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News Roundup
August 13, 2019
Updates from CLIC  
Apply Today to Host the Next Un-Meeting

Have a current or emerging public health issue that you'd like to address as a consortium? Apply to host researchers, public health professionals, government experts and others in a discussion around a topic of your selection at the next Un-Meeting. CLIC will provide the hosting hub with planning support and funds for travel to the event. The deadline for applications is Sept. 11, 2019. Click here for more information on application requirements.

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News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
4 Improvement Opportunities for CTSA Evaluation

In 2017, a group of evaluators teamed up to form the CTSA Evaluation Guidelines Workgroup and set out to assess progress made in evaluating the CTSA program, nationally and at a hub level. Assessment of progress was based on recommendations made in 2013 by the Institute of Medicine's review of the CTSA program and guidelines published in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. To read about the four opportunities for improvement outlined by the workgroup, please click here

Training the New Scientists of Aging

Aging is a natural and inevitable part of the lifespan; it’s also at the nexus of many chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, dementia, and more. The emerging field of geroscience is about finding the fundamental causes of aging and delaying or preventing age-related diseases as a group rather than one condition at a time. However, while there are upwards of 7,000 geriatricians in the United States, only a handful are prepared to practice geroscience. To address this gap, Mayo Clinic is unveiling a first-of-its kind geroscience training program.

ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World
STAT: Americans Haven't Made Big Improvements with Meeting Diabetes Targets 

A new study of nearly 2,500 adults over a 10-year span found that there hasn't been a significant improvement in meeting diabetes treatment and care targets. Analysis showed that some 94% of adults between 2013 and 2016 were getting care for their diabetes, a rate similar to that of the 2006-2008 group as well as the 2009-2012 group. Only about 40% were able to keep their cholesterol and blood pressure levels under control, a rate that was also similar across the different time periods. 

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Meet the Team 
Scott McIntosh, Ph.D., is the Survey Research Team Lead for CLIC. He has a broad background in global health, technology-assisted behavior change, recruitment, survey research, qualitative methods, tobacco control research, and process and outcome research. This includes interventions with special populations, and for a variety of behavioral changes including substance abuse, diet, and physical activity, and guideline-based behaviors (e.g., of health care professionals). Recently, as PI of an NCI R01 randomized trial, he evaluated the effectiveness of web-based treatment features. The study design included strategies for recruitment of over 2,000 participants, and only survey assessment at baseline and three follow-up time points.
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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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