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Director's Message October 2020

Dr. Firestein‚ÄčAs we continue to face the challenging landscape of the coronavirus pandemic, we would like to thank our amazing clinic staff who remain focused and dedicated. They are working tirelessly to ensure patients are enrolled in new vaccine trials and continue to receive the care needed for other enrolled studies. The staff also actively engage new researchers who seek to bring additional clinical trials to our study teams.

Our efforts to further expand our Community Engagement unit continue to move forward with the transition of leadership from our original CE Director, Howard Taras, to our new director, Jesse Nodora. Both Howard and Jesse are featured in our faculty and staff highlights below, and are instrumental in moving our CTSA hub along the population-centric trajectory we have outlined in our recent grant submission.

For the 10th year, our pilot project funding is now available to investigators. The ACTRI has provided over $3 million in funding for more than 120 pilot projects since its inception. These one-year competitive awards (up to $30,000) provide funding for early stage projects, prioritize early-career faculty and seek to promote the continued development of clinical and translational research. This year, we have specific open categories in academic-community partnerships, dissemination & implementation science, and clinical and translational research. More information on available funding and how to apply can be found below and on our website.

Part of our continued efforts of reaching a broader audience include our increased social media presence and ACTRI website updates. As our units roll out their innovative programs and resources available to researchers, affiliates and the community, we will further promote these efforts on our updated website, social media pages (links below), email blasts and in bimonthly newsletters. We appreciate our ACTRI members and look forward to continuing to service the needs of our outstanding research community.

Gary S. Firestein, MD, Director of ACTRI
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences 
Phone: (858) 822-0591