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News Roundup
May 18, 2021
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231 educational resources posted. 782 Consortium News stories posted. 1111 meetings coordinated by CLIC. 2889 users registered with CLIC
News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
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UAMS CTSA-Supported Implementation Science Scholar Implements Newborn Screening that Saves Baby's Life

Oliver Hurst owes his life to a luckily timed move across the country. His father and mother, who was then three months pregnant with Oliver, arrived in Vilonia from California in March 2020.

At the time, UAMS’ Kapil Arya, M.D., was developing strategies as a UAMS Translational Research Institute Implementation Science Scholar to establish statewide newborn screenings for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare disease that can disable a newborn within months.

Michael Ison, MD, MS, director of Center for Clinical Research
Michael Ison, MD, MS, director of Center for Clinical Research

Using Influenza Data to Better Treat COVID-19

NUCATS researchers generating new insights from previous data

What might the flu tell us about COVID-19? Quite a bit says Michael Ison, MD, MS, professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Surgery in the Division of Organ Transplantation.

Recently, Ison, director of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute’s Center for Clinical Research, delivered a pandemic-focused lecture as part of the Translational Applications in Public Health lecture series.

Clinical Trials Day. Thursday May 20, 11:30 am. Watch live at

Clinical Trials Day Facebook Live Event

VCU's CTSA hub and NCI-designated center unite to talk about the lifesaving impact of clinical trials, how they work and how patients can become involved.

Watch live on Facebook

ECHO: Request for Information and Upcoming Workshop

The RFI on enhancing the science for the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program seeks input from stakeholders throughout the extramural scientific community and the general public regarding enhancing the science of ECHO.
Deadline: May 25, 2021

Additionally, registration is open for the upcoming ECHO Preconceptional Origins of Child Health Outcomes Workshop
June 17-18, 2021

Updates from CLIC  

NEW Website Function: Search User Bios by Keyword

Are you looking for CTSA Program researchers studying a specific topic? The CLIC website now has a search function to easily find words within CLIC bios. We encourage all users to update their profiles to make it easier to connect with each other. 

Need help navigating the CLIC website? Check out the CLIC Library for video tutorials. 

Un-Meeting Registration

The Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC) will host a virtual Un-Meeting on Thursday, May 27 titled “Exploring the Inclusion of Community Hospitals in Clinical Research.” Participants will discuss how to work with community hospitals when preparing for a future public health emergency, when recruiting for academic clinical trials and when working to increase participant diversity in clinical trials.

This NCATS-responsive Un-Meeting is a half-day attendee-driven event, with time devoted to sharing ideas, developing relationships and identifying opportunities for collaboration.

CLIC Education
New! Career Development Community. Message Boards. Community Content. Member Directory

The CLIC Career Development Community has launched!

This is an interactive space available to the CTSA Program and greater translational science communities where individuals can collaborate, network and share ideas with peers. There are three focus areas for KL2 scholars, TL1 trainees and clinical research professionals. Each focus area includes a message board, community content feed and searchable community member list to foster communication across the consortium.

Join now!

Organizing the Design, Marketing, Assessment, and Follow-Up for Educational Offerings: A Planning Resource for Webinar and Workshop Facilitators.

Check out SC CTSI’s latest recorded workshop, and learn about a new planning resource and structured workflow for presenters to optimize the organization of their educational webinars and workshops.

ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World

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A man with electrodes implanted in his brain imagined writing with a pen on paper and saw that text appear on screen, a new study reports. Credit: F. Willett et al/Nature 2021, Erika Woodrum

Brain implants turn imagined handwriting into text on a screen

Electrodes in a paralyzed man’s brain turned his imagined handwriting into words typed on a screen. The translation from brain to text may ultimately point to ways to help people with disabilities like paralysis communicate using just their thoughts.

CTSA Program Coordinating Centers' News

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Social Media for Recruitment and Retention


This presentation will help answer the question “Should you go online” and other things to consider when deciding if social media will be an option to add to your recruitment plan.

May 19, 2021 at 12pm ET 

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Another Published Preprint from the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C)

For the past year, researchers have been pursuing possibilities for the repurposing of existing drugs that can effectively disrupt COVID-19 disease processes. Electronic health record (EHR) data from the N3C Data Enclave were used to produce a recent preprint published in medRxiv on April 6, 2021 titled Drug repositioning candidates identified using in-silico quasi-quantum molecular simulation demonstrate reduced COVID-19 mortality in 1.5M patient records. 

If you have a story, opportunity, project or event that you'd like included in the News Roundup, please contact CLIC Communications: or visit the CLIC Library to learn how to post  content to the CLIC website

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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