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UR Stars Doctoral Career Advancement Program Supports Research Career Advancement


The new UR Stars Doctoral Career Advancement Program, which is supported by the UR CTSI, is an opportunity to enhance the faculty recruitment pipeline at the University of Rochester and establish meaningful connections with early career scholars. This two-day program serves as a career advancement opportunity for graduate students nearing the completion of their studies, post-doctoral scholars, and junior faculty.

Early career scholars of diverse backgrounds nationwide—with particular attention to historically underrepresented groups in the academy—will gain great insight about research and teaching opportunities at the University of Rochester, while exploring career and academic advancement. Scholars who participate in the program are strongly encouraged to apply for post-doctoral fellowships and faculty positions at the university.

June 27, 2018

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill CTSA Hub's Community Engagement has a new NAME!

NC TraCS at UNC-Chapel Hill

The Community Engagement Service at UNC's CTSA Hub has a new NAME! Our new name is now...Community and Stakeholder Engagement (CaSE) Program!

As part of the new grant, we here at NC TraCS, home of the CTSA hub at UNC, sought a name that clearly conveyed the primary mission of our program’s work and highlighted the diversity of those with whom we work and serve. Under the new grant, we are charged with broadening our historical definition of “community”, and thus will engage new and diverse populations such as providers, patients, and health systems.  Therefore, we thought the addition of the term “stakeholder” was key. Our hope is that our new name resonates with investigators across our University who engage with a variety of populations, as well as with the diverse group of stakeholders and stakeholder communities with whom we work across North Carolina and CTSA the Consortium.

For more information about the TraCS CaSE Program, please consult our website,

June 26, 2018

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CHIBE Combats the Opioid Crisis, One ‘Nudge’ at a Time

Penn Medicine CTSA

Experts in many corners of Penn Medicine are at work combatting the deadly toll of the opioid epidemic, including the physicians and researchers of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) at the Perelman School of Medicine. As one of two Roybal Centers on Behavioral Economics and Health nationally funded by the National Institute of Aging of NIH, CHIBE combines psychology and economics with clinical expertise in an effort to understand why individuals make certain decisions that impact their health and how to leverage their findings to advance policy, improve health care delivery, and encourage healthy behaviors among patients and best practices among clinicians. All those elements combine in their efforts to curb prescription opioid misuse.

June 21, 2018

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Pioneering new eczema treatments: Donald Leung, MD, pits good bacteria against bad in his research

Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

The battle between good and evil is a theme usually reserved for blockbuster movies or literature. However, biomedical researcher Donald Leung, MD, is engaged in his own epic battle, pitting good bacteria against bad in order to treat atopic dermatitis or eczema—the world’s most common skin disease.


June 20, 2018

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