Discussion Forums

The Discussion Forums (DF) advance CTSA Program objectives in high priority areas in clinical and translational science through the following activities:

  • Discuss more specific, focused topics in depth
  • May develop plans for projects that fill identified gaps and/or further the program objectives through a work group proposal
  • As with other program activities you cannot use a DF to develop a grant application or for discussion of funding.

To learn about or to submit a request to create a new discussion forum, visit the New Discussion Forum Request form. For any questions about DFs or the application process, please contact NCATS at support@ctsa.io.

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View the NCATS "Getting Started" or FAQ resources for using the DF.

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Clinical Research Professional Discussion Forum The purpose of this work group is to enhance focused discussions on topics related to workforce development for clinical research professionals (CRPs) working in academic medical centers (AMCs), especially those that are working on federally-funded clinical research. The goal is to share perspectives on the challenges and successes in conducting research for NIH with a focus on developing actionable ways to drive improvement. The focus would be on workforce development initiatives/ideas. Our discussions will advance the foundational work of the NCATS Workforce Development Enterprise Group (EG).
Community Engagement Discussion Group The goal of this discussion forum is to share ideas and models for developing community engagement metrics and assessment approaches, with the hope of developing collaborative activities and practices across the CTSA hubs.
CTSA Partnerships with Public Departments of Health and Healthcare Many CTSA hubs engage with city, county, and state health departments on program evaluation, delivery science, implementation research, community engagement, and other initiatives spanning the translational science spectrum. These academic-public partnerships have the potential to enhance community and population health, but they also encounter common challenges including competing priorities, differing timelines, bureaucratic hurdles, and unstable funding. This Discussion Forum aims to share and develop strategies for successful cross-sector collaboration.
CTSA Program Response to COVID-19 Discussion Forum A collaborative space for CTSA Researchers to discuss their efforts in managing the COVID-19 outbreak.
Education & Career Development The Education and Career Development Discussion Forum is a space to discuss and share learning and training resources, discuss career development opportunities and pathways, and request assistance from experts and colleagues from around the CTSA Program. The main goal of this group is to create an inclusive and collaborative CTSA education community that helps to facilitate and amplify opportunities for the sharing of learning and career development resources.
Expanded Access Group Expanded Access is the FDA process to obtain permission to use investigational drugs or devices for the clinical care of a patient who has no other approved therapies and cannot access a clinical trial. This forum is for discussion about Expanded Access process, policy, and infrastructure.
IND-IDE Workgroup Regulatory staff from academic medical centers can use this forum to discuss general regulatory science and the FDA issues unique to investigator initiated Investigational New Drug (IND) and Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) research.
Nurses in Translational Research Group The purpose of the Nurses in Translational Research Group is to provide a mechanism for nurses involved with CTSAs to connect, communicate, and collaborate. Goals include discussing emerging topics related to translational nursing and addressing gaps in training and education by developing collaborative projects across CTSA hubs.
Pharmacy and Research Pharmacy The forum will include CTSA pharmacists with experience and expertise in supporting clinical research, especially in the areas of early phase clinical trials, and sterile/non-sterile investigational product formulation and manufacturing. The group will develop objectives aimed at improving quality and compliance, and also, broadening the pharmacy-based research support services available at CTSA institutions.
Pod (Hess) Discussion Forum Discussion Forum for University of Utah, University of California Irvine, Scripps Research Institute, University of California San Diego, University of California Los Angeles, and Medical College of Wisconsin
Precision Medicine Discussion Group (PMDG) The goal of this discussion group is to share ideas and resources for supporting Precision Medicine community across the CTSA hubs. The group is created to enable direct communication, sharing, and collaboration among current (and future) CTSA hubs that have optional Precision Medicine-focused modules. Precision medicine tools will include resources for consents, educational materials, return of genetic results, EHR decision support, and training materials.
Research Unit Network (RUN) The Research Unit Network (RUN) was created with the purpose to enable direct communication, sharing, and collaboration among CRUs. The short and intermediate goal of RUN is to identify best practices that units are establishing, implementing, and following with the goal of sharing these experiences and try to adopt them in the different CRUs. The network’s long-term goal is to establish standard benchmarks that can be used for evaluating the performance of an individual CRU as well as comparing the performance of units around the nation. This network consists of 25 sites (23 CTSA and 2 IDeA)