Month: January 2013

Clinical and Translational Science Award

I am happy to report that the University of Connecticut submitted an Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) application last week. This is the largest organized grant effort in the history of the university with over 150 faculty members participating throughout the region.

The CTSA program supports a national consortium of medical research institutions that are transforming the way biomedical research is conducted. Its goals are to accelerate the translation of laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, to engage communities in clinical research efforts, and to train a new generation of clinical and translational researchers.
As the Principal Investigator for the grant, I would like to thank and acknowledge everyone who has been involved in this application for their phenomenal work during the past several months in getting this grant successfully completed and submitted. Especially, I would like to thank the CTSA executive leadership group, the sector directors, core leaders, and my administrative staff listed below. It was a great pleasure working with you in putting together this fine proposal.

Co-Investigators, and CTSA Executive Leadership Group:
Canalis, Ernesto, Co-Investigator
Hesselbrock, Victor M., Co-Investigator
Hurley, Marja, Co-Investigator
Kuchel, George, Co-Investigator
Liu, Edison, Co-Investigator
Oncken, Cheryl, Co-Investigator
Srivastava, Pramod K., Co-Investigator

Sector and Key Core Directors, Co-Directors, and Associate Directors:
Agresta, Thomas, Co-Director, Biomedical Informatics Division
Babor, Thomas, Director, Tracking & Evaluation
Barry, Linda, Associate Director, Pilot and Collaborative Translational and Clinical Studies
Chapman, Audrey R., Co-Director, Clinical Research Ethics
Cherniack, Martin, Co-Director, Gateway
Demurjian, Steven, Co-Director, Biomedical Informatics Division
Ford, Julian, Co-Director, Regulatory Knowledge and Support & Clinical Ethics
Grady, James, Director, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Resource
Knaus, William, Director, Biomedical Informatics Division
Lalande, Marc, Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
Liang, Bruce, Co-Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
Makoul, Gregory, Co-Director, Community Engagement, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
McCullough, Louise, Co-Director, Clinical and Translational Resources and Services (CTRS)
Nair, Lakshmi S., Associate Director, Gateway
Oncken, Cheryl, Director, Pilot and Collaborative Translational and Clinical Studies
Ruaño, Gualberto, Co-Director, Community Engagement, Hartford Hospital
Schensul, Jean, Co-Director, Community Engagement, Institute for Community Research
Skolnik, Paul, Director, Gateway
Steffens, David, Director, Clinical and Translational Resources and Services (CTRS)
Weller, Sandra, Co-Director, Pilot and Collaborative Translational and Clinical Studies
Wrensford, Granville, Director, Education, Training, and Career Development
Yasnoff, William, Associate Director, Biomedical Informatics Division

CTSA Core Administrative Staff:
Burian, Linda, Regulatory Specialist
Donaldson, Trisha, CICATS Administrative Officer
Schwager, Julie, Director, Research Services
Serra, Debra, CICATS Administrative Program Coordinator
Steciak, Cheryl, CICATS Administrative Coordinator

The Basore Distinguished Lecture at Auburn University

Cato Laurencin, Professor Mario R. Eden, Chairman of the Chemical EngineeringLast month, I was honored to deliver the Basore Lecture at Auburn. I appreciated the warm hospitality provided by the entire school. I want to thank Professor Mario R. Eden, Chairman of the Chemical Engineering for hosting me. During the visit, I also had the opportunity to join my friend and colleague, Dr. James Andrews a world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon on the Auburn football team sidelines.