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
UC and Stanford Announce Partnership Aimed at Improving Health in California and Nationwide
The University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration, and Development program (UC BRAID) and Stanford University have formed an alliance to combine resources and develop a coordinated approach to research targeting the health of Californians – a partnership that can serve as a model for collaborations throughout the country. The five UC BRAID campuses (UC Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco) will expand the BRAID network to include Stanford, building upon the many advances already in place. This partnership will leverage the multiple institutional strengths in research infrastructure while amplifying the impact of federal and other public and private funding. The UC BRAID partners are all members of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards network funded through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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-Supported Cardiologist Adler Studies Novel Therapies for Rare Heart Disease
Seven years ago, Eric Adler, MD, was at a hospital bedside, puzzling over a patient’s condition. The exploration took the physician-scientist back and forth between the bedside and the lab to analyze blood and tissue samples. Eventually, Adler diagnosed an extremely rare heart condition called Danon disease – one that affects perhaps one in a million. “We couldn’t figure out what the patient had for the longest time and even figuring it out there was no therapy,” said Adler, a cardiologist at UC San Diego. Today, his journey continues. With support from UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI), Adler is studying a novel treatment for Danon disease using gene replacement therapy in Danon mouse models. Adler received a 2016 ACTRI pilot project award and the 2016 Daniel T. O’Connor Memorial Award to supplement his pilot research. The project period concludes March 31. “With the help of ACTRI, we’ve been able to fund and perform critical mouse experiments,” Adler said.
Faculty Position Available for Co-Director of ACTRI KL2 Program
UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is recruiting a UC San Diego faculty member to co-direct its KL2 Career Development Program, which provides mentored career development funding support for junior faculty engaged in clinical and translational research. The Co-Director will oversee recruitment, peer review, and scholar selection process, as well as plan a seminar series and contribute to annual reports and competing renewal applications to NIH. Applicants should have a UC San Diego faculty appointment, preferably at the Associate Professor level or above, and possess a strong track record in basic, translational and/or clinical research. Additional qualifications include a doctoral degree, experience in program leadership, research mentorship of junior faculty members, and prior success in obtaining peer reviewed funding. Preference will be given to candidates with NIH training grant experience. Salary support is expected to range from 15-20% at NIH salary cap levels. Start date is July 1, 2017. Interested candidates should submit a CV and letter of interest addressed to the KL2 Search Committee via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org by April 27 at 5 p.m. Please direct any inquiries to
ACTRI Opens Registration for CREST Summer 2017 New Students
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.
REMINDER: Registration is Open for March 28 Human Research Training Symposium
It’s not too late to register!
The Human Research Training Program, created to help study teams navigate the research processes more efficiently, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Price Center West Ballroom A/B. 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.
ACTRI 2017 Childhood Adversity Symposium
Registration is now open for an all-day symposium, “Adverse Childhood Experiences: Consequences Across the Life Course,” scheduled for 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.” Aimed at researchers across the campus, this event 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.
In This Issue
ACTRI Seminar Series
“Accelerated Brain and Biological Aging in Serious Mental Illness,” will be 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.
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 tenth session in the series is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4. The topic, “Team Science, Part II,” will be presented by Colin Depp, PhD. The session will take place at the Altman CTRI building. RSVP is required to
ACTRI Co-Hosts D&I Webinar
A webinar, “Lessons Learned with Implementation of a Pragmatic Trial of Physical Activity Coaching in COPD,” will be presented by Dr. Huong Q. Nguyen on Wednesday, April 5, from Noon to 1 P.M. Dr. Nguyen is a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Department of Research & Evaluation. The webinar is part of the Southern California Regional Dissemination, Implementation and Improvement Science webinar series co-hosted by ACTRI.
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.
ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities
Gary S. Firestein, MD
Director of ACTRI
Chief Administrative Officer