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IIMS/CTSA e-Newsletter June 8, 2016


IIMS-CTSA Translational Technology Resources Supplement RFA now available

The Institute for Integration of Medicine & Science/Clinical and Translational Science Award (IIMS/CTSA) is soliciting applications for Translational Technology Resource (TTR) Supplements.  

Application Deadline - Friday June 17, 2016

Click here for details, RFA and application forms...

2016-2017 Community Engagement Small Project Grants


Applications for the 2016-2017 IIMS Community Engagement Small Project Grants are currently being accepted.  The purpose of this grants program is to support community and research collaborations from South Texas with grants of up to $5,000 so that they may develop activities that lead to the translation of research for public health benefit.  The Community Engagement Small Project Grants program is open to newly-developed or current community-academic partnerships with projects focused on:  (1) research/assessment, (2) education/training, and/or (3) dissemination or communication of research results, program features, or policy implications.  Proposal topics are unrestricted; however, those involving health care practice-based research networks, health outcomes, epidemiology, and public health are encouraged. 


Application Deadline: 07/05/2016 by 5:00 p.m. CDT  

Read more... 



Congratulations to May 2016 Translational Science PhD Graduates

Jane Shen-Gunther, MD (shown in photo on left) , and Grace Lee, PharmD, graduated from the Translational Science PhD program in May 2016.  Jane and Grace are the third and fourth graduates of the TS PhD program, following in footsteps of Kelly Reveles, PharmD, PhD in 2014 and Jay Bucci, MD, PhD in 2015.

The TS PhD is a joint degree program between UTHSCSA, UT San Antonio, and UT Austin and in collaboration with the UTHSC-Houston School of Public Health.  The program, operated under the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science since 2012, is the only three-institution PhD program within the UT System.  Students have a “Home” institution but are active students at all three universities.  Graduates from the program receive their diplomas from their Home institutions, but the diploma itself lists all three degree-granting institutions.  To date, two students each have graduated from UTHSCSA and UT Austin.  The first UTSA graduate is anticipated in fall 2016.

Following graduation, Jane will continue her service in the U.S. Army as the Chief of the Department of Clinical Investigation and Associate Program Director of the Clinical Research Fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center.  Grace will join UT Austin as an Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy.

Please join us in congratulating Jane and Grace!





Congratulations 2016 MSCI-TS Graduates

Congratulations to the recent graduates of the IIMS/CTSA Master of Science in Clinical Investigation Program.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, there were a total of 7 graduates

Fall 2015
Maria Danet Lapiz Bluhm
Minire Hasi-Zogaj
Marjorie Molina-Wilkins
Spring 2016
Leah Chodroff
Anoop Nambiar
Saima Siddiqui
Nilam Soni

See article about Dr. Maria Danet Lapiz Bluhm who was awarded her fourth degree in a fourth continent.


2016 Annual San Antonio Drug Discovery Symposium

The Center for Innovative Drug Discovery, a partnership between UTHSCSA and UTSA, will hold its 2nd annual Drug Discovery Symposium that will showcase presentations from national, Texas, and local San Antonio academic institutes and pharmaceutical companies. The symposium will focus on multiple research aspects within contemporary drug discovery research.

Dates: June 9-10, 2016
Location: Denman Ballroom, University Center, UTSA Main Campus


Registration and more information...

Advance registration is required as the number of seats is limited.  We will be unable to register attendees on the day of the conference.



Call for Abstracts - PISA 2016

Pathobiology for Investiagtors, Students, and Academicians (PISA) 2016 Meeting: Breakthroughs in Biology: From Underlying Pathogenesis to Translational Medicine 

Dates: October 20-22, 2016
Location: Houston Methodist Research Institute and Mattiott Houston Medical Center
Abstract submission deadline: June 30

The American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) will present this interactive, abstract-driven, focused scientific conference featuring exciting and up-to-date concepts in pathogenesis and translational medicine. World-acclaimed scientists will present lectures, while experienced members of the program committee will moderate discussions during these sessions to provide a cordial, collegial and contemporary environment for learning and networking. Major lectures will be interspersed with abstract-driven talks. Poster discussion sessions held in proximity to the major talks will provide an intimate setting for intellectual exchange and constructive criticism, especially for trainees and junior faculty.

Read details here...


Qualitative Research Methods & Data Analysis: A Hands-on Workshop

In this two-day hands-on workshop, learn how to conduct qualitative research studies and how to analyze qualitative data. Bring your qualitative research topic for an opportunity to receive feedback and mentorship from experts in the field.


Dates: July 29-30, 2016

Location: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Led by Qualitative Research Experts from

the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Arianne Teherani, PhD & Bridget O'Brien, PhD

For more information contact Cecilia Montano at

Space is limited to the first 50 registrants

Registration fee: $100

Register here...



Summer Institute for Evidence Based-Practice has a new name for 2016

The Summer Insitute for Evidence Based-Practice has been renamed for 2016. It is now called the Annual Conference for Community Engagement and Healthcare Improvement. This is a national conference held in San Antonio and coordinated by the UTHSCSA School of Nursing. 

Dates: September 2-4, 2016
Abstract Submission deadline: June 10
Location: Wyndham, San Antonio Riverwalk
Registration is now open and ranges from $300 to $600

Topics at this year's conference will focus on patient centered outcomes research, healthcare education strategies, and clinical innovations to improve patient outcomes.  The theme for this year's conference is: Social Justice, Health Equity, and Value-based Care. 

Read more here...

 Although the name is similar, it is not connected to the IIMS/CTSA Community Engagement Symposium, which was held in May on the UTHSCSA campus and is sponsored by the Community Engagement section of the IIMS/CTSA grant.  The IIMS/CTSA symposium is always a free event and is focused on local community members, students, healthcare practitioners, and investigators interested in community and academic research partnerships.


ResearchMatch News for May

Food Allergy Research & Education received Eugene Washing Engagement Award from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

ResearchMatch Celebrated National Women's Health Week

ResearchMatch helping partner ADAA raise awareness during National Mental Health Month

Check out Trial Finder - a quick and simplified way to search the thousands of studies available on

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NCATS eNewsletter - May 26, 2016

Ketamine Metabolite May Fight Depression

CTSA Program Supports Streamlined Clinical Trial Recruitment

NCATS Funding Opportunity for Biomedical Data Translation

Spheryx, Inc., President/CEO Talks SBIR-Supported Tech




Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) news - May 2016

Bridging the Translationa 'Valley of Death'

Studies that Intentionally Infect People with Disease-Causing Bugs are on the Rise

Journal of Clinical and Translational Science Submissions Now Open

News from the Hill

Grants and Grant News

Read more here...




Upcoming 2016 CTSA
Leadership Advisory Council Meetings

STRF Boardroom 102
4:30-6:00 pm*

June 20
July 18
August 15
September 19
October 17
November 21
December 19
* All dates subject to change

Add meetings to outlook

You will not receive an automatic Outlook meeting notification for the above meetings.  You can click on the link to the left to add the meetings to your Outlook calendar. 

Click here for detailed instructions on how to import these dates into your Outlook calendar.  




Projects that are supported by the Institute for Integration of Medicine & Science/ Clinical and Translational Science Award (IIMS/CTSA) — through funding, consulting, clinical research use or other services — are required to use this acknowledgement wording for publications, news releases, websites and other communications:

"The project described was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) UL1 TR001120. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.”

For KL2 scholars or those receiving a pre-doctoral stipend, click here for citation wording.