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ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities - November-December 2018

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Newsletter:
November-December 2018, Vol. 3, Issue 10

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 HealthNational 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 Announcement

ACTRI Announces New TL1 Postdoctoral Fellow

Lindsey Yourman, MD

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is pleased to announce that Lindsey Yourman, MD, has been selected as a 2018 TL1 Postdoctoral Fellow. The TL1 Postdoctoral Fellow program is a mentored, funded training opportunity to develop scholars’ skills in advanced clinical and translational research. Dr. Yourman, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, will focus on the project, "Implementation of What Matters in an Age Friendly Health System.”

View Dr. Yourman’s TL1 project abstract

Read more about the TL1 Postdoctoral Fellowship program

Funding Opportunities

ACTRI Vouchers for ACTRI Research Services (In-kind)

NCATS Open Funding Opportunities

Courtesy Postings

ACTRI News and Features

Improving Regulatory Efficiencies

Journal Highlights ACTRI Publication on Improving Regulatory Efficiencies

Using a systems approach and bettering communications between entities in the regulatory environment could improve Institutional Review Board (IRB) performance, according to a recent study by ACTRI researchers. This environment includes the IRB, ancillary reviews, research billing coverage analysis and clinical trial contracting offices. Published in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, the article by John Fontanesi, Anthony Magit, Jennifer J. Ford, Han Nguyen, and Gary S. Firestein is highlighted as one of the top three by the journal’s new Editor-in-Chief, Dr. George A. Mashour. “Fontanesi and colleagues investigated ways to optimize human IRB performance. Any clinical and translational researcher can attest to the importance of this process, especially with respect to efficiency,” said Dr. Mashour in an introductory Q&A as the new editor. The ACTRI article, “Systems approach to assessing and improving local human research Institutional Review Board performance,” was published online in JCTS on August 8, 2018. Read more

Happy Holidays from ACTRI

Happy Holidays

Congratulations Are In Order

Sheng Xu, PhD

Congratulations to Sheng Xu, PhD, on his paper, “Three-dimensional Integrated stretchable electronics,” being the cover for Nature Electronics (August 13, 2018). Dr. Xu was supported by ACTRI and IEM in 2016 through the Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) program. Read his article


Kevin King, MD, PhD

Congratulations to ACTRI-supported researcher Kevin King, MD, PhD, who recently received a 2018 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. King, a recipient of a 2018 ACTRI pilot project award and the 2018 Daniel T. O’Connor Memorial Award, is a practicing cardiologist with a dual appointment in the Department of Bioengineering and in the Division of Cardiology at the School of Medicine. Dr. King studies how the immune system responds to tissue injury, such as after a heart attack. The NIH award was created to support unconventional approaches to major challenges in biomedical research. 

OptumLabs Leadership Learning Series

December 5, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PT

WEBINAR–Findings from a Decade of High-Deductible Health Insurance Research: Not (Exactly) What You Were Expecting

Presented by:
Frank Wharam, MD, MP
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Register for the OptumLabs Leadership Learning Series

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In This Issue

  • ACTRI Special Announcement
  • Funding Opportunities
  • ACTRI News and Features
  • Upcoming Seminars
  • Cite the Grant

Upcoming Seminars

Healthcare Horizons—
GEM Seminar Series

December 3, 2018
5:00 p.m.

Development of patient-specific indices of left-ventricular blood stasis by echocardiographic imaging and analyses of intraventricular flow

Seminar presented by:
Juan Carlos del Alamo, PhD
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Andrew Kahn, MD/PhD
Cardiovascular Medicine

Posterior chamber intraocular pressure measurement device for keratoprosthesis and glaucoma patients

Seminar presented by:
Frank Talke, PhD
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Robert Weinreb, MD

December 17, 2018
5:00 p.m.

Compressed sensing image acquisition and processing for single photon emission tomography

Seminar presented by:
Bhaskar Rao, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sebastian Obrzut, MD
Bongyong Song, PhD
Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences

Location for all Healthcare Horizons Seminars: Center for Neural Circuits and Behavior
Marilyn G. Farquhar Seminar Room

Read more about the Healthcare Horizons–GEM Seminar Series

Ethics Forum

December 5, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Shaping Our Dynamic Microbiomes for Lifelong Health

Seminar presented by:
Rob Knight, PhD
Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation
UC San Diego

Location: Fleet Science Center
Community Forum, 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA

Register for the ACTRI-Supported Ethics Forum

Cite the Grant


Don’t forget to cite the grant!

To help ensure resources are available for future research, please cite the UCSD ACTRI CTSA grant.

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

NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)


ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities

Gary S. Firestein, MD
Director of ACTRI

Eric Mah
Chief Administrative Officer

Patricia Wieser
Communications Director

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