Month: February 2018

CICATS requests nominations/applications for a new co-Director for its Pre-K Career Development Award Program

The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) announces a call for nomination/application for a third co-Director to work with Julie Robison, PhD and Lisa Barry, PhD, MPH.  Created in 2013, the CICATS Pre-K Career Development Award Program is a 2-year interactive program designed to equip junior faculty with the knowledge and competencies to effectively apply for an NIH Research Career Development Awards (K award) as well as become leaders in clinical and translational science. The position involves co-leading 1.5-hour sessions focused on K Award development and career development, modifying/updating and implementing the curriculum (as necessary), and providing coaching/guidance/grant review to junior faculty who are selected for the Program based on their potential to receive K awards.  The next Scholar Award cycle dates are: July, 2018-June, 2020.

Ten percent (.10 FTE) of the new co-Director’s effort will be supported by CICATS, July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Continuation of this appointment is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of funding, and/or programmatic direction.

Applications are now closed.

If you  have questions, please contact Emy Flores at

Recruitment: UTEP BUILD Summer Sabbatical Program for Faculty

The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at UConn is partnered with the University at Texas at El Paso (UTEP), as a Research Partner institution, on their funded 5-year NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative (U54) grant that is aimed at engaging undergraduate students in innovative mentored research training programs. BUILD awards also support institutional and faculty development to further strengthen undergraduate research training environments.

Currently, CICATS is recruiting host faculty members from UConn Health and UConn Storrs to participate in the fourth year of the UTEP BUILDing Summer Sabbatical Program for Faculty. 

About the Summer Sabbatical Program for Faculty
This program provides interested faculty members from UTEP and the BUILDing SCHOLARS Pipeline Partner institutions to collaborate with a host faculty member at one of 13 Research Partner institutions on health-related research during a 10-week summer period (June-August 2018).  Hosts are expected to provide a work space for their faculty mentee, welcome the mentee into their research team/lab, and provide mentorship to the faculty mentee over the summer.  Host faculty members will receive a stipend of $2,000 for accommodating the visiting researcher.  Each visiting researcher will receive a $14,000 stipend to cover housing and travel expenses, as well as an honorarium. This program is an important step towards establishing collaborative ties between the institutions involved and will run all five summers of the grant.  Five awards will be made for summer 2018 and selected faculty will be alerted in late March.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the Summer Sabbatical Program for Faculty Interest Form no later than Thursday, February 15th.

For reference, last year’s awardees are highlighted here.

Biomedical Entrepreneurship Course- Fall 2018

CICATS CEO Dr. Cato Laurencin is a co-director of the Biomedical Entrepreneurship Course taking place during the Fall of 2018.

Course Details:

  • The course will be held Wednesdays, 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 222 Pitkin Street, East Hartford
  • The course is presently offered only in the Fall semester.
  • Application (available on this page) is required before registration.
  • 3-credit course.
  • The course is cross-listed in the Schools of Engineering (BME 6086-020) and Business (BADM 5894-011 and MGMT 5895-012).

Teams will be coached by industry experts who address fundamental topics in biomedical entrepreneurship. Students will gain experience that will help them be entrepreneurs in startups or with established firms. Projects will be presented to external experts and teams will be considered for subsequent awards/funding.

This course is designed for graduate students or very advanced undergraduates. It represents a multi-disciplinary effort between the Schools of Engineering, Business, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Liberal Arts and Sciences and will be co-taught by expert faculty from these schools. Interdisciplinary teams will tackle real clinical needs to offer technical solutions and business models that might enable future commercialization.

For more information click here.

CICATS to Host HASUG February Meeting

CICATS is pleased to be hosting the February Meeting of the Hartford Area SAS Users Group (HASUG). All are invited to attend this free meeting and listen to the featured speakers.

The meeting will take place on Friday, February 23rd from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Grossman Auditorium at the Cell and Genome Sciences Building located at 400 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT.  Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided. Parking is free, but please park in locations marked as Area 3. When you pull into the driveway, turn right and drive past the building. There is a large parking lot there.

Confirmed seminars:

An Interesting Application of Predictive Modelling in the Health Insurance and Marketing Space, Presenter: Robert Clauss

Texting Mining – Data Prep, Presenter: Bryan Barbera, Performance Manager, Eversource

Moving Towards Asking Causal Questions Through Latent Difference Scores (LDS). A working session on the use of Proc Calis in health disparities research. Presenter: Emil Coman, Ph.D., Research Associate II, Health Disparities Institute, UCONN Health

Case Study of SAS Performance on SSD vs. Traditional Hard Drive, Presenter: ZehuaLaura Xia, Pitney Bowes

To register click here. For questions please contact Dorothy Wakefield at