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News Roundup
November 19, 2019
Updates from CLIC  
Register to Attend Spring CTSA Program Meeting

Register now for the Spring CTSA Program Meeting to be held April 14, 2020 - April 15, 2020, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. Group Meetings, including meetings of several Enterprise Committees (EC) and Consortium groups, will focus on education and training for the clinical and translational science workforce. Personnel from CTSA Program hubs and their partnering institutions are encouraged to attend. Register for in-person attendance by March 27, 2020, or for remote attendance (via Zoom) by April 3, 2020. 

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News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
Fixing nature’s genetic mistakes in the womb

By the time a baby is born with a catastrophic genetic disease, medical help is too little, too late. UC San Francisco doctors, led by Tippi MacKenzie, MD, UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Catalyst Program awardee, are studying a bolder and better remedy, far earlier: repairing genes before birth. Experts recently met at UCSF to plan how to best undertake this pioneering approach, called fetal gene therapy, as well as its potential pitfalls. “It would be a first in humans,” and a collaboration between leaders at a half dozen university medical centers, said MacKenzie.  “That’s one of the reasons we’re treading so carefully.”
Image credit: Cindy Chew

US Patent for Facial Transplant Surgery System

Face-jaw-teeth transplants are one of the most complicated surgeries due to differences between the donor and recipient. This month, the United States approved a patent submitted by a Johns Hopkins research team for a new way to perform facial transplants. The Computer-Assisted Planning and Execution System (CAPE) aids surgeons in planning and performing craniomaxillofacial surgery—a procedure that rebuilds deformities to the head, skull, neck, face and jaws. The team is led by Chad Gordon, DO, director of both the Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery program and the Johns Hopkins Center for Neuroplastic Surgery and recipient of the Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot award from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical & Translational Research.

ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World
STAT: New service will peer review unpublished manuscripts before journal submissions

The nonprofit life sciences organization ASAPBio and the European Molecular Biology Organization press have teamed up to launch Review Commons, a preprint platform where researchers can submit their unpublished manuscripts for peer review. This new system looks to cut down on delays caused by rejections and revisions and give researchers a better sense of which journals are ideally suited for publishing their work. The new system could also help scientists fast-track their work into one of the 17 life science journals affiliated with Review Commons. 

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