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News Roundup
March 23, 2021
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News from around the CTSA Program Consortium
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AI shows attitude toward COVID-19 is more ‘infectious’ than the disease itself

Know the facts before you retweet about COVID-19 or you may be adding to a growing snowball of misinformation. 

And politicians are as influential as scientists when it comes to public health beliefs about COVID-19.

That’s the message from a new study about social media and public attitudes about the pandemic. It found public attitude toward COVID-19 and its treatments is more "infectious" than the disease itself. The new Northwestern Medicine study used Artificial Intelligence (AI) to analyze tweets about the virus. 

NUCATS Institute Chief AI Officer Yuan Luo was an author on this study.

Washington University ICTS investigators find new evidence COVID-19 antibodies, vaccines less effective against variants


New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that three new, fast-spreading variants of the virus that cause COVID-19 can evade antibodies that work against the original form of the virus that sparked the pandemic. With few exceptions, whether such antibodies were produced in response to vaccination or natural infection, or were purified antibodies intended for use as drugs, the researchers found more antibody is needed to neutralize the new variants.
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New research at UC Davis Health seeks to reduce birth injury causing shoulder, arm and hand paralysis

A team of UC Davis Health scientists is working to identify factors that could predict brachial plexus birth injury (BPBI), the leading cause of infants’ upper extremity paralysis. They are developing a predictive risk model of maternal and hospital factors associated with the condition. Their work seeks to inform better prevention strategies and shift the current standard practices for this condition.

Research & Discovery Grand Rounds: Necessity is the Mother of Invention: Consent in the Era of COVID-19

Ryan McDowell, Director of the Office of Research Integrity at Children's Mercy Research Institute will present Necessity is the Mother of Invention: Consent in the Era of COVID-19.

This session will be free and open to all, but registration is required.  A Zoom link will be provided to registered attendees 24 hours before the session. 

Updates from CLIC  

LAST CALL for Spring Group Meeting Registration


Registration closes on Thursday, March 25 for the April 14-15 Spring Group Meetings. Log in to view the registration form

Webinar: Common Metrics Multi-Year Report

CLIC is pleased to announce that the Common Metrics Multi-Year Data Report: 2015-2019, is now available on our website. Approved hub personnel can view the report and the PowerPoint files. 

A post-report release webinar is scheduled for March 29, 3 pm ET. 

CLIC Education

VCU Wright Center Community Engaged Research Seminar series is now available in the Education Clearinghouse. 

CTSA-affiliated DIAMOND resources can now be found in the CLIC Education Clearinghouse. DIAMOND is a collaborative effort to provide competency-based education and training to clinical research professionals.

Sharing content on the CLIC website allows you to reach a larger audience and promote collaboration across the consortium. Find out more information about how to share content here.

ICYMI: News from the Science & Research World

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Data Questioned By Safety Board

A safety board overseeing AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine trial is raising concerns about the company's data. In an unusual post-midnight statement, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the Data and Safety Monitoring Board, which monitors the trial, is concerned that "outdated information" may have been included in the trial results.

CTSA Program Coordinating Centers' News

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Webinar: Empowering the Participant Voice – Collaborative Infrastructure to Streamline Collecting Participant Feedback

We will provide an overview of the project aims and progress so far in building this collaborative set of tools to collect, analyze, share and act on participant feedback. We will describe how the project integrates with into local participant-centered initiatives at collaborating sites.

April 5, 12pm ET

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Ask N3C!

Look for the big gold “Ask N3C” button on the far right-hand side of the N3C homepage for full support of all your questions and requests. N3C provides support for ALL types of questions, including account issues, Data Use Request (DUR) status, synthetic data questions, publication submissions, meeting changes, Domain Team support, and so much more! 

Please submit a ticket for the most expedient and efficient way to receive support. If you prefer to discuss in an interactive format, you can also visit the Support Desk Office Hours every Tue & Thurs 1-2 pm ET. 

If you have a story, opportunity, project or event that you'd like included in the News Roundup, please contact CLIC Communications: clic_comms@clic-ctsa.org 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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