ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities - September 2018

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UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Newsletter:
September 2018, Vol. 3, Issue 8

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 1,500 members. The ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities is a monthly newsletter.

ACTRI Special Announcements

ACTRI and IEM Announce 2018 Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine Awards

Four clinician-engineer teams from UC San Diego have been selected to receive the 2018 Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) awards. GEM, an initiative of UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) and UC San Diego Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM), brings engineers and clinicians together to develop innovative technologies that can be applied to solving challenging problems in medical care. This year’s projects address challenges in the areas of urology, telerobotic surgery, oncology, and spinal cord injuries. “We are extremely pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine awards. The projects are impressive, ranging from developing novel treatments for paralysis and pancreatic cancer to innovative improvements for telerobotic surgery and urinary catheters,” said Deborah Spector, PhD, chair of the GEM Committee and co-director of the ACTRI Translational Research Alliance. Read more

ACTRI Partners with ACT Network to Bring Cohort Exploration Tool to UC San Diego Researchers

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Accrual to Clinical Trials (ACT) Network to bring real-time cohort exploration and discovery to its researchers. ACT was developed by members of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program consortium to enable cohort discovery using a web interface in a HIPAA-compliant manner, without requiring study-specific IRB approval. It offers open-access to a national network of leading academic medical research centers and generates aggregate patient count data from an investigator's real-time, iterative searches. Using ACT, UC San Diego Health researchers can explore patient populations, confirm and demonstrate study feasibility, and identify potential partners for multi-site studies. ACTRI is one of the first 21 CTSA hubs across the country to launch the ACT Network. Read more

Funding Opportunities

NEW ACTRI Invites Applications for 2019 Academic-Community Pilot Project Awards—Due 10/15

NEW ACTRI Invites Applications for 2019 Dissemination & Implementation Pilot Project Awards—Due 10/22

NEW ACTRI Invites Applications for KL2 Training Support for Junior Faculty—Due 11/12

NEW UC CAI Seeks Pitch Day Applications—Due 9/24

ACTRI Vouchers for ACTRI Research Services (In-kind)

NCATS Open Funding Opportunities

ACTRI News and Features

Cannabis and Breast Milk Study by ACTRI Researcher Chambers Sparks News Coverage

ACTRI leader Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, is spotlighted in news outlets across the country for her recently published study about marijuana concentrations in breast milk. Dr. Chambers and the research team reported that traces of marijuana can be found in breast milk up to six days after use. The results were published in the journal Pediatrics on August 27 and broadly featured in the news media, including in the New York Times, CNN, CBS, Fox, and USA Today. Dr. Chambers will speak on medication safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding on November 6 at the ACTRI Auditorium as part of the ACTRI Seminar Series. Read more

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In This Issue

Upcoming Seminars

ACTRI Seminar Series

The National Opioid Crisis: Is Cannabis Helpful or Harmful?

Thursday, September 20, 2018
2 p.m.

ACTRI Building, First-floor Auditorium

Wallace

Presented by:
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
2 p.m.

ACTRI Building, First-floor Auditorium

Chambers

Presented by:
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

ACTRI-Supported Ethics Forum

Ethical Boundaries of Research with Human Embryos

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
5-7 p.m.

UC San Diego
Fleet Science Center
Community Forum

Presented by:
Mana Parast MD, PhD
Professor, Pathology
UC San Diego
and

Louise Laurent, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Reproductive Medicine
UC San Diego

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Projects and Publications using UCSD ACTRI resources must cite the UCSD ACTRI grant and follow the NIH Public Access Policy.

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Director of ACTRI

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Chief Administrative Officer

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Communications Director

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