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News Roundup
October 8, 2019
Updates from CLIC  
Now Accepting Working Group Proposals

The CTSA Program Steering Committee is now accepting proposals for new Working Groups. To submit a proposal, please log on to the CLIC website and complete this form. 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.

Application Deadline: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019

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News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
Clinical and Translational Personas Now Available!

Evidence-based profiles of roles across the translational workforce are now available through CTSA-Personas, a project of the CTSA Program National Center for Data to Health (CD2H), led by Sara Gonzales at Northwestern University. Each profile details key responsibilities, motivators, goals, software use, pain points, and professional development needs. The Persona profiles cover the spectrum of the translational ecosystem, from basic science to clinical research to community implementation. Personas can be integrated locally to help inform local resources, training opportunities, and communication strategies. The profiles and support documents are available for download now.

Deep Brain Stimulation Eases Parkinson's Disease Symptoms by Boosting Dopamine

In a new study of seven people with Parkinson’s disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report evidence that deep brain stimulation using electrical impulses jump-starts the nerve cells that produce the chemical messenger dopamine. Dopamine reduces tremors and muscle rigidity, the hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and increases feelings of well-being. The researchers also say that increasing dopamine through deep brain stimulation may even help them understand the applications to other psychiatric conditions, like Tourettte's syndrome and depressions, which are also affected by the dopamine system. 

ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World
STAT: Growing Tumors in a Dish, Scientists Try to Personalize Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

STAT News shares the story of Margaret Schwarzhans, a pancreatic cancer patient whose cells are currently growing in lab dishes at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Those avatars of her own tumor, tiny balls of cells called organoids, can be distributed among lab dishes and each dosed with a different drug. If the 3D mini-tumors in one treated dish die off, researchers have good reason to suspect that the drug added to that dish will kill off her cancer cells, too. If those in another dish continue to grow and thrive, the drug added to that dish probably won’t do much to her tumor, either.

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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.

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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