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February 2023


Dear Reader,


Guest Blog from NCATS Director, Dr. Joni Rutter: Your Role in Building a Roadmap for the Future

This is my second guest appearance on Mike’s Blog, but my first time writing as the permanent director of NCATS. While my title is new, I am not new to NCATS or to this incredible community.
I joined NCATS in 2019 as deputy director, and I subsequently stepped in to serve as NCATS acting director, a role I held for the past year and a half. At the Fall 2022 CTSA Program Annual Meeting, I talked about my vision for NCATS and three audacious goals for the decade ahead. Now, in my capacity as NCATS director, I am committed to working with you to make this vision a reality.


Guest Blog by Joni L. Rutter, PhD. NCATS Director

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Remembering Drs. Ralph Sacco, Susan Smyth, and Gerald Supinksi

Left-to-Right: Dr. Ralph Sacco, Dr. Susan Smyth, and Dr. Gerald Supinksi
We are saddened to share the news of the recent losses of our colleagues and friends in the CTSA community, Drs. Ralph Sacco, Susan Smyth, and Gerald Supinski, following the loss of Dr. Rebecca Jackson earlier in 2022.
In remembrance of these remarkable physician-scientist giants in the CTSA community, we encourage you to take a few moments to reflect and consider reading some of the tributes shared by those who knew or worked closely with them.

Save the Date: 2023 Spring CTSA Program Group Meetings -- April 20 and 21, 2023

The Coordination, Communication, and Operations Support (CCOS) Center is excited to announce the 2023 Spring CTSA Program Group Meetings! The Spring 2023 Steering Committee Meeting will be held at the Washington Hilton hotel on Thursday, April 20, 2023 where the ACTS Conference is being held, and the Program Group Meetings are scheduled for Friday, April 21, 2023 at the Capital Hilton hotel, just two miles from the Washington Hilton.

Register for the 2023 Spring Program Meeting now! Additional details to come.




New with N3C: New PHASTR Questions Open

National COVID Cohort Collaborative N3C

N3C PHASTR: The next set of PHASTR (Public Health Answers to Speed Tractable Results) questions open for new proposal submissions is now available.

Applications close February 15, 2023. View latest updates about the effort and learn how to get involved.



Georgia CTSA Receives $73.7 Million to Accelerate Clinical and Translational Research Across Georgia

Researcher examines young patient. Image credit: Emory University, by Jack Kearse

NCATS has awarded $58.6 million over five years to Georgia CTSA to continue its efforts to advance the quality of clinical and translational research and transform research results to impact health in Georgia and beyond. In addition to NIH funding, Georgia CTSA will receive $15.1 million in institutional support from its academic institutions.

"The renewal of the Georgia CTSA provides critical support for our institutional alliance as we work together to tackle the major health issues facing the citizens of Georgia,” says W. Robert Taylor, MD, PhD, contact principal investigator at Emory University. “We will continue our focus on reducing the tragic health disparities that exist across our state."



Submitted by: Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech, and UGA from Georgia CTSA, with partners that include Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


A Stronger Dose of Community Engagement

Tou Thao and his family and Robert Straka are seated at a table looking at the camera and smiling. Image credit: University of Minnesota

Research from University of Minnesota’s Robert Straka, PharmD, FCCP, found significant differences in how efficiently medications are metabolized by members of Minnesota's Hmong community compared to other populations, suggesting that the Hmong may be better served with different dosages or even different medications. He sought to validate these findings in another Hmong community, which he successfully did with the help of pharmacy student and CTSI Advanced Pathways to Research Program (A-PReP) scholar Tou Thao.



Submitted by: University of Minnesota


CLIC-CCOS Transition Corner

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The new CTSA Coordination, Communication, and Operations Support (CCOS) Center is working with CLIC to transition CTSA Program support responsibilities. Updates can be found on the dedicated CCOS page of the CLIC website.

Recent updates include details on the new CCOS Center website development and an opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions.



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CTSA Program Webinar
2 PM - 3 PM ET, Webinar


Rare Disease Day at NIH #RDDNIH
9 AM - 5 PM EST NIH Main Campus, Natcher Conference Center


2023 AGM Preclinical Translational Science Webinar Series."Preclinical Cancer Target Validation: How to Avoid Being Wrong (Even if You Fool Reviewer 3)" William G. Kaelin, Jr., M.D. Nobel Prize 2019.
11 AM - 12 PM ET, Webinar


Health Disparities Un-Meeting
10 AM - 2 PM, Virtual


Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. December 2022) for Fiscal Year 2023
Updates to the Non-Discrimination Legal Requirements for NIH Recipients
Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2023
Notice of Termination for PAR-22-122: Limited Competition: Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Consortium-Wide Centers: Resources for Rapid Demonstration and Dissemination (U24 Clinical Trials Optional)
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