The UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) 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, 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 1,200 members.
The CTRI News and Funding Opportunities is a monthly newsletter.
Director’s Message, Summer 2016
I’m very pleased to announce the opening of our expanded Center for Clinical Research (CCR) at our new home, the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute. This fully staffed clinic includes 18,000 square feet of the first floor and supports a wide range of translational research studies. The CCR opened following a brief gap in operations during the move. The clinic staff did an outstanding job preparing the clinic space for clinical trials and clinical trial participants. Since opening its doors in June, 276 participants have used the space.
We anticipate significant growth in the number of clinical trials during the next six months to a year. Presently we support about 190 clinical trials annually, but our new clinic can support hundreds of trials each year. It includes facilities for phase I clinical trials and sleep studies, and a fully functioning metabolic kitchen to support studies about nutrition and health.
Read more from CTRI Director Gary S. Firestein, MD.
CTRI Special Announcements
University of California Announces Recipients of UC Cures for Alzheimer’s Disease Awards
CTRI Managed the UC Cures Initiative
The University of California has announced the recipients of the UC Cures for Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative awards, which were created to accelerate the development of promising Alzheimer’s disease research by UC scientists. The initiative focuses on cutting-edge projects primed for clinical trial. The two projects selected — one led by UC Irvine and the other by UC San Francisco — will be awarded $1 million annually over two years. Conducted in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) at UC San Diego, the projects are expected to launch clinical trials sometime in the next year.
"As a premier public research university with dedicated faculty and a wealth of resources, we are uniquely positioned to take on the seemingly insurmountable challenge of Alzheimer’s disease," said UC President Janet Napolitano, who committed $4 million to establish the initiative. "These impressive projects focus our efforts on finding effective treatments for one of the most terrible, pervasive diseases of our time."
CTRI Vouchers for CTRI Research Services (In-kind)
Eligible: Unfunded Projects Designed to Gather Preliminary Data for Grant Submissions or CTRI Pilot Projects and CTRI KL2 Awardees
NCATS Open Funding Opportunities
CTRI News and Features
CTRI KL2 Awardee Hattangadi-Gluth Studies Financial Links between Oncologists and Industry
It may be "just a cup of coffee," but meals and other remuneration from biomedical industries can influence the prescribing patterns and research reporting of physicians. New data shows that financial relationships between oncologists and biomedical industries are common, which could affect oncology practice and costs of cancer care.
"As physicians, we are committed to being objective and ethical, and putting our patients’ care first, but we may fail to recognize the influence of a meal, gift, stock, or honorarium from a pharmaceutical or device company," said Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, MD, a radiation oncologist and assistant professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Hattangadi-Gluth, supported by UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) through a KL2 award, recently published a paper with her colleagues, "Distribution and Patterns of Industry-Related Payments to Oncologists in 2014," in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
UC TrialQuest Receives 2016 Sautter Award
UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) is part of a University of California collaboration receiving the 2016 Larry L. Sautter Award in recognition of UC TrialQuest, a novel clinical trials search tool. Award winners were announced July 12 at the UC Computing Services Conference at UC Santa Cruz. The Sautter awards, sponsored by the UC Information Technology Leadership Council, were established to encourage and recognize innovative deployment of information technology in support of the University’s mission. TrialQuest, initiated by the UC Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration and Development (BRAID) consortium and developed by many teams across the UC Health campuses, was one of three recipients of the highest Sautter designation, a Golden Award.
CTRI Evaluation Group Thanks Satisfaction Survey Participants
The UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) evaluation team presented gift cards to raffle winners who had taken 2015 CTRI satisfaction surveys. Sanjay Mehta, MD, received a gift card for participating in the survey on the CTRI Center for Clinical Research and Lauren Faget, PhD, received a gift card for participating in a CTRI biostatistics survey. Both surveys were designed in accordance with the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) methodology, which is widely used to benchmark customer satisfaction across a large number of industries. At the Altman CTRI courtyard are: Daniel Bouland, MD, director of CTRI evaluation; Mehta; Veronica Hoyo, PhD, CTRI evaluation manager; and Faget. Following the presentation of cards, the recipients toured the clinic and laboratories at the Altman CTRI.
In This Issue
Save the Date! CTRI to Host Two-Day Life Course Research Seminar and Workshop
The Center for Life Course Research at UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) will host a seminar and workshop led by Professor Diana Kuh, a world renowned expert in life course epidemiology, on October 24-25 at the Altman CTRI Building. Event details will be available soon.
Read more about the CTRI Center for Life Course Research
CTRI Hosts Communications Seminar for Early Career "K" Awardees
UC San Diego 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 third session in the series is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6. (Please note there is no seminar scheduled for August). Joel Dimsdale, MD, will present "Effective writing, part 1" and Robert Ross, MD, will discuss "Understanding the professorial series and academic reviews." The session will take place at the Altman CTRI Building, specific room TBD. RSVP is
UC San Diego’s Viirre Reviews Latest Star Trek
Dr. Erik Viirre, a physician at UC San Diego and the Medical Director of the
Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, along with XPRIZE’s David Zweig, recently reviewed the latest Star Trek movie. Dr. Viirre discussed
Star Trek’s medical Tricorder, a device used for medical diagnoses, and the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a $10M competition to create a real Tricorder for on-the-spot medical management. UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) is the testing site for the competition.
Star Trek: Beyond – A Doctor’s View
STAR TREK, TRICORDER and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. Used under license.
CTRI Offers Ultrasound Imaging Services
The Center for Clinical Research at the UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute has expanded its ultrasound imaging services and now offers a full range of sonography, including cardiac, vascular, general, gynecologic and small parts (i.e. thyroid, breast) ultrasound for clinical trials.
CTRI News and Funding Opportunities
Gary S. Firestein, MD
Director of CTRI
Chief Administrative Officer