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Mike's Blog - December 2019

Our First Journey Around the Sun
Next month will mark our 1-year anniversary of the Ansible. Throughout the past year, we covered numerous topics of interest related to translational science and the CTSA Consortium. These ranged from program related activities and CTSA Program meeting “decompressions” to newly developed structures with our Enterprise Committees, Working Groups and Discussion Forums. We also covered key topics and research priorities in rural health, team science, AI/Digital health, N-of-1 trials, workforce development, data interoperability, and equitable access to translational research.  We hope the topics discussed generated additional discussions, activities and collaborations around those key areas. Continue Reading


New CTSA Program Steering Committee Members

NCATS is pleased to announce the following new CTSA Program SC UL1 members, Laura James, Robert Kimberly, Cynthia Morris, Ralph Sacco and Ronald Sokol; new SC KL2 Member, Miriam Bredella; and new SC TL1 member, Wayne McCormack.  

We would also like to recognize the following outgoing SC members for their time,service and dedication: Harold Collard, Donald Lloyd-Jones, George Mashour, Timothy Murphy, Reza Shaker, Susan Smyth and Joel Tsevat. Visit the SC website for information on new members and 2020 Pod distributions.


Registration is Now Open for the 2020 Spring CTSA Program Group Meetings

The 2020 Spring CTSA Program Group Meetings, which are taking place Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15 in Washington, D.C. The Spring CTSA Program Group Meetings focus on education and training for the clinical and translational science workforce.  It includes meetings of several Enterprise Committees (EC) and Consortium groups.


In-person Registration Deadline: March 27, 2020
Zoom Registration Request Deadline: April 3, 2020

Registration Process:

You MUST be logged into the CLIC website to register (if you do not have a log-in, you can create one by selecting "Log In" located in the upper right hand corner of any CLIC webpage).

In addition to auto-filling your registration form with information from your account, registration will provide you with a confirmation, allow you to view registration approval and edit registration details directly from your account.

Registration is required whether attending in-person or via Zoom.

Note: With the timing of this year’s meeting near the spring holidays, please be aware that there will be overlap with some of the ACTS programming. CLIC, NCATS, and ACTS have worked collaboratively to minimize content session overlap as much as possible.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact the CLIC Meeting Planner at 

Collaborative Space through Discussion Forums – Coming Soon!

Beginning in February 2020, CLIC will accept requests for establishing Discussion Forums (DF).  Discussion Forums offer the opportunity for individuals with common interests around a CTSA Program objective through discussion of more specific, focused topics in depth, and possibly the development of solutions for projects that address recognized gaps and/or further program objectives.  Each DF will be provided workspace and GSuite tools on the NCATS’ GSuite platform. Once established, DFs will be listed and accessible through the CLIC website. Stay tuned for additional information on how to create/join a DF.

Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity

NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and to apply that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. To achieve this mission, NIH substantially invests in research to improve public health; it also devotes substantial resources to identify, develop, support and maintain the quality of its scientific resources, including human capital. For more information about underrepresented populations in the U.S. Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Enterprise please follow NOT-OD-20-031

NCATS Welcomes Suggestions for Reviewers

NCATS welcomes suggestions for people to serve in peer review. To submit reviewers suggestions please send the following information to your Program Official, including:  Name, institution, expertise, and their profile ID or eRA Commons ID or email.

CLIC Education & Career Development Gateway

Find New Educational Resources With CLIC's Navigator

Do members of your hub need help finding educational resources or have questions about the educational landscape of translational science? The CLIC Education team can help hub members locate materials and/or connect them with experts from around the CTSA consortium. Just fill out the Education & Training Navigator form in the lower right-hand corner of the CLIC Education & Career Development page.

CLIC Selects Synergy Paper Team

The CLIC team is pleased to announce the next writing team that has been awarded a year of CLIC support and publishing funds, starting in January 2020. The team, led by Elmer Bernstam, MD (Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, Houston), Paula Shireman, MD, MBA (UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science), and Jonathon Silverstein, MD (Pitt Clinical and Translational Science Institute) includes computer scientists, informaticians, clinicians, and researchers of varying career levels. Collaborators will examine the challenges and opportunities for AI across the translational science spectrum.


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