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Director's Message Winter 2020

Dr. Firestein

Another year has begun at the CTRI, with many exciting updates. We have been busy making great strides in several areas. Our Phase I Clinical Trial Unit has now performed 40 trials since it opened just 2 years ago, including neuroscience, endocrinology, rheumatology, cardiology, anesthesiology and cancer trials and providing 24-hour MD coverage when needed. Additionally, our dedicated pharmacy has provided outstanding service managing drugs for 142 studies this past year. The Center for Clinical Research continues to grow rapidly, increasing from 2,500 visits in its first year to more than 8,000 visits this year, with more than 250 active protocols. 

ResearchCompass, an innovative new online tool for researchers, has officially launched. Providing investigators with a one-stop-shop of available resources from pre-award through post-award, ResearchCompass gives researchers the tools required to successfully compete for, initiate, conduct, analyze and publish studies right at their fingertips in one convenient location. IRB Please has also officially launched – a new virtual reality educational game for clinicians and researchers from the UCSD Game Factory, a research unit within the School of Medicine promoting the benefits of games in medical education. IRB Please is designed to complement existing training to teach PIs the common mistakes made in filling out IRB paperwork. 

With the support of the School of Medicine, we are pleased to announce the new Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Science Center (DISC), led by Drs. Gregory Aarons, Borsika Rabin, Nicole Stadnick and Lauren Brookman-Frazee. The DISC will perform research in D&I methodology, support pilot project grants, provide education and training in D&I methods and offer consultation services to investigators. Collaborating with the UCSD Rady School of Management, the DISC will provide opportunities to engage potential users and collaborators throughout a product’s life cycle. The new Center will be located in the ACTRI building to serve and collaborate with research unites engaged in clinical and translational research across the research spectrum. 

Thank you for your continued support of our mission and vision as we look forward to another year of innovative growth and development. 

Gary S. Firestein, MD, Director of ACTRI
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor of Translational Medicine 
Phone: (858) 822-3824