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News Roundup
June 30, 2020
Updates from CLIC  
 
Registration for the July 29th kick-off webinar for the Insights to Inspire (I2I) 2020 series is now open. Insights to Inspire (I2I) 2020 highlights those hubs who have made improvements in their Careers in Clinical Translational Research metric. The first webinar focuses on diversity and inclusion. Three hubs will present their strategies that lead to their success: the University of Wisconsin, Duke University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Click below to register for the webinar, read the blog or learn more about Insights to Inspire.
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News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
 
UMN researcher develops a COVID-19 tracking strategy with underserved communities in mind
Dr. Glenn Simmons is turning to an unconventional indicator: sewage. The University of Minnesota CTSA scholar is testing wastewater for COVID-19 with the hopes of tracking the disease’s spread and potentially getting real-time information about its presence in a community before individual testing results show up. 
This way, public health officials wouldn't need to rely on decisions made by individuals, such as whether to get tested or to test someone. This is particularly important for addressing the needs of minorities, rural communities, and others underserved by the healthcare system.
Ultimately, such an approach could help get accurate information to communities and public health officials so they can better use their limited resources.
Dr. Simmons emphasized that, without funding from the UMN CTSA, this work wouldn't be possible. He received funding from a competitive CTSI program for assistant professors from populations underrepresented in medicine (URM) that helps build their research careers.
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Expanding the View of Georgia CTSA Pediatrics Program’s Research Impact

 The Georgia CTSA Pediatrics program is a longstanding effort to transform scientific discovery into solutions that improve pediatric health. Designed to provide the necessary infrastructure for investigators conducting pediatric clinical research, the Pediatrics program offers training, provides pilot funding, and ensures research projects have the resources needed to move forward. Our designated pediatric centers improve the ability of pediatric researchers to perform innovative research while providing patients and their families with increased access to leading-edge clinical trials.

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ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World
 
A call for more inclusive Covid-19 research: Tackling disparities during a pandemic

The discrepant morbidity and mortality rates associated with COVID-19 have been attributed, in part to underlying health and economic challenges faced by people in severely affected communities. The pandemic has cast a spotlight on these broader, glaring health care inequities in the US today, and in particular the challenges faced by racial and ethnic minorities to participate in clinical research studies. In this time of the global pandemic inequities in research diversity hinder investigators understanding of whether investigational therapies are safe and effective for a broader set of patients. Companies are using the their lessons learned during the pandemic to ensure more inclusive biomedical research across their portfolios. 

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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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