CTSA Consortium News and Announcements - November 2012


Featured Scientific Discoveries and Highlights

A clinical trial to maintain glycemic control in youth with type 2 diabetes

Evaluation of TRAF6 in a large multiancestral lupus cohort

Sleep-disordered breathing and cancer mortality: results from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study

Both host and pathogen factors predispose to Escherichia coli urinary-source bacteremia in hospitalized patients

Adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells improve revascularization outcomes to restore renal function in swine atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis

Mutations of DNAH11 in patients with primary ciliary dyskinesia with normal ciliary ultrastructure 

Prevalence of alcohol use disorders before and after bariatric surgery

Risk of cervical precancer and cancer among HIV-infected women with normal cervical cytology and no evidence of oncogenic HPV infection

What's New at CTSACentral.org

CTSACentral.org has a new look!  The newly redesigned website was unveiled in October. By updating our site, we've been able to provide enhanced features/tools and improve navigation. 

Some of the new features include:

Tool Awareness Project

Collaboration Opportunities

Best Practices

NIH I/C Annual Summaries for 2011

Scientific Diversity - A visualization tool providing publication references for scientific manuscripts citing one or more of the approximately 60 CTSA grants AND at least one other NIH institute/agency grant.

We will continue to update the website with new features and enhancements and as always, we welcome your feedback!

November 2012

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

Steering Committee
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


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