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News Roundup
August 10, 2021
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News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
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How a Cardiologist Started Studying the Brain: Q&A with a Former KL2 Scholar

Former KL2 Scholar Dr. Javier López is an associate professor at the University of California Davis and the medical director of the university’s Cardiac and Vascular Rehabilitation Program. He researches biological processes that put patients who had a heart attack and received treatments for it at risk of having another. He also works in a student-run clinic to provide free care to patients without health insurance.

Though though he’s a cardiologist by training, his KL2 project got him interested in how mental health impacts cardiac health. 

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Community Engagement Researchers Support Vaccination PSA Production

A team from Spectrum, Stanford’s Center for Clinical & Translational Research & Education, recently partnered with Stanford Health Care (SHC) to produce bilingual public service announcement (PSA)  videos on the benefits of becoming vaccinated against COVID-19.

Tailored for the Latinx and Pacific Islander communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and California, and distributed through major social media channels, the animated PSAs have reached 2.5 million newsfeeds across the U.S. More than 50,000 people nationwide have viewed at least one of the three videos.

Dr. Lisa Goldman Rosas, Dr. Wei-ting Chen, Dr. Patricia Rodriquez Espinosa, Stanford Undergraduate Intern Abel Gonzalez, and Community Partnership Coordinator Olivia Tigre contributed extensive subject-matter expertise for the videos’ content.

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Five Questions with Visiting Research Internship program (VRIP) 2021 Interns

Harvard's annual Visiting Research Internship program gives medical school students from across the U.S. the opportunity to participate in a summer of clinical and translational (c/t) research in Harvard Medical School labs.

Last summer, this traditionally in-person program embarked on a new virtual format. This summer’s format will be similar, utilizing video conference and virtual meetings for the students to create a virtual lab environment and interact with their mentors.

Narratives of Discovery: Andrea Califano

Aflight in ideas and visions, Andrea Califano and his colleagues in systems biology have been soaring toward what Califano predicts as the Golden Age of Biology.

“The golden age of many sciences… has occurred when it finally became possible to transition from an empirical to an actual analytical base. . . . [T]he golden age of biology will likely ensue from our increasing ability to supplement what we can do empirically in the lab with models that can actually predict the results of an experiment without having to perform it. What became clear in the early 2000s is that, in order to make the next step forward, biology had to transform into a predictive science.”

Updates from CLIC  

Special JCTS Issue Highlights CTSA Program Response to COVID-19

A special theme issue of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science (JCTS) highlights the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The compilation of 14 articles reflects on how CTSA Program hubs addressed the crisis, from pivoting research to creating new programs and initiatives. It shares lessons learned and discusses which practices can continue in the future to advance translational science.
CLIC Education

Precision Medicine for Your Practice 

How can genetics be used in clinic with my patients? Can genetic information really improve outcomes? Genetic testing is constantly changing. How can I keep up? Precision Medicine for Your Practice is an online educational program being developed by the Scripps Research Translational Institute, the American Medical Association and The Jackson Laboratory to help clinicians answer these questions.

Find other resources in CLIC's Education Clearinghouse

ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World

Chadwick Boseman’s Tragedy is America’s Tragedy: In Colorectal Cancer Hot Spots, Young Men are Dying at Higher Rates

Three months before “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman died from stage 4 colon cancer at age 43, another young Black idol succumbed to the same scourge. Omhar Carter was a beloved youth basketball coach who trained and mentored promising players for more than 20 years in his hometown of Jackson, Miss. He was to the basketball scene in Jackson what T’Challa was to Wakanda.

CTSA Program Coordinating Centers' News

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TIN Toolbox Resource: Consent Builder

Consent Builder uses technology systems (REDCap, Latex) to create and update multiple consent forms for sites simultaneously. The Consent Builder web application simplifies the production of consent documents for a range of clinical research studies. With the click of a button, all study-related information is integrated into multiple study site consent documents and generated at one time. Consent Builder is now available for use in any study in the Trial Innovation Network (TIN) that would like to pilot the tool.

Explore more resources in the TIN toolbox
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