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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s long-term vision is to improve human health. It does this by providing the tools and resources needed to promote collaboration between scientific disciplines and conduct research more efficiently at Penn State and abroad. It works with scientists in any discipline who are working on knowledge that benefits human health. It is a partner in the translational science process to help move research discoveries into practical use. It introduces and shares new and improved ways for scientists to conduct their research and shares these methods to its peers to better science. It focuses on rural communities surrounding the Penn State system. It promotes projects and research questions that will better the lives of its neighbors.
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute will present "Uncover the Power of Observational Studies" at its next Research Methods Seminar Series from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 14. This seminar series is held virtually. The Research Methods Seminar Series features statisticians and methodologists from multiple Penn State departments. Duanping Liao, professor of public health sciences, will
  • Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute released the latest episode of its Engage Podcast featuring research into diseases of despair in Pennsylvania communities. Daniel George, associate professor of humanities and public health sciences, discusses the results of a research study that conducted focus groups in Pennsylvania communities affected by diseases of despair. Princeton
  • Financial instability, lack of infrastructure, a deteriorating sense of community and family fragmentation are key contributors to diseases of despair in Pennsylvania communities, according to Penn State College of Medicine and Highmark Health researchers. The researchers conducted four focus groups in Pennsylvania communities identified as having high rates of despair-related illnesses. Diseases
  • The federal Health Resources and Services Administration awarded Penn State College of Medicine $2.2 million over the next five years to establish a primary care research fellowship. This fellowship program will train investigators to address various physical and mental health challenges – including the opioid and mental health crises – that affect communities in central Pennsylvania and beyond
  • Some regions of the human genome where the DNA can fold into unusual three-dimensional structures called G-quadruplexes (G4s) show signs that they are preserved by natural selection. When G4s are located in the regulatory sequences that control how genes are expressed or in other functional, but non-protein-coding, regions of the genome, they are maintained by selection, are more common, and their
  • Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute released the latest episode of its Engage Podcast highlighting one of its Translational Research Training Program (TL1) scholars, Brianna Evans. Evans discusses her love of research, her passion for diversity in science and her research project as part of Sue Grigson’s lab. The National Institutes of Health-funded Translational Research
  • Britney Wardecker, Ph.D., an assistant professor of nursing at Penn State College of Nursing, researches healthy aging in the LGBTQ community. There are more than 50 million Americans who are aged 65 and older. According to the US Census Bureau, that number is expected to be nearly 84 million by 2050. Keeping older Americans healthy and maintaining their everyday lives will remain an important
  • Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute released the latest episode of its Engage Podcast discussing research into e-cigarettes. Andrea Hobkirk, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavior health, discusses her work into how the brain responds to flavored e-cigarettes compared to unflavored. Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute invested in Hobkirk’s
  • When universities across the U.S. opted to return students to campus for in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic in the fall of 2020, surrounding communities were understandably concerned that COVID-19 infection rates would significantly increase. In response, several Penn State researchers formed the Centre County COVID-19 Data 4 Action Project (D4A) to conduct anonymous surveys and

  • Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s 2021 Translational Science Fellowship summer program begins this week. Graduate and medical students are attending a highly interactive 10-session program to learn clinical and translational research skills, which they can apply to their own mentored research projects. The program is targeted at early-stage learners and includes training in
  • Flavoring can change how the brain responds to e-cigarette aerosols that contain nicotine, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Andrea Hobkirk and her team used functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to understand how the brain’s reward areas react to e-cigarette aerosol with and without flavor. “There are nearly 12 million e-cigarette users in the United States,” Hobkirk
  • Abusive head trauma (AHT) is one of the leading causes of traumatic death and disability in infants and young children in the United States. A missed diagnosis can lead to death if the child is mistakenly returned to an abusive situation. For the first time, Penn State researchers, including lead investigator Dr. Kent Hymel, professor of pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine, have conducted
  • Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute released the latest episode of its Engage Podcast discussing research into healthy aging in the LGBTQ community. Britney Wardecker, Ph.D., an assistant professor of nursing at Penn State College of Nursing, discusses her work into understanding the needs and health care preferences of aging LGBTQ community members. Penn State Clinical and
  • Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and affects more than 10 million people around the world. To better understand the origins of the disease, researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed an integrative approach, combining experimental and computational methods, to understand how individual proteins may

  • Winnie Adebayo, PhD, an assistant professor of nursing at Penn State College of Nursing, researches how to encourage young people to take the initiative to be tested for sexually transmitted infections, or STIs. “On one hand, when someone goes to the doctor to get screened or tested, they provide information, and the clinician gives them resources to help them manage their health,” Adebayo said.
  • Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute released the latest episode of its Engage Podcast, discussing the importance of data and how sharing data advances science. Jennifer McCormick, Ph.D., an associate professor of humanities at Penn State College of Medicine, gives an overview of the different types of data collected in health research, the importance of informed consent, and
  • As a pediatrician, Dr. Steven Hicks understands how invasive testing like drawing blood can be traumatic for a child. And as a pediatrician, he also understands the importance of limiting subjectivity in diagnosing certain conditions. As a researcher, Hicks decided to do something about both. He researches the use of spit to assist doctors in diagnosing conditions related to brain development
  • Eating red meat may have a bad reputation for being bad for the heart, but new research found that lean beef may have a place in healthy diets, after all. In a randomized controlled study, researchers found that a Mediterranean diet combined with small portions of lean beef helped lower risk factors for developing heart disease, such as LDL cholesterol. Jennifer Fleming, assistant teaching

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    Penn State Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) hosts its virtual Smart Health Research Colloquium from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on April 28. Registration is required here. Kal Pasupathy, faculty member in the Mayo College of Medicine and the Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Deliver, will present “Informatics and Data Science: Enhancing Health and Care Delivery through Learning
  • People who trust television and Facebook to provide them with accurate news about the coronavirus pandemic are less knowledgeable about COVID-19, according to a new study, which assessed people’s knowledge of the virus in the earliest stages of the pandemic. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Current Medical Research & Opinion, surveyed 5,948 adults in Pennsylvania between March 25
  • For victims of sexual assault, high-quality health care provided by sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) is associated with improved health and prosecutorial outcomes. However, very little is known about access to SANEs. Sheridan Miyamoto, assistant professor and SAFE-T Center principal investigator, and Elizabeth Thiede, nursing doctoral student and 2021 ENRS Student Conference Scholarship
  • Social distancing and lockdowns may have reduced the spread of COVID-19, but researchers from Penn State College of Medicine also report those actions may have affected clinical researchers’ ability to finish trials. Study completion rates dropped worldwide between 13% and 23%, depending on the type of research sponsor and geographic location, between April and October 2020. Researchers previously
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute presents “Enhanced Models of Translating Research to Policymakers" at its next Translational Science Seminar Series webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on April 15. In this seminar, Taylor Scott will address how a comprehensive science translation strategy includes researcher interactions in addition to effective science communication and
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute will present "How Functional Data Analysis Contributes to Biomedical Research: The Genetics of Childhood Obesity, and the Unfolding of COVID-19 in Italy" at its next Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series from 4 to 5 p.m. on April 13. The Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series features statisticians and methodologists from
  • Stress, increased free time and feelings of boredom may have contributed to an increase in the number of cigarettes smoked per day during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic by nearly a third of surveyed Pennsylvania smokers. Penn State College of Medicine researchers said understanding risk factors and developing new strategies for smoking cessation and harm reduction may help public health
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    Penn State Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) hosts its virtual Smart Health Research Colloquium from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on April 7. Registration is required here. Pratik J. Parikh, professor and chair of industrial engineering at University of Louisville, will present “Trauma Care: Approaches for Provision of Prompt and Definitive Care.” Starting with the typical process of how
  • Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute released the latest episode of its Engage Podcast discussing research into sexually transmitted infection testing in young people. Winnie Adebayo, Ph.D., an assistant professor of nursing at Penn State College of Nursing, discusses her work into how to encourage young people to take the initiative to be tested for sexually transmitted
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    Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute will present "Opportunities and Limitations in Microbiome Association Analysis" at its next Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series from 4 to 5 p.m. on March 30. The Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series features statisticians and methodologists from multiple Penn State departments. Xiang Zhan, associate professor of
  • Researchers like Susan Mohammed study the formation and functioning of teams, a field called team science. Team science is essential because understanding team dynamics strengthens team member unity. The application of team science tools and techniques builds strong team foundations for success. Mohammed, a professor of psychology, provides team science consultations to Penn State research teams