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CTRI News and Funding Opportunities-December 2016

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Newsletter:
December 2016, Vol. 1, Issue 12

The Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium, led by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Established in 2010, CTRI 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. CTRI carries out its activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners and currently has more than 1,300 members. The CTRI News and Funding Opportunities is a monthly newsletter.

CTRI Special Announcements

J. Craig Venter

ACTRI Invites Researchers to Day of Translational Science on January 18

Dr. J. Craig Venter is Keynote Speaker

A human genomics talk by J. Craig Venter, PhD, and mini-presentations and posters by researchers supported by UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) are slated for the Day of Translational Science at ACTRI on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The event will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the ACTRI building. It is free, but there is limited seating and registration is required. Presentations are geared for researchers, but open to campus members and ACTRI partners. “We are thrilled Dr. Venter is delivering the keynote talk for the Day of Translational Science and that the day will feature highlights from researchers supported through ACTRI education and pilot project programs,” said Paul Mills, PhD, co-chair of the event with Colin Depp, PhD. “We are also very excited to be hosting the event in our new home, the ACTRI building.” Read more

Funding Opportunities

REMINDER: CTRI and IEM Invite Applications for 2017 Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) Awards
Phase I (Open to Clinically Active UC San Diego Faculty)
Deadline December 16, 2016

CTRI Vouchers for CTRI Research Services (In-kind)
CCBB Vouchers Recently Added
Eligible: Unfunded Projects Designed to Gather Preliminary Data for Grant Submissions or CTRI Pilot Projects Career Development Awards (K-series only; UC San Diego only) and CTRI KL2 Awardees

NCATS Open Funding Opportunities

Courtesy Postings

CTRI News and Features

ACTRI Welcomes Community Leaders to Open House

ACTRI Hosts Community Leaders Open House

Nearly 60 community leaders came to the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) Open House on November 30 to learn more about translational research and tour the ACTRI Center for Clinical Research and ACTRI Translational Research Technology Laboratory. The event opened with remarks by ACTRI Director Gary S. Firestein, MD; County Supervisor Ron Roberts; and ACTRI Community Engagement Director Howard Taras, MD. Dr. Taras discussed the importance of community input into translational research, especially in the first two phases – from basic science to clinical and from clinical to the adoption of evidence-based discoveries, implementation, and dissemination. “Communities must have trust in the research method in order to have confidence in new evidence-based discoveries,” he said. Read more

ACTRI Welcomes Community Leaders to Open House

UC BRAID Executive Committee members (from left): Dan M. Cooper, MD (UCI), Rachael Sak, BSN, MPH (BRAID Director), Gary S. Firestein, MD (UC San Diego ACTRI), Lars Berglund, MD, PhD (UCD, BRAID Chair), Jennifer Grandis, MD (UCSF), Steven M. Dubinett, MD (UCLA).

UC BRAID Focuses on the Learning Healthcare System and Translating Discovery to Health

Having built a powerful research network across five University of California medical campuses, the leaders of UC BRAID have a new vision: the integration of research and clinical care to create a learning health system. At their annual meeting in October, UC BRAID leaders emphasized that a “learning health system” means more than doing research in a busy clinic. They envision using patient data—medical records, genetic information, demographics and other personal information—to transform health care, with an emphasis on value, quality and safety. The goal, they said, is to harness data to improve care for every patient. Read more

Carlos RojasTop Two Teams Advance to the Final Round of Consumer Testing in $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Competition

ACTRI is the Testing Site for the Competition

XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions has announced the launch of consumer testing in the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, in which two finalist teams’ devices will undergo consumer testing in the final phase of the competition. The global competition, sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation, challenges teams to develop a consumer-focused, mobile diagnostic device based on the medical Tricorder of Star Trek® fame first shown to TV viewers 50 years ago. Consumer testing will continue through early 2017 and will take place at UC San Diego Altman Clinical Translational Research Institute at the University of California San Diego. The testing is assisted by a clinical coordinator who trains the consumer on the device, followed by an approximately 90-minute independent session that provides a diagnosis within minutes. “We are thrilled to be the Testing Site for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE,” said Gary S. Firestein, MD, ACTRI director and dean and associate vice chancellor of translational medicine at UC San Diego. “This exciting project truly reflects our vision for a healthier future – a vision supported by UC San Diego and the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).” Read more

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In This Issue

Upcoming Seminars

CTRI Hosts Communications Seminar for Early Career “K” Awardees

The Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) 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 CTRI partner institutions. The seventh session in the series is scheduled for Tuesday, January 10. The topic is “How to Review for Journals or Funding Agencies.” The session will take place at the Altman CTRI building. RSVP is required to Read more

In the News

Dr. Kallenberg Discusses Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE on CW6 News

ACTRI is Consumer Testing Site

Gene “Rusty” Kallenberg, MD, who is leading the physician oversight team for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition, was recently featured in a CW6 news story, “Real-life Star Trek tricorder being built as part of global competition.” UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is the consumer testing site for the competition. 

Cite the Grant

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To help ensure resources are available for future research, please cite the UCSD CTRI CTSA grant.

Projects and Publications using UCSD CTRI resources must cite the UCSD CTRI grant and follow the NIH Public Access Policy.

Happy Holidays

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