August 12, 2019
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In This Week’s Update:

  • Groundbreaking Brain Injury Research by UR CTSI Ph.D. Student
  • UR CTSI Doctoral Candidate Improves Communication for Deaf Scientists
  • Training on Techniques for Addressing Racism and Bias
  • AAMC Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar
  • NextCorps: Applications Open for Luminate NY 2020
  • Thruway Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Collaboration Conference
  • Recruitment and Retention Class
  • Calendar of Events
  • Funding Opportunities

Groundbreaking Brain Injury Research
by UR CTSI Ph.D. Student

As a young boy growing up in Somalia, Adnan Hirad suffered a concussion. Now - years later - he studies brain injury as an M.D./Ph.D. student in the UR CTSI’s Translational Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program. His recent UR CTSI-funded study shows that the midbrain may be a "canary in the coal mine" for brain injury. This brain region showed signs of damage from sub-concussive head hits that cause no other symptoms. Read more about Adnan and his research.

UR CTSI Doctoral Candidate Improves
Communication for Deaf Scientists

For Deaf and hard-of-hearing professionals in the sciences, talent and hard work may not be enough to succeed. The problem with STEM careers is that there are not enough American Sign Lanuage (ASL) signs available. Names, words or phrases that don’t exist in ASL must be finger spelled, and the signer must form a distinct hand shape to correspond with each letter of the English alphabet, a tedious and time-consuming process.

Lorne Farovitch, a UR CTSI doctoral candidate in biomedical science, is part of a team of Deaf STEM professionals, linguists and interpreters who have been creating signs for many scientific words and terms. Read the full article.

Training on Techniques for Addressing
Racism and Bias

A patient covers her ears to not listen to her doctor who is a person of color. Another patient asks to be cared for by a different health-care provider because her physician is wearing a hijab. Assisting employees on how to handle these types of situations, URMC recently participated in a Theatre of the Oppressed train the trainer project to assist employees on how to handle these types of situations. A group of faculty and staff were trained on the methodology and best practices for dealing with racism, sexual/gender harassment, bias and other micro-aggressions.

The “train the trainer” initiative was coordinated in part by John Cullen, Ph.D., director of diversity and inclusion at the UR Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Learn more.

AAMC Women Faculty
Leadership Development Seminar

Women holding leadership positions and medical school appointments at the associate professor level are encouraged to attend this seminar to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to progress along the path to leadership in academic medicine and science. The seminar will be held in New Orleans, December 7-10, 2019, and the Office for Inclusion and Culture Development will provide partial support for up to two URMC applicants for $1000 each. Departments my nominate attendees and are expected to support the balance of the program expenses. Please provide the nominee’s CV and a brief email with your reasons for supporting this nominee’s application. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, August 19, 5:00 pm. For questions, contact Linda Chaudron, M.D., M.S.  Learn more about the seminar.

NextCorps: Applications Open for
Luminate NY 2020

NextCorps is a group of entrepreneurs, advisors, venture capitalists and staff committed to creating the next generation of world-changing technology companies. Through NextCorps, Luminate is a startup accelerator, funded by New York State and based in Rochester. As the world's largest business accelerator focused solely on advancing next-generation optics, photonics, and imaging-enabled companies, Luminate can help get your technology to market faster.

Each cohort company receives a $100,00 investment to begin the program. At the end of six months, $2 million in additional seed money is distributed among four winning teams at Demo Day with other possible investments from corporate and venture partners in the audience. Learn more.  Apply for Luminate's cohort by Monday, September 23.

Thruway Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Collaboration Conference

Co-sponsored by UNYTE, this conference will be held at the University of Rochester. The conference will focus on opportunities and challenges in research and clinical collaboration. Program highlights include regional clinical, biomedical and translational research and advances in psychosocial care in pediatric hematology/oncology. Learn more.  Register now.
Date: October 25
Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Sarah Flaum Auditorium

Recruitment and Retention Class

Want to become an expert in the recruitment and retention of clinical research participants? Public Health Sciences is offering a three-credit course this fall titled, “PM 419 Recruitment and Retention of Human Subjects in Clinical Research” for non-matriculated students. The course focuses on models, strategies and tactics to effectively recruit and retain human subjects in general and specific subgroups (e.g. women, minorities, vulnerable populations). Participants will critique and design methods through the lens of both an insider and an outsider. Register now.

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, August 13
Upstate New York Illumina Next-Generation Sequencing Seminar

Monday, August 19
AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

Wednesday, August 21
UR CTSI TriNetX Training Workshops

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

Friday, September 6
Diversity Cookout – RSVP Deadline

Wednesday, September 11
Falling Walls Rochester Lab – Application Deadline

Friday, September 13
Technology & Rare Neurological Diseases Symposium

Monday, September 30
Growing Gene and Cell Therapy (GGACT) Cooperative – Letter of Intent Due

Monday, October 7
Early Stage Faculty Boot Camp – Registration Deadline

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

Call for Papers: Dissemination & Implementation – Submission Deadline

Funding Opportunities

Friday, August 16
EHSC Pilot Funding Opportunity – Application Deadline

Monday, September 23
NextCorps: Applications Open for Luminate NY 2020 – Application Deadline

Tuesday, October 22
PumpPrimer II Funding Opportunity – Proposal Deadline

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