July 22, 2019
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In This Week’s Update:

  • Embark Demonstration Dates
  • UR CTSI Researcher Defends New NYS Tobacco Law 
  • EHSC Pilot Funding
  • Technology & Rare Neurological Diseases Symposium
  • Early Stage Faculty Boot Camp: Registration Now Open
  • New Technologies from the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative
  • Calendar of Events
  • Funding Opportunities

Embark Demonstration Dates

As we Embark on a new era of clinical research at URMC, all clinical research faculty and staff are encouraged to attend one or more of the demo sessions listed below. These sessions will include demos of the Embark technology (OnCore and other tools), updates on the Embark project and opportunities to ask questions and share your perspectives with the Embark team. Click the links below to add these sessions to your calendar and access Zoom information. 
To RSVP and request special accommodations, contact embark@urmc.rochester.edu

UR CTSI Researcher Defends New NYS Tobacco Law 

Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation raising the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Research has shown that raising the smoking and vaping age to 21 years old will help prevent a new generation of young people from becoming addicted to nicotine. Deborah Ossip, Ph.D. has studied tobacco and nicotine use and leads the URMC’s Smoking Research Program. She responded to some common criticisms of this legislation in a Wilmot Cancer Institute Dialogue article and on the local news

EHSC Pilot Funding

The Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) has funds to support a limited number of pilot projects. Applicants may request up to $30,000 for one year and must hold a tenure-track faculty position. Initial applications should include a one-page abstract describing the goals and objectives of the proposed project, the relevance to the mission of the EHSC, and the investigators involved. Abstracts will be reviewed, and those selected to submit full applications will be contacted shortly thereafter.

Submitting initial applications by Friday, August 16 to Pat Noonan-Sullivan. Contact Deborah Cory-Slechta or Pat Noonan-Sullivan for questions. Learn more.

Technology & Rare Neurological Diseases Symposium

Save the date for this day-long symposium on novel applications of technology to accelerate the development of new therapeutics for patients with rare neurological disorders. The symposium, hosted by the University of Rochester and sponsored by the UR CTSI, will feature industry leaders in rare diseases, health technologies and clinical trials as they demonstrate how to:
  • Leverage new tools and technologies to enhance patient partnership
  • Reduce the burden of participation in clinical research
  • Accelerate development of new therapeutics 
The symposium will take place on Friday, September 13. Registration information and agenda will soon be available on the TRNDS website.

Early Stage Faculty Boot Camp:
Registration Now Open

Register now for the Early Stage Faculty Boot Camp, which is designed to help senior instructors and assistant professors identify the skills they need for more successful career advancement. The three-day course is co-sponsored by the UR CTSI and UR School of Medicine and Dentistry Office for Faculty Development. For questions, please contact Ronnie Guillet, M.D., Ph.D. or Janine Shapiro, M.D. Register by Monday, October 7. Learn more.

New Technologies from the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative

The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) has two new resources to assist researchers and patients with clinical research:
  • A new Prioritization Tool helps clinical research sponsors and patient groups find high-value opportunities to work together. This new tool will help to locate relevant engagement activities; evaluate benefits and investments and identify mutually beneficial activities. This is part of CTTI’s Patient Groups & Clinical Trials work, which encourages sponsors, investigators, and other stakeholders to engage with patient groups early and often for better and more efficient clinical trials.
  • A new, searchable online database of pilot studies that assess the feasibility of various mobile technology solutions may help researchers monitor participants outside of the clinical setting. Learn more.

Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 25
Wilmot Candidate Presentation

Embark Demonstration

Wednesday, July 31
Steadman Postdoc Competition – Application Deadline

Embark Demonstration

Tuesday, August 6
Embark Demonstration

Friday, August 9
Embark Demonstration

Friday, August 30
Tobacco Regulatory Science Talent Student Competition – Entry Forms Due

Wednesday, September 11
Falling Walls Rochester Lab – Application Deadline

Thursday, October 31
Call for Papers: Clinical and Translational Science to Improve Rural Health – Submission Deadline

Funding Opportunities

Friday, July 26
Department of Defense Funding Opportunities

NIH Funding Opportunity: Common Fund Data Supplement

Friday, August 16
EHSC Pilot Funding Opportunity

Saturday, November 30
Grant Opportunity for Research on the Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Infectious Disease
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