinto in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Mentored Career Development Program (KL2) Email of Intent Due November 2nd

The CTSI has released the request for applications for the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program for awards to begin in July 2016. The program provides 2 years of support for the early career development of multidisciplinary clinical and translational scientists. The goal of the program is to promote the successful transition of KL2 scholars to an independent career as a clinical and translational investigator, generally by means of an individual K- or R-award. The email of intent is due on November 2nd with full applications due on December 4. For details about the program and how to apply visit the CTSI KL2 website.

Learn about Funding for Small Businesses from NCATS

A number of funding opportunities from grants to contracts are available through the National Center for Translational Sciences (NCATS). Join NCATS Strategic Alliances Director Lili Portilla, M.P.A., for an overview of available opportunities for small businesses, tips and advice for applying for funding, and a Q&A session. Register today to join NCATS and the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes Entrepreneurship Committee on November 10th, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 pm, for a webinar about NCATS programs and funding opportunities that support small businesses and technology transfer organizations.

Community Engaged Health Research With Rochester Deaf Populations

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, November 6th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Medical Center room (2-7520). Steven Barnett, MD, along with members of the National Center for Deaf Health Research, will present "The Deaf Weight Wise Clinical Trial: Community-Engaged Health Research with Rochester Deaf Populations." Members of the research team will describe the development, implementation, and results of Deaf Weight Wise (DWW), the first randomized controlled trial of a culturally appropriate and language accessible healthy lifestyle program with Deaf ASL users.

Save the Date: Clinical Innovation and  the Learning Health System

Drs. Steve Dewhurst and Martin Zand invite you to attend a seminar by Wayne Psek, MD, MBA, PhD, on Wedneday, November 11th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the K-307 Auditorium (3-6408) entitled "Clinical Innovation and the Learning Health System." Dr. Psek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Dr. Psek's research focuses on the design and management of health care organizations and systems.

Call for Posters: 20th Annual Wilmot Cancer Center Scientific Symposium

The University of Rochester James P. Wilmot Cancer Institute 20th Annual Scientific Symposium will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Class of 62 Auditorium and the Flaum Atrium. The poster themes for this year’s symposium are: Molecular and Cell Biology/Immunology, Experimental Hematology/Hematological Cancer, Solid Tumor Biology and Therapy, Cancer Control/Epidemiology. All members of the University community are invited to present posters on basic or clinical cancer-related research. Completed poster registration forms need to be submitted by Thursday, November 5. Click here for more information.

October 26th, 2015

What the Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Could Mean For You

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature a presentation by Kelley O'Donoghue, MPH, CIP Associate Vice President for Human Subjects Protection, and Director of OHSP. Ms. O'Donoghue will present "Not Just Another Acronym: What the NPRM Could Mean For You." The NPRM sought comment on proposals to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. Click here to read more about the NPRM. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available. This session is co-sponsored by the URMC

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

Coming soon to a waiting room near you!

In the hopes of generating more interest in research participation, the CTSI has obtained a mobile ResearchMatch kiosk, which will be popping up in a handful of patient waiting rooms in the coming months. Starting Monday, Oct. 26, you’ll find this kiosk in the Sonia & Murray Morgan Family Waiting Room (#1-1230) located near the Friends of Strong office. Later this year, you might see it in Miner Library or in the Golisano Children Hospital Family Resource Library. Click here to read more about this recruitment effort in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Pilot Program: Vitamin D Metabolization in Pregnant Women

A new video on the CTSI Stories Blog features Eva Pressman, M.D., discussing her CTSI Pilot Project: Vitamin D Kinetics During Pregnancy.   Dr. Pressman is The Henry A. Thiede Professor and Chair of The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the MFM Fellowship training program. She received a CTSI Faculty Pilot Award to examine the absorption and half-life of vitamin D3 in non-pregnant and pregnant women. Click here to view the video.

UNYTE Scientific Session: Transforming Population Health Research

The next UNYTE Scientific Session will be held on Thursday, December 3rd from 10:30 am -3:30 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. The session is entitled "Transforming Population Health Research: Advances, New Methods, and Community Partnerships". The purpose of the session to bring together population health researchers, clinical leaders, community members and data scientists from across UNYTE institutions to spark interdisciplinary collaborations in population health research, clinical innovation, and community & patient engagement.  The deadline for registration is November 19th. Click here for more information.

Call for Abstracts on Population Health Research

UNYTE has issued a call for poster abstracts for presentation at the Scientific Session Transforming Population Health Research: Advances, New Methods, and Community Partnerships, to be held December 3rd, 2015. Two types of posters are being solicited: Research posters focused on tranforming population health reserch (Award Eligible); and Descriptive posters sharing information on your institution’s programs, laboratories, services and resources related to population health research. Abstracts are due by November 13th.Click here to read the full instructions.

Dr. Ann Dozier Inducted into American Academy of Nursing

Ann Dozier, Ph.D., acting chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, and lead evaluator for the CTSA program, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing on October 17th in Washington DC.  The American Academy of Nursing's approximately 2,200 fellows represent leaders in education, management, practice, and research.  Fellows are selected based on their significant contributions to nursing and health care, including improving the quality of care, promoting healthy aging, reducing disparities, shaping healthy behaviors, and strengthening delivery systems, both nationally and internationally. Cick here to read more.

Center for Community Health Call for Mini-Grant Applications

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 2015. Grant funding of up to $1000 is made on a quarterly basis. Applications are welcome from either URMC or community partners. The application deadline is Tuesday, November 10, at noon and the application and instructions are located here.

The CTSI Wants Your Feedback!

Visitors to the CTSI website will notice a new addition this week: a suggestion box button. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is eager to learn about the needs of the research community, including investigators, study teams and community members. Please take a moment to provide input to help us understand how we can meet your needs.

October 19th, 2015

CTSI Director's Update - October 2015

In this month's update, Karl Kieburtz looks back on the grant-writing process used for the CTSA renewal and discusses the advantages of incorporating a large author team. The CTSA renewal involved more than 50 writers spanning across multiple areas of expertise in the Medical Center. Click here to read the full interview with Dr. Kieburtz in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Mentored Career Development Program (KL2): RFA Released

The CTSI has released the request for applications for the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program for awards to begin in July 2016. The program provides 2 years of support for the early career development of multidisciplinary clinical and translational scientists. The goal of the program is to promote the successful transition of KL2 scholars to an independent career as a clinical and translational investigator, generally by means of an individual K- or R-award. Full applications are due on Friday, December 4. For details about the program and how to apply visit the CTSI KL2 website.

SAC Incubator Progam

The SMD Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is pleased to announce the 2015 Request for Applications for the Incubator Program. The purpose of the SAC Incubator Program is to foster the establishment of extramurally-funded, nationally-recognized interdisciplinary research collaborations in biomedical research with the potential to generate new strategic directions for the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the University. The award has a maximum funding level of $125,000 per year for each of two years beginning July 1, 2016. Initial abstracts are due on November 2, 2015. Click here for more information and application materials.

Rochester Healthcare Deep Data Dive

The Rochester Center for Health Informatics and the Goergen Institute for Data Science will host its inaugural Rochester Healthcare Deep Data Dive (ROCHD3) unconference in the Saunders Research Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 14th. The event is free to attend, though registration is required. Click here to read more about this special event.

OneStart Bio-Entrepreneurship Program for Students

OneStart is the world’s largest life sciences and healthcare startup accelerator program - welcoming ideas focused on the improvement of human health including; therapeutics, diagnostics, software, devices, research tools, and more. OneStart's focus is it to cultivate early-stage entrepreneurship among young healthcare innovators. The Bio-Entrepreneurship program provides extensive mentoring and support up to 70 teams each year (not just the winner). The Grand Prize for OneStart Americas is US$150k, and comes with free lab space and extensive follow-on mentoring. Click here for more information about this program

FDA Regulatory Science Training Fellowship

The objective of the project is to develop training materials to introduce students to challenges in drug development and regulatory decision making.  Under the guidance of a CDER mentor, the fellow will identify and compile existing CDER content and help assess the appropriateness of training materials for different audiences. It is the intent that these training materials will be made widely available to the academic community for incorporation into their regulatory science curricula. Click here for more information and application materials. A list of all current FDA research opportunities is available here.

UR "Americas' Got Regulatory Science Talent" Competition

Students at the University of Rochester are invited to participate in the 3rd annual 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. Initial information sheets are due on November 13th. Click here for full application details.

NIH Early Career Reviewer Program

Are you an early career investigator? Are you interested in becoming a reviewer on a grant study section? The NIH has implemented the Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program and the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has developed a special Webinar to give you key insights into the NIH grant application and review processes – plus an opportunity to have CSR experts answer your questions. The webinar will be held on Monday, November 9, 2015, from 2:00 to 3:15 pm. Click here to register.

October 12th, 2015

CTSI Success Stories: Pilot Grants Lead to R01, New Business

Lisa DeLouise, PhD, MPD, Associate Professor of Dermatology, was awarded two CTSI Pilot Grants, which helped to support a line of research that blossomed into much more. Dr. DeLouise collaborated with Dr. Lisa Beck (Professor of Dermatology) in 2007 on a project entitled "Characterizing cutaneous barrier function with nanoparticle probes", which resulted in a funded NIH R01 grant. She then went on to collaborate with Dr. James Kobie (Assistant Professor of Medicine) on a project entitled "High throughput sorting of rare cells from blood using Microbubble Arrays" in 2011, which resulted in a new start-up company. Dr. DeLouise shared her experiences in the most recent edition of CTSI Stories.

Development of International Scientific Resources in collaboration with NIH and FDA

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature a presentation by Jean-Philippe Couderc, PhD, MBA Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Director of the Heart Research Follow-up Program Laboratory. Dr. Couderc will present "Development of International Scientific Resources in collaboration with NIH and FDA: The Telemetric and Holter ECG Warehouse (THEW) case." Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, October 13th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Identifying Genetic Variants Associated with Toxicity Following Radiotherapy in Cancer Survivors

The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) will host its next symposium on Friday, October 16th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in URMC 2-6408 (K-207 Auditorium). This month's featured speaker is Sarah Kerns from the Department of Radiation Oncology. She will present her work on identifying genetic variants associated with toxicity following radiotherapy in cancer survivors. Our ongoing research talk will feature plasma physics simulations generated by Arnab Sarkar from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Please see the attached flyer for details of the titles and abstracts.

The Benefit and Burden of Electronic Reminders for Optimizing Patient Care

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, October 16th, 2015 from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). David Chan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, will present "The Benefit and Burden of Electronic Reminders for Optimizing Patient Care."  Dr. Chan’s research focuses on explaining productivity variation within US health care.

2015 Wilmot Cancer Institute Request for Proposals

The James P. Wilmot Cancer Institute is soliciting applications for grants focusing on Cancer Research. This RFP is designated to support development of multi-investigator research programs that are highly collaborative in nature in the area of basic, translational, behavioral or epidemiological cancer research. WCI Junior Investigator Award and Collaborative Pilot Studies applications are due November 23th, 2015. Cancer Research Multi-Investigator Program grant applications are due May 1st, 2016. Click here for the application face page.

REDCap Tip of the Month: Enabling Medication Classification Codes

Medications are often difficult to code in REDCap surveys due to variations in spelling, brand and substance names, dosing, and delivery routes. This variability poses challenges to research teams trying to accurately capture and code participants’ medications in a consistent way. To address these issues, REDCap has added two popular medication classifications in version 6.7.0 to enable more consistent coding. Click here to read more about this new REDCap functionality.

Research Conference Highlights Creative Innovation

This year’s University-wide research conference, "Creative Innovation: Building Synergy through Arts, Sciences, and Diversity," is planned for Friday, November 13. Christopher Emdin, associate professor of mathematics, science, and technology at Columbia University's Teachers College, will give the keynote address. Concurrent breakout sessions will focus on three topics: inspire, inquire, and investigate. Click here for more information and to register.

Workshop: Competing for NSF funding

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Spelman College are pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming NSF Day to be held on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 on the campus of Spelman College. NSF Days provide basic insight and instruction on how to compete for NSF funding for science, engineering and education research. This day-long workshop will provide background on the Foundation, its mission, priorities, and budget. Click here for more information

NIH Webinars for Applicants and Grant Administrators

NIH is presenting two webinars focused on the NIH application submission and review process. These webinars are designed to give participants useful insights into our application submission and peer review processes.  Attendees will see presentations by five CSR experts, CSR is the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific and technical merit. The webinar for Research Administrators will be held on November 5th and the webinar for Investigators will be held on November 6th. The registration deadline is October 29th. Click here for more information.

October 5th, 2015

Learn About CTSI Recruitment and Retention Resources

The next Study Coordinators Organization for Research Education (SCORE) meeting will be held on Thursday, October 8th from 12:00-1:30 pm in Helen Wood Hall Classroom (1w-501). Carrie Dykes, PhD, CTSI Research Engagement Specialist, will discuss the resources available through the CTSI Recruitment and Retention component, and how to access those resources. All are invited to attend.

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda: Lessons Learned in Conducting Research

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will be held on Tuesday, October 6th at 12:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304) and feature a presentation by the Office for Human Subjects Protection. Kelly Unsworth, MS, CCRC, CIP, Director of Research Education and Training for OHSP will present "Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda: Lessons Learned in Conducting Research from OHSP/RSRB Staff & Board Members." Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. 

Research Help Series: ClinicalTrials.gov

For the next several months, the CTSI Stories Blog will highlight different offerings of the Research Help Desk. This week, Carrie Dykes, Ph.D., research engagement specialist at the CTSI, discusses clinicaltrials.gov, and tells you how she can help with trial registration, upkeep, and entering results. Click here to read the CTSI Stories Blog.

University Research Award

Applications are now open for the 2016 University Research Awards. The award program provides funding of $250,000 from the president's office, to be matched by the schools for a total of $500,000 annually. Proposals are due on February 1st. Visit the CTSI Stories Blog for more information.

The CTSI: your resource for research involving electronic health records

Contact the CTSI’s Informatics Team (through the online Research Request Dashboard or via email at ResearchHelp@urmc.rochester.edu) for assistance in acquiring clinical data for research purposes, for training in the use of eRecord to support your research, for training in the use of i2b2 to query or acquire clinical data, or any related question. Visit the CTSI website Informatics page for a complete list of resources available through the CTSI Informatics Team.

September 28th, 2015

CTSI Director's Update - September 2015

This month, Martin Zand takes a break from writing the CTSA grant application to discuss the efforts that the CTSI is taking to expand research subject engagement. The CTSI has already established a research notification website, which promotes research projects that are currently enrolling subjects, and allows research subjects to indicate that they are interested in participating. The CTSI is now exploring expanding this capability to the eRecord system. Patients would be offerd to a separate tab in MyChart for “Research studies,” and research opportunties would be presented to the patient based on the project criteria supplied by Investigators. Click here to read more about this CTSI research subject engagement activities in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Working With the FDA to Better Understand Generic Drug Equivalence

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature a presentation by Michel J. Berg, MD, Professor of Neurology. Dr. Berg will present "Working with FDA to better understand generic drug equivalence." Dr Berg's research focuses on enhancing medication adherence with smart medication dispensers, establishing the equivalence of generic anti-epilepsy drugs (AED), automating MRI analysis, and seizure prediction from EEG. .Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, September 29th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Using Computer Exercises to Battle Cognitive Decline

Feng (Vankee) Lin, Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry, received $2 million in grant funding from NIH to test whether a computer-based program called vision-based speed of processing (VSOP) cognitive training can slow cognitive decline in adults at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Dr. Lin was a scholar in the CTSI KL2 Career Development program, during which she conducted research project which provided preliminary data for the grant application. Click here to read more about Dr. Lin's project.

Planning for the Aging Population

The next Health Services Research Seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 30th from 12:30-1:30 pm in CEL Room 2-7520. Chang Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Singapore) will present "Planning for the Aging Population: Experiences and Innovations from Singapore, Hong Kong, and Mainland China." Dr. Chang Liu’s research focuses on health insurance policy and long term care policy. He is also interested in cost-effectiveness analysis in health care decision making.

EHSC Pilot 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 year and must hold a tenure-track position. The deadline for submitting initial applications is October 19, 2015. Click here to read the full RFA.

RFA: Supporting Health Sciences Research Using High Performance Computational Resources

The University of Rochester Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation is requesting applications to support laboratory staff that will accelerate the research in computational biology and health, and to take advantage of the high performance computational resources of the University. Funds are available to support laboratory staff for short-term, early phase work necessary to allow investigators to translate their ideas into computer code or models, and to get new biocomputational or health-related scientific projects underway.  Applications are due Monday, November 2nd. Click here to read the full RFA.

September 21st, 2015

CTSI Trainee Pilot Supports Better Understanding of Lupus

Lupus is a devastating disease that affects around 1 in 2,000 people in the U.S., and involves chronic inflammation and tissue damage in various organs including the skin, kidneys, and joints. Although the mortality rate for lupus has improved in recent decades, a diagnosis of lupus often means elevated risk of early mortality and lifetime of immunosuppressive therapy, which can carry significant side effects. Anna Bird wants to improve treatment options. Bird, who is currently working towards a doctorate within the Immunology/Microbiology (IMV) graduate program in the laboratory of Jennifer Anolik, M.D., Ph.D., was recently awarded a CTSI Trainee Pilot Grant to study the immunologic mechanisms underlying the autoimmune disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Click here to read more about Anna's project in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Regulating Science and Translational Research

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature Michael Rosenblatt, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at MERCK. Dr. Rosenblatt will present "Regulating Science and Translational Research: Innovation to meet patients' needs." Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.

Date:  Tuesday, September 22nd
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

The Promise and Pitfalls of Biomedical Prevention

The UR Center for AIDS Research is sponsoring a talk by Dr. Sarit Golub, Professor, City University of New York, entitled “The Promise and Pitfalls of Biomedical Prevention”. Dr. Golub’s research involves a fascinating mix of social and cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, behavioral economics, and decision science. The presentation will take place in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium on Tuesday, October 13th at 3pm. The talk will be followed by a reception featuring food, beverages, and live music in nearby Evarts Lounge (please RSVP to Laura Enders, if you plan on attending the mixer).

Scientific Advisory Committee Incubator Program

The School of Medicine and Dentistry Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) announces the 2015 Request for Applications for its Incubator Program. The purpose of the program is to foster the establishment of extramurally funded, nationally recognized interdisciplinary
research collaborations in biomedical research that has the potential to generate new strategic directions for the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the University. Details and application instructions are available here Initial abstracts are due on November 2. Contact
Anne Reed for more information.

Environmental Health Sciences Research Day

The Environmental Health Sciences Center is celebrating 50 years of environmental health sciences research at the University of Rochester with a Research Day on Thursday, September 24th from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm in the Class of 62 Auditorium. The Research Day will include presentations on the history of the EHSC, new novel research being conducted at the U of R, a community panel discussion and a poster session. Click here to view the full agenda.

Funding Opportunity for Global Challenges

The University, as a member of the Worldwide Universities Network, is eligible to participate in the network's Research Development Fund, an annual competitive fund for projects focused on the network's four collaborative global challenges: global higher education
and research, public health (non-communicable disease), responding to climate change, and understanding culture. Faculty may lead a proposal effort as well as participate in those led by fellow member institutions. For more information, contact Ruth Levenkron or visit the Office for Global Engagement website.

September 14th, 2015

Advancing Regulatory Science at the FDA

The next session of the CTSI Seminar Series will feature Carol Linden, PhD, Director of the Office of Regulatory Science and Innovation at the FDA presenting "Advancing Regulatory Science at the FDA".   The mission of the FDA Office of Regulatory Science and Innovation is to provide strategic leadership, coordination, infrastructure, and support for excellence and innovation in FDA science that will advance the Agency's ability to protect and promote public health. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available. Click here to read more about Dr. Linden in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Date:  Tuesday, September 15th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Physics of Ranking Processes

The next Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) Symposium will take place on Friday, September 18th, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Goergen 109. Gourab Ghoshal, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science will present "Physics of Ranking Process." This presentation will introduce the concept of ranking stability as it relates to eigenvalue based algorithms such as Google’s page rank and then moving on to the empirical examination of a plethora of temporal datasets that enables us to develop a “phenomenological” theory capturing the dynamics of ranking.

Setting Goals and Hitting Benchmarks for Success Early in Your Independent Research Career

The Junior Faculty Biomedical Research Association will host it's first seminar of the semester on Wednesday, September 16th from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Center for Experiential Learning Room 2-7536. The presentation entitled "Setting Goals and Hitting Benchmarks for Success Early in Your Independent Research Career”, will be presented by Tracey Baas, PhD Executive Director of the URBEST program, Supriya Mohile, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Joshua Munger, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. To RSVP please email Karen Grabowski.

Save the Date: 20th Annual Wilmot Cancer Center Scientific Symposium

The University of Rochester James P. Wilmot Cancer Institute 20th Annual Scientific Symposium will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Class of 62 Auditorium and the Flaum Atrium. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together scientists working in basic, translational and clinical cancer research. Activities will include oral presentations and a poster session. A call for posters and a detailed program will be released shortly.

Funding Opportunity for Global Challenges

The University, as a member of the Worldwide Universities Network, is eligible to participate in the network's Research Development Fund, an annual competitive fund for projects focused on the network's four collaborative global challenges: global higher education and research, public health (non-communicable disease), responding to climate change, and understanding culture. Faculty may lead a proposal effort as well as participate in those led by fellow member institutions. For more information, contact Ruth Levenkron or visit the Office for Global Engagement website.

September 8th, 2015

CTSI Success Stories: Research Help, Other CTSI resources, Makes Life Easier for Study Coordinators

Elizabeth Werner, senior health project coordinator, and Ann Marie Scorsone, senior human subject research coordinator, have utilized CTSI resources for several of their research studies with the Division of Neonatology. They recently spoke to CTSI Stories about their experiences using the Research Help Desk, Recruitment and Retention Service, eRecord Training, and more. Click here to read the full story in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Regulatory Science Research and Core Competencies

The CTSI Seminar Series kicks-off the Fall 2015 semester with Joan Adamo, PhD, Associate Director for CTSI Regulatory Support Services and Scott Steele, PhD, Director of Government and Academic Research Alliances, will present "Regulatory Science Research and Core Competencies."   Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available. 

Date:  Tuesday, September 8th
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Save the Date: UNYTE Scientific Session

The next UNYTE Scientific Session will be held on Thursday, December 3rd and will focus on "Transforming Population Health Research: Advances, New Methods, and Community Partnerships". The purpose of this session is to bring together population health researchers, clinical leaders, community members and data scientists from across UNYTE institutions to spark interdisciplinary collaborations in population health research, clinical innovation, and community & patient engagement. Registration information will be available soon.

The Dementia Epidemic

The first session of the 2015-16 Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday, September 18th, 2015 in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304) . Thomas V. Caprio, MD, MPH, MSHPE, CMD, HMDC, FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine, will present "The Dementia Epidemic." This presentation reviews the current state of affairs of managing dementia from a clinician’s perspective and attempts to address the question if no effective therapy exists, should we be aggressive about screening? Assorted wraps will be available while supplies last. Bring your own beverage.

The "C" in PMCID Indicates Compliance

PubMed Central is an archive of full-text journal articles. The National Library of Medicine assigns a PMCID, also known as a PMC Identifier, to each full-text paper in PubMed Central. To comply with the public access policy, anyone submitting an application, proposal or report to the NIH must include a PMCID when citing applicable papers that they author or that arise from their NIH-funded research. If it helps to remember, think of the C in PMCID to indicate compliance with the public access policy. While all abstracts appearing in PubMed are assigned a PMID automatically, NIH awardees may need to take action to obtain a PMCID. Click here for more information on how to ensure your publications are compliant.

September 2015 REDCap Tip: Copying Projects

Do you have a successful REDCap project that you would like to reuse or repurpose for another project? If you do, then you might want to consider using the REDCap “Copy Project” button, which lets you copy all the events, forms, variables, and settings into a new project. Click here to read more about the copy function in the CTSI Stories Blog. The REDCap tip of the month is provided by the University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences.

When it Comes to Your Health, Does Your Zip Code Matter More Than Your Genetic Code?

The 5th Annual Dr. Bernard Guyer Lectureship will be held on Monday, October 5th, 2015 from 12:00-2:00 pm in the Class of 62 Auditorium. This year's presenter is Anthony B. Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH, Senior Vice President of Health Communities at The California Endowment. The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Dr. Iton will present "When It Comes to Your Health, Does Your Zip Code Matter More Than Your Genetic Code?". Click here to register.

2015-2016 Breast Cancer Research Grant Initiative

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester is seeking applications and proposals for its 2015 - 2016 Breast Cancer Research Grant Initiative. To be eligible, applicants must work in the Greater Finger Lakes Region of Western New York, including Buffalo, Ithaca, Rochester and Syracuse. The Coalition plans to fund a minimum of one $50,000 research grant. To apply, please submit all documents as required in the 2015-2016 Request For Proposals (RFP) by December 31st, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

August 31st, 2015

SCORE: Helping research coordinators connect and learn

Principal Investigators and research team members rely on study coordinators every day. Coordinators impact the lives of research subjects and assist to provide the foundation behind the science data in the development of new clinical procedures, drugs, devices and technology to improve health care. As a result, the University continues to recognize the professional role of the coordinator, and the CTSI is here to provide support. The Study Coordinators Organization for Research & Education (SCORE) is a forum organized for coordinators where participants meet to share information, to collaborate to develop tools and practices, and to learn of University processes related to human subject research management. Click here to read more about SCORE in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Fall 2015 CTSI Seminar Series: Advancing Biomedical Innovation through Translational Research and Regulatory Science

A key objective of the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is to support creative research and training methods to drive innovation across the entire medical product development pathway. Along with this creativity comes the need to ensure medical products are safe and effective.  The academic research community has an opportunity to speed the development and approval of beneficial medical products by collaborating with the FDA, industry and other academic partners in the field of Regulatory Science.  This fall the CTSI Seminar Series will highlight and bring to the University of Rochester campus a panoply of Regulatory Science leaders who are currently working to address these issues. Click here to read more about the seminar series in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Medical Mentoring Course Now Available

In the spirit of Meliora, the Rochester Clinical Translational Science Institute created a hybrid online, face-to-face course for research mentors in 2007 to help assure that all trainees received appropriate mentoring. We are now offering this highly successful mentoring course to all URMC faculty. The course is designed to help faculty improve their mentoring practice through a series of online cases followed by a single face-to-face workshop on September 16th from noon to 2 p.m. All online cases must be completed by September 8. Lunch will be provided at the workshop. Contact Katie Libby for more information.

When it Comes to Your Health, Does Your Zip Code Matter More Than Your Genetic Code?

The 5th Annual Dr. Bernard Guyer Lectureship will be held on Monday, October 5th, 2015 from 12:00-2:00 pm in the Class of 62 Auditorium. This year's presenter is Anthony B. Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH, Senior Vice President of Health Communities at The California Endowment. The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Dr. Iton will present "When It Comes to Your Health, Does Your Zip Code Matter More Than Your Genetic Code?". Click here to register.

Using Social Media in Research Recruitment

The next Study Coordinators Organization for Research & Education (SCORE) meeting will feature a presentation by Donna Berryman, MLIS, EdD, Senior Associate Director of Miner Library and Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, entitled “Using Social Media in Research Recruitment”. The CTSI also provides recruitment tools on the research subject recruitment and retention website. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 10th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm in Helen Wood Hall Room 1W-501.

NYS Society of Clinical Research Associates Fall Meeting

The NYS Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) chapter will hold their fall meeting Friday, October 30th at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY. Continuing education credits will be available for SoCRA members, though the meeting is open to all. Click here to view the full meeting program. RSVP is required.

Lung Biology Strategic Plan Request for Proposals

The Lung Biology Strategic Plan is soliciting applications for grants and will support two types of research projects: one High Risk Project ($30,000, Direct costs for one year) and one NanoSight Technology-Focused Projects ($15,000, Direct costs for one year). The goal of these awards is to support development of new research projects to reach competitiveness for federal funding. Collaborations are encouraged. All faculty are eligible to apply. Applications will be due by 5:00 pm on October 2, 2015. Click here to view the full RFP.

August 24th, 2015

Healthy Weight Initiative re-launches

Diana Fernandez, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Public Health Sciences and Pediatrics, is now heading the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Healthy Weight Initiative The Healthy Weight Initiative grew out of a group started two years ago that organized the Obesity Research Roundtable in May 2014. That roundtable included dozens of investigators and community members, and served as the genesis for several projects including a currently-funded CTSI Incubator related to the impact of obesity and diabetes on musculoskeletal disease. The Healthy Weight Initiative will facilitate collaboration among researchers from seemingly disparate disciplines throughout the University. Click here to read more about this initiative in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Registration Closing Soon for the Academic Core Curriculum for Junior Faculty

The Academic Core Curriculum for Junior Faculty is a week-long course designed to help Senior Instructors and Assistant Professors identify the skills they need for more successful career advancement.  The course will be held from September 28th-October 2nd, 2015. There is no charge for URSMD faculty members. Space is limited and will be on a first come-first served basis. Click here for more information and to enroll. Deadline for registration: August 30, 2015.

CTSI Seminar Series Resumes on September 8th

The CTSI Seminar Series resumes on September 8, 2015 (the Tuesday immediately after Labor Day). Joan Adamo, PhD and Scott Steele, PhD have coordinated the seminar series for this semester, with the theme " Advancing Regulatory Science and Translational Science: Research, Training and Partnerships."All of the lectures will take place in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304), from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and lunch is provided. CTSI will continue to offer live streaming of the seminar series, as well as the option to stream the seminar at a later date. Click here for the full seminar series schedule.

NIH Public Access Requirements – Miner Library can help!

The staff of Miner Library in the Medical Center is ready to help!Whether you need help in complying with NIH requirements for public access, writing a data management plan, or building your SciENcv, we’re here to help. Simply contact Linda Hasman (linda_hasman@urmc.rochester.edu) or your department's Liaison Librarian.

New Faculty Development Series on Career Revitalization

The Office for Faculty Development and the Office of Academic Affairs are co-sponsoring a new three-part faculty development series focused on Career Revitilization. The first session will be held on Thursday, October 15th from 5:00-6:00 pm in the Natapow Conference Room (1-9545). The topic for the first session is "Academic Leaves aka Sabbaticals", and will feature a panel presentation led by Jeffrey Lyness, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Contact Karen Grabowski to register.

Intercultural Perspectives: Client and Staff Relationships, addressing Patient Centered Care

The Summer Brown Bag Series continues on Thursday, August 27th with a presentation by the Department of Cultural Awareness and Leadership Team entitled "Intercultural Perspectives: Client and Staff Relationships, addressing Patient Centered Care." The presentation will be held in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1-304) Medical Center from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.

August 17th, 2015

CTSI Director’s Update – August 2015

In this months CTSI Director's Updata, Nana Bennett discusses the recently-released Program Announcement from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) for its Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute is currently writing its second renewal of the CTSA. Click here to read more about the grantwriting effort and the new themes that will incorporated in to the institute in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI and NCDHR: How we work together

The CTSI has a unique partnership with the Rochester Prevention Research Center (RPRC): National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR). RPRC/NCDHR and CTSI have collaborated in numerous ways, and the affiliation has been tremendously beneficial for the university and the community. CTSI Stories recently spoke with Steve Barnett, M.D., director of RPRC/NCDHR, about how the partnership has evolved over the years. Click here to read the full article.

NIH to Host Seminars on Human Research Protection

The NIH Office of Human Research Protection would like to offer two educational opportunities focusing on different aspects of Human Research Protection. “Innovations in Research: Collaborations & Transformations”, will be held on Wednesday September 16, 2015 at the Global Center for Health Innovations in Cleveland, Ohio. "Getting through Human Research Reviews with Skill”, will be held on Wednesday October 14, 2015 at the 2015 NIH Regional Seminar, Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California. Click the links above for more information about either session.

Open Discussion on Issues and Barriers to Research Coordination

The next meeting of the Study Coordinators Organization for Research & Education (SCORE) will feature an open discussion on issues, barriers and potential solutions to enhance research coordination at the University of Rochester. All staff members are encouraged to attend if they would like to povide input. The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 20th from 12:00-1:00 pm in Saunders Research Building (1.416).  Click here for more information.

August 10th, 2015

CTSI Scholar Spotlight: Madeline Beach

Madeline Beach is currently a Deaf student in the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate program. She is working towards a Master's Degree in Applied Statistics through the Center for Quality and Applied Statistics at Rochester Institute of Technology. She then hopes to continue on to a Ph.D. in Biostatistics or Statistics, and is interested in working in the field of mental health, with a focus on quality of life and depression among the Deaf and geriatric populations. Click here to view of a video of Madeline describing her experience in the program.

UR CTSI Advances Statistical Analysis of DNA Methylation Data

Dongmei Li, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical and Translational Research and Biostatistician,, and Timothy Dye, PhD, Associate Chair for Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of CTSI Bioinformatics, led a team of scientists to evaluate the statistical methods used to analyze DNA methylation data. Their paper, entitled "An evaluation of statistical methods for DNA methylation microarray data analysis", was recently published in BMC Bioinformatics and has been noted by the genomics and biostatistical fields. Click here to read more about this publication in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Initiatives with Deaf Communities to Enhance Patient Centered Care

The Department of Psychiatry's Summer Brown Bag Series continues on Thursday, August 13th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Lori DeWindt, research coordinator and Kelly Matthews, outreach and research coordinator. will present  "Initiatives with Deaf Communities to Enhance Patient Centered Care." The Brown Bag Series includes presentations about social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work.

Course on Recruitment and Retention

The CTSI, and the Department of Public Health Sciences, will offer a 3 credit course entitled PM 419: Recruitment And Retention of Subjects into Clinical Research. This course focuses on strategies to recruit and retain subjects from groups known to be 'hard to recruit' such as individuals from disenfranchised communities (racial/ethnic minorities, homeless) and other sub-groups such as the elderly. The class will be held Mondays from 3-6 pm starting Monday, August 31st. Registration information can be found here.

Mentoring Course Now Available to URMC Faculty

The CTSI would like to announce the availability of a mentoring course open to all URMC faculty members. The course is designed to help faculty improve their mentoring practice through a series of online cases followed by a single face-to-face workshop. The course is open to all faculty who have a current Blackboard account.  All online cases must be completed by September 8. The online material can be completed in 1-3 hours.  To receive CME credit, you must complete the self-assessment survey, the online exercises, and attend the workshop on September 16 from 12-2 PM.  Lunch will be provided. For more information please contact Katie Libby or Vivian Lewis.

Public Access Requirements - Assistance for Researchers

The River Campus Libraries now offers services to assist researchers in complying with funder requirements for public access. Data and Outreach Librarian Kathleen Fear is positioned to assist researchers with public access compliance, including writing data management plans, and providing public access to data. River Campus Libraries have also created an online guide listing the requirements by funding agency.

August 3rd, 2015

Public Health Sciences offers five new Advanced Certificates

The Department of Public Health Sciences is now offering five Advanced Certificate programs; Analytic Epidemiology, Clinical Research Methods, Trial-Based Clinical Research, Health Services Research and Public Health. Each certificate program ranges from 12 to 15 credits and is geared towards Investigators and research staff. The Department of Public Health Sciences has also partnered with the CTSI on an Advanced Certificate of Biomedical Informatics. Click here to read more about the programs from Dr. James Dolan, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, in the CTSI Stories Blog.

UR CTSI Working to Advance Regulatory Science Training

Dr. Joan Adamo and Dr. Scott Steele recently published an article in the Clinical and Translational Sciencecover Journal entitled “Advancing a Vision for Regulatory Science Training.” Regulatory science is a new and burgeoning field and is defined by the FDA as “the science of developing new tools, standards, and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality and performance of FDA-regulated products.” In this article, Drs. Adamo and Steele advance regulatory science by identifying 11 thematic areas of training that contribute to regulatory science.  Click here to read more about the article in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Looking for Specimen Repositories or Research Datasets? We Can Help!!

 The UR Clinical and Translational Science Institute is currently gathering information to populate the new Research Resource Catalog. The Research Resource Catalog is a searchable directory of information about biomedical specimen repositories and research datasets available at the University of Rochester. Other types of research resources will be added over time.  If you have a specimen repository, culture collection, or dataset that you would be willing to include in the database, please click here to enter the item.

No Safety, No Health: A Conversation about Race, Place and Preventing Violence

The APHA summer webinar series about racism's impact on health and disparities will continue on Tuesday, August 4th from 2:00-3:00 pm. The topic for this session is "No Safety, No Health: A Conversation about Race, Place and Preventing Violence" and will be presented by Dr. Linda Degutis, Executive Director of Defense Health Horizons at the Uniformed Services at the University of the Health Sciences. Click here for more information and to register.

Informatics Opportunities on the Road to Precision Medicine

Zhongming Zhao, PhD, a candidate for the Director position within the University of Rochester Center for Biomedical Informatics, will present on Tuesday, August 4th from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in the K-207 Auditorium (2-6408). Dr. Zhao is currently the Chief Bioinformatics Officer at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Director of the Bionformatics Resource Center, and he will be presenting on "Informatics Opportunities on the Road to Precision Medicine." Dr. Zhao's research interests include translational bioinformatics, precision medicine, integrative genomics and systems biology approaches to studying complex diseases, heterogeneous data analysis and integration, next generation sequencing data analysis, and pharmacogenomics.

2015 NIH Regional Seminar: Program Funding and Grants Administration

The 2015 NIH Regional Seminar on program funding and grants administration will take place on October 14th - 16th, 2015 in San Diego, California. The seminar will offer multiple sessions across tracks for investigators and administrators. Several optional pre-seminar workshops will also be offered (for an additional fee) on Oct. 14, 2015. NIH has added sessions for a new investigators track, the latest "hot topics" such as Uniform Guidance and SciENcv, in addition to special workshops on human subject research protections, an administrators' boot camp, and electronic Research Administration (eRA). Click here to register and to view the full agenda.

ClinicalTrials.gov Walk-in Clinic

Have a record in ClinicalTrials.gov that you just can’t get rid of the error? Have a question about results reporting for your study within the system? Just can’t figure out what the QA comment is asking? Come to the walk-in clinic on Wednesday, August 5th from 9:00-11:00 am in the Saunders Research Building (1.201) for instant answers to your questions!

July 27th, 2015

Silence in the exam room: a CTSI Trainee Reflects on His Year-Out

Josef Bartels spent his third year in Medical School as a year-out student, on a research project entitled "The Context, Structure, and Function of Silence in Doctor-Patient Communication." Josef was mentored by Dr. Ronald Epstein, Professor of Family Medicine, as he studied the role of silence in doctor-patient interactions and also completed his MPH. Click here to read Josef describing the experience in his own words in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Welcomes New KL2 Scholars

The CTSI KL2 Career Development Program welcomed two new scholars on July 1st. The program provides two years of support for new investigators interested in a career in clinical or translational research.  David Auerbach, PhD is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Medicine, Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute. He will be working on a project titled, “Electrical Disturbances in the Brain and Heart in Long QT Syndrome: A Dangerous Synergy.” Wei Chen, MD is a Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Nephrology. She will be working on a project titled, “Does Metabolic Acidosis Protect Against Arterial Calcification in Patients with CKD?”  Click here to read the full story in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Looking for a particular URMC service or resource? We Can Help!!

The Research Request Dashboard serves as a one stop, web-based application designed to connect investigators with services and resources available throughout the URMC. Investigators & Research Staff are able to: receive support for a general research question or a project specific request; access available resources and potential collaborators; be referred to appropriate service(s) when requested or recommended; communicate directly with a service expert, including discussions about any associated costs and source(s) of funds and track the progress of requests. For more information please contact researchhelp@urmc.rochester.edu.

Registration Now Open for the Academic Core Curriculum for Junior Faculty

The Academic Core Curriculum for Junior Faculty is a week-long course designed to help Senior Instructors and Assistant Professors identify the skills they need for more successful career advancement.  The course will be held from September 28th-October 2nd, 2015. There is no charge for URSMD faculty members. Space is limited and will be on a first come-first served basis. Click here for more information and to enroll. Deadline for registration: August 28, 2015.

Funding Opportunities for Research Faculty

There are currently two requests for applications that may be of interest to research Faculty members:

  • Applications are due for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program on Monday, August 3rd. This program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Click here to view a University of Rochester workshop on the program. Questions? Contact global@rochester.edu. Apply directly to the Fulbright program.
  • Applications are due for the 2016 Jefferson Science Fellows Competition on November 2nd, 2015. Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washington , D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions. Click here to view the full RFA.

PumpPrimer II Applications Due on August 3rd

The deadline for applications for UR Arts, Sciences & Enigneering PumpPrimerII awards, which are designed to help innovative, high-risk projects develop proof of concept and/or pilot data in order to secure extramural funding, is Monday, August 3rd.. Arts and Sciences faculty can learn more from Debra Haring; Engineering faculty should contact Cynthia Gary.

July 20th, 2015

CTSI Welcomes New Year-Out Trainees

The CTSI Year Out Program for Medical Students welcomed two new trainees on July 1st. Erika Snow will be working with Dr. Scott McIntosh on "The Role of E-cigarettes as a Barrier to Smoking Cessation". Leigh Sundem will be working with Dr. John Elfar on "Erythropoietin for Compression Neuropathy: Preclinical Efficacy and Cellular Site of Action". The CTSI supports medical students interested in a year-out experience of mentored research in clinical or translational research; most students enter through the Academic Research Track (ART) program. CTSI year-out trainees receive stipend support and support to complete a Master's Degree prorgam (if desired).Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Need Study Coordinator Support for a Clinical Trial? We Can Help!

UR Connected is an application that supports connections between research coordinators and investigators or administrators. Coordinators can: post information about qualifications; advertise availability for new or additional projects; browse for job titles and HRMS IDs for posted jobs; Browse for opportunities to contribute in their spare time. Investigators and Administrators can: search for coordinators with qualifications and availability that match current needs; post HRMS jobs to make it easier for coordinators to find positions that involve research coordination; and advertise opportunities that are more limited than a posted position in HRMS. For more information contact researchhelp@urmc.rochester.edu.

The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation: A four part webinar series

The recent events in Charleston, South Caroline, Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, remind us that stigma, inequalities and civil rights injustices remain in our society today. Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a summer webinar series about racism's impact on health and disparities. The kick-off webinar, entitled "Naming and Addressing Racism: A Primer" will be held on Tuesday, July 21st at 2:00 pm. This webinar will feature APHA's executive director, president and president-elect as they take a look at some of the nation's leading health inequities.

PhD in Translational Biomedical Sciences Defense: Lesley Chapman

Lesley Chapman, a candidate for the PhD in Translational Biomedical Science, will defend her thesis titled “MicroRNA-451 regulates T helper cell responses” on Wednesday, July 22nd from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium, 1W-304. Lesley has been working with Dr. Craig Morrell in the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute.

i2b2 REDCap Integration 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 trainging session will be held on Tuesday, July 21st from 3:00-4:30 pm in the TLL Classroom (2-8513). Click here to register.

UR Ventures Offers Monthly Newsletter

UR Ventures Technology Review is a new monthly newsletter examining innovation and technology commercialization at the University. SIgn up to receive the publication.

July 13th, 2015

URMC Supporting Global Health with Technology, Big Data

Researchers at URMC have commenced two projects to improve maternal and mental health in low- and middle-income countries by harnessing information technology and social media. The first, led by Eric Caine, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry, will train researchers from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Mongolia to use mobile technology and social media to discern when populations are under mental stress. The second, led by Timothy Dye, Ph.D., professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of biomedical informatics at the university’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Deborah Ossip, Ph.D., professor of Public Health Sciences and Oncology, will train teams from Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, and Honduras to use information and communication technologies to address in-country maternal health problems. Click here to read the full story in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Novel Methods and Technologies for 21st-Century Clinical Trials

A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Neurology highlights a literature review completed by a  team of URMC researchers led by Dr. Earl Ray Dorsey, including CTSI Co-Director Karl Kieburtz. Dr. Dorsey is also a former scholar in the CTSI KL2 Career Development program, during which he received support for his research project entitled “Identifying Means to Improve the Productivity of Biomedical Research.” The objective of the review was “…to evaluate disease modeling and simulation, alternative study design, novel objective measures, virtual research visits, and enhanced participant engagement and to examine their potential effects as methods and tools on clinical trials.”  Click here to read more in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Trying to find a collaborator at the URMC? We Can Help!!

The URMC Research Network website is a tool supported by the URMC that contains information from faculty profiles and publications. You can search the database using key words to identify faculty with particular research interests. The faculty information displayed on the website comes from several sources including eCV, the SMD Dean’s Office, and PubMed. All people with a faculty appointment in the URMC School of Medicine and Dentistry are included in the URMC Research Network website except for those with only a “Primary Administrative” appointment.

Rochester Partnership for Research and Academic Career Training of Deaf Postdoctoral Scholars

Applications are now being accepted for the new transformative mentored postdoctoral research training in biomedical and behavioral sciences for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) Scholars at the University of Rochester (UR) combined with an opportunity to develop critical academic skills, including teaching, through mentored teaching assignments at our partner institution, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and its College of Health Sciences and Technology and National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). What sets this research postdoctoral experience apart from traditional postdoctoral research is the emphasis on teaching Scholars “how to teach” and design new courses at RIT/NTID in full-inclusion classroom settings for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing undergraduate students. Click here to read more about this new program.

July 6th, 2015

CTSI Director's Update: July 2015

In the July edition of the CTSI Director's Update, Karl Kieburtz circles back to give a recap of the CTSI Town Hall Meeting which was held on Thursday, May 7th, 2015. Dr. Kieburtz also discusses how the feedback gathered at the CTSI Town Hall Meeting will be used to inform the upcoming CTSA renewal application. If you could not attend the Town Hall Meeting, and you would like to provide comments or suggestions for the CTSI, please use this form. Click here to read the full update in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Considering Sex as a Biological Variable in Research – Your Input is Requested

While women make up about half of all NIH-supported clinical research, the female sex is not as well represented in animal and cell basic and preclinical biomedical research. The NIH has just published a notice of "Consideration of Sex as a Biological Variable in NIH-funded Research". The NIH believes that consideration of sex may be critical to the interpretation, validation, and generalizability of research findings and expects sex as a biological variable to be factored into research designs, analyses, and reporting in vertebrate animal and human studies. To learn more about this notice, click here.

University change from PIVOT to SPIN/SMARTS/GENIUS

Pivot funding opportunities and collaboration software product with the SPINPlus product marketed by InfoEd Global.  Many of you are already familiar with SPIN/SMARTS/GENIUS as the product used for a number of years by the University prior to the switch to Pivot.  If you are new to SPINPlus there is a lot of helpful information on how to get started here . If you require additional help feel free to contact researchhelp@urmc.rochester.edu.

Call for Proposals: Faculty Development Workshop Series

You are invited to submit a proposal for the 2015-2016 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, skills, and new ideas and strategies 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 90 minutes in duration. Please submit your workshop proposal or topic suggestions electronically at faculty_development@urmc.rochester.edu by July 26th.

NIH Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program –Apply Now!

The NIH is excited to support early-stage, independent clinical researchers through their Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program. The program provides 5+ years of full-time, funded research in the NIH intramural program for tenure-track level clinical investigators, followed by 3 years of NIH funds at an extramural medical center/research institute or by continuation in the NIH intramural program. NIH Lasker Scholars may be able to maintain an affiliation with their previous institution during their time at the NIH. The deadline for applications is August 27, 2015. More information is available here.

PumpPrimer II Applications Due August 3

PumpPrimer, an intramural funding program for Arts, Sciences & Engineering researchers, is accepting proposals for PumpPrimer II: Innovative and High-Risk Projects. The increasingly competitive environment for extramural funding increases the need for proof of concept and/or pilot data in proposals and decreases funding of high-risk proposals. To help faculty secure extramural funding for bold new research directions, the Dean’s Office will provide funding for up to one year. Click here to view the RFA.

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, July 7th from 3:00-4:00 pm in the TLL Classroom (2-8513). Register here.

Register now for the Annual WNY Flow User Group Meeting

The Annual Western New York Flow User Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 15th at the University of Rochester Medical Center. This annual event is a great way to keep up with the latest flow technology and provides opportunities to network with colleagues from area universities!  Please register here.

June 29th, 2015

New Certificate Program in Biomedical Data Science

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Department of Public Health Sciences are excited to announce that a new Certificate of Advanced Study in Biomedical Data Science (CAS-BDS) has received approval from the New York State Department of Education. Enrollment is open and classes begin on Monday, June 29. The program, centered around a two-semester analytic project, prepares researchers to conduct “big data” analytics for health services, clinical, and public health research. This program prepares researchers for careers in data analytics, data wrangling, and clinical and health services research using large complex datasets. Click here to read more about the Biomedical Data Science Certificate in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Developing Common Metrics for Clinical and Translational Awards

Dr. Ann Dozier, lead evaluator for the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute, contributed to a recent publication in the Clinical and Translational Science Journal entitled “Developing Common Metrics for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs): Lessons Learned.” The paper describes an effort by the national CTSA Evaluation Key Function Committee to develop and test a methodology for identifying common metrics to assess the efficiency of clinical research processes and for pilot testing these processes for collecting and analyzing metrics. Click here to read more and access the article in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Migraine and Pompe Disease Now on ResearchMatch

Two new condition connections have now been added to ResearchMatch, Migraine and Pompe Disease. These prescreening tools were created to easily connect Volunteers living with migraines or Pompe disease to researchers seeking volunteers in that area. When ResearchMatch volunteers indicate migraine or Pompe disease in their health profile, they will be invited to respond to optional targeted questions thus increasing the precision and prescreening process for matching volunteers with research teams. Contact researchhelp@urmc.rochester.edu to learn more.

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, July 7th from 3:00-4:00 pm in the TLL Classroom (2-8513). Register here.

ClinicalTrials.gov Walk-in Clinic

Have a record in ClinicalTrials.gov that you just can’t get rid of the error? Have a question about results reporting for your study within the system? Just can’t figure out what the QA comment is asking? Come to the walk-in clinic on Wednesday, July 1st from 9:00-11:00 am in the Saunders Research Building (1.201) for instant answers to your questions!

Register now for the Annual WNY Flow User Group Meeting

The Annual Western New York Flow User Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 15th at the University of Rochester Medical Center. This annual event is a great way to keep up with the latest flow technology and provides opportunities to network with colleagues from area universities!  Please register here.

June 22nd, 2015

CTSI Director's Update: June 2015

In this month's Director's Update, Martin Zand talks about how the Clinical and Translational Science Awards are changing and how the CTSI is working towards the renewal. "First, a bit of background. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the UR was one of the first in the country to be funded 9 years ago, and the grant was renewed 4 years ago. Every 5 years we have to compete with other current centers, and new center proposals, to renew our NIH funding through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Our grant is coming up for its third competitive renewal this year." Click here to read the rest of the update in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Oxytocin and the Regulation of Social Connectedness: A Love Hormone for Disease Prevention?

The next Social Connectedness and Health Research Seminar will be held on Friday, June 26, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM in Helen Wood Hall (1W502). Julie Fudge, MD & Kathi Heffner, PhD will present "Oxytocin and the Regulation of Social Connectedness: A Love Hormone for Disease Prevention?". Lunch will be served.

Energy Healing: Myth or Reality?

The next Pharmacology and Physiology Guest Seminar will be held on Friday, June 26th from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Anders Room (4-6912). Shey-Shing Sheu, Ph.D., FAHA, W. W. Smith Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Translational Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Sheu will present "Energy Healing: Myth or Reality? Energize Mitochondria with Low Intensity Magnetic Field."

5th Annual University of Rochester Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Symposium

The 2015 annual Stem Cell Symposium will be held in the Class of ’62 auditorium on Monday, June 22nd from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (including a poster session and lunch).  The external speakers this year are  Dr. Saghi Ghaffari, MD, PhD, Associate Professor Developmental and Regenerative Biology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Dr. Robert William Mays, PhD the Senior Director of Regenerative Medicine at Athersys, Inc. Click here for the full schedule of events.

i2b2 Drop-in Assistance Now Available

Do you have a question about using i2b2 or a current issue with the system? Come and get instant access to assistance at the i2b2 drop-in lab. The lab will be held on Thursday, June 25th from 9:00-10:00 am  in the TLL Classroom (2-8513). Click here for directions.

June 15th, 2015

CTSI Success Stories: Pilot Program Furthers Thy1, Diabetes Research

The CTSI’s Pilot Program offers researchers the chance to compete for pilot grants up to $50,000. Sherry Spinelli, Ph.D., received a faculty pilot award in 2014 for her project "The Role of Microparticle-Derived Thy-1 (CD90) in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus". Click here to read about Dr. Spinelli's research and the progress she has made over the past year in the CTSI Stories Blog.

SRB Data Blitz: Center for Community Health

The next SRB Data Blitz will be held on Friday, June 19th from noon-1:00 pm in the Saunders Research Building atrium and will feature the research, programs and activities conducted at the Center for Community Health. The Center for Community Health was established by the University of Rochester Medical Center to develop and expand academic-community health partnerships dedicated to improving the health of our community. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend!

CTSI Workshop Addresses Patent Infringement

Kerry O'Banion, interim chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, and University President Emeritus Thomas Jackson will present "Patent Infringement: COX Fighting," from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. The event is part of the CTSI workshop series, "Good Advice: Case Studies in Clinical Research, Regulation, and the Law.”

CRC Offers Bionutrition Service to Researchers

The role of the bionutrition core is to assist investigators in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating the nutrition component of clinical research protocols. Services include, but are not limited to, consultation during protocol development for nutrition components, literature reviews related to nutrition methodologies, research diet design and menu development, nutrition intake and physical activity assessments and more. Click here to review list of services and more information about the Bionutrition Core.

5th Annual University of Rochester Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Symposium

The 2015 annual Stem Cell Symposium will be held in the Class of ’62 auditorium on Monday, June 22nd from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (including a poster session and lunch).  The external speakers this year are  Dr. Saghi Ghaffari, MD, PhD, Associate Professor Developmental and Regenerative Biology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Dr. Robert William Mays, PhD the Senior Director of Regenerative Medicine at Athersys, Inc. Click here for the full schedule of events.

i2b2 Drop-in Assistance Now Available

Do you have a question about using i2b2 or a current issue with the system? Come and get instant access to assistance at the i2b2 drop-in lab. The lab will be held on Thursday, June 25th from 9:00-10:00 am  in the TLL Classroom (2-8513). Click here for directions.

June 8th, 2015

Winner of URMC’s “America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent” Competition Presents Idea to FDA

To further advance personalized medicine, Corey Hoffman wants all of the genomic data from trials utilizing genome sequencing to be accessible in the same database. This will allow researchers and scientists to easily expand on previous work, identifying and using these genetic markers to speed drug development and aid in drug safety by targeting specific populations likely to respond to a given treatment.  Hoffman’s idea won URMC’s “America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent” competition in February, and earned him a trip to Maryland, where he presented his database idea at the FDA’s 2015 Office of Regulatory Science and Innovation Science Symposium . Click here to read more about Corey in the CTSI Stories Blog.

Registration Now Open for the Academic Core Curriculum for Junior Faculty

The Academic Core Curriculum for Junior Faculty is a week-long course designed to help Senior Instructors and Assistant Professors identify the skills they need for more successful career advancement.  The course will be held from September 28th-October 2nd, 2015. There is no charge for URSMD faculty members. Space is limited and will be on a first come-first served basis. Click here for more information and to enroll. Deadline for registration: August 28, 2015.

SRB Data Blitz: Center for Community Health

The next SRB Data Blitz will be held on Friday, June 19th from noon-1:00 pm in the Saunders Research Building atrium and will feature the research, programs and activities conducted at the Center for Community Health. The Center for Community Health was established by the University of Rochester Medical Center to develop and expand academic-community health partnerships dedicated to improving the health of our community. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend!

CTSI Workshop Addresses Patent Infringement

Kerry O'Banion, interim chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, and University President Emeritus Thomas Jackson will present "Patent Infringement: COX Fighting," from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. The event is part of the CTSI workshop series, "Good Advice: Case Studies in Clinical Research, Regulation, and the Law.”

Stem Cell Symposium Call for Posters

Submit a poster for the 2015 Stem Cell Symposium, which is planned from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, in the Medical Center's Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425). In addition to presentations by Rochester faculty members, the symposium will feature Robert William Mays, senior director of regenerative medicine at Athersys Inc., and Saghi Ghaffari, associate professor of developmental and regenerative biology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. A poster registration form and more information are available here. Cash prizes will be awarded to graduate student and postdoc posters. 

High Tech Rochester offers workshop on SBIR/STTR grant opportunities

University researchers interested in commercializing their technology are encouraged to attend a June 11 workshop on federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) Program awards. The workshop will be held at High Tech Rochester's Lennox Tech Enterprise Center, 150 Lucius Gordon Drive, and will include an overview of SBIR and STTR programs and information on how to search for grant opportunities that fit your area of interest. Registration deadline is June 10. Click here to learn more.

June 1st, 2015

1st Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium on June 15th

The 1st Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium will be held on Monday, June 15th, 2015 in the Saunders Research Building and convenes researchers, students, and practitioners from all sectors of global health to exchange ideas about how to conduct, share, and translate innovative health promotion in low-resource settings. The symposium features speakers covering: Ebola, telehealth, HPV and cervical cancer, and technology and health. The conference will include panel discussions and presentations by experts in the field and a poster session and competition for participants to share their work and get valuable feedback.  Click here to register.

ChIP-seq Workshop Set for June 12

The Cluster for Epigenetics and Genome Stability, part of the University Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies, will hold a workshop devoted to chromatin immunoprecipitation/DNA sequencing (ChIP-seq) on Friday, June 12. ENCODE Project Contributor Dr. Ross Hardison, the T. Ming Chu Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and bioinformaticians Cheryl Keller and Shaun Mahoney from Penn State University will give a series of talks and computer-based workshops aimed at providing participants with a better understanding of experimental and analytical issues with ChIP-seq. Space is limited; contact Michael Bulger to register or for more information.

NCATS SBIR/STTR Webinar June 11th

Register today for a free webinar about NCATS small business funding, which will be held on Thursday, June 11th, 2015, from 1:00-2:00 pm. Are you interested in learning how to leverage non-dilutive funding to advance your health and biomedical research and technology development? Through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunities, NCATS can help. Click here to register.

Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium on June 3rd

The Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium will be held on Wednesday, June 3, from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The plenary speaker will be Eric S. Holmboe, MD, MACP, FRCP, Senior Vice President for Milestones Development and Evaluation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The colloquium will include a panel discussion, short communications, poster presentations and workshops on a variety of topics. Click here for the full program and to register. Please contact the Office for Faculty Development at 276-3782 or via email with any questions.

Careers in Biotech Seminar on June 2nd

The Postdoctoral Association presents Careers in Biotech from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 2nd in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425). Featured speakeres are Yeissa Chabrier-Rosello, microbiology reviewer at the Food and Drug Administration; Mustimbo Roberts, senior research investigator at Bristol-Myers Squibb; and Olivia Block, patent technical specialist at LeClairRyan. A networking mixer will follow at 4 p.m.

Call for Nominations: Addressing Challenges to Team-Based Care

The 2015 Institute for Innovative Education Team Based Care Symposium will focus on adrressing challenges to team-based care. If you are a member of a high-functioning team, or admire a team for their ability and strategies to overcome challenges, please submit a nomination so we can feature and learn from them at the symposium. Click here for the nomination form and instructions. Nominations should be emailed to Sarah Peyre at sarah_peyre@urmc.rochester.edu no later than June 15, 2015.  Selected teams will be notified in July 2015.

May 25th, 2015

1st Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium on June 15th

The 1st Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium will be held on Monday, June 15th, 2015 in the Saunders Research Building and convenes researchers, students, and practitioners from all sectors of global health to exchange ideas about how to conduct, share, and translate innovative health promotion in low-resource settings. The symposium features speakers covering: Ebola, telehealth, HPV and cervical cancer, and technology and health. The conference will include panel discussions and presentations by experts in the field and a poster session and competition for participants to share their work and get valuable feedback.  Click here to register.

i2b2 REDCap Integration Training May 26th

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. Click here to register.

2015 SCORE Half-Day Seminar – Register By June 3rd

The 7th Annual Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) Half-Day Seminar will take place at the University of Rochester on Wednesday, June 10th, in the School of Nursing, Helen Wood Hall Auditorium, 1W304.  The Professional Development Seminar for Research Personnel will be presented for those who actively coordinate health research and will address promoting and improving the clinical research experience. Light breakfast fare will be available.  Register here by June 3rd.

Summer School on Computational Biology June 1-4

The Summer School on Computational Biology is intended for experimental immunologists and scientists who desire to learn how to use mathematical/computational models, in particular differential equation models and their experimental data to address immunological questions. Click here to view the full schedule.

Conflict of Interest and Scientific Discovery Symposium

Register now for the upcoming symposium entitled "Conflict of Interest and Scientific Discovery," sponsored by the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) on June 4th and 5th, 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania. This symposium was designed to stimulate a conversation in an area that remains a significant barrier in translational therapeutics. Leaders from diverse disciplines--academia, biotech, venture capital, pharma, government, private foundations, journal editors, and the media-- will be present to provide perspectives on conflict of interest. Click here for more information and to register.

The CTSI Town Hall Meeting Continues (virtually!)

About 85 of your colleagues attended the CTSI town hall meeting  in May 7th for a wide-ranging discussion of the CTSI. What is the best thing about the CTSI? What would you miss most if the CTSI vanished? What else could the CTSI do to accelerate your research? If you couldn’t attend the meeting, or if you did attend and have more feedback, please click here to share your thoughts through a very short REDCap survey.

May 18th, 2015

Cancer Control Program Data Blitz!

The monthly SRB Data Blitz series features presentations from research groups housed within the Saunders Research Building (SRB). The next SRB Data Blitz will feature the research of the Cancer Control Program. The University of Rochester Cancer Control Program (URCC) was the first NCI-funded Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) research base housed within a cancer center. The Cancer Control Program research base facilitates the development, conduct, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation of clinical trials for 24 affiliates. Research focuses on interventions for symptom management during cancer treatment and among survivors, such as yoga for sleep problems and curcumin for radiation dermatitis. Light refreshments will be served.

Date:  Thursday, May 21st
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Saunders Research Building (SRB) atrium

Public Health Sciences Announces New Advanced Certificate Programs

The Department of Public Health Sciences announces five New York State approved advanced certificate programs relevant to clinical and translational research: analytic epidemiology, clinical research, health services research, and public health. An advanced certificate program is a post-Baccalaureate course of academic study designed for students and practitioners who seek to enhance their professional development. Certificates consist of 4 or 5 courses (12-15 credits). Up to 10 credits can be applied to a subsequent Master’s degree if desired. For details, please contact Pattie Kolomic at Pattie_Kolomic@URMC.Rochester.edu or check the department website.

1st Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium on June 15th

The 1st Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium will be held on Monday, June 15th, 2015 in the Saunders Research Building and convenes researchers, students, and practitioners from all sectors of global health to exchange ideas about how to conduct, share, and translate innovative health promotion in low-resource settings. The symposium features speakers covering: Ebola, telehealth, HPV and cervical cancer, and technology and health. The conference will include panel discussions and presentations by experts in the field and a poster session and competition for participants to share their work and get valuable feedback.  Click here to register.

Retracted Papers: There Ought to be a Law

The next Good Advice: Case Studies in Clinical Research, Regulation, and the Law skill-building workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 20th, from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Jennifer Griggs, MD, MPH and Steven Engel, PhD will present Retracted Papers --- Why They Continue to be Heavily Cited and What To Do About It. “There Ought to be a Law…” Dr. Griggs is a Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Michigan and Dr. Engel is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the University Honors Program at Georgia Southern University. Lunch is provided.

Register Now for the Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium

Registration is now open for the Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium, to be held on Wednesday, June 3, from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The plenary speaker will be Eric S. Holmboe, MD, MACP, FRCP, Senior Vice President for Milestones Development and Evaluation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The colloquium will include a panel discussion, short communications, poster presentations and workshops on a variety of topics. Click here for the full program and to register. Please contact the Office for Faculty Development at 276-3782 or via email with any questions.

Dried Blood Spot Lab Services Available

There is a certified research laboratory within the School of Nursing which specializes in the usage of Dried Blood Spot (DBS) technology for the evaluation of biomarkers. It can be used for a variety of biomarkers such as Glycated Hemoglobin A1c, C-reactive protein, and Cholesterol. Click here to read more about the advantages of this service. The Dried Blood Spot Lab is a fee-for service lab that can be used by any investigator in the University of Rochester.  To learn more about the lab, please contact the Research Help Desk at researchhelp@urmc.rochester.edu.

2nd Semi-Annual i2b2 User Group Meeting

Make plans now to attend the 2nd semi-annual i2b2 User Group meeting, hosted by the CTSI. The meeting will take place on May 20th in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w304) from 2pm – 4pm.  All users and prospective users are invited to review new features and other improvements in i2b2.  In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to ask for and vote on future additions and changes. Click here to read more about i2b2 in the CTSI Stories Blog.

New! Rochester Informatics Website

Are you curious about informatics at the University of Rochester? You can learn all about informatics centers and services, educational programs, and faculty at the UR through the new Rochester Informatics website.

May 11th, 2015

The CTSI Town Hall Meeting Continues (virtually!)

About 85 of your colleagues attended the CTSI town hall meeting  in May 7th for a wide-ranging discussion of the CTSI. What is the best thing about the CTSI? What would you miss most if the CTSI vanished? What else could the CTSI do to accelerate your research? If you couldn’t attend the meeting, or if you did attend and have more feedback, please click here to share your thoughts through a very short REDCap survey.

eRecord and Clinical Research: Using the Electronic Health Record for Clinical Research

The next Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) event will take place on Thursday, May 14th from 12:00-1:30 pm in Helen Wood Hall (1w-510). . The topic of this month's event is eRecord and Clinical Research: Using the Electronic Health Record for Clinical Research, presented by Adam Tatro, RN Clinical Research Informaticist. The event location remains available from 1:00 to 1:30pm for continued discussions among participants. To receive notification of events or to assist with planning events, email SCORE

2015 SCORE Half-Day Seminar – Registration is Open

The 7th Annual Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) Half-Day Seminar will take place at the University of Rochester on Wednesday, June 10th, in the School of Nursing, Helen Wood Hall Auditorium, 1W304.  The Professional Development Seminar for Research Personnel will be presented for those who actively coordinate health research and will address promoting and improving the clinical research experience.  A lite breakfast fare will be available.  Register here by June 3rd.

RPI Bioengineering and Stem Cell Research Symposium

The Rensselaer Center for Stem Cell Research Invites You to Attend a Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Symposium Bioengineering and Stem Cell Research on June 8th and 9th, 2015. Investigators have created novel physical and bioactive materials for the in vitro manipulation and guidance of stem cell activities and new strategies to promote the in vivo efficacy of transplanted stem cells. RSVP and Register

Synthesis, Engagement, Elevation to Eliminate Disparities (SEED) Symposium

The Synthesis Engagement and Elevation to Eliminate Disparities (SEED) Symposium is a national conference that will use cutting-edge approaches to generate new findings and resources to eliminate health disparities. The SEED Symposium is not a typical research conference!  Instead of poster sessions we will have the SEED Collections, a display of health equity projects using technology and thought-provoking conversation areas.  The symposium will take place on June 11th and 12th at UMASS Medical School. Register here.

Rochester Global Health Symposium – June 15th

Registration is now open for the 1st Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium, to take place on Monday, June 15, from 8am to 4pm at the University of Rochester. Local and national speakers will address telehealth, women’s health in low-resource settings, technology assisted behavior change and more, all in global settings. Keynote speaker Mehran Massoudi, PhD MPH, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will discuss his on-the-ground experience with the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. Learn more, register and submit an abstract for a mid-day poster session here

Save the Date: Cancer Control Data Blitz

The next Saunders Research Building Data Blitz will be held on Thursday, May 21st at noon in the Saunders Research Building atrium. This session will feature the research of the Cancer Control program. See you there!

May 4th, 2015

CTSI Town Hall Meeting: What does the CTSI mean to you?

Save the date for the CTSI Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, May 7, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Evarts Lounge in Helen Wood Hall. CTSI Directors Nana Bennett, Karl Kieburtz and Martin Zand will provide a few brief updates, but the main event will be to hear from you! What is the best thing about the CTSI? What would you miss the most if the CTSI vanished? What else could the CTSI do to accelerate your research? Please join us and help us make the CTSI ever better. Lunch will be served.

CTSI Director's Update: May 2015

This month, Nana Bennett discusses how the CTSI has enhanced the role of its Strategic Leadership Group (SLG). Historically, the SLG was composed of a handful of leaders from across the university. They were chosen because they were not closely involved in the CTSI, but represented leadership of relevant areas in the medical center, e.g., clinical, educational and research. The hope was that this diverse group of people, coming from a variety of backgrounds, would serve as advisers to the CTSI. Click here to read more about how the SLG is evolving in the CTSI Stories Blog.

2nd Semi-annual i2b2 User Group Meeting

Attend the i2b2 User Group meeting and see the latest improvements to the system and get a sneak peak at future development. New features available in i2b2 include more robust REDCap mapping, new data available, a new system for email notifications, and temporal sequencing. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 20th from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304).

Could an SBIR/STTR award be right for you?

Please join NCATS’ Lili Portilla, NINDS’ Stephanie J. Fertig and NHLBI’s Jennifer Shieh as they discuss the $750M per year from NIH to support biomedical technology development through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs at their institutes. The webinar will start with an overview of the SBIR/STTR program, basic eligibility and grant mechanics and then segue into institute-specific programs. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 1:00 pm. Click here to register.

OB/GYN Resident Research 35th Annual Jerome H. Rudolph Memorial Lecture

The 35th Annual Jerome H. Rudolph Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. in the Class of 1962 Auditorium. Valerie Montgomery Rice,MD, President and Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine will present "Advocating for Women in a Time of Change". Resident Research presentations will be held from 9:00 to 11:15 am.

4th Annual Upstate NY Pharmacology Society Meeting

The fourth annual Upstate New York Pharmacology Society Meeting (ASPET Chapter) will be held at the University of Rochester Medical Center on May 19th. You do NOT have to be a member of ASPET to register and participate in the UNYPS meeting. The Keynote Speaker will be J. Silvio Gutkind, PhD of the National Cancer Institute. Click here for more information.

Clinicaltrials.gov Walk-in Clinic

The next ClinicalTrials.gov consultation clinic will be held on May 6th, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 am in Saunder's Research Building Room 1.201. Have a record in ClinicalTrials.gov that you just can’t get rid of the error? Have a question about results reporting for your study within the system? Just can’t figure out what the QA comment is asking? Come to the walk-in and get immediate answers to your questions.

SCORE Poster Session on June 10th

The Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) invites study team members (study coordinators or project nurses) to submit posters to be displayed at the Annual SCORE Half Day Seminar on June 10th.  Posters should be research related and may be specific to a research study. Click here to read the full call for posters.

April 27th, 2015

Success Stories: Trainee Pilot Program helps launch a career

The CTSI’s Trainee Pilot program offers aspiring researchers the chance to compete for a 1-year grant of up to $25,000. Courtney Jones, Ph.D., received one such award in 2012 for a project entitled "Developing an age-specific decision scheme for prehospital triage of injured older adults". Click here to read more about Courtney's experience, and how it has shaped her current career, in the CTSI Stories Blog.

2015 6th Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards

The Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards recognize University of Rochester Medical Center faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community through research, teaching, practice and outreach. David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at Morehouse School of Medicine, will present "The Role of Leadership in the Relay Race for Health Equity". Award presentation to follow. Register here.

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Location: University of Rochester Medical Center - Class of '62 Auditorium

Upcoming Sessions Focus on Applying Data Science to Health Research

There are three events scheduled in the upcoming months focused on applying data science to health research:

  • May 28th: "Hitting the Accelerator: Health Research Innovation through Data Science" will bring together health researchers and data scientists from across multiple institutions to discuss examples of successful biomedical informatics methods applied to health research. Details and registration are available here.
  • June 1st-4th: The 2015 Summer School on Computational Immunology will help computational biology graduate students at the earliest stages of their studies learn mathematical and computational models, in particular using differential equation models and their experimental data to address immunological questions. Click here to learn more.
  • June 4th-5th: The 2015 Symposium on Immune Modeling in the Big Data Era on June 4 and 5 will bring together an international group of speakers to address the challenges of modeling immune responses from complex data. Register by May 15.

Copyrights and Commercialization: Patient Outcome Measure Development

The next Good Advice: Case Studies in Clinical Research, Regulation, and the Law skill-building workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 29th, from 12:00-1:00 pm in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Chad Heatwole, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, and Scott Catlin JD, Associate Vice President of Innovative Technology, will present "Copyrights and Commercialization: Patient Outcome Measure Development."

Graduate Student Society Annual Poster Session

The Annual Graduate Student Society Poster Session is a forum for graduate students to present their research through poster presentations. It is an excellent opportunity to inform the University community of the wealth of research being done by our graduate students and to highlight their dedication and accomplishments in their respective fields. Participants who are judged to be exceptional will be presented with travel awards ranging from $100 to $500. The event will be held on Friday, May1st from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Flaum Atrium.

Aging Research Day May 1st

Aging Research Day, sponsored by the Rochester Aging Research Center, will be held on Friday. May 1st from 9:00 am-3:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. (1w-304). Keynote speaker Brian Kennedy, PhD, CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, will present "Drugs That Forestall Aging-Extending Healthspan".

April 20th, 2015

New Certificate Program in Biomedical Data Science

The CTSI and the Department of Public Health Sciences are excited to announce that a new Certificate of Advanced Study in Biomedical Data Science (CAS-BDS) has been submitted for approval to the New York State Department of Education. Read more in the CTSI Stories Blog. 

Health Research Innovation through Data Science, Thursday, May 28

The UNYTE Translational Research Network will host a scientific session on Thursday, May 28th entitled "Hitting the Accelerator: Health Research Innovation through Data Science." The session will take place from 11:00 am to 3:15 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304). The purpose of this event is to bring together health researchers and data scientists, from across multiple institutions. Details and registration are available here.    The Call for Poster Abstracts available here

CTSI Seminar Series: Trainee Presentations

  • Kyle Rodenbach (Mentor - George Schwartz) - Renal Reserve: Fact or Fiction -- Development of a Kidney Stress Test in Healthy Young Adults

  • Lindsay Wahl (Mentor - Patricia Sime) - Tissue Transglutaminase Reglulates Myofibroblast Differentiation

Date:  Tuesday, April 21st
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Aud (1w-304)
Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage.

eRecord: New search engine tool and Study Monitor changes

New updates from eRecord, including a powerful new search engine and changes to external Study Monitor eRecord Access. Read more in the CTSI Stories Blog. 

6th Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards

David Satcher, MD, PhD, Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at Morehouse School of Medicine will present "The Role of Leadership in the Relay Race for Health Equality" on Thursday, April 30 from 12:00-1:15 PM in the Class of '62 Auditorium. Click here to register. More information can be found here.

Biodefense Immune Modeling Hosts Symposium

Attend the 2015 Symposium on Immune Modeling in the Big Data Era on June 4 and 5. The symposium brings together an international group of speakers to address the challenges of modeling immune responses from complex data. Registration is open to the Medical Center community by May 15th. Deadline for the poster competition, which offers a cash award for the best 3 posters, is May 15th.

Summer School for Computational Immunology

Learn how to use mathematical and computational models, in particular differential equation models and their experimental data to address immunological questions at the 2015 Summer School on Computational Immunology on June 1 - 4. Computational biology graduate students at the earliest stages of their studies are welcome. No computational modeling experience is required. Applications for the summer school will be accepted until May 15th, but seats are limited

2015 Charles L. Odoroff Memorial Lecture

Marie Davidian, PhD, William Neal Reynolds Professor in the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University will present "The Right Treatment for the Right Patient (at the Right Time): Personalized Medicine and Dynamic Treatment Regimes" on April 30 at 2:30 PM in Helen Wood Hall 1W-510. More information can be found here.

Community Health Mini-Grant Program

The next quarterly application deadline for the Community Health Mini-Grant Program is May 10. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 for applications that look at ways to address barriers to pursuing community health partnerships. More information, including application and instructions, can be found here under the "Quick Links" section. 

April 13th, 2015

What does the CTSI mean to you?

Save the date for the CTSI town hall meeting on Thursday, May 7, from 12pm to 1pm in the Evarts Lounge in Helen Wood Hall. CTSI Directors Nana Bennett, Karl Kieburtz and Martin Zand will provide a few brief updates, but the main event will be to hear from you! What is the best thing about the CTSI? What would you miss the most if the CTSI vanished? What else could the CTSI do to accelerate your research? Please join us and help us make the CTSI ever better. Lunch will be served.

CTSI Scholar Spotlight: Vankee Lin

CTSI KL2 scholar Vankee Lin, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Department of Psychiatry, shares her research on Alzheimer’s Disease and memory in aging adults in a new video posted to the CTSI Stories Blog. Dr. Lin was a recipient of a two-year CTSI KL2 Career Development Award to support her pilot study which explores the potential of computerized cognitive training to prevent cognitive and functional decline in adults diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Click here to view the video.

CTSI Seminar Series: Trainee Presentations

The final three sessions of the Spring 2015 CTSI Seminar Series will feature presentations from CTSI-supported trainees. This week will feature three students who are participating in the year-out program for medical students:

  • Josef Bartels (Mentor - Ronald Epstein) - Threaded cognition and eloquent silence; toward a unified theory of interruption in doctor-patient-computer communication

  • Kelly Makino (Mentor - Anton Porsteinsson) - Advance Care Planning in Early Dementia - A Study of Caregiver Perspectives\

  • Trevor Hansen (Mentor - Richard Phipps) - Thy1 (CD90) Dependent Myofibroblast Differentiation in Radiation-Induced Capsular Contracture

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

Falling Walls Prize Increased

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. Rob Clark, Senior Vice President of Research, has also agreed to offer a cash prize to the top three participants. In addition to receiving an expense paid trip to Berlin, Germany the winner will also receive a $500 cash prize, with 2nd place earning $300 and the 3rd place winner receiving $200. 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. Questions? Contact fallingwallsrochester@rochester.edu.

Incorporating Uncertainty in the Estimation of Gene Regulatory Networks

The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) will host its next symposium on Friday, April 17th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in URMC 2-6408 (K-207 Auditorium). This month's featured speaker is Matthew McCall, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Computational Biology. Dr. McCall will present a technique for incorporating uncertainty in the estimation of gene regulatory networks. Click here for more information.

Getting through Human Research Reviews without Pain

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) is offering a full-day Human Research Protections Workshop entitled “Getting through Human Research Reviews without Pain” on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. The target audience is those involved in research studies involving human subjects and those interested in applying for NIH grants to conduct research involving human subjects. The workshop aims to provide participants with the knowledge and information necessary to have their NIH grant applications and research protocols pass review for human research protections. Click here for more information.

SoCRA NYS Spring Program

The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA)’s NYS Spring Program is being held on  Friday, May 1, 2015, at the Welch Allyn Lodge, 4355 State Street Road, Skaneateles Falls, NY -  For the agenda, click here.  For registration information, click here.  Continuing education accreditation for SoCRA member attendance is in process.   For further details contact: Kathi Durdon 315-685-2637, durdonk@welchalyn.com  or Lauren Hoffman 315-685-263.

2015 UR Neuroscience Retreat

An all-day retreat for students, postdocs, faculty, and staff from across the University who share an interest in neuroscience will be held on Friday, April 17th from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. Keynote speaker will be Valina Dawson, PhD, Johns Hopkins Institute, presenting "PARsing Cell Death in Parkinson's disease." Click here for more information.

April 6th, 2015

CTSI Director's Update: April 2015

Every month, the CTSI Stories Blog will post excerpts from ongoing conversations with the institute’s co-directors. This month,, Karl Kieburtz talks about how the leadership is preparing for the Clinical and Translational Science Award renewal. The RFA will be released by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) soon, with a few modifications to the original CTSA structure, including the addition of Recruitment Innovation Centers (RIC), Trial Innovation Centers (TIC), and Collaborative Innovation Networks. Click here to read the full interview with Dr. Kieburtz in the CTSI Stories Blog.

CTSI Seminar Series: Trainee Presentations

The final three sessions of the Spring 2015 CTSI Seminar Series will feature presentations from CTSI-supported trainees. This week will feature three students who are participating in the year-out program for medical students:

  • Lauren Roussel will present "Evaluating Upper Extremity Function Following Mastectomy in Reconstructed and Non-Reconstructed Women with Breast Cancer"
  • Michael Geary will present "The Role of Prostanoid Receptor EP4 on Adhesion Formation in Flexor Tendon Healing - Differential Effects of Conditional Deletion Versus Systemic Antagonism"
  • Elizabeth Saionz will present "Longitudinal changes in pituitary function following concussion in college athletes"

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

Rochester Global Health Symposium – June 15th

Registration is now open for the 1st Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium, to take place on Monday, June 15, from 8am to 4pm at the University of Rochester. Local and national speakers will address telehealth, women’s health in low-resource settings, technology assisted behavior change and more, all in global settings. Keynote speaker Mehran Massoudi, PhD MPH, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will discuss his on-the-ground experience with the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. Learn more, register and submit an abstract for a mid-day poster session here.

Quality Improvement in Research: A Demonstration of an On-Site Review

The next Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) event will take place on Thursday, April 9th from 12:00-1:30 pm in Saunders Research Building (1.416). The topic of this month's event is "Quality Improvement in Research: A Demonstration of an On-Site Review", presented by Kathleen Wessman, RN, MPA, RQAP-GCP, CCRC, Director of Research Quality Improvement in the Office for Human Subject Protection. 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. To receive notification of events or to assist with planning events, email SCORE.

Dr. Francis Collins Joining Opening Plenary Session at Translational Science 2015

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be joining the opening plenary session at Translational Science 2015 Dr. Collins' will present "Physician-Scientists: Condition Critical." Growing pressure on physician scientists is of increasing concern throughout the field of Translational Science. While the NIH is working to identify actions to help reduce pressure on this critical component of the biomedical workforce, funding challenges are still prevalent. Dr. Collins will address this critical topic, and will discuss upcoming initiatives the NIH is planning to support physician scientists. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to hear from the head of the NIH – register for Translational Science 2015

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.

RFP: Cancer Research Program Grants

The James P. Wilmot Cancer Institute is soliciting applications for Cancer Research Program Grants. This RFP is designated to support research projects that are highly collaborative in nature in the area of basic, translational, behavioral or epidemiological cancer research. Importantly, the implicit goal of these awards is to bring established or new research projects to a level of competitiveness at the federal funding level. The award will be based on scientific merit and innovation.  Participating investigators may be involved in a maximum of two applications.  Single or dual PI mechanisms are allowed.Up to $100,000 of funding may be requested for one year. Applications are due on June 1st, 2015. Click here to read the full request for proposals.

March 30th, 2015

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation: Creating a Community of Patient-Centered Medical Home Practices

The next CTSI Seminar will feature a presentation by Betty Rabinowitz, MD Professor of Medicine and William Brien, CMMI Practice Improvement Team Coordinator, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency. This duo will present "Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation: Creating a Community of Patient-Centered Medical Home Practices and the Data to Support Them". Dr. Rabinowitz's research focuses on transforming the URMC Primary Care Network practices to Patient Centered Medical Homes providing patients with the highest quality of care in a caring, efficient and cost effective manner. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available. 

Date:  Tuesday, March 31st
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

URMC Joins NIPTE: Strengthens Pharmaceutical Science and Engineering

The University of Rochester Medical Center has gained admission to the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE), a collaborative organization dedicated to research and education in the field of pharmaceutical science and engineering. URMC’s Clinical Material Services Unit (CMSU), a core research unit of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics (CHET), was the key to the university’s admission. CMSU provides investigational drug and device services for many large, multi-center clinical trials conducted at URMC and elsewhere, and acts as the central pharmacy for the National Institutes of Health’s NeuroNEXT network. Click here to read more about this in the CTSI Stories Blog.

ClinicalTrials.gov Open Door Clinic

If you need help registering clinical trials in the clinicaltrials.gov registry or want help submitting results, the CTSI Research Navigator program has  a walk in clinic from 9-11 am the first Wednesday of each month.  The open door clinic is located in room 1.201 in the Saunders building. Contact Carrie Dykes for more information.

RNA and the New Genetics: From Bench to Therapeutics

The 17th Annual Marvin J. Hoffman Lecture will be held on Friday, April 17th from noon-1:00 pm in the Class of 1962 Auditorium. This year's speaker is Lynne E. Maquat, PhD, Director of the Center for RNA Biology and J. Lowell Orbison Endowed Chair and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Dr. Maquat will present "RNA and the New Genetics: From Bench to Therapeutics". A complimentary boxed lunch will be provided. RSVP by 04-08-2015: 585-273-5937 or e-mail: apullen@admin.rochester.edu

Furth Fund awards announced

The 2015 recipients of Furth Fund awards have been announced: Dragony Fu, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Mark Buckley, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Created in 1986 by Valerie and Frank Furth, the fund provides awards of $10,000 each to help foster the development of promising scientists in the natural and biological sciences. The Furth Fund award will be used to support the research of a currently appointed postdoctoral associate, and will be used to develop deep sequencing techniques for analyzing gene expression patterns in human cell models of neurological diseases. In addition, a portion of the funds will be used to provide computational resources for data analysis.

NIH Clinical and Translational Research Course for PhD Students

The NIH Clinical Center is now accepting applications from doctoral students for the July 2015 “Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students” at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. This two-week intensive summer training is offered at no cost. Please share this course announcement and flyer (attached) with Ph.D. students and research advisors at your sites to ensure they are aware of this opportunity. To apply, please visit http://cc.nih.gov/training/phdcourse. For more information, please contact the NIH Clinical Center Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education: (301) 435-8015, phdcourse@cc.nih.gov <mailto:phdcourse@cc.nih.gov>. The application deadline is March 30, 2015.

Translational Science 2015 Program Now Available

The Translational Science 2015 meeting will be held on April 16th-18th in Washington DC. 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 will feature a tour of NIH, visits to Capitol Hill, mock study sections, and much more. The full meeting progam is now available here.

March 23rd, 2015

RARE Documentary

The next CTSI Seminar will feature a screening of the documentary RARE.This new feature documentary follows an extraordinary mother in a race against time, as she unites a group of isolated people from around the world in a quest to treat her daughter's rare genetic disease. Filmed with intimate access over three years, as the clock ticks and the stakes get higher, RARE follows Donna and her advocacy group as they travel to Puerto Rico and throughout the U.S. in a race to fill a drug trial they hope could prolong her daughter's life. Click here to read more about the movie. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available.  This session of the CTSI Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the Office for Human Subjects Protection.

Date:  Tuesday, March 24th
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Location: Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304)

Enrollment Open for the URBEST Program

URBEST, which launched in October, is one of 17 NIH-funded BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) programs throughout the country, and provides career training to graduate students and postdocs who are considering careers outside of academia. The program allows students to pick one of three pathways, each with its own associated coursework and internship options. The program will be accepting applications for its next cohort from April 6-17. Read more about the program in the CTSI Stories Blog.

URBEST Career Story Q&A Seminar

Melony Sorbero, PhD, will highlight some of her activities as a Policy Researcher at RAND Corporation, share personal reflections on her career trajectory, and provide insight into how your PhD can provide opportunities in science and health policy. Submit a question for the speaker, based on the reading and personal interest, to tracey_baas@urmc.rochester.edu The event will be held Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 from 1:30 – 2:30pm in the Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576)

6th Annual Satcher Awards on April 30th

Register now to attend the 6th Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards on Thursday, April 30th from 12:00-1:15 pm. David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at Morehouse School of Medicine, will present "The Role of Leadership in the Relay Race for Health Equity". There will also be an awards ceremony to recognize University of Rochester Medical Center faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community through research, teaching, practice and outreach.

Data Safety Monitoring Boards: Qualification, Confidentiality and Indemnification

The next Good Advice: Case Studies in Clinical Research, Regulation, and the Law skill-building workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 25th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1w-304). Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH, Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research, along with Karen Rabinowitz, JD, Legal Counsel and Associate Director of Collaborations in the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics, will present  DSMB: Qualification, Confidentiality and Indemnification.

Call for Proposals: Annual Health Professions' Faculty Development Colloquium

You are invited to submit a proposal for the 2015 Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium to be held on June 3rd. Submissions may cover any topic in healthcare professions education relating to undergraduate, graduate, continuing education and faculty development and can include faculty development workshops, short communications, and poster presentations.. Please submit proposals electronically at faculty_development@urmc.rochester.edu. The submission deadline is March 27th.  For additional information about the 2015 Colloquium, please contact the Office for Faculty Development  at 276-3782 or via email.

Environmental Health Sciences Center Pilot 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 year. While applications are generally limited to EHSC faculty members, collaboration with other faculty is encouraged. Initial applications are due on April 20th. Click here for more information.

Reducing Our Environmental Footprint – How You and NYSP2I Can Help

Join Miner Library on March 25th, 2015, at noon in the History of Medicine Room for a special presentation by Dr. Anahita Williamson, director of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Williamson will discuss the work NYDP2I is doing with academia, industries, and communities to develop and implement innovative solutions that reduce their environmental footprints.  The program also will include a review of how we all can help on a personal level by selecting home-cleaning and other products.

Laura Shum Awarded Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Trainee Travel Award

Laura Shum, a student in the CTSI's PhD in Translational Biomedical Science program, has been awarded a Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Trainee Travel Award to attend the Translational Science 2015 Meeting April 16 – 18 in Washington, DC. Congratulations Laura!

Save the Date: Academic Core Curriculum for Junior Faculty

The Academic Core Curriculum for Junior Faculty is a week-long course designed to help Senior Instructors and Assistant Professors identify the skills they need for more successful career advancement. This year the course will be held on September 28th-October 2nd. Registration details will be available soon!

March 16th, 2015

Success stories: Clinical Research Center goes “above and beyond”

The Clinical Research Center (CRC), a pillar of the CTSI, plays host to numerous research studies at the University of Rochester. The CRC provides an optimal setting for medical investigators to conduct safe, controlled, inpatient and outpatient studies of both children and adults.Charles Kamen, Ph.D., recently used the CRC for his study of psychological distress in cancer survivors. Kamen discussed his research, and his experience at the CRC, in the latest edition of the CTSI Stories Blog.

Implementation Research: The What, Why, and Why not?

The next CTSI Seminar will feature a presentation by Kevin Fiscella, MD, MPH, Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences. Dr. Fiscella will present "Implementation Research: The What, Why, and Why not?". Dr. Fiscella's research interests are in the area of racial and socioeconomic disparities in health status, the effects of poverty on family function, and health services to underserved populations, particularly those at risk for cancer and heart disease.  Lunch is provided. Please bring your own beverage. CME credit is available. 

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

Barbara Iglewski Named to National Women’s Hall of Fame

Barbara H. Iglewski, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. for research on how bacteria cause infections. One of 10 inductees in 2015, Iglewski was selected for her research on how bacteria cause infections. Her laboratory was the first to discover that bacteria use a communication system – a type of chemical language – to coordinate attacks on human cells and initiate disease. Read More

Using Technology to Transform Care

The next session of Public Health Grand Rounds will be held on Friday March 20th, from 12:00-1:00 pm in Whipple Auditorium (2-6424). E. Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA, Professor of Neurology and Co-Director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics, will present "Using Technology to Transform Care". Dr. Dorsey, along with Dr. Karl Kieburtz, received recent attention for their IPhone app entitled mPower (Mobile Parkinson Observatory for Worldwide, Evidenced-based Research). Assorted wraps will be available while supplies last. Bring your own beverage

Annual Saward-Berg Lecture Is March 27

Keshia Pollack, associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University, will present the 15th annual Saward-Berg Honorary Lecture from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, March 27. Pollack's talk, "It Shouldn't Hurt to Walk: Policies and Environment that Promote Safe Opportunities to be Active," will be held in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W304). The event is sponsored by the Department of Public Health Sciences.

Individual Development Plans to Enhance Research Productivity

The next Mentor Development Workshop will feature a special presentation by Cynthia N. Fuhrmann, PhD, Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Fuhrmann will present "Using Individual Development Plans to enhance both research productivity and career development". The event will be held on Thursday, April 9th from 11:45-1:00 pm in the K-207 Auditorium (2-6408). Lunch is provided. Click here to RSVP.

Computing Clusters to Estimate Dynamic Models of Firm Behavior

The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) will host its next symposium on Friday, March 20th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Computer Studies Building (CSB) 209 on the River Campus. This month's featured speaker is Toni Whited from the Simon Business School. She will present a review of her work on estimating dynamic models of firm behavior. Click here for more information.

Save the Date: Resident Research Day

Please mark your calendars for Resident Research Day 2015 - May 7th, 2015, 7:00-11:15 AM. It promises to be an excellent presentation and showcase of the wonderful work our residents are doing. The keynote speaker will be Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, President and Dean at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Click here for more information.

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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