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March 2022

Dear Reader,


Pulling out the 3D Glasses

The NCATS team is excited to connect with the CTSA community in 3D at the 2022 CTSA Program Group Meetings in April, in conjunction with the annual Translational Science Meeting! At least this is what we hope! It seems that every second week we are re-assessing the situation with COVID as new variants arise and subsequent guidance is released. In addition, since the last two attempts by NIH to initiate a ‘return to work’ policy have resulted in a new variant (pi is next, BTW), it should be noted that the latest NIH ‘return to work’ is scheduled for early April.


Guest Blog by Erica Rosemond, Ph.D., NCATS Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Clinical Innovation

Spotlight Story

Two brightly colored Mobile Health Unit vans

Tackling Vaccine Hesitancy and Health Care Skepticism Through Community Engagement and County Extension

The Our Community, Our Health program reaches community members where they are, focusing on community events, primary care providers and mobile health vehicles. This community engagement program was established with CDC grant and aims to address vaccine hesitancy and health care skepticism. Based on the HealthStreet model, programs in Florida and beyond are partnering with and prioritizing migrant workers, LGBTQ, Native American, Hispanic and Black populations.

N3C Researchers Show Increased Risk for Immunocompromised Patients and Organ Transplant Recipients

Five recent publications from the National COVID Cohort Collaborative’s (N3C) Immunosuppressed/Compromised Domain Team highlight the increased risk COVID-19 poses to people with immunocompromising diseases (such as HIV and rheumatoid arthritis) and organ transplant recipients.



CTSA Spring Group Meeting Agendas Now Available

Check out the agendas for the Spring Informatics EC Meeting (March 25) and the Spring CTSA Program Group Meetings (April 22-23).


Don't miss your chance to register!
Registration for the Informatics EC Meeting has been extended to March 10, 2022.


Note: These agendas are not yet final and are subject to change.


Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI

Vanderbilt CTSA Co-PI Elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, Senior Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusive Excellence and professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been elected to membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Internationally recognized for her pioneering efforts to effectively engage historically marginalized communities in the design and conduct of research across the translational spectrum, Wilkins directs the Engagement Core of the All of Us Research Program, part of the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative, and is co-principal investigator of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s CTSA, the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Ronald Sokol, MD

Colorado CTSA Hub Director Takes Role as Chief Scientific Officer, Child Health

Ronald Sokol, MD, has led the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) since 2008 and has been an NIH-funded investigator since 1986. Last month, Dr. Sokol accepted the position of the inaugural Chief Scientific Officer, Child Health, capping off an already distinguished career as a renowned research leader and expert in pediatric liver disease and transplantation.


RADx-UP Phase III Pre Application Webinar (RFA-OD-22-006 & RFA-OD-22-005)
1pm ET, Virtual


2022 CTSA Program In-Person iEC Spring Meeting
9am - 2:30pm ET, In Person and Virtual Meeting


CTSA Program Spring Group Meetings
In-Person and Virtual Meeting
Notice of Change to Expansion of Eligibility of PAR-21-336 (K12) Required Companion Application for CTSA Program Funding Opportunity PAR-21-293 (UM1)
NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Cohort (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship. Due Date: April 08, 2022
Request for Information (RFI): Seeking Stakeholder Actionable Input to Improve Research on Health and Well-being for Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Deadline: April 06, 2022
Plans to Promote Safe Environments at Conferences Supported by NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements
FY 2022 Updated Guidance: Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research
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Making the Connection – CLIC Hosts “Climate Change and Human Health (C2H2)” Un-Meeting

On February 10th, 2022, over 90 researchers from within and beyond the CTSA Program consortium virtually gathered for the CLIC-hosted Un-Meeting, “Climate Change and Human Health (C2H2): Through a Translational Science Lens.” Attendees with a wide range of expertise explored how climate change impacts human health and how the medical community can help mitigate those impacts.
“Shouldn’t one of the largest research networks in the world address one of the largest threats to human health in the world?”
That question, posed by David H. Adler, M.D., M.P.H., professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, was the driving force behind this Un-Meeting topic.


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