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CTSA PROGRAM UPDATE
May 11, 2018
CTSA PROGRAM UPDATES
 

2018 SPRING CTSA PROGRAM MEETING RECAP

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 Spring CTSA Program Meeting! Over 300 CTSA Program members gathered in Washington, D.C. on April 18 and 19, with representation from more than 50 hubs from across the country. The meeting was extremely successful, productive and energizing. Take a look at some of the highlights in this message from Martin Zand and Deborah Ossip, CLIC co-directors.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, or would simply like to revisit the content, you can view the presentations here.

RETIREMENT OF PAMELA M. MCINNES, D.D.S., M.SC.(DENT.)

It is with mixed emotions that NCATS announces the retirement of NCATS Deputy Director Pamela McInnes, effective May 30, 2018, after a remarkable 29 years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since coming to NCATS in 2014, Dr. McInnes has worked collaboratively and effectively with staff, direct stakeholders and the broader research community to strengthen the Center’s role as a leader in clinical and translational science, with the ultimate goal of getting more treatments to more patients more quickly.
For eight years prior to joining NCATS, Dr. McInnes directed the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Division of Extramural Research. Before NIDCR, she served at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for 16 years in a number of leadership roles, including as deputy director for its Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
Dr. McInnes first joined NIH in 1989 as a grants associate in the Office of Extramural Programs in the Office of the Director. Before coming to NIH, she served in academic and consulting roles at Louisiana State University Medical Center, Shreveport. She earned her D.D.S. and M.Sc.(Dent.) degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
NCATS is deeply grateful for Dr. McInnes’ significant and lasting contributions to NCATS’ work to improve health through smarter science. The Center also is thankful that Danilo Tagle, Ph.D., M.S., will serve as acting deputy director as a national search committee seeks to fill this vacancy.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. McInnes on her extraordinary career and wishing her many years ahead of happiness and good health in her retirement.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. McInnes on her extraordinary career and wishing her many years ahead of happiness and good health in her retirement.


SAVE THE DATE: 2018 FALL CTSA PROGRAM MEETING

The 2018 CTSA Program Fall Meeting will take place October 22-23 at the Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport in Arlington, V.A. Additional details will be included on the CLIC website as they become available.

MAY PI MEETING

The May PI Meeting, which was scheduled for May 23, has been cancelled. Reminder that if you’d to suggest topics for these calls, please use the CLIC Suggestion Box and select “PI Meeting Topics.” The Suggestion Box can also be used to suggest topics for the Steering Committee, the CTSA Program Meetings, Consortium Activities or other.

Questions?  Contact Erica Rosemond

UN-MEETING: ADDRESSING THE OPIOID CRISIS THROUGH TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE

On Saturday, June 2, CLIC will host an "Un-Meeting" at the University of Rochester Medical Center. This event aims to foster new, collaborative teams/networks and generate ideas to advance research to reduce the misuse and abuse of opioids, while also exploring innovative approaches to improve outcomes for those affected by this epidemic. Researchers, clinicians, policy makers, public health professionals, healthcare innovators, and opinion leaders are all invited to attend.
"Un-Meetings" lack the rules and structure of classic conferences, with attendees creating and driving the agenda and discussions, allowing participants to discuss their experiences and identify areas of potential research and collaboration.
In addition to Saturday’s event, there will also be an informal reception on Friday, June 1 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Saunders Research Building Atrium.

Please register by Wednesday, May 23. There is no cost to attend.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Questions?  Contact CLIC


CLIC UPDATES

CLIC IS NOW ON TWITTER

Follow for CLIC-specific updates and content, news from NCATS and around the network, and translational science-related articles.

CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW

WE WANT YOUR CONTENT!

If you’d like to submit Network News, simply click “Submit Network News” on the News page (you must be logged in to do so). Completed Network News forms allow CLIC to feature a summary and link to the original article, and are sent to NCATS for review.

If you’d like to submit a Success Story, simply click “Send a Success Story to NCATS” on the News page (you must be logged in to do so). Completed Success Story forms are sent directly to NCATS for potential use in the Center’s monthly e-newsletter and possibly in other ways.

If you’d like to promote an event on the CLIC site, simply click “Add Event” at the top of the Events page (you must be logged in to do so).

If you’d like to promote an opportunity on the CLIC site, simply click “Add an Opportunity” at the top of the Opportunities Board page (you must be logged in to do so).

Questions?  Contact Laura Meyers

COMMON METRICS UPDATES

2016 DATA ON IRB DURATION, CAREERS, AND PILOTS AND PUBLICATIONS

If you were not able to attend the Spring CTSA Program Meeting, please take a moment to review CLIC’s presentation that includes 2016 Common Metrics Data Visualizations for the IRB, Pilot Funding and Careers Metrics: CLIC Updates: Communications, Common Metrics and Collaborations. The slides include aggregate data from the Consortium, and we hope that you will find the slides both illuminating and useful.
On July 31, CLIC will send hub-specific reports on the Common Metrics. Please feel free to share the information with others at your hub!

REMINDER: 2017 COMMON METRICS DATA VALUES AND UPDATED TURN-THE-CURVE PLANS!

Did you know that you can upload your Hub’s 2017 Common Metrics data now? The last day to enter 2017 data and update your Turn-the-Curve (TTC) plans is August 30, 2018. Please enter your 2017 data and TTC plans now and enjoy the summer with one less deadline! Please note that the data set will be locked after this date.

TUFTS UNIVERSITY: 2015 COMMON METRICS DATA & MEDIAN ACCRUAL METRIC PILOT PRESENTATIONS

Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at Tufts University presented the 2015 Common Metrics data on the first three metrics and the Median Accrual Metric to the NCATS Program Staff on May 02, 2018. Plans to present the 2015 Common Metrics data and the Median Accrual Metric to the Common Metrics Executive Committee, PI Steering Committee, and CTSA Program Evaluators are underway. 
Questions?  Contact CLIC Common Metrics implementation team or call 585-276-4817.



DOMAIN TASKFORCE (DTF) UPDATES

METHODS & PROCESSES DTF

The Methods & Processes DTF held their Face-to-Face meeting on Thursday, April 19 in Washington, D.C.  The agenda included updates from NCATS, the Steering Committee and both Working Groups. A brief presentation was given on Collaborative Business Development, followed by open discussion on the evolution of new Working Groups. Updates from the Working Groups were as follows:  
  • The Institutional Readiness for Team Science Working Group is targeting June to disseminate The Great CTSA Team Science contest. The purpose is to find the best ideas throughout the consortium for encouraging better team science. Stay tuned for further communications from the Group. 
  • The Regulatory Science to Advance Precision Medicine Working Group has the 2018 Fall Forum planned for Thursday, September 27 at the PhRMA Foundation in Washington, D.C. The Forum will focus on Digital Health with an emphasis on the emerging role of software and sensors in precision medicine.   

COLLABORATION / ENGAGEMENT DTF

The Collaboration / Engagement DTF held their Face-to-Face meeting on Thursday, April in Washington, D.C. The meeting included updates from NCATS, the Steering Committee and all of the current Working Groups. Table Discussions on Team Science & Community Engagement, and Tools & Measures followed the updates. The meeting concluded with a group discussion on new Working Groups and how to move the DTF forward. There were approximately 70 members in attendance, which led to a very productive discussion. We’re looking forward to the upcoming year and seeing how the discussions from the Face-to-Face meeting develop. The meeting slides, recordings and additional details are posted on the Collaboration / Engagement DTF page on the CLIC website. 
If you are interested in joining the Collaboration / Engagement DTF or any of our Working Groups, please register on the CLIC website.


CD2H UPDATES 

DATA IS CHANGING THE WORLD

In every sector from agriculture to healthcare, data has emerged as a transformational asset. Join us on the newly formed Data Licensing Initiativewhich seeks to provide the broader community with detail on the data licensing issues, advantages and disadvantages of common approaches, and draft guidance and model implementations for their consideration.

JOIN US

We’re looking for individuals and teams to help us advance biomedical research informatics and standards to support interoperability, collaboration, and data science training, and more. Join a working group, and follow CD2H through our listservs and on Twitter @data2health. You can email ideas and questions to the project directly at data2health@gmail.com. We look forward to working with you!


TRIAL INNOVATION NETWORK (TIN) UPDATES

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR OPEN FORUMS

TIN Open Forum meetings are an opportunity to hear form Network Project leads on various network topics and allow you to comment and ask questions. These standing sessions are held on the third Thursday of the month. Due to the success of the networking opportunity we have “outgrown” the web conferencing, GoToTraining system that we use. The current web conference reminders have expired. Please remove them from your calendar so you have the correct link for future Open Forums.
The new process for Open Forum meetings will require registration for each session you plan to attend. Feel free to register for multiple sessions listed on the website. As new topics are identified and speakers confirmed new sessions will be added to the page.
Below are the instruction for how to register:
  1. Access the TIN Network Events page at: https://trialinnovationnetwork.org/elements/network-events/?category=open-forums.
  2. Select the Open Forum Tab.
  3. After browsing the Open Forum Topics select the “Register Now” button for the session you want to register for.
  4. Compete the registration fields (first and last name, email address, organization and job title).
  5. The session will then be added to your Outlook Calendar.
  6. To join the meeting each month, open the calendar occurrence and follow the “link to register.”

Please contact Wendy Lloyd if you have topics of interest to present or be presented, or if you have any questions.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENTS CLARIFICATIONS  

A number of inquiries related to the Administrative Supplement notice NOT-TR-18-022 have been received by NCATS. An email from the CTSA Program to all PIs and Administrators was sent on 05/03/2018 and provided some clarifications, which we are including below:  
  • Although no individual supplement request may exceed 25% of the direct costs of the current parent award, the sum total of supplement requests may do so.
  • There is no set-aside amount of funding for these supplements however, NCATS does intend to fund a number of supplements this fiscal year.
  • An applicant may submit >1 admin supplement request under a parent award, however:
    • Funding decisions will take into account the number of meritorious supplements to any one parent award.
    • All supplement applications under a single parent award must be scientifically distinct.
    • Each supplement budget request may not exceed 25% of the direct costs of the current parent award and must reflect actual needs of the proposed project and must be accomplished within the remaining active budget period started in FY18 for the existing parent award.
  • An award in a no-cost extension is not eligible to submit a supplement application.
  • Note that the 25% limit in direct costs for any one supplement application excludes consortium/contractual F&A costs.  
Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss these potential requests with their NCATS Program Official listed in the Notice of Grant Award of the parent grant. If submitting an application please alert your Program Official.

Please direct all inquiries to: Mary Purucker, M.D., Ph.D. Telephone: 301-435-0741; Email: puruckerm@mail.nih.gov

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI): INVITING SCIENTIFIC INTEREST IN GEROSCIENCE SUMMIT III

This Request for Information (RFI) asks non-governmental groups (e.g., researchers, disease and aging patient advocacy organizations, professional societies, and others), to provide input into the planning for a future GeroScience Summit, designed to explore the contributions that GeroScience can make to relieving the burden of chronic diseases and their impact (e.g., loss of resilience and frailty). Responses to this RFI will help the National Institutes of Health (NIH) GeroScience Special Interest Group (GSIG) to better understand the goals of diverse non-governmental organizations, and how discussions and collaborations around the topic of GeroScience (facilitated by the Summit) can help all interested parties accelerate their research-related activities. 
For more information please go directly to the RFI.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM)

On April 19, 2018 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and 16 other federal departments and agencies announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to delay for an additional six months the general compliance date for the revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the “Common Rule”) while allowing the use of three burden-reducing provisions during the delay period. To be assured consideration, comments on the NPRM must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 21, 2018. For more information or to submit comments during the open comment period or to browse posted comments please click here.  

NOTICES TO EXTEND COLLABORATIVE INNOVATION AWARDS (CCIAS) RECEIPT DATES ARE PUBLISHED

NCATS has issued two notices (NOT-TR-18-023 and NOT-TR-18-024) to change the Key Dates in the Collaborative Innovation Award, Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program (U01) PAR-18-244 and the Limited Competition: Exploratory CTSA Collaborative Innovation Awards (R21) PAR-18-245. For additional information about these notices please contact Philip J. Brooks, Ph.D. at pjbrooks@mail.nih.gov.
 

MEETINGS & EVENTS

UPCOMING CONSORTIUM EVENTS

CTSA Program hubs can find information about meetings and events on the events page on the CLIC website, this page was created to spread the word about hub-sponsored conferences, activities, and/or items relevant to the CTSA Program and the advancement of translational science. If you would like to showcase an event please fill the event form (login required) on the CLIC website.
Upcoming events are listed below. Please click the Event Name for more information!
Date Institution/Organization Event Name
May 14-18, 2018 University of Pennsylvania Workshop on human iPSC Derivation, Maintenance, Differentiation, and CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing in iPSCs
May 15, 2018 Harvard Clinical and Translational Academy Research Day
May 21, 2018 ACRP Clinical Trials Day!
May 21, 2018 University of Miami Fighting Opioid Addiction: Integrating Treatment into Patient Care
May 21-24, 2018 University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston Science of Team Science (SciTS) 2018 Conference
June 2, 2018 CLIC An "Un-Meeting" to Address the Opioid Crisis through Translational Science
June 6-7, 2018 University of Michigan, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford Health Care, and University of California, San Francisco Precision Medicine World Conference 2018
June 25, 2018 Northwestern University Bibliometrics and Scientometrics for Research Evaluation
July 10-11, 2018 University of Michigan "Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge" Meeting
October 22-23, 2018 CLIC 2018 CTSA Program Fall Meeting
Questions? Contact help@clic-ctsa.org

UPCOMING NCATS MEETINGS 

Date Institution/Organization Event Name
Second Monday of the month: 2:30 – 4 PM ET CTSA Program Steering Committee Meeting Executive Session CLIC Steering Committee Meetings Page*
May 15, 2018 Harvard Webinar Registration**

*CLIC will post meeting summaries from the S/C calls onto the CLIC-CTSA Program website and continue to circulate monthly CTSA Program newsletters with important project-level updates and consortium activities.

**To add the PI Meeting to your calendar: Please make sure that once you submit the completed registration form, choose “add to calendar” on the Registration Approval page OR in the Confirmation email that you receive, then open and save the downloaded calendar file.

You can find this or any of the past CTSA Program Updates on the CLIC Newsletters page or on the CTSA Program Communications page.

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