UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA) consortium, led by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Established in 2010, ACTRI provides infrastructure and support for basic, translational and clinical research throughout the San Diego region to bring discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside, and facilitates training and education of the next generation of researchers. ACTRI carries out its activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners and currently has more than 1,400 members. The ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities is a monthly newsletter.
Director’s Message, Summer 2018
I am pleased to announce the availability of the ACTRI Virtual Research Desktop (VRD) for UC San Diego Health research scientists and staff. The service is a collaboration between ACTRI and UC San Diego Health Information Services. The VRD is a HIPAA-compliant virtual desktop that operates in a secure private cloud server environment managed by the ACTRI and housed in a UC San Diego data center. It includes a variety of common analytics tools that access a private secure file directory under the investigator’s control. The virtual desktop is accessed using a compact program that runs on a personal computer and connects to the cloud server, giving investigators entry to their virtual workstations. The VRD offers many advantages, including more computing power, data security, large disk storage, and analytics tools. Read more
ACTRI Special Announcement
Dr. Kathryn Gold Named Co-Director of ACTRI Clinical Research Services
UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn A. Gold, MD, as co-director of the ACTRI Division of Clinical Research Services (CRS), effective immediately. In her new role, Dr. Gold will co-lead the CRS with Mark S. Wallace, MD, who has served as director of the division since 2010. Dr. Gold joined ACTRI as associate director of CRS in July, 2017. “Dr. Gold has done an outstanding job as associate director of the clinic for the past year, making a significant impact on how we provide clinical research services. I am excited she has accepted the position of co-director,” said Gary S. Firestein, MD, director of ACTRI and dean and associate vice chancellor for clinical and translational medicine. “An accomplished oncologist and investigator, she will continue working closely with Dr. Wallace, as the ACTRI clinical research activities grow.” Read more
NEW ACTRI Invites Applications for 2019 Pilot Project Awards—Due 9/7
NEW ACTRI Invites Applications for 2019 Academic-Community Pilot Project Awards—Due 10/15
ACTRI Vouchers for ACTRI Research Services (In-kind)
NEW American Cancer Society Seed Grants
NCATS Open Funding Opportunities
ACTRI News and Features
ACTRI Welcomes Eugene Sato as Tricorder Project Manager
Eugene Sato, PhD, has joined ACTRI as the project manager for the Tricorder Device Development Project, which kicked off in June. In this new role, Sato is responsible for working with the top competitors from the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE to test their next-generation Star Trek®-inspired medical devices. He co-planned the project’s first meeting and will manage the clinical trials for the devices this fall at the ACTRI clinic and in the field.
Sato received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins and a PhD in bioengineering from UC San Diego, joining the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE as Technical Director shortly after he defended his dissertation. “I came on board with the competition in 2016 to help with the testing of Tricorder prototypes, troubleshoot with the teams, and help them find volunteers for testing their devices,” Sato said. “I had the best seat in the house. I saw all the teams, their creativity and their systems.” Read more
ACTRI Participates in Annual Health Fair
ACTRI took part in the 6th Annual Health Fair “Back to School Kickoff” on August 11 at the O’Farrell Charter School in San Diego. The event included health screenings, educational activities, giveaways, and a chance to chat with state and local officials about legislation and community issues. ACTRI Community Engagement Manager Rodney von Jaeger discusses ACTRI resources and tools available to members of the public interested in volunteering for clinical trials. Tools include ResearchMatch, an NIH online registry that brings volunteers and researchers together in a secure way. Find out more about ACTRI Community Engagement.
In This Issue
ACTRI Seminar Series
The National Opioid Crisis: Is Cannabis Helpful or Harmful?
Thursday, September 20, 2018
ACTRI Building, First-floor Auditorium
Mark S. Wallace, MD
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Chair, Div. of Pain Medicine
Dept. of Anesthesiology
Co-Director, ACTRI Division of Clinical Research
UC San Diego
Ignorance is Not Bliss: The Need for Better Data on Medication Safety in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
ACTRI Building, First-floor Auditorium
Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH
Co-Director, Center for Better Beginnings
Professor, Div. of Dysmorphology and Teratology
Dept. of Pediatrics
Director, ACTRI Center for Life Course Research
UC San Diego
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ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities
Gary S. Firestein, MD
Director of ACTRI
Chief Administrative Officer