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    The integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) program is a collaboration of public and private institutions across the Commonwealth of Virginia that brings team science, innovation, and a commitment to train the next generation of clinical and translational researchers. Together, the iTHRIV partners (University of Virginia (Central VA), Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinics (Southwestern VA) and Inova Health Systems (Northern VA)) and our affiliates (Center for Open Science and the Licensing and Ventures Group) are working to support clinical translational research to benefit our diverse rural and urban communities across the state. The mission of iTHRIV is to remove barriers to discovery and optimize the use of data to improve health.
  • This year, the iTHRIV Scholars cohort is growing from within. Dr. Irène Mathieu, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, and Dr. Patricia Rodriguez-Lozano, Assistant Professor of Medicine, have joined the 2022 Scholars cohort following their participation in the iDRIV program. iDRIV, Inspiring Diverse Researchers in Virginia, is a year-long mentoring program to jump-start the research journey of early

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    Dr. Ahern will present research on leveraging big health data to understand the impacts of different forms of violence on health and health disparities in California, and the effects of programs and policies that may influence violence. The presentation will include examination of injuries and deaths due to legal intervention among young people, and examination of the effects of gun shows on

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    While much effort has gone into building predictive models of the COVID-19 pandemic, some have argued that early exponential growth combined with the stochastic nature of epidemics make the long-term prediction of contagion trajectories impossible. We conduct two complementary studies to assess model features supporting better long-term predictions. First, we leverage the diverse models

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    Publishing repeatable and reproducible computational models is a crucial aspect of the scientific method in computational biology and one that is often forgotten in the rush to publish. The pressures of academic life and the lack of any reward system at institutions, granting agencies, and journals means that publishing reproducible science is often either non-existent or, at best, presented in

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    Excess cognitive dysfunction has been identified in older adult survivors of COVID-19, compared to other respiratory infections. SARS-CoV-2 may thus adversely impact the brain beyond what the cases of acute stroke, etc. suggest. Unrecognized brain effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection may impact current brain functioning and presage future neurodegeneration and overt neurologic dysfunction. However

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    Socioeconomic and behavioral aspects of our lives significantly impact our health, yet minimal social determinants of health (SDOH) data is collected in the healthcare system. Information of this type is needed for quality healthcare research and patient care because it is associated with the full spectrum of health outcomes from acute to chronic disorders. Despite the growing interest in

  • For decades, this country has been educating the public about stroke, and informational campaigns appear to have made a difference according to UVA neurologist Bradford Worrall...

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    APPLICATIONS DUE January 8th The global COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years has upset our lives in ways unimaginable before we took to wearing masks, isolating at home, and avoiding contact with family, friends, and colleagues.  We are only now, just contending with the secondary effects of COVID exposures – so-called ‘long-haul COVID’ – but also the effects of deferred regular health check

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    Welcome to the Team Science module! Transdisciplinary collaboration has become more prevalent in this era as many disciplines of study have begun encouraging collaborative efforts that unite researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds to address complex questions and societal problems with a multidisciplinary approach.

  • Dr. Christine Ibilibor, iTHRIV Scholar and cancer researcher was interviewed in an Essence article discussing "What The Black Men In Our Lives Need To Know About Prostate Cancer".

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    Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed long-standing inequities in health, both in access to healthcare and allocation of treatments (1,2). These Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)(3,4) have reignited questions on whether ones’ ZIP code of residence yields greater impact than their genetic code as a predictor of their health(5). Objective: Our main question looked at an overall cohort of

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    Join us as we celebrate our iTHRIV scholars at the 5th Annual iTHRIV Scholars Clinical Translational Research Symposium on October 18 at 1 PM. The symposium includes a keynote address from a distinguished translational researcher, an information session for prospective scholars, and research lightning talks from our current cohort and recent graduates. ​This year’s event will be virtual and

  • Sana Syed, MD, MSCR, MSDS, an associate professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, was recently awarded an R01 grant from the NIH providing $3,522,906 in funding over the next 5 year to investigate metabolic pathways associated with Crohn’s disease in children.

  • How might insomnia-fighting interventions delivered over the internet help slow older patients’ descent into dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease? With a $1.22 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, University of Virginia assistant professor of nursing Meghan Mattos will investigate the connections between poor sleep, cognitive decline and the potential brain-saving

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    Dr. Azziza "Kemi" Bankole is a professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) and is the program director of the VTCSOM Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship program. Her research interests include schizophrenia in later life, dementia related agitation, and the use of sensor technology in older adults. Dr. Bankole is a co-principal investigator on the Behavioral and

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    Brittany Howell, Ph.D., blends biological and behavioral analysis to capture a wide range of factors implicated in healthy human brain development. Her laboratory analyzes and compares breast milk composition, feeding habits, stress levels, fecal microbiology, social behavior, and brain imaging data. She studies gut-brain-behavior axis development, and the biological pathways of early experience

  • iTHRIV Scholar and Assistant Professor Lee Ann Johnson is one of 50 promising early career scholars selected for the NIH/NIMHHD’s annual flagship Health Disparities Research Institute, which takes place in August 2022.

  • Research Assistant Professor Amanda Nguyen wins 2022 Translation Science Award and receives a grant to support her work with Cambodian community mental health.

  • Thanks to all those who made the 2021-2022 Biomedical Data Science Innovation Lab a success! It was a great week full of hard work, innovative ideas, and collaboration. 2022-2023 BDSIL information is coming soon, stay tuned...

  • iTHRIV Presents: Poverty, Justice, and Surgery  The Medical Neglect of the Global South
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    The Voices in Clinical & Translational Science series serves as a platform to lift underrepresented voices in research across the iTHRIV partnership with a focus on promoting dialogue and encouraging team science. This quarterly virtual seminar series is aimed at amplifying diverse perspectives in clinical and translational research to foster innovation and an inclusive environment. Presenters

  • Former participants in iTHRIV's "Inspiring Diverse Researchers in Virginia" (iDRIV), Angelina June, MD and Ifeyinwa Obiorah, MD have been inducted into UVA's Academy for Excellence in Education. Founded in 2020, the Academy for Excellence in Education aims to build an inclusive learning community of educators across the biomedical sciences and UVA Health to foster and honor educational excellence

  • Assefa, a recent graduate of UVA, participated in the UVA-Historically Black Colleges and Universities Summer Research Bridge to Data Science program (Bridge) as a research fellow. This program is co-sponsored by integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV), the UVA School of Data Science (UVA SDS), Oracle, and Deloitte. According to the UVA SDS, the UVA-HBCU Summer

  • McCulloch wants his young patients to live, and many of them won’t without a new heart. He knows that almost 20% of all pediatric patients on the wait list for hearts in the United States die before they receive one. But the heart must be healthy and a good match for the patient or a transplant could make matters worse. How does he decide?

  • Multiple sclerosis patients who adopt a “keto” diet may see health improvements on multiple fronts, new research co-authored by UVA Health shows. The ketogenic diet – popular for weight loss and among the fitness community – was put to the test among 65 volunteers with relapsing-remitting MS, an inflammatory disorder in which the immune system attacks the natural insulation that protects the body

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    The Voices in Clinical & Translational Science series serves as a platform to lift underrepresented voices in research across the iTHRIV partnership with a focus on promoting dialogue and encouraging team science. This seminar series is aimed at amplifying diverse perspectives in clinical and translational research to foster innovation and an inclusive environment. Presenters will share their

  • The quarterly seminar series is designed to amplify diverse perspectives in clinical and translational research, and in doing so, foster innovation and an inclusive environment. The goal is to learn from one another about the impact of different lived experiences on the work that people do. The presenters will share their science and also their lived experience as an underrepresented person in

  • From music streaming platforms to social media feeds and search engines, algorithms are used behind the scenes to tailor services to the unique preferences of individuals. Though the use of algorithms has been explored in health care since the origins of artificial intelligence, new strides in deep learning methods over the last decade are allowing clinicians to go after mass amounts of data that

  • CUBE is a 12-week program that educates and empowers undergraduate students in biostatistics through a full-time collaborative data analysis project, along with related professional development seminars, social events, and a final symposium where students present their research. Follow the link to read about the CUBE Program.

  • Bradford Worrall, MD, MSc, has been awarded the Outstanding Stroke Research Mentor Award by the American Stroke Association at the 2022 International Stroke Conference (ISC). Click the link to read more!