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News Roundup
November 30, 2021
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267 educational resources, 951 Consortium News stories posted, 1154 meetings coordinated by CLIC, 3395 users registered with CLIC
News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
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Commentary highlights reasons for lack of diversity in cancer research

A commentary by researchers from Mayo Clinic and the University of Southern California suggests that agencies funding biomedical research must strive for diversity, equity and inclusion in research decisions, and that these agencies will only be successful if they address bias in the research funding process. 

VCU Wright Center researchers develop COVID-19 testing method that is both accurate and fast

A team of Virginia Commonwealth University researchers has published a paper providing a framework for increasing the speed of the COVID-19 PCR test, which is accurate but time-consuming, by removing a timely and expensive step. Another paper by the same research team proposes an easier method for identifying variants like Delta.

NCATS Bioethics Supplement: Institutional Approaches to COVID-19 Trial Prioritization

The University of Pennsylvania will be conducting a mixed methods study, funded by NCATS through a bioethics supplement to the University of Pennsylvania’s CTSA, to examine institutional approaches to prioritizing COVID-19 trials. The study team will invite prioritization committee chairs/co-chairs and other relevant decision-makers to participate from a random selection of CTSA Program hubs.

Updates from CLIC

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK: 2021 Virtual CTSA Program Annual Meeting 

Are you registered for this week's CTSA Program Annual Meeting? If you are, check out the full agenda and plan out your week so you don't miss any of the exciting presentations, meetings, networking, and more. 

Also, make sure to follow CLIC on Twitter and use the hashtag #CTSAMeeting to share any great insights or experiences from the meetings you attend throughout the week. 
CLIC Education

Meet the Third Cohorts for Change Facilitator, John Cullen

John P. Cullen, Ph.D., director of diversity and inclusion for the University of Rochester CTSI, will facilitate the third workshop of the CLIC Cohorts for Change anti-racism series, “Undoing the Historical Legacy of Racism in Research.” Cohorts for Change is a six-month training program focused on giving participants the knowledge and skills to further develop structural and administrative anti-racism initiatives within their CTSA Program hub.   

NEW: Check out the curated resources for the third Cohorts for Change workshop!

ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World
A protester holding signs reading "Stop Ecocide" stands in front of police near the climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 3.

A protester from Doctors for Extinction Rebellion stands in front of police near the climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 3. (Alastair Grant/AP)

COP26 finally framed climate change as a public health issue

As the dust settles on the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, health professionals are finally feeling acknowledged by the global climate community.

More than 100 doctors and nurses traveled to Glasgow earlier this month with a message for world leaders: Global warming is a leading threat to public health. And curbing planet-warming emissions is a prescription.

CTSA Program Coordinating Centers' News
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Topic: Utilization of Narrative Intervention/Storytelling for applications in research participation and informed consent

An overview of the process and application of storytelling as a tool to increase awareness about research participation among underrepresented populations. This process includes adaptations of communications models as well as the health belief model. 

December 15, 2021 at 12pm EST

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Register for N3C Orientation Session B

This session focuses on technical aspects of working with N3C data in the secure Enclave, introduces commonly used analysis tools and the Knowledge Store, a mechanism for sharing and using community- developed code and data across projects.

December 7, 2021 at 8am PST

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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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