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News Roundup
July 16, 2019
Updates from CLIC  
Now Accepting Poster Submissions for the 2019 Fall CTSA Program Meeting Networking & Poster Session

This year's Fall CTSA Program Meeting will kick off with a Networking & Poster Session on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m. The posters will remain available for viewing throughout the Fall CTSA Program Meeting on Friday, Sept. 27. Please submit your posters by logging onto the CLIC website and filling out this form.

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CLIC Virtual Tour

This fall, the CLIC is planning to host a Virtual Tour of CLIC resources via a webinar offered to anyone involved in the CTSA Program. The Virtual Tour is designed to give everyone involved with the CTSA Program an overview of what CLIC provides and how those resources can help them. To make the tour as useful as possible, we’d like to get feedback from the hubs on how they currently use CLIC resources, what questions they have and where we can fill in the gaps. We will then use insights from the survey to shape our webinar.

Please distribute this survey to anyone involved with your hub and encourage them to participate. We’re requesting feedback by July 31, 2019. 

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News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
What is driving the spike in black lung disease among coal miners? 

A new $750,000 grant from the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mining Safety and Health will support researchers in the University of Illinois at Chicago Mining Education and Research (MinER) Center working to find out how various mining dusts contribute to lung disease. To aid this effort, University of Illinois at Chicago CCTS Technology Services has created a custom application for the MinER Center that allows them to seamlessly manage the process of reading and assessing chest images.

Scientists Discover a Powerful Antibody that Inhibits Multiple Strains of Norovirus 

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have discovered an antibody that broadly inhibits multiple strains of norovirus, a major step forward in the development of an effective vaccine. Professor Ralph Baric and Research Specialist Lisa Lindesmith are co-authors on the study. According to the CDC, this stomach virus is responsible for an estimated 200,000 deaths per year—mostly in infants, children, and the elderly.

ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World
STAT News: Scientists Close in on Blood Test for Alzheimer's

Scientists are closing in on a long-sought goal — a blood test to screen people for possible signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. On Monday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, half a dozen research groups gave new results on various experimental tests, including one that seems 88% accurate at indicating Alzheimer’s risk.

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Meet the Team 
Martin S. Zand, M.D., Ph.D. is the co-director of the Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration. He is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester, co-Principal Investigator of the University of Rochester’s CTSA Program and a member of the Consortium’s Methods and Processes Domain Task Force. Dr. Zand is also the Director of the Rochester Center for Health Informatics, which develops graph theory and network science methods for analyzing healthcare networks and patient journeys through the healthcare system. 
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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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