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Mike's Blog - June 2020

CTSA Program Fall Meeting – Call for Topics

Spring has come and gone, and we find ourselves at the official start of Summer in a just few days. With the relativity of time now having been tested for several months by our distancing measures as well as our circadian rhythms being completely discombobulated (how many others long to be re-combobulated?) due to continuous and consistent telework, our CTSA Fall Program meeting is suddenly on the horizon. As our planning efforts gear up, we would like to hear from you: What ideas for topics and suggestions do you have, what has worked well in the past and what would you like to see in the fall meeting. BTW, has anyone considered investigating the relationship of ‘Zoom-fatigue’ towards the adoption of greater utilization of telemedicine?

As always, our goal is to work together with our CTSA Program Community to develop a meeting with topics and activities of high interest to our investigators, participants, and the translational science community. Our objective is to generate a memorable meeting that includes sessions for academic and hub enrichment, and that fosters a collaborative space to share experiences and practices while allowing time for fruitful interactions. Our meeting format, as with the recent Spring meeting, will be virtual (see our Spotlight section below), and we hope that we still get to “see” many of you participate, interact, and share your experiences and knowledge. Continue Reading


SAVE THE DATE - Fall 2020 Virtual CTSA Program Meeting

NCATS and CLIC would like to announce that the 2020 Fall Program Meeting will be held virtually on November 18 – 20, 2020. Stay tuned for additional details coming later in the summer!

2020 NCATS Responsive Un-Meeting - Save the Date!

The CLIC hosted NCATS responsive Un-Meeting has refocused and rescheduled to a ½ day virtual UnMeeting Wednesday September 30th, 2020. This new “rapid-response” topic will encourage discussions around the changes resulting from the COVID pandemic. Other potential topics include Identifying clinical research trial design opportunities as a unified network in the post-COVID clinical era? What does training look like? What do remote trials look like? What is the impact on recruitment? Furthermore, what is the role of CTSA Program in clinical research post-COVID. CTSA Program “hub-appointed representative” registration will open in late July and full registration in mid/late August, stay tuned! We look forward to seeing you in the ether!


The First Blog in the 2020 Insights to Inspire Series is Now Available!

The Insights to Inspire (I2I) series highlights the strategies hubs have used to improve on their Common Metrics. This year's series of blogs focuses on the Careers in Clinical and Translational Research metric. The first blog, Making a Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion, features the tangible initiatives hubs implemented to expand their diversity and inclusion activities. Click below to read this first blog, or you can read last year's I2I series, upload your hub’s insights, or read about all Common Metrics activities from the Common Metrics page on the CLIC website!

HL7 Vulcan Accelerator

In 2019, the National Center for Data to Health (CD2H) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), in partnership with major pharmaceutical companies and academic medical centers, catalyzed the formation of an HL7 FHIR Accelerator group for clinical and translational research. The new Accelerator is called Vulcan (think of the ancient god and a forge) and is being generously administered by the TransCelerate Consortium. The Vulcan Data Accelerator project will define or enhance existing FHIR resources that connect real world data (RWD) with clinical trials and regulated submissions.

The Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health

Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) aims to ensure that evidence is used to inform decisions that will improve the health of individuals and communities by supporting the collective understanding of the research agenda, addressing the challenges facing D&I science, presenting research findings, and identifying the next set of research priorities - setting the field up for a strong future.  

Event Details: DATE & TIME December 14-16, 2020; LOCATION Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

Submission Deadline for Abstracts: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Notice of Special Interest: Administrative Supplements for NIH grants to Add or Expand Research Focused on Maternal Mortality (NOT-OD-20-104)

The Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the opportunity for investigators with relevant active NIH-supported grants from the participating Institutes listed above to address the scientific priorities that will lay the foundation for the Implementing a Maternal health and PRegnancy Outcomes Vision for Everyone (IMPROVE), which is in development. Application Due Date(s): June 22, 2020 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Please direct NCATS inquiries to Dr. Soju Chang.

Notice of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcements for the RADx-UP Initiatives (NOT-OD-20-112)

The purpose of this Notice is to alert the community that NIH plans to publish four Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) initiative to solicit research on COVID-19 diagnostic testing in underserved and vulnerable populations. The FOAs are expected to be published in early June, and we will accept applications through August 2020 for FY20 funding.The FOAs will be Requests for Applications (RFAs) and Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) for competitive revisions. The goal is to make awards by September 2020. This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants additional time to develop responsive applications.


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