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 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 1,200 members.
The CTRI News and Funding Opportunities is a monthly newsletter.
CTRI Special Announcements
Shown above is the Altman CTRI Building; shown below is CTRI clinical coordinator Lorraine Daly packing a crate at the East Campus Office Building in preparation for the move to the Altman.
CTRI Staff Move into the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Building
UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) employees moved into their new home – the Altman CTRI Building – this month. The move is in phases. Staffs from the CTRI, Human Research Protections Program, Office of Clinical Trials Administration, and Office of Coverage Analysis Administration are getting settled in their new digs, and the CTRI Center for Clinical Research began operations. The Altman CTRI is a seven-story building encompassing 359,000 square feet of offices, state-of-the-art laboratories and clinical space (including a research pharmacy) and houses a multitude of distinct research endeavors. It establishes a central facility that enables laboratory and clinical researchers to work side-by-side and share resources in their efforts to better understand and treat disease. The design of the building actually reinforces multidisciplinary collaborations and group projects. The space can accommodate 100 faculty and 1,000 staff.
The Altman CTRI Building is at 9452 Medical Center Drive on the east campus of UC San Diego Health, across from the emergency entrance to Thornton Pavilion.
Read more about the building.
DUE JUNE 30! CTRI Seeks Applicants for 2017 Pilot Project Awards
Deadline for First Stage of Applications: June 30, 2016
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
Jill Dumbauld Nery and Jonathan Nery have enrolled their 2-year-old son, Lucas, in a UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital milk allergy study conducted by Stephanie Leonard, MD. Above left (from left) are Jill, Lucas, and Jonathan, and above right is the milk patch on Lucas.
CTRI Supports Pediatric Milk Allergy Study
Whether to participate in a clinical study can be a difficult decision. Making that choice for your child can be even more challenging.
“More thought goes into the decision because you are really making the choice for your child, who is too young to decide for himself,” said Jill Dumbauld Nery, MPH. Nery, education manager at UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI), and her husband, Jonathan Nery, recently enrolled their 2-year-old son, Lucas, in a milk allergy study at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital. The Nerys detected their son’s milk allergy when he was six months old after they expanded his diet of mother’s milk to include formula containing a small amount of cow’s milk. He broke out in hives and ended up in urgent care. They have experienced a couple of serious allergic incidents since the first one.
“Milk is one of the hardest foods to avoid because it is so prevalent. A majority of accidental reactions are triggered by milk. There’s a pat of butter here, a little bit of cheese there, or hidden whey protein in packaged goods,” said Stephanie Leonard, MD. “Sometimes people don’t realize what has milk in it. On average, food-allergic children experience at least one reaction per year and about 11 percent of them are severe.” Leonard, the principal investigator on the milk allergy study, said that’s why it is so important to have therapies to protect children from accidental reactions.
Kim Receives CTRI Award for Graduating School of Medicine Seniors
Jane Kim, MD, whose research interests include ophthalmic imaging, biomarkers, and inflammatory eye disease, has received the UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) Award for fourth-year medical students. Kim was honored during the School of Medicine Class of 2016 Senior Awards ceremony at the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building on June 4. She received a medical degree at UC San Diego on June 5. “Kim’s leadership in clinical research, leading to novel clinical applications for enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography, truly embodies the spirt of CTRI’s mission,” said Gary S. Firestein, MD, director of CTRI.
ResearchMatch Lauds CTRI Community Engagement Team
For the second time, CTRI’s Rodney von Jaeger and Kathleen Kennedy have been recognized by
ResearchMatch for their role in supporting the organization’s
Publications web page. ResearchMatch is an NIH-sponsored, online registry designed to match researchers and study volunteers. The Publications page informs study participants about the impact of their efforts. Thanks to von Jaeger and Kennedy, UC San Diego is one of the institutions having the largest number of academic publications citing ResearchMatch. Kennedy and von Jaeger are part of CTRI’s Community Engagement unit. Howard Taras, MD, is director of Community Engagement. In 2015, Kennedy and von Jaeger were also noted for their role in supporting ResearchMatch, receiving the floating Match Maestro trophy. Congratulations, Rodney and Kathleen!
In This Issue
CTRI Seminar Series
“Gene List Search Engines for Large-scale Cancer Datasets” will be presented by Aaron Chang, PhD, Director of UC San Diego Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and Co-Director of the CTRI Center for Accelerating Drug Development (CADD), on Tuesday, July 19, at 3 p.m. at the School of Medicine Campus.
CTRI Co-hosts Implementation Science Seminar
"Adaptation and Adherence Dilemma in the Evidence-to-Practice Pathway,” an Implementation Science Seminar co-hosted by the CTRI, is scheduled for Monday, July 11, at 1 p.m. at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, NPSP conference room, 3665 Kearny Villa Rd., Suite 200N (Rady Children’s Plaza). Presenters are Henna Hasson, PhD, director of the Center for Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Stockholm County Council, Sweden, and Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz, PhD, reg. psychologist. Both presenters are affiliated with the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. For further information, please contact
Joella Phillips, (858) 966-7703, ext. 2695
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 second session in the series is scheduled for Tuesday, July 5. Paul Insel, MD, will present, “Publishing from the editor’s perspective” and Joel Dimsdale, MD, will discuss, “The hidden structure of papers.” RSVP is
required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CTRI Offers Grant Writing Services
Cite the Grant
Don’t forget to cite the grant! To help ensure resources are available for future research,
please cite the UCSD CTRI CTSA grant.
CTRI News and Funding Opportunities
Gary S. Firestein, MD
Director of CTRI
Chief Administrative Officer