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News Roundup
July 28, 2020
Updates from CLIC  

Making a Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Wednesday, July 29th from 2pm to 3 pm EST

Insights to Inspire 2020 highlights those hubs who have made improvements in their Careers in Clinical and Translational Research metric. The first in this year’s series of webinars focuses on diversity and inclusion.
During this inaugural webinar, three hubs will present the strategies that led to their success.

  • The Medical College of Wisconsin will present their comprehensive approach to engaging more women and underrepresented persons (URP) in their TL1 program.
  • Duke University will share their strategies for reaching their goal of engaging more than 50% URP representation among KL2 scholars.
  • The Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai will present their Step Up initiative – an innovative post-doctoral TL1 program.

Who should attend?  Those interested in diversity and inclusion efforts as it relates to the Careers metric. Please forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested in attending.
This Webinar is open to all hubs. If you are interested in attending but unable to join the call live, please register and a link to the webinar recording will be sent to you after the call. Please reach out to with any questions.


News from around the CTSA Program Consortium

New COVID-19 test returns results in 45 minutes, without nasal swab

The test, described in a preprint manuscript posted July 17th on the online archive, is designed for widespread screening to help identify asymptomatic individuals. Research shows people infected with the virus but with no obvious symptoms make up as many as 70% of cases and can still spread disease. In this new test, a user spits in a tube, adds a solution to stabilize it then closes the lid and hands it off to testing staff. They process it through a simple system requiring little more than pipettes, a heating source and an enzyme mixture.

GHUCCTS in the Community

The Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) has produced a series of videos emphasizing the value of engaging patients and communities in clinical research. Hear interviews with our Participant Advisory Board (PAB) members, pilot study investigators, KL2 scholars, community partners, and GHUCCTS staff on why this work matters.

ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World

Credit: Manuel Velasquez/Getty

Women are most affected by pandemics — lessons from past outbreaks

Women are affected more than men by the social and economic effects of infectious-disease outbreaks. They bear the brunt of care responsibilities as schools close and family members fall ill. They are at greater risk of domestic violence and are disproportionately disadvantaged by reduced access to sexual- and reproductive-health services. Because women are more likely than men to have fewer hours of employed work and be on insecure or zero-hour contracts, they are more affected by job losses in times of economic instability.

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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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