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Reflections on the Spring meeting: Translational Science takes a Village (and probably a vineyard as well)

Apologies for the unseasonable weather in DC during the CTSA Program/ACTS ‘spring’ meeting (although technically we were still on the last legs of winter). If I had to sum up the various meetings, the word ‘impact’ comes to mind as many discussions revolved around identifying and measuring the impact of the CTSA Program. The Steering Committee received updates on DTF progress as well as their sunsetting plans with the eventual establishment of Enterprise Committees beginning in 2020. A CD2H update was also warmly received by the CTSA Program Steering Committee and will likely be the topic for a future Program Webinar given its reception. The initial look at the STARWORKS’ KL2 Scholars Alumni Survey on perceived barriers to success generated some interesting discussions. Common Metrics 2.0 was a source of vigorous discussion on the vision of the next iteration of CM focused on process improvement, engagement, and impact. Specifically, conversations revolved around issues relevant to individual hubs, their unique populations and communities, as well as at the consortium/national level. Particularly satisfying was a discussion on the impact of the KL2/TL1 programs with respect to the individual trainees and their impact on their institution, their field, and public health in general.

DTF topics under discussion included the use of EHRs for patient enrollment, team science and its recognition, regulatory science, digital health & precision medicine, and development of a common platform for pilots and other CTSA supported projects. There were several interesting presentations of CTSA Admin Supplements including a ‘gamification’ project to enhance learning and knowledge retention, a team science ‘experiential’ training platform, and an intriguing approach to evaluating the impact of the CTSA pilot grant program. We will continue to follow the success of the various working groups and projects coming to completion and look forward to the new Enterprise Committees to address critical aspects of clinical and translational research. 

As always, I’ll close with some words of wisdom:
“Medical science has made such tremendous progress that there is hardly a healthy human left.” 
- Aldous Huxley
Dr. K 
Michael G. Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D. 
Director of the Division of Clinical Innovation, NCATS


Updates from the Spring Meeting/Save the Date for Fall Meeting

fall meeting

Meeting slides and recordings from the 2019 Spring CTSA Program Group Meetings are now available on the CLIC website. They can be found on each respective group’s page. If you are not a member of the page, you will need to register on the CLIC website and request to join the page. Click here for further login and membership instructions.

The 2019 Fall CTSA Program Meeting will be held September 26 – 27, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, VA. This meeting will focus on priority areas and opportunities for the consortium members to come together to share best practices. Additional information, including a tentative agenda, can be found by visiting the event page linked below. Details on the poster session, registration and hotel reservations will be available in the coming months.


Eli Lilly Externship Opportunity

eli lilly

This is an opportunity for an externship in clinical and translational sciences at Eli Lilly and Company for scholars, trainees and investigators who are supported by  the CTSA Program. The externship supports the training and education of participants in techniques and principles needed for translational research. To learn more about this opportunity and how it has impacted one of our CTSA Program KL2 scholars, please follow this video link. Application materials should be submitted by the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) via email to by April 16, 2019.

NOA: Administrative Supplements for the INCLUDE (Investigation of Co-occurring Conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE)


The NIH Office of the Director announces the opportunity for investigators with relevant active NIH-supported research project grants from the participating Institutes listed above to submit administrative supplement applications for funded projects to meet new NIH Down syndrome research objectives related to the NIH INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE (INCLUDE) Project. To be eligible, the parent award must be active in FY19 (i.e., the parent award received funds in FY19 and is not in an extension period), and the research proposed in the supplement should be requested for 1 year. Requests must be received by 5:00 PM PT on May 24 , 2019 for funding in FY 2019. For more information click below or contact: Dr. Erica K. Rosemond, Ph.D. 

CLIC Un-Meeting registration now live

AI Un-Meetng

Registration is now live for CLIC’s Un-Meeting on Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Applications In Translational Science, taking place on June 1 in Rochester, N.Y. This Un-Meeting will focus on the development, enhancement, standardization and regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning approaches at all stages of the translational science spectrum. Space is limited and registration is on a first-come first-serve basis, so don't delay! Registration will close on May 13, 2019. You can learn more about the event and register via the link below.

Launch of CTSA Program Hub Directory

hub directory

CLIC recently launched a Hub Directory of all CTSA Program hubs from 2014 to 2018 based on data sourced from NIH RePORTER. Individual hub pages include links to hub-specific content, hub representatives, mission statements, and web and social media links. These pages are edited and maintained by designated hub representatives (reach out to with any questions related to editing access). Be sure to login to the CLIC site to view the directory’s full functionality.

Call for Papers on Rural Health

Call for Papers on Rural Health

Call for Papers for a special themed issue of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science which will focus on Clinical and Translational Science to Improve Rural Health. Translational science and education are critical to developing new treatments and healthcare approaches that can be disseminated to underserved and special populations to improve health outcomes across the life span. The goal is to enhance the value of translational science to improve rural health outcomes and eliminate health disparities. For more information on how to submit your manuscript please follow this link.

Early Career Scientists: Here’s How To Make The NIH Loan Repayment Programs Work For You

Student Debt

To counteract the financial pressure of early career scientists, Congress established the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). By repaying up to $35,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research, the LRPs aim to help recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The programs are particularly successful for CTSA Program scholars: the success rate of KL2 Scholar applicants is nearly 79%.

Apply for CLIC support and funding to write a Synergy Paper

Synergy Paper

Cross-network translational research Synergy Papers are designed to focus on substantial challenges in clinical and translational science, address gaps in research, and convene new, innovative writing teams. 
Collaborative teams are invited to apply for CLIC assistance for a paper that focuses on either:

  • A new approach to a significant translational science process or method roadblock and how to address this challenge to advance translational science; or

  • A content/knowledge review of a pressing translational science topic across several stages of the translational continuum, identifying gaps and approaches to move the field forward (that would also include a section on relevant process gaps as well) 

Current Application Deadline is May 15, 2019


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