2012 News and Features

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A New Treatment for Patients with Severe Mitochondrial Disease

December 10, 2012 - Mitochondria generate most of the energy in cells throughout the body, so defects in these intracellular structures can have far-ranging, sometimes devastating, consequences. more

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Gary Firestein Named Chair of UC BRAID

November 29, 2012 - Gary S. Firestein, MD, Director of the CTRI, has assumed the position of Chair of the UC BRAID Executive Committee. UC BRAID is the University of California Biomedical Research, Acceleration, Integration & Development consortium. more

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Good News for Translational Researchers in the UC System

November 29, 2012 - Clinical and translational investigators at UC San Diego, and at the other four UC health sciences campuses, should be happy to hear about the $700,000 award recently obtained by University of California Biomedical Research, Acceleration, Integration & Development (UC BRAID). more

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Clinical Trial of Dark Chocolate in Heart Failure

October 31, 2012 - Pam R. Taub, MD, a cardiologist and Assistant Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Department of Medicine, thinks your heart and skeletal muscles could benefit when you eat dark chocolate—just not too much of it. more

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UC BRAID Second Birthday

October 23, 2012 - Representatives from five University of California campuses and the UC Office of the President (UCOP) met recently for an annual retreat in Oakland, CA, to review the progress of the UC BRAID program. more

Functional Neuroimaging Symposium

October 22, 2012 – The UCSD Clinical and Translational Research Institute and the UCSD Center for Functional Magnetic Imaging  co-hosted a symposium on Functional Neuroimaging. more

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Are Your Data at Risk of Being Compromised?

October 11, 2012 - For clinical and translational investigators, it may have been the norm five years ago to store clinical research data in homemade databases. But laptops and flash drives are vulnerable to loss and theft. more

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Mark Wallace Receives Humanism Award

September 24, 2012 - Mark Wallace, MD, Director of the CTRI Center for Clinical Research Services, was recognized with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award at the recent White Coat Ceremony, UC San Diego School of Medicine. more

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Health Workers Trained in Research Basics

August 31, 2012 - In June 2012, an energetic group of community health workers (promotoras) and clerical staff from community clinics in Imperial Valley participated in a UCSD Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) workshop series. more

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MD-PhD Student Wins Award for Best Translational Research

August 9, 2012 - The CTRI recognized a graduating medical student for the first time this year, Dr. Justin Voog, a 2012 graduate of the UC San Diego MD-PhD Medical Scientist Training Program. Dr. Voog received a cash award of $500 in recognition of his promising future as a translational science investigator. more

Altman CTRI Building: Spring 2012 Update

The CTRI has reached another milestone en route to realizing its future permanent home, the Altman CTRI Building. Thanks to the recent approval of the design by the UC Regents and the UC San Diego Design Review Board, we are just 6 months away from groundbreaking on the new $269 million structure. more

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Michael Kalichman, Director of Ethics, Receives Chancellor's Associates Award

May 9, 2012 - Michael Kalichman, PhD, Founding Director of the UCSD Research Ethics Program and Director of Ethics in the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI), has received the Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award for Excellence in Community Service. more

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Howard Taras, MD, Named a 2012 Health Hero Awardee

CTRI Director of Community Engagement Dr. Howard Taras was recently honored as a "Health Hero" by Combined Health Agencies of San Diego. Every year, each agency in this organization selects an outstanding person or organization that has given time, talent, and/or resources to improve the health and well-being of the local community. more