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ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities-April 2017

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Newsletter:
April 2017, Vol. 2, Issue 4

The Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) 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, 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 1,300 members. The ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities is a monthly newsletter.

ACTRI Special Announcements


ACTRI Creates Library of Datasets for Life Course Research

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is pleased to announce a new resource for life course researchers: a website that describes a wide variety of longitudinal cohort datasets that are appropriate for life course research. The ACTRI Center for Life Course Research assembled the listing, which includes such diverse samples as the Danish National Birth Cohort, the UK Millennium Cohort Study, the 1934-66 Mysore Birth Records Cohort in South India, and the Black Women’s Health Study. Some cohorts span the lifetime, from prenatal to older ages, and some encompass more narrow specific periods such as childhood. Many cohorts have banked biospecimens available for assay. “Many investigators throughout the world have collected broad-based longitudinal measures of health and disease through sensitive periods of growth and development across the lifespan. These datasets compose a rich resource for life course researchers in a wide variety of disciplines,” said Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, director of the ACTRI Center for Life Course Research. Read more

Trial Innovation Network Launched to Facilitate Multi-site Clinical Studies
ACTRI is a TIN Hub Liaison Team

The Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program has launched the Trial Innovation Network (TIN) to facilitate multi-site clinical studies and is seeking Network proposals. UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI), funded in part through a CTSA grant, is a TIN Hub Liaison Team and is available for consultation on Network proposals. The Trial Innovation Network addresses critical roadblocks in clinical trials and accelerates the translation of novel interventions into life-saving therapies. The Network focuses on operational innovation, operational excellence, and collaboration while leveraging the expertise and resources of the CTSA Program. Features include a single institutional review board system, master contracting agreements, quality-by-design approaches, and a focus on evidence-based strategies to recruitment and patient engagement. Key TIN elements for increasing efficiency and flexibility of multi-site studies are the single IRB reliance using the SMART IRB Exchange and the utilization of master/standard agreements. Read more

Funding Opportunities

REMINDERACTRI and IEM Invite Engineering Applications for 2017 Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) Awards
Phase II (Open to UC San Diego Engineering Faculty)
Deadline: April 28, 2017

ACTRI Vouchers for ACTRI Research Services (In-kind)

  • Allowance for Vouchers to Supplement Two Types of NIH-Funded Studies for ACTRI Clinical Services Only
  • Recent Addition of CCBB Vouchers

Eligible: Unfunded Projects Designed to Gather Preliminary Data for Grant Submissions or ACTRI Pilot Projects, Career Development Awards (K-series only; UC San Diego only) and ACTRI KL2 Awardees. In addition, Vouchers can potentially be used to supplement two types of NIH-funded studies for ACTRI clinical services only.

NCATS Open Funding Opportunities

ACTRI News and Features

ACTRI 2017 Childhood Adversity Symposium
Waitlist Registrants Welcome to Sign Up for This Popular Life Course Research Event

The ACTRI Center for Life Course Research will present an all-day symposium, “Adverse Childhood Experiences: Consequences Across the Life Course,” on Wednesday, May 17, at the Medical Education Telemedicine Building on the UC San Diego School of Medicine campus. Due to the high level of interest in this symposium, tickets sold out during the first two weeks. We are pleased to take wait-listed registrants, and will notify those who register now if slots open up. Symposium topics range from “Children Who Fail at School but Succeed at Life: Lessons from Lives Well-Lived” to “Childhood Trauma: Why You Should Care No Matter Who You Are, No Matter What You Do.” The event will conclude with an airing of the award-winning documentary, “Resilience.” Aimed at researchers across the campus, this symposium is co-sponsored by UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI), the Stein Institute for Research on Aging-Center for Healthy Aging, and the Center for Better Beginnings. Agenda, speakers and registration.

July Lee

July Lee, supported by ACTRI through the TL1 program, is heading to Stanford Pediatrics for her residency. Lee is featured in a UC San Diego Health story, March Matchness 2017. Read story

Match Day—ACTRI Congratulates Former TL1 Students on Residencies

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) congratulates 18 former TL1 trainees who are members of the UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Class of 2017 on their residency placements. The students found out their placements on March 17 – Match Day – the day when graduating medical school students open envelopes to discover where they will do their residencies. “Match Day is a dramatic and joyous event that symbolizes the start of the next phase of our students’ medical education and training in their chosen fields,” said Carolyn Kelly, MD, professor of medicine and associate dean for admissions and student affairs, and director of the ACTRI TL1 Program. Find out more about ACTRI’s TL1 program and the list of students with their mentors.

Former TL1s who were matched include:

  • Joe Acevedo–Otolaryngology, USC
  • Katherine (Kelly) Fero–Urology, UCLA Medical Center
  • Emily Fireman–Internal Medicine, UCLA
  • Andrew Fithian–Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford
  • Daniel Garcia–Anesthesiology, UC Irvine
  • Kristen Kelley–Internal Medicine, UC Davis
  • July Lee–Pediatrics, Stanford University
  • Fred Liu-Psychiatry, UC San Diego
  • Vidya Mahavadi-Pediatrics, U Chicago
  • Eric Mendez–Internal Medicine, UCLA
  • Laura Muehl–Anesthesiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Saisindhu Narala–Dermatology, UT Houston
  • Sonal Noticewala–Radiation Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Anna Schoenbrunner–Plastic Surgery, Ohio State University Medical Center
  • Oleg Stens–Internal Medicine, Harbor UCLA
  • Viridiana Tapia–Anesthesiology, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Casey Williamson–Radiation Oncology, UC San Diego Medical Center
  • Bayard Wilson–Neurosurgery, UCLA Medical Center
  • In addition, former TL1 trainee Melissa Zhao decided to pursue a Master’s of Science degree at Harvard in Computational Biology and Quantitative Genetics, prior to applying for residency.

Human Research Training Symposium Featured Presentations and Exhibits

More than 60 UC San Diego research staff participated in the second Human Research Training Symposium on March 28 at the Price Center. This ongoing training series, created to help study teams navigate the research processes more efficiently, featured presentations and information exhibits related to the clinical trials process. It was hosted by UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI), Human Research Protections Program (HRPP), Office of Coverage Analysis Administration (OCAA), and Office of Clinical Trials Administration (OCTA). Providing information at the ACTRI information table were ACTRI Clinic staff (from left): Jeff Ledford-Mills, Karen Welborne, Sharon Quigley and Raul Fortunet.

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In This Issue

Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Awards Top Prize for Consumer Medical Device Inspired by Star Trek®–ACTRI was the Consumer Testing Site for the Competition

“It was exciting to be the Testing Site for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. The Tricorder project reflects our focus on disruptive innovation to improve human health—a focus supported by UC San Diego and the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). ACTRI was not only a testing site, but we have set up a device testing infrastructure that will continue.” -- Gary S. Firestein, MD, ACTRI Director and Associate Vice Chancellor of Translational Medicine at UC San Diego. Read more

REMINDER—ACTRI Registration for CREST Summer 2017 New Students is Open!

The CREST program at UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) invites applications for Summer 2017 from fellows, residents, junior faculty, faculty members, PharmD, and research associates interested in receiving supplemental training in clinical and translational research. CREST—Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training—is targeted to researchers from all disciplines, particularly physicians enrolled in fellowship training or starting their academic career. The curriculum provides comprehensive coverage of all dimensions of clinical research while allowing scholars to spend the majority of their time in research and clinical activities. Deadline for the summer program applications is April 30, 2017. Read more

Upcoming Seminars

Pam R. Taub, MD

ACTRI Seminar Series

September, 2017, Date to be Announced—“Cardiac Rehabilitation: Current and Future Directions,” will be presented by Pam R. Taub, MD, FACC, director of Step Family Foundation Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, and Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego, in September at the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Building, first floor Auditorium. Read more

ACTRI Communications Seminar for Early Career “K” Awardees

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) 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 ACTRI partner institutions. The eleventh session in the series is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2. The topic, “Working with the Press,” will be presented by a representative of the UC San Diego Health Media Relations team. The session will take place at the Altman CTRI building. RSVP is required to Read more

Cite the Grant

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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.

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ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities

Gary S. Firestein, MD
Director of ACTRI

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Chief Administrative Officer

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Communications Director

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