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News Roundup
January 26, 2021
Updates from CLIC  

Registration Open for 2021 Spring Group Meetings

Spring Group Meetings will take place April 14-15, 2021. These virtual meetings will feature groups discussing their respective accomplishments, future direction and goals. Personnel from CTSA Program hubs that have active grants are encouraged to attend. 

Login required to access the registration page. Registration closes on Thursday, March 25.   

Connect with us on Twitter and use the hashtag: #CTSAMeeting. 

Working Group Proposal Submissions are Open

Submit your proposal for a new Working Group today! Groups or individuals interested in forming a Working Group are required to propose and deliver well-defined projects or deliverables that fill identified translational gaps and/or further the CTSA Program objectives in high priority areas within clinical and translational science. 

Any group or individual within the CTSA Program is eligible to submit an application for a Working Group. Working Groups that are approved by the CTSA Program Steering Committee will be supported by CLIC. More information on the role and structure of WGs can be found in the CTSA Program Groups Guidance document and in the CTSA Program Groups Guidance FAQs.


Submit your proposal HERE (login required) no later than 11:59 PM EST January 31st, 2021.  

News from around the CTSA Program Consortium

NUCATS Researchers Identify First Case of More Contagious Strain of COVID-19 in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that researchers recently discovered the first statewide case of a more contagious strain of the coronavirus.
 
The work was supported, in part, by a Dixon Translational Research Grant administered through the CTSA-funded Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute, as well as a NUCATS Supplemental Research Award. The sequencing work that led to the discovery was spearheaded by Egon Ozer, Judd Hultquist, Ramon Lorenzo-Redondo, and Lacy Simons. The research team identified the case through sequencing analysis of a specimen from bio-banked samples of positive tests for COVID-19.  Read the story in the Chicago Sun-Times
 

CCTST Research Participant Advisory Council Member Featured in Lifetime TV Show

The University of Cincinnati's CCTST Research Participant Advisory Council Member, Carla Howard, was recently featured on an episode of Lifetime television show, The Balancing Act.  In the special edition episode, titled, Behind the Mystery, viewers meet Carla, and learn about her life as a Sickle Cell Anemia survivor.

Career Development Seminar Series: Transgender Health

The transgender community faces systemic barriers to health care access, which leads to increased health disparities. Join your colleagues to discuss how to create a more affirming, welcoming environment in research and care.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this seminar you will be able to:
• List terms and definitions around gender identity
• Explain overall health disparities in the transgender community
• Apply ways to create an affirming, welcoming environment for transgender people in health care, including via communication and data collection

ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World

In recent years, some in the medical community have started questioning the use of race in kidney medicine, arguing its use could perpetuate health disparities. FG Trade/Getty Images

Should Black People Get Race Adjustments In Kidney Medicine?

As the U.S. continues to grapple with systemic racism, some in the medical community are questioning whether the diagnostic tools they use may be contributing to racial health disparities.

As NPR science correspondent Maria Godoy reports, that debate is playing out prominently in the world of kidney medicine, where estimated glomerular filtration rate, or eGFR, is used. The diagnostic formula most commonly used to assess the health of patients with chronic kidney disease may be unintentionally contributing to poor outcomes — and reinforcing racist thinking.

Black people are almost four times more likely to suffer from kidney failure than non-Hispanic whites. And once they get to that stage, Black patients spend months longer waiting for a kidney transplant than white patients.

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If you have a story, opportunity, project or event that you'd like included in the News Roundup, please contact CLIC Communications: clic_comms@clic-ctsa.org or visit the CLIC LIbrary to learn how to post  content to the CLIC website

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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