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News Roundup
July 2, 2019
Updates from CLIC  
Register Now for the 2019 Fall Program Meeting!

Registration is open for the Fall CTSA Program Meeting, which will take place Thursday and Friday, Sept. 26-27, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport. The meeting will focus on priority areas and opportunities for the consortium members to share best practices. To register, please log in to your CLIC account. If you need to create a CLIC account you can do so here

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News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
How University of California San Francisco's CTSI Enabled a Groundbreaking Smoking Study through Facebook
Danielle Ramo, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of psychiatry, teamed up with staff from CTSI’s Participant Recruitment program to combine her expertise around the patient population she worked with, young adults engaged in smoking or substance abuse, with the program’s knowledge of study recruitment to test out Facebook as a medium for recruitment.
University at Buffalo Researchers Are Using a Precision Medicine Approach for Novel Alzheimer's Therapeutics

University at Buffalo researchers have identified the first human-specific fusion gene—a hybrid of two genes—implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. The finding suggests that a neurotransmitter receptor, previously successful in animal studies but that failed in human trials for Alzheimer’s, might still turn out to be a valuable therapy.

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STAT News: Patent Office Reopens Major CRISPR Battle Between Broad Institute and Univ. of California

The U.S. patent office has declared an interference between a dozen key patents awarded to the Broad Institute on the genome-editing technology CRISPR and 10 CRISPR patent applications submitted by the University of California and its partners, according to documents posted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. UC and the Broad already went through an interference proceeding last year that went all the way to federal appeals court, with the Broad Institute prevailing.

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Meet the Team 
Deborah J. Ossip, Ph.D., is a Professor of Public Health Sciences, Oncology, and Community Health, and the Director of the UR CTSA TL1 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Population Health Research. Dr. Ossip has a long track record as a Principal Investigator for NIH-funded research, leading large multisite trials and training projects domestically and globally, with a particular focus on tobacco use, and on completing the translational continuum to population health application. Dr. Ossip, along with Dr. Zand, oversees all aspects of CLIC, with particular focus on administrative organization, coordination with NCATS and the CTSA Network, synergy activities, outreach, and communications.
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The University of Rochester Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC) is the coordinating center for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program, funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Grant U24TR002260.

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