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ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities - July 2018

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Newsletter:
June-July 2018, Vol. 3, Issue 6

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 1,400 members. The ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities is a monthly newsletter.

ACTRI Special Announcements

ACTRI Announces TL1 Trainees for 2018-2019

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) announces 18 TL1 trainees for 2018-2019. As part of the ACTRI Education program, the TL1 grant supports Short-term and Long-term training in clinical research for students enrolled in health sciences doctoral programs at UC San Diego. UC Riverside medical students are eligible for the TL1 short-term training. The 2018-2019 trainees, their projects and their research mentors are listed here.

To find out more about the TL1 program, which is provided by the ACTRI Education unit through NIH funds, please visit here.

Funding Opportunities

ACTRI Seeks Proposals for Administrative Supplements

ACTRI Vouchers for ACTRI Research Services (In-kind)

NCATS Open Funding Opportunities

Courtesy Postings **NEW** OptumLabs Webinar

ACTRI News and Features

Tringale Receives ACTRI Fourth-Year Medical Student Award

Kathryn Tringale, MD Kathryn Tringale, MD, whose primary research interest in the field of radiation oncology is the use of advanced imaging techniques to predict neurocognitive performance after radiation therapy, has received the UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) Fourth-Year Medical Student Award. Dr. Tringale received the ACTRI award on June 2 during the Graduating Class Award Luncheon at the School of Medicine. The award recognizes students with outstanding potential for future contribution to translational research and is typically given to one fourth-year medical student per year. “Dr. Tringale is one of the strongest and most prolific medical students I have worked with in my entire career as a radiation oncologist and researcher, and exemplifies many of the traits this award embodies,” said Dr. Hattangadi-Gluth, who nominated Dr. Tringale for the award.

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Kick off meeting group shot

Tricorder Device Development Project Kicks Off

On June 4, UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) hosted the kick-off meeting of the Tricorder Device Development Project. This collaboration of ACTRI and the Jacobs School of Engineering creates a sustainable testing center for novel consumer and medical devices that can improve health. It continues testing begun with the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a competition that challenged teams to develop a consumer-focused, mobile, integrated diagnostic device inspired by the medical tricorder of Star Trek® fame. The competition concluded in the spring of 2017. The top competitors joined UC San Diego project leaders and XPRIZE representatives (combined group pictured) at the ACTRI Building to begin the new project, expected to last for two years at the ACTRI clinic and in the field. Read the recent Director’s Message of Dr. Gary S. Firestein about the project.

Q&A with Dr. Erik Viirre
Tricorders, Space and the Future of Medicine

Dr. Erik Viirre, MD, PhDDr. Erik Viirre, MD, PhD, is a medical neurotologist, a space geek, and a techie. He flew the Zero G aircraft with Stephen Hawking, spent time with Arthur C. Clarke at the author’s home in Sri Lanka, and counts author and XPRIZE founder Dr. Peter Diamandis as a friend. Dr. Viirre is devoted to helping his patients and was instrumental in bringing the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE to UC San Diego, serving as the medical and technical director of the prize. The competition ended in 2017 and now UC San Diego – through ACTRI and the Qualcomm Institute – is home to the new Tricorder Device Development Project.

Q: Tell us how the XPRIZE, Qualcomm and UC San Diego came together?
The idea was to create an XPRIZE centering on mobile health. There were two key elements to the competition: the systems had to be technologically good; and they had to be consumer friendly…One crucial element was where do we hold the competition? I was routing for UC San Diego and XPRIZE agreed.

Q: What about this new initiative called the Tricorder Device Development Project, which kicked off in June, 2018?
We are very fortunate that some funds have been brought to UC San Diego for this test program to continue. ACTRI and the Jacobs School of Engineering are creating a sustainable testing center for the next generation of mobile health devices.

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Hats Off to the ACTRI-Supported Students Who Received 2018 Medical and MAS Degrees

Congratulations to the nine ACTRI-supported students who received their medical degrees and Master’s of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Clinical Research from UC San Diego School of Medicine on June 3. The students were supported by ACTRI through the TL1 long-term training program. The program includes a mentored clinical research experience for a 12-month period that is coupled with enrollment in the MAS in Clinical Research program. "We are very proud of our new graduates and know they are going on to make their mark in diverse fields of medicine as physician-investigators," said Carolyn Kelly, MD, director of the ACTRI TL1 Program and Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Read the list of new graduates and their residency destinations.

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In This Issue

Upcoming Seminars

ACTRI Seminar Series

Innovations in Non-invasive Imaging Assessment of Treatment Response in NASH

Thursday, July 19, 2018
2 pm

ACTRI Building, First-floor Auditorium

Rohit Loomba, MD

Seminar presented by:
Rohit Loomba, MD
Director, NAFLD Research Center; Director of Hepatology
Vice Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
UC San Diego

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Read the Q&A with Dr. Loomba

ACTRI Center for Life Course Research Seminar

Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorders in San Diego County

Friday, August 10, 2018
10 am - 12 pm

UC San Diego School of Medicine Campus

Carla Marienfeld, MD Sayone Thihalolipavan, MD, MPH

Presented by:
Carla Marienfeld, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego and Sayone Thihalolipavan, MD, MPH,Deputy Public Health Officer, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency

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Questions? Email Dr. Gretchen Bandoli

ACTRI GEM Awardee Sheng Xu Named a Top Innovator

Sheng Xu, PhD

Congratulations to 2016 ACTRI Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) awardee Sheng Xu, PhD, who was among the MIT Technology Review's top innovators under 35 for 2018. Xu, a professor of nanoengineering at UC San Diego, was noted for making off-the-shelf electronics stretchable. His GEM award, with Dr. Robert Owens, was for the development of battery-free wireless wearable sensors for sleep monitoring

Read the news release from Jacobs School of Engineering

Read about Xu's GEM project

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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

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