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Pittsburgh Works to Close Digital Divide with Health-Focused Apps

University of Pittsburgh CTSI

Technology is revolutionizing the healthcare industry, from the way we treat and dispense medicine to the greater control consumers can take over their health. The National Urban wants to make sure the Black community is an integral part of this new landscape.

August 13, 2018

Community Scientist Academy: Creating Community Advocates and Partners for Research

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Translational Research Institute (TRI)

The semi-annual Community Scientist Academy brings UAMS researchers and community members together for weekly sessions to increase the community participants’ knowledge of the research process, to build relationships between TRI and the community, and to create a cadre of stakeholders who can influence UAMS’ research.

“We want our fellow Arkansans to understand what we do because their input makes a big difference in our efforts to improve health,” said Kate Stewart, M.D., M.P.H., who leads the TRI’s Community Engagement program.

TRI established the academy on the recommendation of members of its Community Advisory Board. The academy, which is free to the public, addresses misconceptions about research while confronting past unethical behavior of researchers with vulnerable populations.

The next Community Scientist Academy will be Sept. 25 through Oct. 30, 2018, Tuesdays,  5:30 – 7:30 p.m. For more information about this program and/or the upcoming academy, please contact Rachel Hale, 501-526-6628 or

August 07, 2018

Dr. Thomas Pearson, director of the CTSI Translational Workforce Development Program, invited Dr. Ericka Boone, director of the NIH Division of Loan Repayment, to speak at the 2018 CTSI Research Day, to help identify opportunities for scholars, faculty and trainees to fund research careers. Pictured left to right with Omar McCrimmon, Communications Specialist for the NIH Loan Repayment Programs. University of Florida
UF CTSI Research Day Features Scholars and Trainees, NIH Loan Repayment Official

University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Trainees, scholars and pilot award recipients presented their work at the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Research Day recently and heard from an NIH official about how to alleviate a major barrier to research that’s never far from their thoughts: Student loans.

NIH Division of Loan Repayment Director Ericka Boone, PhD, wants early-career researchers to know that the agency has $68 million to distribute every year, and that more people should apply for it.

“That’s $68 million up for grabs,” she told the crowd at the June 19 event. “You can get your loans repaid if you do research that is considered to be mission-critical for the NIH.”

Boone met with Loan Repayment Program Ambassadors from UF, and had lunch with TL1 Trainees, predoctoral students interested in translational research careers, and KL2 Scholars, junior faculty, who presented at Research Day. CTSI Translational Workforce Development Program trainees and scholars presented 18 posters: five TL1 trainees, five TL1 teams, five KL2 scholars, one non-TL1 CTS PhD student, and two faculty members in the Training and Research Academy for Clinical and Translational Science (TRACTS) program. Thirteen additional posters illustrated research supported by CTSI pilot project awards.

August 03, 2018

Mayo Clinic
CTSA mentorship program makes research aspirations a reality

Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Mrinal Patnaik, M.B.B.S., is a physician in the Department of Hematology at Mayo Clinic with a keen interest in the clinical management of blood cancers. In recent years, however, Dr. Patnaik realized he wanted to develop a deeper understanding of the disease biology of these cancers and the ways that precision genomics could be used to improve therapy and quality of life for patients.  “I was looking for more training and mentorship, and to learn the skills to become an independent researcher,” says Dr. Patnaik. So he applied to Mayo's KL2 Mentored Career Development Program.

August 01, 2018

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