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CTRI News and Funding Opportunities-September 2016

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Newsletter:
September 2016, Vol. 1, Issue 9

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 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 1,300 members. The CTRI News and Funding Opportunities is a monthly newsletter.

CTRI Special Announcements

UC San Diego Organizations Host First Human Research Training Symposium

Symposium key organizers are (from left) Jennifer Ford, Machelle Burtless, Han Nguyen, and Anthony Magit.

UC San Diego Organizations Host First Human Research Training Symposium

Navigating through the clinical trials process can be arduous. To help steer clinical trial researchers and study coordinators through the necessary steps, four UC San Diego groups hosted the first Human Research Training Symposium on September 6. The event, which took place at the Price Center, drew about 60 participants and included 15 exhibitors, five presentations, and introductory remarks by UC San Diego leaders. “This symposium is an important event to connect with the research community, share ideas, and improve collaboration. It is the first of a new series of opportunities and initiatives to ensure world class clinical research occurs on this campus,” said assistant dean for clinical and translational research Eric Mah, MPH. The event organizing groups included the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI), Human Research Protections Program (HRPP), Office of Coverage Analysis Administration (OCAA), and Office of Clinical Trials Administration (OCTA). Read more

Funding Opportunities

CTRI Seeks Applications for KL2 Training Support for Junior Faculty – Deadline Nov. 29

UC CAI Invites Applications for NHLBI Tech Grants – Letters of Intent Due Nov. 18

CTRI and Pfizer Announce Call for Proposals for Biotherapeutic and Small-Molecule Targets – Preproposals Due Oct. 7

CTRI Vouchers for CTRI Research Services (In-kind)
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

CTRI Announces Three New KL2 Grant Awardees

CTRI Announces Three New KL2 Grant Awardees

Jill Blumenthal, Anjan Debnath, and Eric Roeland.

The Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) recently selected three new KL2 awardees for 2016. As part of the CTRI Education program, KL2 awards provide a tailored mentored research experience to promising faculty clinical and translational researchers. The new KL2 awardees, all from UC San Diego, are: Jill Blumenthal, MD; Anjan Debnath, PhD; and Eric Roeland, MD. “We are delighted to announce the new KL2 award recipients, who were selected from an impressive group of applicants. The recipients are studying critical health questions on topics ranging from HIV prevention strategies, to treatment for a fatal brain infection in children, to evaluation of skeletal muscle loss in metastatic cancer patients,” said Colin Depp, PhD, Director of the Education program at CTRI. Read more

CTRI Announces 2016 Pilot Project Awardees

CTRI Announces 2016 Pilot Project Awardees

The Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) announces the selection of the 2016 Pilot Project awardees. Fourteen projects were chosen in five categories, including Clinical Research, Translational Research, Innovative Technology, Academic-Community Partnership, and Dissemination and Implementation. Pilot Project grants are one-year competitive cash awards for researchers to obtain preliminary data. View the list of recipients and descriptions of their pilot projects. Read more

Journal Paper Cites CTRI Support for Research-Only Breast Milk Biorepository

CTRI Announces 2016 Pilot Project Awardees

“Five-Year Progress Update on the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, 2011,” published in the Journal of Women’s Health on July 27 (epub), cites support from the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) for a breast milk biorepository. The paper notes that infrastructural funding from the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Science supported CTRI in 2014 to create a breast milk biorepository dedicated to research. The biorespository enables studies about such topics as the presence of pharmaceuticals or other agents taken by a nursing mother in her milk and the potential benefit of human milk oligosaccharides – a complex carbohydrate – to newborns and preemies. CTRI executive committee members Christina Chambers, PhD, and Professor David Boyle collaborated on establishing the breast milk biorepository. Read the abstract

US HHSHHS Take Steps to Provide More Information about Clinical Trials to the Public

On Sept. 16, 2016, in an effort to make information about clinical trials widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule specifying requirements for registering and reporting summary results information to The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information for certain clinical trials involving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated drug, biological and device products to At the same time, the National Institutes of Health issued a complementary policy for registering and submitting summary results information to for all NIH-funded clinical trials, including those not subject to the final rule. These actions are important steps to honor our commitments to clinical trial participants to share the knowledge gained from their participation in order to achieve the greatest benefit to human health.

Learn more about these important policy developments by reading the NIH news release and related materials, including JAMA and New England Journal of Medicine articles.

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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 fourth session in the series is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4. Joel Dimsdale, MD, will present “Effective Writing, Part II.” The session will take place at the Altman CTRI building, specific room TBD. RSVP is required to Read more


REMINDER: CTRI to Host Two-Day Life Course Research Seminar and Workshop October 24-25

The Center for Life Course Research at the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) will host an intensive seminar and workshop on October 24-25 at the Altman CTRI Building. Professor Diana Kuh and Professor Rebecca Hardy, experts in life course epidemiology, will lead the seminar and workshop. Registration is required. Read more

CTRI Seminar Series

“Imaging the Dynamic Restless Brain” will be presented by Thomas Liu, PhD, director of the Center for Functional MRI, UC San Diego, on Tuesday, November 15, at 3 p.m. at the School of Medicine Campus. Read more

Altman CTRI Building Updates

Drop-off Area for Clinical Trial Participants Completed at Altman CTRI Building

Altman drop off

A drop-off and pick-up area for clinical trial participants has been completed in front of the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) building. The area was created to ease access to the ACTRI clinic for trial participants with limited mobility. The clinic also provides parking vouchers for trial participants at the Campus Point Parking Structure next to ACTRI.

NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)


CTRI News and Funding Opportunities

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Director of CTRI

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Chief Administrative Officer

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Communications Director

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