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News Roundup
March 24, 2020
Updates from CLIC  

One of the best ways CTSA Program members can share their work and spark discussions with colleagues across the consortium is to use tags when submitting or searching for ANY content on the CLIC website. 

Tags are a way to mark your content on the CLIC website so that it can be grouped together with other posts that share the same topic. For example, if you’re submitting a Consortium News post to the website about, say, your hub receiving a pilot grant to perform a clinical trial on opioids. “Grant,” “opioids,” and “clinical trial” would all work as relevant tags. 

Using that clinical trial example, you might be part of a hub that is in the beginning stages of planning for its own trial. Searching for content with the “clinical trials” tag could bring you to webinars on conducting a trial, connect you with colleagues experienced in trials, and other useful resources from around the consortium. 

But it’s not just news posts that can have tags attached. All submitted content to the CLIC website is designed to work with tags, including user profiles, event notices, educational resources, and even job postings. That way, anyone that clicks on or searches those tags will be able to find that news post, along with anything else that shares those same tags. 

To get started with using tags on the CLIC website, visit the CLIC Library video on tags.

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Coronavirus & COVID-19 Update

NCATS and CLIC have teamed up to provide CTSA Program hubs opportunities to disseminate information about efforts they are undertaking in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). A Discussion Forum has been established for those interested in joining and identifying collaborations. Additionally CLIC has created a COVID-19 specific web page where hubs can obtain the latest information from the CDC, WHO, and NIH. Registered users may post any relevant COVID-19 news and educational information developed at their hub, be sure to tag your content with the "COVID-19" tag and also post comments/information on any related topic directly on the page.

Impact on training and career development
The Workforce/KL2/TL1 Planning Committee is asking consortium members to join a discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic is specifically affecting trainees and scholars - such as if research has been put on hold or if staff have been reassigned to patient care - and how institutions are addressing the impact. The forum thread can be found in the Education & Career Development section of the CLIC Discussion Forums.

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Groups turn to VUMC software for COVID-19 tracking

REDCap, a software application created and developed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has found widespread use in the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re finding many instances — locally, regionally, nationally, and several international examples — where various groups are using REDCap to support COVID-19 surveillance,” said REDCap’s creator, Paul Harris, PhD, MS, professor of Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics and Biomedical Engineering.

Here are a few examples of how REDCap is being used in response to COVID-19:

• VUMC Occupational Health is using REDCap surveys, delivered via email, to monitor any employees thought to have been exposed to COVID-19. The initial survey gathers general information about the employee’s exposure and inquires if they are symptomatic, and twice-daily follow-up surveys screen for symptoms.

• Seattle’s public health authority is using REDCap surveys to support COVID-19 testing and aggregate reporting, and the Department of Health in the state of Washington is using REDCap to support community-based testing sites.

• The University of Washington’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences is using REDCap for community surveillance, first responder tracking, and monitoring of COVID-19 in pregnant women.

• South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases is using REDCap for COVID-19 contact tracing.

Read more here.

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News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
DNC TraCS Institute launches GuideWire Podcast - A direct line to medical innovation

With many of us either having newfound time at home or working in seemingly empty offices or labs, why not catch up with your newest favorite medical device innovation podcast?

The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute, the integrated hub of the CTSA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) has launched the podcast GuideWire. On GuideWire, our team of medical device design engineers dive into the nuances, challenges and considerations that go into finding and solving high-impact unmet medical needs at a large university hospital.

GuideWire is hosted by Devin Hubbard of NC TraCS service FastTraCS and the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University. Check it out today!

Download the podcast here.

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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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