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News Roundup
February 11, 2020
Updates from CLIC  
Request for Information on Proposed Research Initiative to Decrease Maternal Mortality

 The NIH is seeking input on a proposed research initiative to decrease maternal mortality. In strategic alignment with efforts undertaken across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and NIH’s already significant investments in maternal mortality research, NIH is considering the proposed two-pronged research initiative in pursuit of cutting-edge, innovative, and collaborative approaches to reducing maternal mortality. Both efforts would focus on addressing health disparities in maternal mortality — particularly in African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and rural populations — and improving data collection, standardization, and availability (e.g., common data elements).

Responses must be submitted electronically by February 21, 2020. Email inquiries to

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News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
Case Study on Teen Mental Health Using Translational Science Benefits Model

David Sheridan, M.D., assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, and his team at Oregon Health & Science University are developing a wearable device that assesses and reports the physiological measures associated with stress dysregulation and worsening suicidality. Their goal is to help adolescents identify these symptoms to allow time for interventions that can help prevent emergency department visits and suicide attempts.

Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute's Evaluation Core created a Translational Science Benefits Model case study on the outcomes of this project and the resources that Sheridan leveraged, including OCTRI's Biomedical Innovation Program pilot funding and project support.

KL2 Scholar Managing Pain through Art

UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center KL2 Scholar Ian Koebner, M.D., is hoping to use art museums to help chronic pain sufferers manage their condition. More than 100 million American adults suffer from chronic pain, which affects the body, mind, and social interactions. Previous studies have demonstrated an association between social connection pain intensity. Koebner will test whether a museum tour (Art RX), a museum meditation program (Artful Meditation) or both can boost participants' social connectedness and reduce their pain levels. 

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STAT: Epic’s call to block a proposed data rule is wrong for many reasons

In this STAT First Opinion article, Kenneth D. Mandl, M.D., and Isaac S. Kohane, M.D., of Harvard Medical School, argue in favor of secure data flow out of Epic's electronic health record and into apps that benefit doctors and patients. The Department of Health and Human Services is currently trying to finalize a rule that would implement the interoperability and information blocking provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. But Epic, a major beneficiary of a $48 billion Obama-era federal program to promote the adoption of EHRs, is vehemently trying to block that effort. 

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