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ACTRI News and Funding Opportunities - October 2017

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Newsletter:
October 2017, Vol. 2, Issue 10

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 Hosts Cognitive Resilience in Aging Symposium on November 1

ACTRI-Affiliated Flow Cytometry Core Facility Opens

The Flow Cytometry Core facility is now open at UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI). This facility provides a high-end flow cytometer to identify, analyze and quantify cells in several sample types. It is equipped with a ZE5 Cell Analyzer from Bio-Rad, which is a benchtop system used for analysis (not sorting). The ZE5 offers great flexibility in sample handling with the ability to use several sample formats, such as single tubes, tube racks (up to 40 tubes/rack), 96-well plates (U- and V-bottom) and 384-well plates. The facility is on lower level 2 of the ACTRI building and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read more and to schedule an appointment.

Funding Opportunities

NEW** ACTRI Invites Proposals for 2018 Academic-Community Partnership Pilot Project Grants
Deadline: November 6, 2017 by 5 p.m. PT

ACTRI and IEM Invite Applications for 2018 Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) Awards Phase I
(Open to Clinically Active UC San Diego Faculty)
Deadline: November 20, 2017 by 5 p.m. PT

ACTRI Invites Proposals for TL1 Postdoctoral Fellowships
Deadline: November 1, 2017 by 12 p.m. PT

ACTRI Seeks Proposals for Administrative Supplements

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

Is Muscle Always Muscle?

Research in Spinal Muscle Lands ACTRI Fellow Shahidi Two NIH Grants

Before embarking on a career in research, Bahar Shahidi, PhD, DPT, was a physical therapist working with patients who had chronic spine issues. The more time she spent in the clinic, the more questions she had that could only be addressed through research. After spending seven years with patients—with a glimpse into research while also working in a neurophysiology research lab on an after-hours project—Dr. Shahidi changed her career focus to research and received a PhD in neurophysiology. As a postdoctoral researcher in 2015, she joined the Radiology and Orthopedic Surgery Departments at UC San Diego, and shortly thereafter was named one of the first TL1 postdoctoral fellows at UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI). Her two-year TL1 project, “Muscle Structural, Metabolic, and Adaptive Features in Acute and Chronic Disc Herniation,” led to being awarded two NIH grants, an R03 as Principal Investigator and an R01 as Co-Investigator. Read more

UC BRAID Weaves Network of Successful Strategies with Goal of Improving Health

To coincide with its annual retreat this month, the University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration and Development (UC BRAID) reported its accomplishments over the past year. A consortium of five UC medical campuses with Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs), UC BRAID streamlines administrative processes to accelerate research to improve health. “UC BRAID continues to build on our successful collaboration, which is critical to creating networks and developing resources for enhancing clinical and translational research,” said Gary S. Firestein, MD, UC BRAID leader and director of UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI). Read more

ACTRI Clinic Director Wallace Among 2017 “Top Docs”

Mark S. Wallace, MD, is one of the 2017 Top Doctors in San Diego featured in the annual San Diego Magazine “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey. Dr. Wallace, Chair of the Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology of UC San Diego, directs the ACTRI Division of Clinical Research.

ACTRI Hosts Cognitive Resilience in Aging Symposium on November 1

Register Now! ACTRI Cognitive Resilience in Aging Symposium on November 1

The Center for Life Course Research at UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) will present a symposium, “Cognitive Resilience in Aging,” on Wednesday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the ACTRI Building. This symposium, which features an international group of speakers, will explore the factors that contribute to cognitive and brain health in aging, and the methodologies for studying brain health in aging from a life course perspective. Read more and register

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In This Issue

Upcoming Seminars


The Role of Immunodominant Peptides in Stimulating Natural Regulatory T Cells

Wednesday, December 15
3:00 p.m.

ACTRI Auditorium (first floor)

Presented by:
Alessandra Franco, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
UC San Diego

Read more

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 third session in the series is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7. The presentation will be “Effective Writing, Part II.” The session will take place at the ACTRI building. RSVP is required to Read more


Partnering to Develop and Pilot a Novel Method for Selecting and Tailoring Implementation Strategies

Wednesday, November 15
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC)
Rady Children’s Plaza, San Diego

Presented by:
Byron J. Powell, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

ACTRI-Supported Ethics Forum: Are We Ready to Edit Our Children’s Genes?

Wednesday, November 1
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Fleet Science Center
Balboa Park, San Diego

Presented by:
Evan Y. Snyder, MD, PhD
Human Genetics Program
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

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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

Gary S. Firestein, MD
Director of ACTRI

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Chief Administrative Officer

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Communications Director

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