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NEWS EVENTS NIH UPDATES FUNDING CONSORTIUM
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August 2022

Dear Reader,

 

Summer Repetition

 
We are now solidly into the ‘dog days of summer’ which does happen to have the singular advantage for those of us in DC that Congress also takes their summer break during this time when the heat and humidity are worst. For those wondering why we use the term ‘dog days,’ this originates with the star, Sirius (the brightest star in the sky and part of the constellation Canis Majoris), the dog star seen just at sunrise this time of year. The ancients ascribed the hot weather to Sirius whose name is derived from the Greek word for scorching.
 
In addition to the temperature, another scorcher is BA.5 which has taken hold across the country in a manner that is eerily similar to Delta from last year.

 

 
Michael Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D., NCATS Director of the Division of Clinical Innovation

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Nationwide IRB Reliance Agreement Aimed at Speeding Research Reaches 1,000 Signatories

 
The NCATS Streamlined, Multisite, Accelerated Resources for Trials (SMART) Institutional Review Board (IRB) agreement has achieved 1,000 participating sites. This milestone makes SMART IRB one of the largest medical research study reliance agreements in the United States.
 

 

Submitted by: NCATS

 

 

Register now for the 2022 In-Person CTSA Program Annual Meeting

2022 In-Person CTSA Program Annual Meeting Nov 1 and 2 2022. Register now!

Registration is now open for the 2022 In-Person CTSA Program Annual Meeting, taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. on November 1- 2. Join us for discussions on “Achieving Health Equity Through the Science of Translation,” and to hear from keynote speaker Robert M. Califf, M.D., commissioner of food and drugs at the FDA. Register separately for the poster session, which will take place Tuesday, Nov 1, 6-8pm (ET).

 

 


 

Creating Conversations About Health Issues with Underserved Communities

Science Cafés have long been used to share information with local communities, but a recent project from the University of Minnesota was among the first to use the format to reach immigrant and refugee populations. By adjusting the Science Café model to account for cultural and linguistic differences, the team built trusting relationships between health “experts” and members of Minneapolis’ Somali, Karen, and Spanish language communities. The NCATS-funded Science Café project sponsored 18 events on topics ranging from vaccinations and exercise to navigating the healthcare system, and published findings in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

 

 

Submitted by University of Minnesota Twin Cities


 

UCLA CTSI is broadening LA County collaborations and expanding initiatives with renewed CTSA funding

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The UCLA CTSI is expanding its efforts to translate discoveries that can improve the health of Los Angeles County’s diverse population. This is facilitated by the renewal of a Clinical and Translational Science Award. Over the next five years, the UCLA CTSI will build on its progress by broadening collaborations with the Los Angeles community as well as with faculty across a wide area of expertise, including the schools of medicine, engineering, business, education and public health.

 

 

Submitted by UCLA


 

COVID’s Impact on Rare Diseases

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With over 10,000 known rare diseases collectively affecting nearly 10% of the population, rare disease patient populations represent unique and varied cohorts for the study of COVID. It can be challenging to identify rare diseases in medical record data but efforts are underway to address those issues. Bryan Laraway and Melissa Haendel presented initial exploratory findings from their work to analyze the impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on rare disease patients.

 

 

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Register for the Monthly CTSA Program Webinar (July 2022 - June 2023)

To stay up to date on all the NCATS and CTSA news, make sure you are registered for the new July – June 2023 CTSA Program Webinar Series!

 

 


 

Reminder: CTSA Steering Committee DEIA Task Force: Phase I Survey Deadline August 31, 2022

The DEIA TF distributed a Phase 1: Diversity survey, presented on the CTSA Program Webinar on May 25, 2022. The purpose of this survey is to gather baseline data on the level of diversity among leadership across the CTSA Consortium. The survey was sent to the Contact PIs for each hub in July 2022 via email with the request to complete the survey by Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

Additional documentation can be found on the survey's FAQ page, which will be updated as new questions arise.

 


 

Do You Have News or a Success Story You Would Like to See in the Ansible?

Submit a feature story that you would like to be considered for an upcoming CTSA Ansible.

 

 


Aug.
11

Understanding the New NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy (Part 1/2)
1:30 PM ET

Sept.
22

Diving Deeper into the New NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy (Part 2/2) 1:30 PM ET

Sept.
22

NCATS Advisory Council 1-6 PM ET, Virtual

Sept.
24

Health Equity Challenge Series: Challenge #1 - Film Screening 12pm - 3pm, In-Person, Virtual on Oct 4th

Oct.
18-19

Assay Guidance Workshop for High-Throughput Screening and Lead Discovery NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, MD

Nov.
1-2

CTSA Program Fall Annual Meeting: Achieving Health Equity through the Science of Translation Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
 
Register Today for the NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy Webinar Series
 
 
 
Notice of Change to PAR-21-293 Clinical and Translational Science Award (UM1 Clinical Trial Optional) in Award Information
 
 
 
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Call for Papers: JCTS Special Issue

 
Submit papers for a special themed issue of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, related to CLIC’s recent Un-Meeting event, “Making Real-World Data and Real-World Evidence a Reality for Translational Science.” The special issue will focus on the use of diverse sources of real-world data and evidence to advance translational science. The goal is to assemble a set of manuscripts that highlight the translation of real-world data from a range of sources into real-world evidence that can enhance the full translational science continuum, ultimately improving the development, approval, adoption and use of safe and effective medical products.

 

 

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