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Mike's Blog October 2021

Lingering Effects of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

By: Audie Atienza, Ph.D., NCATS Program Officer; Sanae ElShourbagy Ferreira, Ph.D., NCATS Health Specialist; and Michael G. Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D., NCATS Director of the Division of Clinical Innovation

While SARS-CoV-2 has demonstrated remarkable tenacity in terms of successfully navigating pharmaceutical as well as non-pharmaceutical interventions with waves of new variants throughout this pandemic, preliminary studies also report that approximately 1/3 of those infected with SARS-CoV-2 remain symptomatic four or more months after the infection, with continued symptoms that negatively impact daily functioning, regardless of the severity of the initial acute infection. Continue reading here > 

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THE SPOTLIGHT


NCATS Welcomes Applicants for SBIR/STTR Funding

The NCATS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs help foster small business participation in research and development as well as technology commercialization. These programs are engines of innovation, offering grants, contracts and technical assistance to small businesses and academic research organizations. Continue reading here for more information on available opportunities >  

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WHAT'S NEW


Events


Upcoming Event - Reminder: Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth-Guided Provider-to-Provider Communication (Virtual)

October 12-14, 2021

Upcoming Event: Notice of Technical Assistance Webinar for Companion Awards for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (UM1) Career Development and Training (K12, T32, R25) and Specialized Innovation Program Opportunities (RC2) (NOT-TR-21-035)

October 26, 2021 12:00-2:00 PM EDT. 

Registration required: register here. All prospective applicants are invited to attend and are highly encouraged to submit questions at least one week in advance to the webinar via email to CTSATrainingFOAsQuestions@mail.nih.gov  (for the Career Development and Training) or CTSAFOAQuestions@mail.nih.gov  (for the Specialized Innovation Program). Participation in the webinar is optional and is not required to apply.
 

Upcoming Event: 2021 Creative Scientist Workshop: Remote Trials - Future or Fiasco?

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November 9, 2021 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET. 

Featuring a series of keynote presentations and Q&A, followed by small-group, interactive sessions, this facilitated workshop employs a creative problem-solving approach to designing and reimagining remote trials. Co-presented by the University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Medical University of South Carolina South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute. More information and link to register.

Upcoming Event: 2021 Virtual CTSA Program Annual Meeting

2021 Virtual CTSA Program Annual Meeting December 1-3, 2021. Meeting Theme: Intentional Disruption and Innovation: The Future of Translational Science

Are you registered yet?

Reserve your seat for the 2021 Virtual CTSA Program Annual Meeting!  Please be aware registrations are limited to 12 per CTSA Program hub, excluding speakers and two poster staff.

A new virtual platform has been chosen that will promote the face-to-face experience in a 3D virtual environment! This meeting is designed to promote and support your networking efforts. For those who may feel shy about the networking process, conversation areas will be set up around the virtual event hallways, allowing you to join group conversation areas or just reach out and say hi to others passing by. You can also speak with individual attendees by searching them in the attendee list and inviting them to a video call or chat. 

Be sure to visit the CLIC website to check out the latest news on the meeting!
 

Updates & Reminders from NIH


Current Funding Opportunities and Latest Notices and Guidance of Interest from NIH

Please visit the NCATS CTSA Funding page for current Funding Opportunities, and the latest important Notices and Guidance from NIH for the CTSA community.

Approaching Deadline: Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry and Re-integration into Health-Related Research Careers (NOT-OD-21-134)

Due Date: November 1, 2021

More information on: NOT-OD-21-134;  CTSA Program Specific Guidance on Submitting Applications; CTSA Program Specific FAQs for Re-Entry Supplements.

NEW: NCATS Translational Science Course: Translational Science in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Accelerating and Enhancing Our Response Across Pre-Clinical, Clinical, and Population Health Research

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Dates: October 25-December 10, 2021. 

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) have partnered to offer an online course about translational science in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The course describes in detail a range of recent and ongoing research activities — from preclinical to clinical to population health — that were led or supported by NCATS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this lens, the course teaches students effective approaches and strategies in translational science that have been key to the success of these efforts and are generalizable to other translational research activities.

Students will learn about the myriad ways NCATS is contributing to research to address the COVID-19 pandemic and will leave the course equipped with a set of wide-ranging translational science strategies they can apply in their future work in translational research.

More information about the NCATS Translational Science Course and Link to Register.
 

NEW: Call for Nominations for 2022 ODP Early-Stage Investigator Lecture

National Institutes of Health Office of Disease Control and Prevention. Early-Stage Investigator Lecture.

Nominations due October 29, 2021

The Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) is seeking nominations for our 2022 Early-Stage Investigator Lecture. The award is made annually to early-career scientists who have made significant research contributions in disease prevention but who have not yet successfully competed for an R01 or R01-equivalent National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant.

The award winner will be invited to give a lecture at the NIH in 2022. The awardee will also have the opportunity to meet and network with NIH program directors and scientists. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the date and in-person status of the lecture will depend on travel and meeting guidance provided by the NIH. 

More information on the invited lecture and how to submit a nomination. Email prevention@mail.nih.gov with questions.

CTSA PROGRAM NEWS AND UPDATES


Seeking New Steering Committee Members

NCATS is seeking nominations for new CTSA Program Steering Committee (SC) members! We are seeking 4 UL1 PIs and an administrator to serve on the committee for the next 3 years. If you would like to self-nominate or suggest a fellow PI, please submit the PI name, institution, and brief explanation (no longer than 1 paragraph) to Brittany Gibbons (brittany.gibbons@nih.gov) by Friday, October 10.  

The eligibility criteria for SC appointments are as follows:

  • An Administrator is the key point of contact between their institution’s CTSA Program leadership and Program Directors, and NCATS personnel.
  • The PI must be officially named in the Notice of Grant Award of an active CTSA Program hub.
    • An “active” award is defined as a hub award that is not in a No-Cost Extension (NCE). A PI whose hub award in a NCE is not considered eligible as there is insufficient time remaining in the award project period for initiation of an appointment
  • For both PIs and Administrator, their hub award must have at least 3 years remaining during the project period.
  • The PI has not served on the SC since December 2014. At the time the SC was reorganized in 2014, NCATS made a commitment to the consortium that all funded and eligible PIs will have the opportunity to serve 1 term before others have second-term appointments.

To learn more about the roles and responsibilities, please view this PDF

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