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ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities - January 2018

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Newsletter:
January 2018, Vol. 3, Issue 1

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Awards (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 1,400 members. The ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities is a monthly newsletter.

ACTRI Special Announcements

ACTRI Translational Science Symposium is Set for April 5

Keynote Speaker: Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) invites researchers and research staff to the ACTRI Translational Science Symposium on Thursday, April 5, 2018, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the ACTRI Building. The annual symposium features presentations by ACTRI-supported researchers and a distinguished keynote speaker, as well as information about ACTRI resources. Dr. Robert Califf, a former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, is scheduled to deliver the keynote talk at 4 p.m. in the ACTRI Auditorium. Dr. Califf is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in cardiovascular medicine and former vice chancellor of clinical and translational research at Duke University. He served as FDA Commissioner from February 2016-January 2017. ACTRI-supported researchers will give presentations prior to Dr. Califf’s talk. Light refreshments will be served. Registration and more details.

ACTRI Announces Increase on Voucher Amounts

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is pleased to announce an increase in the ACTRI Voucher awards available to investigators in need of preliminary data and NIH grant supplemental support. Voucher limits will be increased from $5,000 to $10,000 for ACTRI Clinic/Coordinator and Laboratory services and from $1,000 to $2,000 for Bioinformatics and Biostatistics services. Awards will still be required to complete the studies within six months. Vouchers are designed to support early-stage projects that need preliminary data for subsequent applications for federal or foundation grants and to supplement federally funded studies. They are not cash awards and can only be used for in-kind services, including those related to the ACTRI Clinic, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Coordinator, and Labs. Services are contingent upon resource availability. For more information on Vouchers, please visit the ACTRI website at or go directly to the ACTRI Vouchers web page.

Funding Opportunities

NEWACTRI Invites Applications for 2018 Dissemination and Implementation Research Pilot Grants
Deadline: February 12, 2018

ACTRI Seeks Proposals for Administrative Supplements

ACTRI Vouchers for ACTRI Research Services (In-kind)

NCATS Open Funding Opportunities

Courtesy Postings

ACTRI News and Features

ACTRI-Supported Researcher Carter Receives CIFAR Scholarship

Computational biologist Hannah Carter, PhD, has been named a 2017 Azrieli Global Scholar by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). Carter, an assistant professor of medicine at UC San Diego in the Division of Genetics, is one of 15 early career researchers receiving the two-year appointment, which includes $100k in research support. Carter’s research focuses on computationally modeling how DNA mutations in tumor genomes impact intracellular biological processes and cellular behaviors, and how these cellular level changes cause cancer. CIFAR will support the development of methods to uncover interactions between the inherited and tumor genomes. These interactions can provide insight into mechanisms of tumorigenesis and may be useful for identifying individuals at risk for cancer in the future. UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) provided partial support for Carter when she joined the University in 2013. “Early support from the ACTRI was instrumental to the initial development of this project. Now through CIFAR, I have the opportunity to work with world leaders in the genetic networks field to drive the project forward,” Carter said. Read more

Hear Carter on a new podcast, “Minority Report" for cancer, produced by UC San Diego Health’s Communications team.


Twins in Space: Omics Studies from NASA's One-Year Mission

Tuesday, March 20 • 2:00 p.m.
Leichtag Building, Room 107

Presented by: Brinda K. Rana, PhD, Associate (Adj) Professor, Department of Psychiatry and UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging

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In This Issue

Upcoming Seminars

ACTRI Communications Seminar for Early Career “K” and Equivalent 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” and equivalent Career Development awardees from UC San Diego, San Diego State University, and ACTRI partner institutions. The sixth session in the series, “Structuring a Scientific Talk,” by Colin Depp, PhD, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 6. The session will take place at the ACTRI building. RSVP is required to Read more

ACTRI-Supported Ethics Forum

Should We Ask Terminally Ill Patients Infected with HIV to Donate Their Bodies to Science?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fleet Science Center
Balboa Park, San Diego

Presented by:
Davey Smith, MD
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health
Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty, Department of Medicine
Co-Director, San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)

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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

Gary S. Firestein, MD
Director of ACTRI

Eric Mah
Chief Administrative Officer

Patricia Wieser
Communications Director

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