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CTRI News and Funding Opportunities - March 2016

UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute Newsletter:
March 2016, Vol. 1, Issue 3

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 Health National 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 1,000 members. The CTRI News and Funding Opportunities is a monthly newsletter.

Director’s Message, Spring 2016

FiresteinI am delighted to announce we will begin moving into our new home, the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) building, this summer. We are preparing for this phased move as the finishing touches are being added to the ACTRI. On March 4, under sunny skies, we dedicated the building during a ribbon cutting celebration.

The purpose of the ACTRI is to establish a central facility that enables laboratory and clinical researchers to work side-by-side and share resources in their efforts to better understand and treat disease. Laboratory scientists, physicians, engineers and others across many disciplines will work inside this seven-story structure to develop new drugs, therapies, devices and technologies. There really is nothing else like it in the country. The design of the building reinforces multidisciplinary collaborations. Located on the UC San Diego medical campus in La Jolla, the ACTRI encompasses 359,000 square feet of offices, laboratories and clinical space, which can accommodate 100 faculty and 1,000 staff. Read more from CTRI Director Gary S. Firestein, MD.

CTRI Special Announcements

CTRI Announces New Project Management and Support Services for Clinical Trials

Project Management, RED Team and GREEN Team Help Launch and Manage Studies

Project Management

Members of the CTRI RED Team include, from left: (seated) Sharon Quigley and Todd May; and (standing) Len Lazaro and Ana Bhatt.

CTRI is delighted to announce new services for streamlining clinical trials, including project management and support services. These services, part of CTRI’s Center for Clinical Research (CCR), will help launch and manage your studies by facilitating the initiation and execution of clinical protocols. They include:

Project Management
The CTRI has established Project Management Services to provide trained project managers to oversee protocols and shepherd them through various departments for approvals. Once a project manager is assigned to your study, he or she is responsible for organizing the team and tracking progress. The CTRI is presently offering project management services free of charge.

RED Team – Research, Engagement and Deployment Services
To help launch investigator-initiated clinical trials, the CTRI has created the Red Team to assist investigators with all aspects of pre-launch study management, including planning, design, documentation preparation and feasibility assessments for projects. The CTRI is presently offering RED Team services free of charge.

GREEN Team – Operations “Go”
Once the study is launched, Green Team services will be initiated. The Green Team performs the study with the investigator, including project management, participant recruitment, nursing, pharmacy and regulatory support. Green Team services are recharged per the new recharge rates.

To find out more about how CTRI can help you launch and manage your studies, please send an email to or visit the Project Management page for more information.

Funding Opportunities


CTRI and IEM Seek Engineering Applicants for Phase II of the Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine Awards
Deadline for Phase II Proposals: April 29, 2016

CTRI News and Features

Altman Ribbon Cutting

Photo by: Yadira Galindo

Ribbon Cut on Altman CTRI Building

New structure will be campus hub for advancing basic science to clinical applications

Rising above Interstate 5 on the east campus of UC San Diego, the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) Building officially opened its doors March 4 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony under blue skies. The new seven-story building of steel, glass and grooved concrete is home to the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) at UC San Diego, established in 2010 as part of a national consortium of 60 medical research institutions created to energize bench-to-bedside efforts.

Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla described the new ACTRI building as one of the ways UC San Diego will transform health care. Funded with an initial five-year, $37.2 million grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, part of the National Institutes of Health, the CTRI under Director and Associate Vice Chancellor of Translational Medicine Dr. Gary S. Firestein, last year garnered a $52 million grant renewal. The new award recognized the institute’s success in creating innovative programs that advance medical science and treatments.

“It’s a spectacular day,” beamed Khosla, nodding at longtime San Diego residents and philanthropists Steve and Lisa Altman. “This couple and what they have helped us to achieve is truly transformative. It changes the way we will deliver healthcare in San Diego and beyond.” To the Altmans, who donated $10 million in 2011 toward the development and construction of the building, this moment in the sun was perhaps inevitable. Read more

CTRI Welcomes Hoyo as New Evaluation Manager

Verónica Hoyo, PhDVerónica Hoyo, PhD, recently joined the CTRI as the new Evaluation Manager. Dr. Hoyo completed her doctorate in political science in 2010 at UC San Diego and, as of September 2014, has served as adjunct professor at UC San Diego and at San Diego Mesa College. In her new role with the CTRI, Dr. Hoyo will closely interact with all our units in the tracking, implementation, and analysis of performance metrics through our Balance Scorecard system.

“With her particular experience and talent in data collection and statistical analyses, I’m confident Dr. Hoyo will play a vital role in the CTRI’s mission to provide research resources, training, and collaboration opportunities for CTRI scientists, health care providers, and the community,” said Daniel Bouland, MD, Director of Evaluation at the CTRI. “Please join me in warmly welcoming Dr. Hoyo to the Clinical and Translational Research Institute.” Dr. Hoyo can be reached by email.

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In This Issue


Upcoming Seminars

CTRI Special Seminar: Cannabis across the Life Course

“Cannabis across the Life Course: What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know” is the theme of a CTRI Center for Life Course Research Special Symposium scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET) Building on the School of Medicine campus, UC San Diego. Registration is required. Read more


CTRI Offers Grant Writing Services

The CTRI recently added the services of an Editorial Coordinator. If you need assistance with:

  • writing and technical editing
  • organizing and managing timelines to meet submission deadlines
  • engaging key staff on collaborative projects
  • ensuring all grant proposal documents are in place

Contact Angela Felker, PhD or click here for more information.


Cite the Grant

Cite the Grant

Don’t forget to cite the grant! To help ensure resources are available for future research, please cite the UCSD CTRI CTSA grant.

For Researchers
“The research described was partially supported by the National Institutes of Health, Grant UL1TR000100 of UCSD CTRI CTSA funding prior to August 13, 2015 and Grant UL1TR001442 of UCSD CTRI CTSA funding beginning August 13, 2015 and beyond. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.”

KL2 Scholars should cite NIH Grant KL2TR00099 of UCSD CTRI CTSA funding prior to August 13, 2015 and Grant KL2TR001444 of UCSD CTRI CTSA funding beginning August 13, 2015 and beyond.

TL1 Trainees should cite NIH Grant TL1TR00098 of UCSD CTRI CTSA funding prior to August 13, 2015 and Grant TL1TR001443 of UCSD CTRI CTSA funding beginning August 13, 2015 and beyond.

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


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