The UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) is part of a national
Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium, led by the
National Institutes of HealthNational Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Established in 2010, CTRI 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. CTRI carries out its activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners and currently has more than 1,200 members.
The CTRI News and Funding Opportunities is a monthly newsletter.
CTRI Special Announcements
CTRI Creates Participant Recruitment Center
Identifying potential research participants remains a critical need for clinical trials. To help researchers achieve their participant recruitment goals, UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) is pleased to announce the creation of the Participant Recruitment Center (PRC). The PRC uses a variety of recruitment tools and services, from community engagement consultation to novel informatics platforms that consider participant preferences. These tools can be customized to help investigators reach their target population. The PRC is a collaboration of the CTRI
Community Engagement (CE) and
Biomedical Informatics (BMI) units.
Read more about how the PRC can help you.
CTRI Vouchers for CTRI Research Services (In-kind)
Eligible: Unfunded Projects Designed to Gather Preliminary Data for Grant Submissions or CTRI Pilot Projects, Career Development Awards (K-series only; UC San Diego only) and CTRI KL2 awardees
NCATS Open Funding Opportunities
CTRI News and Features
Mark Wallace, MD, Leads UC San Diego CTRI Clinic into New Era
In 1988, as an anesthesiology resident with a hearing impairment, Mark S. Wallace, MD, was intrigued by the varying hearing abilities of anesthesiologists in operating rooms. There, beeps and bells signal the state of a patient’s vital signs. Under the tutelage of a University of Maryland faculty member, Wallace embarked on his first research project: testing the presence of hearing loss in anesthesiologists and identifying the pitch of the losses. "It turned out that the highest prevalence of hearing loss was the pitch of the operating room alarms," Wallace said. His work became the topic of one of his first papers, "Hearing acuity of anesthesiologists and alarm detection," published in Anesthesiology in 1994. His project earned him the resident award for research.
"That’s how I got my start in research," said Wallace, a physician-scientist who directs the Center for Clinical Research at UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI), overseeing a state-of-the-art, 18,000-square-foot clinic on the first floor of the new Altman CTRI building.
CTRI-Supported Pediatrics Researcher Imam Advances to NIH Grant
Farhad Imam, MD, PhD, a 2016 recipient of a UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI)
KL2 grant, has been awarded a prestigious K08 grant from the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Imam, an assistant professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego, will receive up to five years of NIH support to continue studying "hypoxia preconditioning" and its role in preventing brain injury in infants. Hypoxia, an oxygen deficiency, can cause debilitating disease and organ injury in infants who encounter complications during childbirth, and affects over 10,000 infants in the U.S. each year.
"This is a remarkable achievement. We are delighted Dr. Imam has been awarded an NIH grant to build on the important pediatrics research he began with support from the
CTRI KL2 program," said Joel Dimsdale, MD, director of the CTRI KL2 program.
CTRI Co-Produces Concussion Videos as Part of Health Research Series
Head injury and concussions are risks in many sports such as football, soccer, cheerleading and lacrosse. In the U.S., nearly 300,000 sports-related concussions are estimated to occur annually in high school athletes. UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) recently co-produced two videos about concussions that focus on research and knowing when a concussed individual is ready to return to the classroom and field. Each video is about 3 minutes and among a list of education videos developed by the CTRI Community Engagement unit to help the community understand research and improve health throughout various stages of life. The videos, supported by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, are posted on YouTube and linked on the
"One of our main goals with the concussion videos is to educate parents and students and to help viewers understand the importance of health research in the development of evidence-based practice," said CTRI Community Engagement manager Rodney von Jaeger.
CTRI Education Videos
CTRI Evaluation Director Bouland Appointed Division of Hospital Medicine Chief
UC San Diego Department of Medicine has announced the appointment of Dr. Daniel Bouland as chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine effective July 1, 2016. In his new capacity, Bouland will work with the Chair of Medicine and the CEO of UC San Diego Health to ensure continued growth of the division; additionally, Bouland will continue to support the department of medicine in a new role as Vice Chair for Clinical Quality Improvement and Patient Experience. Bouland is the Director of Evaluation at UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI), a role he will continue to serve.
"Dr. Bouland is highly regarded as a clinician and educator as well as being an experienced leader in health care management and administration with vast experience in the field of hospital medicine across various governmental and private sectors," said Wolfgang Dillmann, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, in an announcement to department faculty and staff.
In This Issue
CTRI to Host Two-Day Life Course Research Seminar and Workshop October 24-25
The Center for Life Course Research at UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) will host an intensive seminar and workshop on October 24-25 at the Altman CTRI building. Professor Diana Kuh and Professor Rebecca Hardy, experts in life course epidemiology, will lead the seminar and workshop. Registration is required.
CTRI Hosts Communications Seminar for Early Career "K" Awardees
UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) is hosting a year-long career development seminar series, "Communicating: Your Academic Life Depends on It," for early career "K" awardees from UC San Diego, San Diego State University, and CTRI partner institutions. The third session in the series is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6. (Please note there is no seminar scheduled for August). Joel Dimsdale, MD, will present "Effective writing, part 1" and Robert Ross, MD, will discuss "Understanding the professorial series and academic reviews." The session will take place at the Altman CTRI building, specific room TBD. RSVP is required to
CTRI Co-Hosts Dissemination, Implementation and Improvement Science Webinar on September 7
A webinar, "UCSF CTSI Implementation Science Training and Support: Activities and Impacts," will be presented by Margaret Handley, PhD, on Wednesday, September 7, from Noon to 1 P.M. The webinar is part of the Dissemination, Implementation and Improvement Science webinar series co-hosted by UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI), the UCLA and USC Clinical and Translational Science Institutes (CTSIs) and Kaiser Permanente.
CTRI News and Funding Opportunities
Gary S. Firestein, MD
Director of CTRI
Chief Administrative Officer