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Making the Rounds

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CTSI staff members are on the move collaborating with colleagues and community partners. Through a series of presentations, exhibits and meetings, we spread the word about the CTSI mission and progress toward our goals. Along with the efforts of our staff, Dr. Aaron Friedman and I have met with community health leaders to identify opportunities for collaborative innovation. These discussions have been fruitful and are paving the way for better communication between the academic and business sectors.
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August 23: a team met with new UMN faculty during orientation week to explain how CTSI can offer clinical support and research resources. I'm told there was genuine interest to learn more about how CTSI is preparing to help new investigators with their clinical research.
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Sept. 4: CTSI hosted a booth at the Minnesota State Fair. Patrons talked to CTSI staff and investigators to learn more about study participation. Fair-goers played games and received prizes while hearing about myths surrounding clinical research. Dr. Aaron Kelly was on hand to discuss his child obesity research and how CTSI supports translational science.
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Sept. 7: Dean Connie Delaney met with a group of cross-disciplinary faculty and staff to provide an overview of the Clinical and Translational Research Portal. She facilitated discussion to answer questions about the Portal, which was launched on Aug. 1.
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Sept. 13: CTSI staffed a table at the Institute for Engineering in Medicine Innovation Showcase a networking opportunity for researchers in medicine, engineering and medical device manufacturing.
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Sept. 19: a team participated in the eighth annual Women's Health Research Conference to explore opportunities to advance knowledge that impacts the health of women and their communities.
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Sept. 21: CTSI hosted its first Office of Community Engagement for Health Summit at the UMN Arboretum. Dr. Susan LeBailly, from Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Science (NuCATS), delivered the keynote address. More than 80 community partners and UMN participants turned out to discuss strategies, perceptions, and areas for improvement in our health partnerships.
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Sept. 22: Dr. Chester Whitley was the guest speaker for our quarterly Science Cafe at Coffman Memorial Union, Mississippi Room. He presented an overview of his clinical research on rare genetic lysosomal disorders and answered questions about new treatments and trials.
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Oct. 5-6: I joined CTSA National Consortium steering committee members last week in Bethesda, MD. UMN is now part of this national consortium led by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Research Resources. Materials from the meeting are here.
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Oct. 12: CTSI will co-sponsor a bioethics conference from 8:30 am to 3 pm at Coffman Memorial Union, 4th floor. Panelists will discuss pro and con arguments about whether people have a moral obligation to participate in clinical research and identify implications for the way that biomedical research should be taught. This conference is free and open to the public.

Let's continue to refine and improve our scientific goals and functions at CTSI to deliver new and better ways to detect, treat, and prevent disease and improve the health of our community.


Bruce Blazar, MD

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