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  • Vol 14, Issue 2 - February 2024

    Features:

    • UC Love Data Week
    • CDI2/UC BRAID Health Data Warehouse Recruitment Pilot Launch
    • Staff Spotlight: Geoff Belcher, Administrative Assistant III, CTSC Administration
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Vol 14, Issue 2 - February 2024

Features:

  • UC Love Data Week
  • CDI2/UC BRAID Health Data Warehouse Recruitment Pilot Launch
  • Staff Spotlight: Geoff Belcher, Administrative Assistant III, CTSC Administration

Vol 14, Issue 1 - January 2024

Features:

  • The CTSC Releases 2023 At a Glance Report
  • Clinical Trial Invoicing: Updates and Next Steps
  • Studypages Will Transition From SMS To Secure Messaging on January 31
  • Introducing Mentoring Community of Practice For Mentors
  • Staff Spotlight: Silvia Molina, Integrating Special Populations Into Research Program Lead, CTSC Health Equity Resources and Outreach Program

Vol 13, Issue 12 - December 2023

Features:

  • CTSA Annual Fall Program Meeting Highlights Scholars; Artificial Intelligence; and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Staff Spotlight: Ti'Tanannia Jones, Clinical Trial Management System Operations OnCore Database Analyst

Vol 13, Issue 11 - November 2023

Features:

  • Latest News on the Youth Community Scientist Academy in Health Research
  • CTSC Partners With Greater Sacramento Urban League to Receive Funding for Diverse Cohort in Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Foundations Training Program
  • Second UC Davis Community Engagement Summit
  • Shaping the Future of Biomedical Research: Insights from the UC BRAID Leadership Retreat
  • Staff Spotlight: Janet Vulk, Clinical Trials Office Clinical Research Education Program Trainer

Vol 13, Issue 10 - October 2023

Features:

  • The CTSC Welcomes New KL2 Program Co-Director
  • Introducing Two New CTSC Biomedical Informatics Resources: Ethics in AI and Health Data Assets Lookup Tool
  • Biostats4you - Statistical Resources for Non-statisticians
  • Staff Spotlight: Robyn Fujii-Schofield, Project Policy Analyst, CTSC Translational Research Education and Development Program
  • BIRCWH Scholar Julie Dang Named to Cancer Health's 25: Champions of Health Equity

Vol 13, Issue 9 - September 2023

Features:

  • Clinical Trials Office Launches Two New Education Programs to Address Clinical Research Workforce Needs
  • Summit Raises the Profile of Community Engagement at UC Davis Health
  • Announcing Two More CTSC Pilot Program Awardees
  • Staff Spotlight: Jackie Dalke, Navigation Services Finance Manager, CTSC Clinical Trials Office
  • Leadership Message From Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola: Innovative Service Delivery Models Overcome Barriers to Care, Advance Equity
  • Leadership Message From Jan Nolta: Cell and Gene Therapy Research and Clinical Trials at UC Davis
  • CTSC Clinical Research Center Provided Support for Study That Led to UC Davis Becoming First in the State to Offer Life-Changing Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Vol 13, Issue 8 - August 2023

Features:

  • Director's Message
  • CTSC Scholar Community Gather to Celebrate Fred Meyers
  • Data Ethics for Artificial Intelligence at UC Davis Health Workshop
  • The CTSC Welcomes New MCRTP Scholars
  • The CTSC Welcomes New CTSC TL1 Scholars
  • Announcing This Year's CTSC Pilot Program Awardees
  • CTSC Staff Engage With Place-Based Social Determinants of Health
  • Staff Spotlight: Erinn Watson, Regulatory Analyst II, CTSC Clinical Trials Office

Vol 13, Issue 7 - July 2023

Features:

  • CTSC Clinical Trials Office Priorities Update
  • Nineteenth Annual Scholar Symposium
  • CTSC Director Participates in Meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra
  • UC Davis CTSC Establishes New Coalition for Equity and Collaboration in Health and Aging Research (CECHAR)
  • Hui (Amy) Chen Named Dean's Scholar in Women's Health Research for BIRCWH K12 Program
  • CTSC Staff Holds Annual Retreat
  • Staff Spotlight: Michael Lehman, OnCore Database Analyst, Clinical Trial Management System Operations Office

Vol 13, Issue 6 - June 2023

Features:

  • CTSC TL1 Scholars Receive Association for Clinical and Translational Science Top Poster Presenter Award
  • CTSC Participates in UC Davis Research Expo
  • The 13th Annual Spanish Mini Medical School Was a Success
  • CTSC Clinical Research Center Celebrates Clinical Trials Day and Nurses Week 2023

Vol 13, Issue 5 - May 2023

Features:

  • Third Annual Vietnamese Mini-Medical School Engages Vietnamese Older Adults Around Practical Aspects of Health and Aging
  • “22q at the Zoo” Raises Public Awareness of 22q11.2 Syndromes Through a Day of Family Fun
  • Staff Spotlight: Leslie Solis, Associate Director, Biorepositories Core Resource
  • The Hartwell Foundation Selects CTSC KL2 Scholar, Geoanna Bautista, For Individual Biomedical Research Award

Vol 13, Issue 4 - April 2023

Features:

  • Director's Message
  • The Clinical Trial Management System Operations Office (CTMS OPS) Has Joined the CTSC Team
  • Invitation to Attend Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Working Group Meetings
  • CTSC Community Engagement Co-Director to Present at UC Health Systemwide Grand Rounds
  • Six-Month Delay in Raises for Federally Funded Pre-Doctoral "Fellows" Under New GSR Contract
  • Staff Spotlight: Maryfel Paraiso, Clinical Research Coordinator, CTSC Clinical Trials Office
  • CTSC Community Engagement Co-Director Appointed as Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Academic Diversity

Vol 13, Issue 3 - March 2023

Features:

  • The CTSC and the School of Medicine Office of Research - We're Here to Serve Your Research Needs
  • New Academic Workers Contracts - Medical Campus
  • Staff Spotlight: Vanessa Trujillo, CTSC Community Engagement Program Manager
  • CTSC Scholars Make Sacramento Magazine's Top Doctors List

Vol 13, Issue 2 - February 2023

Features:

  • Director's Message
  • The CTSC Welcomes New KL2 Scholars
  • NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy
  • The CTSC Institutes New Process for Requesting a Letter of Support
  • The CTSC Collaborates With UC Libraries on UC Love Data Week
  • Staff Spotlight: Daniel Moglen, Education and Training Specialist
  • Heart Team Performs First Transfemoral Transsceptal Mitral Valve Replacement Procedure as Part of CTSC Supported Clinical Trial

Vol 13, Issue 1 - January 2023

Features:

  • Angela Griffiths Appointed New CTSC Chief Administrative Officer
  • Clinical Trials Management System (CTMS) Operations Office Now Resides Within the CTSC
  • Staff Spotlight: Christy Navarro, Health Informatics Research Data Officer
  • CTSC KL2 Program Co-Director, James Holmes, Receives National Institutes of Health (NIH) Award
  • BIRCWH K12 Program Principal Investigator Makes List of World's Top Female Scientists
  • Cardiologist Performs First Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Replacement Procedure as Part of CTSC-Supported Clinical Trial

Vol 12, Issue 12 - December 2022

Features:

  • Pilot of the Youth Scientist Academy in Health Research Successfully Completed
  • Staff Spotlight: April Cuellar, CCTSC Quality Assurance Program Manager
  • Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola Serves as Panel Chair at National Workshop
  • Morteza Roodgar, Former CTSC TL1 Scholar, Participates in I-CORPS@NCATS Short Course
  • Scholars Receive Diamond Doc Awards
  • Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola Presents for University of Buffalo Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Distinguished Seminar Series

Vol 12, Issue 11 - November 2022

Features:

  • Director's Message
  • KL2 Scholar's Project Tackles the Unique Challenges of Treating Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Patients
  • Tenth Cohort of the Limited Skills Training Program Graduates
  • Staff Spotlight: Donna Van Dolah, Academic Program Officer, Translational Research Education and Development Office
  • UC Davis CTSC Receives Site Tank Award From the Society for Clinical Research Sites
  • CTSC Faculty Named Two of Sacramento's Top 25 Asian American Pacific Islander Change Makers
  • UC Davis Community Engagement Program Holds National Town Hall

Vol 12, Issue 10 - October 2022

Features:

  • CTSC TL1 Program Receives NIH Supplement to Support Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) In the Biomedical Sciences
  • NIH Funding Award Received For README
  • New CITI Course in Community-Engaged Research Is Now Available to UC Davis Investigators
  • Spotlight: Addressing Race in Research
  • Staff Spotlight: Olga Kishschenko, Senior Clinical Research Coordinator and Clinical Trials Office Clinical Research Education Program Lead

Vol 12, Issue 9 - September 2022

Features:

  • Provost Visits With CTSC Scholars
  • UC Profiles - A Helpful Collaboration Tool For Researchers
  • Youth Community Scientist Academy
  • CTSC Announces New Pilot Project Awardees
  • Staff Spotlight: Christopher Kain, Associate Director, CTSC Clinical Research Center (CCRC)

Vol 12, Issue 8 - August 2022

Features:

  • CTSC Clinical Research Foundations Training Program
  • A Legacy Program That Benefits TL1 Scientists
  • Staff Spotlight: Melisa Price, Adolescent and Young Adult Program Manager, CTSC Health Equity Resources and Outreach Program

Vol 12, Issue 7 - July 2022

Features:

  • Director's Message
  • CTSC Welcomes New MCRTP Scholars
  • Staff Spotlight: Fred Stevenson, Clinical Trials Recruitment Program Manager, provides leadership message to commemorate the Juneteenth holiday
  • 22q At The Zoo Event

Vol 12, Issue 6 - June 2022

Features:

  • CTSC Welcomes New TL1 Scholars
  • Staff Spotlight: Nurses Week 2022
  • CTSC Participates in UC Davis Research Expo
  • Clinical Research Coordinator Foundations Training Program Graduation
  • 18th Annual CTSC Scholar Symposium

Vol 12, Issue 5 - May 2022

Feature:

  • MARE: Mentoring Our Next Generation of Researchers
  • Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola Co-Chairs National Academy of Medicine Webinar
  • Alicia Agnoli Receives 2022 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Award
  • CTSC Helps Underserved Communities Improve Mental Health Services
  • Na'amah Razon Published in Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
  • CTSC Partners With Sacramento County Leaders to Promote COVID Vaccination

Vol 12, Issue 4 - April 2022

Feature:

  • CTSC Welcomes New KL2 Scholars
  • CTSC Supported Cellular Therapy Study Improves Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • CTSC KL2 Scholar Transitions to K01 Award
  • CTSC Clinical Research Center (CCRC) Supports COVID-19 Booster Trial
  • Lin Tian Receives W.M. Keck Foundation Award
  • CTSC Clinical Research Center Highlighted in Nurse Newsletter
  • CTSC KL2 Scholar: Using the Arts to Help Manage Pain

Vol 12, Issue 3 - March 2022

Feature:

  • Healthcare Delivery Science at the CTSC - Accelerating Adoption of Research Findings Into Clinical Care
  • Governor Names Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola to California Health and Wellness Panel
  • Global Study Shows Need for Changes in Cancer Care for Teens and Young Adults
  • Placenta May Hold Clues for Early Autism Diagnosis and Intervention

Vol 12, Issue 2 - February 2022

Feature:

  • CTSC Welcomes New MCRTP Associate Director
  • Elysia Alvarez Published in Lancet Oncology
  • Melanie Dove Selected to Present at ACTS Annual Conference
  • ew Paper Proposes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Measures to Combat Structural Health Inequities

Vol 12, Issue 1 - January 2022

Feature:

  • Overcoming the Challenges of Early Career Research Through Mentorship
  • UC Davis Leads Grassroots Effort to Screen Migrant Workers and Their Families for COVID-19
  • UC Davis CTSC Supports COHA-Funded Multi-Institutional Veterinary Biorepository Database

Vol 11, Issue 6 - December 2021

Features:

  • Temitayo Oyegbile-Chidi Presents at Department of Neurology Grand Rounds
  • Aimee Moulin Presents a Healthcare Policy and Research Seminar

Vol 11, Issue 5 - November 2021

Feature:

  • CTSC Invests UC BRAID Funds to Broaden Support of Underserved Populations
  • ADHD: An Expert Shares Common Symptoms and the Latest Research
  • CTSC Team Recognized in 2021 Staff Awards
  • Oanh Meyer's Work Highlighted on National Consortium Website
  • Ulfat Shaikh Leads American Academy of Pediatrics’ Quality Improvement Council
  • CTSC Community Engagement Program Director Receives Two National Awards

Vol 11, Issue 4 - October 2021

Feature:

  • CTSC Highly Innovative Award: Effect of Time-Restricted Eating on Metabolic Health
  • CTSC-Funded Investigator Makes Strides in Breast Health Research
  • CTSC Community Engagement Program Director to Present at UC Davis Health Equity Conference
  • CTSC Community Engagement Partnership Completes 5-Year Project
  • Luis Carvajal-Carmona Selected as HACU Leadership Academy Fellow
  • Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola Provides Invited Commentary For JAMA

Vol 11, Issue 3 - September 2021

Feature:

  • UC Davis CTSC Welcomes New MCRTP and ARC-MD Scholars
  • Oanh Meyer's Work Highlighted on National Consortium Website
  • CTSC Clinical Research Center (CCRC) Administers Third Shot in COVID-19 Vaccine Study
  • Former TL1 Scholar's Research Featured on Cover of Genome Research
  • CTSC Biostatisticians Complete Retrospective Vaccine Study
  • How a Cardiologist Started Studying the Brain: Q&A with a Former KL2 and MCRTP Scholar
  • New Resources to Communicate About COVID-19

Vol 11, Issue 2 - August 2021

Feature:

  • CTSC Welcomes New Scholars
  • UC Davis Expert: Below-Average Vaccination Rates Among Young Adults Worrisome

Vol 11, Issue 1 - July 2021

Feature:

  • UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center Awarded 5-Year Grant Renewal From NIH
  • Ulfat Shaikh Appointed to the Children’s Hospitals Association’s Next Generation of Quality Committee
  • School of Medicine Announces Inaugural Cultivating Team Science Awards
  • Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola Receives 2021 Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award
  • UC Davis Distinction Awarded to Heather Siefkes, CTSC KL2 Scholar
  • Researchers Discover Potential New Approach to Treating Psoriatic Joint Inflammation

2020 Vol 10, Issue 2

Features:

  • Data Speaks
  • Beginning With Data Fluency
  • Emerging Resources
  • Supporting Data Integration Through Collaboration
  • CTSC Biomedical Informatics Resources
  • Fending Off Analysis Paralysis

2020 Vol 10, Issue 1

Features:

  • Director’s Message
  • Fostering Clinical Research: A Job Well Done

2019 Vol 9, Issue 2

Features:

  • Director’s Message
  • Improving Health Through Engagement and Expertise

2019 Vol 9, Issue 1

Features:

  • Director’s Message
  • Explore the FUTURE – A Program to Enhance Options in Research Careers
  • ARC-MD – A New Training Pathway for Physician Researchers
  • Anuurad Erdembileg – Former CTSC Scholar Becomes Assistant Dean 
  • I-Corps@NCATS – Entrepreneurship Training for Scientists

2018 Vol 8, Issue 2

Features:

  • Director’s Message
  • Partnering with the Alpha Stem Cell Clinic
  • CTSC Resources Facilitate Clinical Research
  • Welcome - Daniel Nishijima
  • Welcome - Erik Henricson
  • Sacramento Area Breast Imaging Registry
  • National Network Streamlines Multisite Clinical Trials

2018 Vol 8, Issue 1

Features:

  • Director’s Message
  • Clinical Trials with Animals Speed Human Translation
  • Partnering in Animal-human Eye Research
  • From Dogs to Humans – Novel Cancer Therapy
  • Curiosity Saved the Cat – New Hope for Oral Inflammatory Disease  
  • Joint Rounds and Conferences

2017 Vol 7, Issue 2

Features:

  • Director’s Message
  • Biorepository Core Resources
  • Digital and Connected Health Initiative
  • The PERCEPT study – Managing Disease with Mobile Data
  • New Assay for Heart Attack Detection

2017 Vol 7, Issue 1

Features:

  • Director’s Message – Transition of CTSC leadership
  • CTSC KL2 Program – A Path to Independence
  • KL2 PI Profile – James Holmes
  • Stephen Henry – Chronic Pain Management
  • Jared Jagdeo – Skin Scarring
  • Oanh Meyer – Reducing Caregiver Stress
  • Michael Schivo – Breath Analysis for Diagnostics

2016 Vol 6, Issue 2

Features:

  • Director’s Message – 21st Century Cures Act
  • Profile – Dean Jennifer Sinclair Curtis (College of Engineering)
  • Translation in Action – CTSC Champions Innovative Design
  • Capstone Project – VentRight
  • Capstone Project – Audion
  • Capstone Project – VisionFinder
  • Legacy Update – Sequel to a Successful Collaboration
  • Citing the CTSC Grant – New Grant Number and Services

2016 Vol 6, Issue 1

Features:

  • Director’s Message – New CTSA Award
  • Profile – James Kovach
  • Update Bioinnovation Course
  • Diagnostics Tests Improved by Research
  • School of Medicine Grant Facilitation Team
  • Mark Yarborough – Ethics of Research

2015 Vol 5, Issue 2

Features:

  • Director’s Message
  • Profile – Fred Meyers
  • UC Davis University Library
  • Scholar Editors
  • Improving Healthcare Quality
  • Welcome Jack MacMillan

2015 Vol 5, Issue 1

Features:

  • Director’s Message – CTSC and Beyond
  • Profile – Brad Pollock
  • Pilot Award – Charles Stephensen
  • PCORI Experiences at UC Davis
  • Team Science – Tina Palmieri

2014 Vol 4, Issue 2

Features:

  • Director's Message – Collaboration and Engagement
  • Profile – Julie Freischlag
  • Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program
  • Team Science – Ramsey Badawi and Colleagues
  • 2014 School of Medicine Research Award – Alice Tarantal
  • UC BRAID Facilitate Biomedical Research
  • NIH Public Access Policy and Resources

2014 Vol 4, Issue 1

Features:

  • Director's Message – Changes in the CTSA Program
  • Profile – Robin Steinhorn
  • New Clinical Research Facility Opens at UC Davis Medical Center
  • UCRex – Inquiries Determine Clinical Trial Feasibility
  • Scholar – Melissa Loja
  • CTSC Biostatistic Program
  • CTSC Biomedical Informatics Director – Nick Anderson

2013 Vol 3, Issue 2

Features:

  • Director's Message – Research Resources
  • Profile – Diana Farmer
  • West Coast Metabolomics Center
  • New CTSC Concierge Service
  • Scholar – Daniel Nishijima
  • Scholar Meets with Congress – Morteza Roodgar
  • NIH Public Access Policy Resources

2013 Vol 3, Issue 1

Features:

  • Director's Message – Mentoring Academy
  • Profile – Randi Hagerman
  • On the Road with a CTSC Phlebotomist
  • Profile – James Hildreth
  • Scholar – Samantha McDonnel
  • Legacy of Education
  • CTSC Regulatory Knowledge and Support Director – Deb Diercks
  • CTSC Training Programs

2012 Vol 2, Issue 2

Features:

  • Director's Message – Asmuth Leads VA Research
  • Profile – Michael Lairmore
  • NeuroNEXT
  • CTSC Biomedical Informatics Partners with IT
  • Scholar – Ehrin Armstrong
  • CTSC Pilot Awards

2012 Vol 2, Issue 1

Features:

  • Director's Message – UC BRAID
  • Profile – Kimber Stanhope
  • Scholar – Lorien Dalrymple
  • CTSC Clinical Trial Resources Group
  • Cooperative Radiochemistry Facility
  • Partnership to Improve Community Health
  • Associate Dean for Research – Ted Wun

2011 Vol 1, Inaugural Issue

Features:

  • Director's Message – Welcome
  • CTSC Grant Sets Course for Next 5 Years
  • Profile – Nicholas Kenyon and Cristina Davis
  • CTSC Clinical Research Center
  • Future Emergency Medicine Leaders
  • Scholar – Collin Ellis
  • CTSC Services for Investigators
  • CTSC Administrative Director – Kitty Lombardo