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News Roundup
February 5, 2018
Updates from CLIC  
Early Career Scientists: Here’s How To Make The NIH Loan Repayment Programs Work For You

To counteract the financial pressure many early career scientists face, Congress established the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). By repaying up to $35,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research, the LRPs aim to help recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into research careers.
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News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
VCU CCTR: After the overdose: New clinical trial focuses on treating opioid abuse

F. Gerard Moeller, director of VCU's Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, is overseeing a new clinical trial to treat opioid-addicted patients once they have been brought back from an overdose. The clinical trial, which involves the state health department and several Virginia hospitals and medical schools, tests monthly courses of Sublocade injections that start right after patients are revived from an overdose.
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SoCal CTSI: Zippy: The Virtual Research Navigator
Researcher Michele Kipke is hoping a cartoon robot will help draw cautious, underrepresented minorities into clinical trials. Zippy, a virtual research navigator who talks with kids and their parents about research, is presented as a helper, not as a doctor or nurse, nor with any particular identity, so the information the robot provides is better received by a distrustful teen who appears with it in YouTube videos. 
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ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World

STAT: Diversity in clinical trials defines good science and better medicine

Research continues to show that we must begin to tailor medical care to individual characteristics. But one-size-fits-all medicine still predominates today, in part because most clinical trials and other studies fail to reflect the diversity of Americans, even as we enter a new era in which the principles of personalized medicine are reshaping our understanding of health care.
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Meet the Team 
Alfred Vitale, Ph.D., is the education lead for CLIC. In this role, he oversees the dissemination of educational opportunities and assessment tools to the consortium via the CLIC website, and guides the environmental scan of CTSA Program hub education infrastructure to help map educational offerings with NCATS research competencies and develop new tools to fill any gaps in the current curriculum. His career has included management consulting, program administration, evaluation, and directing federal education contract projects, as well as roles within non-profit educational community organizations. Dr. Vitale holds a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in human development.  
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