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A cure for HIV? Feasible but not yet realized

Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland

We've made a lot of progress in the fight against HIV and the recent announcement of a second patient in remission reignited hope of cure on the horizon. In her widely read article A cure for HIV? Feasible but not yet realized, former Cleveland CTSC KL2 Scholar, Allison Webel, RN, PhD, breaks down the science behind the headlines and discusses what it means for HIV prevention and treatment today.

March 25, 2019

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VCU researcher leads study aimed at improving care for people with chronic conditions

Virginia Commonwealth University C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a nearly $2 million grant to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine and Population Health to test a model of care that aims to better connect primary care clinicians with community resources and health system services.

People who struggle with multiple chronic conditions often also have unmet social needs, unhealthy behaviors and other mental health challenges, said Alex Krist, M.D., a professor of family medicine in the School of Medicine who will lead the research funded by the grant.

Krist, who is the co-director of community-engaged research at the VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, will lead a research team that includes VCU investigators along with community partners and colleagues at the University of Colorado and University of Texas Health Science Center. The research was informed by a pilot grant awarded to Krist by the Wright Center, through which he and colleagues tested a social needs screening tool that will be used for the study. 

March 25, 2019

The CD2H Twitter Photo Contest

The Center for Data to Health

Informatics and data science play a pivotal role in discovery, training, basic science, clinical research, care, and the health of our communities. We want to share how your team is making an impact in the CTSA program and across the translational spectrum.  Share a photo of your community partners, care teams, labs, everyone, in action!  Learn more here!  Submit here!

 

March 21, 2019

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Alexa, Meet Tara: GHUCCTS collaboration to provide personalized, voice-activated wellness assistants for patients with heart failure.

Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science

What started as a project to enhance Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa has evolved into an expanded partnership with ObEN Inc., an artificial intelligence (AI) company that is creating Personal AI 3D avatars. Together, the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Studies (GHUCCTS), MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI), and ObEN will introduce the world to Tara, an intelligent 3D healthcare assistant avatar aiming to improve health and quality of life for in-home, independent, and assisted-living patients with heart failure.

The original project, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the GHUCCTS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), aimed to design a customized and interactive heart failure skill kit within Alexa, giving patients the opportunity to connect with family and healthcare providers while monitoring their heart health at home.

March 14, 2019

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