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ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities-June 2017

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Newsletter:
June 2017, Vol. 2, Issue 6

UC San Diego 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 Announcement

ACTRI Research Pharmacy Opens

The Research Pharmacy at UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) has opened. Staffed by three fulltime pharmacists and three technicians through our collaboration with the UC San Diego Pharmacy Department, this fully operational pharmacy inhabits 1,000 square feet of the ACTRI Center for Clinical Research (CCR). The addition of the pharmacy to our CCR makes our clinical research operations more efficient, effective, and comprehensive, giving ACTRI a full slate of clinical trial services under one roof, from nursing and clinical coordination, to biostatistics and labs, to physician oversight and investigational drug compounding. The pharmacy team at the newly opened ACTRI Research Pharmacy includes (from left): Brendan Costello, CPhT, pharmacy technician; Thaine Ross, CPhT, pharmacy technician; Alex Yee, CPhT, pharmacy technician; Thuan Le, PharmD, Investigational Drug Service pharmacist; Ji Sun, PharmD, PhD, Investigational Drug Service manager; and Carolyn Nguyen, PharmD, Investigational Drug Service pharmacist. Please visit the ACTRI pharmacy page for more information.

Funding Opportunities

REMINDERACTRI Invites Applications for 2018 Pilot Project Awards
Deadline (First Stage): July 21, 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

Joseph Acevedo, MD, receives the ACTRI Award during the Class of 2017 awards ceremony on June 3 at UC San Diego School of Medicine. From left are ACTRI director Gary S. Firestein, MD; Acevedo; and ACTRI education director Colin Depp, PhD. Photo by Jill Dumbauld Nery.

Acevedo Garners ACTRI Award for Graduating School of Medicine Seniors

Joseph Acevedo, MD, whose scientific studies focus on cost-effective analysis of head and neck cancer treatment, has received the UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) Fourth-Year Medical Student Award. Acevedo was honored during the School of Medicine Class of 2017 Senior Awards ceremony on June 3. He received a medical degree at UC San Diego on June 4. “Joe is an unusually productive and impressive student and one who provides a model for physician-scientists in training,” said Colin Depp, PhD, director of the ACTRI Education Program. “His original thesis work, under the excellent mentorship of Dr. James Murphy, exemplifies clinical and translational work by addressing a clinically relevant problem through advanced empirical methods.” Read more

July Lee

ACTRI Collaborates on Launch of MS in Drug Development & Product Management

UC San Diego has launched a new Master of Science in Drug Development and Product Management program. This master’s degree focuses on building the managerial, regulatory, and pharmacoeconomics skills and insight to equip graduates to effectively lead the complex facets of the drug development process from discovery-to-patient. The program is a collaboration between the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Extension, and the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI). The new program begins in September, 2018. Read more

ACTRI Welcomes Rodriguez as the New Clinical Research Program Manager

David Rodriguez joined the ACTRI Center for Clinical Research (CCR) this month as the Clinical Research Program manager. In his new role, Rodriguez is responsible for overseeing the Research Project Management Group and the research coordinators at ACTRI. Rodriguez has nearly 10 years of experience as a clinical research project manager, with experience at the UC San Diego Antiviral Research Center and UC San Diego Health -Hepatitis Free San Diego. He was also a database manager for UC San Diego Health's Global Public Health. Rodriguez received a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies, with a minor in Health Sciences from San Diego State University.

“I am thrilled to embark on this new journey with the ACTRI,” Rodriguez said. “Although these are my first few days at the clinic I already see a group of committed individuals who are passionate about clinical research and how it impacts the lives of those we serve. I can’t wait to see what the future holds and I am glad to be a part of it.”

To find out more about ACTRI clinical coordinator services, please contact David Rodriguez

ACTRI Evaluation Manager Hoyo Presents Research

July Lee

ACTRI evaluation manager Verónica Hoyo, PhD, presents a poster, “Measuring Patient Satisfaction and Quality of Care from a Hospitalist Perspective,” during the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) annual conference held in May in New Orleans. Hoyo co-authored the poster with Daniel Bouland, MD, director of ACTRI Evaluation. Hoyo (right) discusses her research with Marco Morales, PhD, Associate Director of Management Science and Integration at NBC-Universal, during the poster session.

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In This Issue

Upcoming Seminars

ACTRI Seminar Series

Pam R. Taub, MD

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Lunch and Lecture

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, at the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Building. Lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m. in the ACTRI Interior Courtyard (first floor); followed by the talk at 1 p.m. in the ACTRI Auditorium (first floor). The event is free, but registration is required for the lunch.

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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