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News Roundup
August 11, 2020
Updates from CLIC  

Making a Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Thursday, August 13th from 2 to 3pm ET

Insights to Inspire 2020 highlights those hubs who have made improvements in their Careers in Clinical and Translational Research metric. The first in this year’s series of webinars focuses on diversity and inclusion.
During this inaugural webinar, three hubs will present the strategies that led to their success.

  • The Medical College of Wisconsin will present their comprehensive approach to engaging more women and underrepresented persons (URP) in their TL1 program.
  • Duke University will share their strategies for reaching their goal of engaging more than 50% URP representation among KL2 scholars.
  • The Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai will present their Step Up initiative – an innovative post-doctoral TL1 program.

Who should attend?  Those interested in diversity and inclusion efforts as it relates to the Careers metric. Please forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested in attending.
This Webinar is open to all hubs. If you are interested in attending but unable to join the call live, please register and a link to the webinar recording will be sent to you after the call. Please reach out to with any questions.


(Registration will close at 12pm ET on 8/13)
Recording will be available on the CLIC website

News from around the CTSA Program Consortium

Human Subject Protection Training Designed for Community Partners

The University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Clinical and Translational Science has a free human subject protection training program designed for community research partners: CIRTification. Recently, the program has become available online for broad institutional implementation. Interested research institutions can implement this training through their IRB/human subject protection program as an on-demand alternative to traditional trainings like CITI.
Discover more community partner content bexploring the "Community Health Partnerships" tag on the CLIC website​.


Rutgers University scientists rule out asthma as a trigger for contracting COVID-19 or affecting its severity

Asthma does not appear to increase the risk for a person contracting Covid-19 or affect its severity, according to new research. The team from Rutgers University in the US found that people with asthma – even those with diminished lung function who are being treated to manage asthmatic inflammation – seem to be no worse affected by SARS-CoV-2 than a non-asthmatic person. “Older age and conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and obesity are reported risk factors for the development and progression of COVID-19,” said Reynold A. Panettieri Jr, a pulmonary critical care physician and director of the Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science.

ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World

Rapid Scaling Up of Covid-19 Diagnostic Testing in the United States — The NIH RADx Initiative

As of July 13, 2020, more than 3.3 million U.S. residents have received a diagnosis of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), and more than 135,000 have died. Of great concern are the data showing the disproportionate effect of Covid-19 on ethnic and racial minorities. Since January 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been involved in multiple wide-ranging collaborative efforts spanning the development of vaccines and diagnostic strategies, the identification and evaluation of safe and effective treatments, the understanding of the natural history of the disease, and the study of racial and ethnic disparities.

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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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