In This Issue:
In-Person Meeting Highlights from October
What's New at CTSACentral.org
Upcoming Events Posted on CTSACentral.org
Featured Scientific Discoveries and Highlights
Seeking Self-Nominations For:
SGC Co-Chairs (SGC1 = 1 nominee needed, SGC2 = 1 nominee needed , and SGC5 = 2 nominees needed)
PI Representatives for the CCEC (five CTSA member PIs, elected by simple majority vote to represent themselves as well as the other PIs; the elected members are self- nominated, and if elected, serve for one year with the potential of re-election for two additional years).
If interested in serving in any of these roles, please email Terri Edwards at CTSA_SteeringCommittee@CTSAc4.org
Request For Information: NOT-TR-13-001 - Enhancing Community-Engaged Research through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program
The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks comments from all key stakeholders in the scientific and public health communities on the development of a research agenda utilizing the community engagement infrastructure developed through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program to achieve its broad clinical and translational goals. Key stakeholders include all investigators involved in bringing basic science through the translational pipeline to improve health in the community; those public and private partners who fund such research and services; and others including clinicians, patients, and community leaders seeking better diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures.
Responses to this RFI will be accepted through 11/15/2012. Learn More
ASBMR-CTSA Partnership Planning Award: Now Accepting Letters of Intent
The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is partnering with the Clinical and Translation Science Award (CTSA) Consortium to provide a multi-institutional, trans-disciplinary team science planning grant. The ASBMR-CTSA Partnership Planning Award is intended to advance scientifically compelling bone and mineral research and forge new ways to catalyze team science to the benefit of translational research and musculoskeletal health. This award is intended to leverage the scientific expertise of ASBMR investigators and the multi-institutional resources of the CTSA Consortium. Proposals should include substantive collaborations and contributions from at least two CTSAs.
Letters of Intent will be accepted through February 1, 2013. Learn more
Community health engaged researchers to join in ‘CORUS’ with new website
CORUS (Community Research Utilities and Support), an online repository for tools and resources that support community engaged research, was launched by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s Community Health Engagement Program under the name CTSA2Community in July 2011. The new site features a more informative, user-friendly interface and puts additional emphasis on encouraging material contributions related to community engaged research from the 60 centers across United States supported by Clinical and Translational Science Awards from the National Institutes of Health. Learn More
Consortium In-Person Meeting Highlights
Several CTSA Consortium Committees held in-person meetings in October including Evaluation KFC, Administration KFC, Steering Committee and Strategic Goal 3 Committee. See below for highlights:
The Evaluation KFC held their annual meeting October 8-9, 2012 in Bethesda. The meeting concentrated on clinical research processes and outcomes metrics. Meeting attendees were asked to first identify and then rate the top 15 metrics according to importance and feasibility. Learn More
The Administration KFC held their meeting October 9, 2012 in Rockville, MD with approximately 120 participants (approximately 8 NIH/NCATS representatives). The meeting included presentations by and discussions with NCATS Division of Clinical Innovation and Office Grants Management representatives as well as presentations and discussion on topics related to communication best practices, cost recovery, publication reporting tools and bibliometrics and evaluation models. In addition, time was incorporated for tool demonstrations, a networking during lunch and for 4 topic-driven roundtable discussions. Learn More
The CTSA Consortium Steering Committee held their annual meeting October 10-11, 2012 in Bethesda, MD. The meeting was attended by 214 participants (approximately 44 Federal representatives). Discussion focused on Consortia activities such as: NCATS and SGC updates, unique pilot programs, impactful unique functions, shareable tools, as well as focused breakout sessions. In addition, several NIH IC Leaders presented a review of current partnerships and potential future opportunities for working with the CTSA consortium. Learn More
Strategic Goal 3
The Strategic Goal 3 Committee held their annual meeting October 12, 2012 with approximately 25 people in attendance, including 7 CTSA PIs (SGC3 members), 2 NCATs coordinators and an NHLBI representative. Presentations included current SGC3 activities (Research Networking Implementation Survey, CTSA Expert Reviews) and activities from around the consortium that could support SGC3's future activities (CTSAconnect/eagle-i/VIVO, collaborator recommender systems, multidisciplinary translational team science and communication in a new culture). Discussion focused on choosing and prioritizing SGC3's activities. Curtis Lowery was selected as the new SGC3 Lead. After the end of 2012, Anantha Shekhar will step down as SGC3 Chair. Richard Larson will become Chair, with Allan Brasier as Chair-Elect 2014 and Curtis Lowery as Chair-Elect 2015. Learn More