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ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities-February 2017

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

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

From left are Olivier Harismendy, PhD; Kellie Evans-O’Connor; Hyeoneui Kim, RN, MPH, PhD; and Murray Stein, MD, MPH, during the presentation of the Daniel T. O’Connor Award on Feb. 23.

ACTRI Presents 2017 O’Connor Award to Genomics Researchers Kim and Harismendy

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) announces Hyeoneui Kim, RN, MPH, PhD, as the recipient of the 2017 Daniel T. O’Connor Memorial Award. The O’Connor award provides an additional $5k to the top ranked ACTRI 2017 pilot project recipient. Kim is receiving a pilot project award this spring to support her study, “Sharing Genetic Test Results.” “We are very pleased to present the O’Connor award to Dr. Kim and her collaborator, Dr. Olivier Harismendy. Their application stood out among over 70 pilot project applications received by the ACTRI this year,” said Murray Stein, MD, MPH. Stein is director of the ACTRI Pilot Project Program and a distinguished professor of psychiatry and family medicine and public health. He presented the O’Connor award to Kim and Harismendy on Feb. 23 prior to the annual Daniel T. O’Connor Memorial Lecture held at the UC San Diego Leichtag Building. The lecture is part of the ACTRI seminar series. Read more

Funding Opportunities

NEWACTRI 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

Courtesy Postings

ACTRI News and Features

ACTRI-Supported Medical and Pharmacy Trainees Share Research Findings during Annual Poster Session

ACTRI-supported pharmacy student Sirena Louie presents her poster.

ACTRI-Supported Medical and Pharmacy Trainees Share Research Findings during Annual Poster Session

Twelve medical and pharmacy students supported through the UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) TL1 2016-2017 program presented their research in January during an annual Summer Research Poster Session at the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building. They joined more than 60 other research trainees at the event. This year, the ACTRI trainees included both summer and long-term TL1s. The TL1 program supports training in clinical research for students enrolled in health sciences doctoral programs at UC San Diego. See the ACTRI TL1s with their posters.

Kyle NakanishiNakanishi Joins ACTRI as Business Operations Director

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) welcomes Kyle Nakanishi as the new Director of Business Operations. Kyle brings a wealth of knowledge in finance, business operations, departmental funds administration and contracts and grants. He joined ACTRI in December. “Kyle has tremendous institutional experience in research program administration and strong relationships across the School of Medicine. We are delighted he has brought his talents to ACTRI,” said Eric Mah, Assistant Dean for Clinical and Translational Research. As the Director of Business Operations, Kyle serves as the key administrative leader of ACTRI and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the ACTRI, financial and budget oversight, research program administration and human resources. Read more

Human Research Training Symposium Scheduled for Tuesday, March 28—Registration is Open

Registration is open for the Human Research Training Program, which is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Price Center West Ballroom A/B. The symposium was created to help study teams navigate the research processes more efficiently. This ongoing training series features presentations and information exhibits related to the clinical trials process and is 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). Click here to register.

Collab@Altman Monthly Mixer scheduled for March 3, 2017

The second Collab@Altman Monthly Mixer is scheduled for Friday, March 3, at the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) Auditorium from noon to 1 p.m. The event will include presentations and an opportunity to connect with fellow ACTRI researchers. Launched by UC San Diego ACTRI and the Department of Radiology, Collab@Altman encourages an open, collaborative and interdisciplinary community within the ACTRI building. It occurs the first Friday of each month and features the research of a principal investigator or research group located in the ACTRI building. The program also seeks future presenters from the building who would like to showcase their research and group. To express interest in presenting about your collaboration, please send an email to

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In This Issue

Save the Date!

ACTRI Center for Life Course Presents May 17 Symposium on Childhood Adversity

An all-day symposium, “Adverse Childhood Experiences: Consequences Across the Life Course,” will be held Wednesday, May 17, at the Medical Education Telemedicine Building on the UC San Diego School of Medicine campus. 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 symposium will conclude with an airing of the award-winning documentary, “Resilience.” The free event, aimed at researchers across the campus, 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 and registration details will be posted on the ACTRI website in March. Read more about the Center for Life Course Research

Upcoming Seminars

ACTRI Hosts Communications Seminar for Early Career “K” Awardees

The 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 ninth session in the series is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7. The topic is “Team Science, Part I.” The session will take place at the ACTRI building. RSVP is required to Read more

ACTRI Seminar Series

Accelerated Brain and Biological Aging in Serious Mental Illness

Presented by Lisa T. Eyler, PhD, professor of psychiatry, on Tuesday, April 4, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Leichtag Building on the School of Medicine Campus. Read more

Cite the Grant

citegrantdocDon’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

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Director of ACTRI

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Chief Administrative Officer

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Communications Director

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