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News Roundup
July 30, 2019
Updates from CLIC  
Secure Your Hub's Spot at the 2019 Fall CTSA Program Meeting Networking & Poster Session

This year's Fall CTSA Program Meeting will kick off with a Networking & Poster Session on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m. In order to secure a spot for a poster from your hub you must submit preliminary information by August 23. Final details will be due on September 9. Please submit your hub's poster by logging in to the CLIC website and filling out this form.

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Feedback on CLIC Resources

This fall, the CLIC is hosting a Virtual Tour of CLIC resources via a webinar offered to anyone involved in the CTSA Program. To make the tour as useful as possible, we’d like to get feedback from the hubs on how they currently use CLIC resources, what questions they have and where we can fill in the gaps. We will then use insights from the survey to shape our webinar.

All feedback is due by TOMORROW, July 31, 2019. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts please complete this brief form.

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News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
Low-carb 'Keto' Diet ('Atkins-Style') May Modestly Improve Cognition in Older Adults

In a pilot study of 14 older adults with mild cognitive problems suggestive of early Alzheimer’s disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet may improve brain function and memory. Participants in the study who adhered to a modified Atkins diet (very low carbohydrates and extra fat) had small but measurable improvements on standardized tests of memory compared with those on a low-fat diet.

Coaching Scientists to Play Well Together

When scientists from different disciplines collaborate – as is increasingly necessary to confront the complexity of challenging research problems – interpersonal tussles often arise. Researchers from Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute have developed a free online training tool that can help. A new study of the tool,, showed that scientists who completed the program’s modules – called COALESCE – significantly boosted their knowledge about team science and their self-confidence about being able to successfully work in scientific teams.

ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World
STAT: An Experimental AI System Can Predict When Pancreatic Cysts Will Become Cancerous

Pancreatic cancer often kills people because they are diagnosed too late, after their tumors have spread. Other patients may die following the removal of harmless cysts that appear threatening amid a fog of imaging data and other clinical information. But a new artificial intelligence system unveiled by doctors at Johns Hopkins offers to provide a clearer picture for patients. In testing, it displayed a superhuman ability to differentiate harmful lesions from ones that pose no threat at all.

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Meet the Team 
Eric Rubinstein is the Chief of Staff for CLIC and the University of Rochester CTSI. He earned his MPH from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health, his JD from Suffolk University Law School and his MBA in Executive Leadership from the University of Rochester Simon School. He has been actively involved with the CTSA Program since 2007. Mr. Rubinstein provides senior administrative oversight for all financial and operational management of the Rochester CTSI, including CLIC.
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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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