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MARCH 2024  |  ISSUE 7

MARCH 2024

O’Hara named Co-Chair of NIH
CTSA Program Steering Committee

STEERING COMMITTEE TO DIRECT AND FACILITATE THE BEST TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH ACROSS ALL CTSA SITES

Dr. Ruth O’Hara, Senior Associate Dean for Research at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has been appointed by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to serve as co-chair of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program Steering Committee. In this role, Dr. O’Hara will work alongside fellow co-chair, Michael Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Division of Clinical Innovation at NCATS, providing leadership and guidance to the CTSA network.

MARCH 2024

Proposal Development Office supports SoM researchers with opportunities, guidance

PDO TEAM IS TRANSFORMING INNOVATIVE IDEAS INTO IMPACTFUL PROPOSALS

In 2023, the Proposal Development Office (PDO) at the Stanford School of Medicine (SoM) welcomed new director Kiran Kocherlakota, PhD, who is leading a team of specialists focused on further enhancing the office’s robust services to faculty.

“Our goal is to support the creation of strong, highly competitive grant proposals and achieve an improved award success rate for the Stanford School of Medicine,” stated Dr. Kocherlakota.

MARCH 2024

Stanford’s SPORR holds Rigor & Reproducibility Colloquium, publishes CTSA-wide survey results

GUEST SPEAKERS FROM HARVARD AND DUKE SHARE RESEARCH INTEGRITY PRACTICES

Stanford University’s School of Medicine (SoM) Program on Research Rigor & Reproducibility (SPORR) hosted its 2nd school-wide Rigor & Reproducibility Colloquium: Conversations on How to Future-Proof our Science on January 29th, 2024. On February 1, SPORR’s CTSA institutional survey results on rigor and reproducibility were published in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science.

MARCH 2024

Stanford researcher shows structural fires are associated with inequities in immigrant and minority housing

LANDLORD NEGLIGENCE AND HOUSING INEQUITIES CONTRIBUTE TO UNSAFE HEATING PRACTICES, LEADING TO DEADLY FIRES

Heating issues due to landlord negligence and housing inequities frequently lead to unsafe heating practices that result in dangerous fires. A media release following one such terrible fire that took place in the Bronx in January 2022, causing the deaths of eight children and nine adults, drew the attention of Stanford’s Spectrum KL2 Scholar Clifford Charles Sheckter, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery.

“As a burn surgeon and researcher, one of my overarching goals is to reduce fire related injury and death,” explains Dr. Sheckter. “When I read that this fire was due to a space heater in a lower income housing complex, it got me thinking about whether there was a greater connection between unsafe heating practices and structure fires.”

MARCH 2024

Trial Innovation Network supports researchers with multi-site studies

PROVIDING RESEARCHERS WITH ASSISTANCE IN LEVERAGING NATIONAL SUPPORT ALONG WITH LOCAL RESOURCES

The trial innovation network (TIN) supports researchers in streamlining multi-site study processes, leveraging national support along with local resources, reducing the time required to develop a multi-site study, and connecting investigators with relevant experts. It provides planning guidance, resources, and operational assistance for investigators. A large portion of the TIN’s support is provided at no cost.

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