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From the Wake Forest CTSI Announcement Page

CTSA Hub Collaboration Publishes Evaluations Recommendations

In late 2017 a group of evaluators formed the Clinical and Translational Sciences Awards (CTSA) Evaluation Guidelines Workgroup, co-chaired by Tanha Patel (Wake Forest) and Julie Rainwater, PhD (University of California at Davis). The charge: assess progress made in evaluating the CTSA program, nationally and at hub level, based on the recommendations made in 2013 by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) review of the CTSA Program and guidelines published in Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. The workgroup conducted a review of all CTSA funding opportunity announcements and gathered feedback from all CTSA evaluators via a survey administered in Spring 2018.

Patel and Dr. Rainwater partnered with Dr. William Trochim, Dr. Julie Elworth, Linda Scholl, and Dr. Gaurav Dave to analyze the data and worked with the CTSA Evaluation Guidelines Workgroup members to identify four new opportunities to further strengthen CTSA evaluation efforts.

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iTHRIV Awards Pilot Funding, Supports Statewide Research Collaborations

Newswise — The integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) has awarded funding to four multi-institutional research projects through the Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program. By providing seed grant funding to support early phase research projects, the program is intended to accelerate joint discovery and the application of translational medical research.

Teams comprised of physicians, researchers, and engineers at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Carilion Clinic, and Inova Health System were awarded up to $50,000 in funding.

Credit: Courtesy iTHRIV / Members of the iTHRIV team

“A novel biomarker for hereditary angioedema with implications for common vascular disorders”

Led by Clint Miller, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and Natalie Hauser, a physician at the Inova Health System, this project will address a potentially life-threatening set of disorders characterized by recurrent swelling called hereditary angioedema (HAE). The team has identified a new genetic mutation associated with HAE and will investigate the effects of this mutation on blood-vessel function, which could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of the disease as well as other vascular and heart diseases.

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UVA joins CTSA Awards Program

Congrats to our Southern friends!

Credit: Courtesy iTHRIV / Members of the iTHRIV team

iTHRIV, the Integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia, has received nearly $23 million in support from the National Institutes of Health's Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program.

Based at UVA, iTHRIV is a statewide collaboration that aims to promote interdisciplinary research, with the goal of translating scientific discoveries into new treatments and enhancing how doctors provide care. It seeks to improve the process of research and to benefit underserved populations.

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New U.S. diabetes cases fall, even as obesity rates rise

NC TraCS director Dr. John Buse quoted in diabetes story on NBC News

May 28, 2019, 3:43 PM EDT / By Associated Press

The number of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, and health officials aren't sure why.

New federal data released Tuesday found the number of new diabetes diagnoses fell to about 1.3 million in 2017, down from 1.7 million in 2009.

Earlier research had spotted a decline, and the new report shows it's been going on for close to a decade. But health officials are not celebrating.

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