MAY 2015
Resources for Stanford clinical and translational researchers.
Neighborhood health assessment tool wins international award
The Stanford Healthy Neighborhood Discovery Tool was named one of six 2015 Excellence Award winners by the Center for Active Design, a nonprofit that promotes architecture and urban planning solutions to improve public health. This software tool allows community advocates wielding tablet computers to document impediments to a neighborhood’s walkability, safety and healthful-food access. Funded with a Spectrum pilot grant, the project was directed by Abby King, PhD, and led by Sandra Winter, PhD.
Stanford population-health sciences center adds director, research opportunities
The center, directed by Mark Cullen, MD, offers university-wide research funding, education and access to insurance claims and medical records databases. In addition, Michael Halaas, CIO for the School of Medicine, is leading Spectrum's effort to connect STRIDE, the Stanford Translational Research Integrated Data Environment, to a nationwide, scalable informatics framework called i2b2. When complete, researchers will be able to access anonymized clinical data from health-care systems around the country.
The public wants easier ways to participate in medical research
Last year when regulators threatened to add more paper and red tape to the process of research informed-consent, a team of bioethicists cried foul. Mildred Cho, PhD, and David Magnus, PhD, took the issue to the public through a survey study, which was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. What respondents said surprised them: Keep the permissions simple, but always ask permission, even when the research only involves anonymized medical records.


Photovoltaic retinal implant could restore functional sight
A Stanford research team has developed a wireless retinal implant that could restore vision five times better than existing devices. Results in rat studies suggest it could provide functional vision to patients with retinal degenerative diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration. A paper describing the implant was published online April 27 in Nature Medicine. Georges Goetz, a graduate student in electrical engineering, is the lead author of the paper and Daniel Palanker, PhD, professor of ophthalmology, is the senior author. This work was supported by a Spectrum pilot grant.


Collaborative Innovation Award proposals due June 24, 2015
The NIH-NCATS Collaborative Innovation Awards are designed to foster team-based research across the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) network of medical research institutions. Pre-applications are due on June 24, 2015; full applications are due in February 2016.

Spectrum pilot grant proposals due Sept. 2015
Spectrum offers pilot grants of up to $50,000 for multidisciplinary clinical and translational research projects in the areas of therapeutics (drug discovery and development); medtech; predictives and diagnostics; and population health sciences and community engagement. Proposals will be due in Sept. 2015.

Spectrum KL2/TL1 training award applications due March 1, 2016
Applications for the Spectrum KL2 and TL1 clinical-research career development awards are due on March 1, 2016. Both programs provide promising scholars with financial support, training and mentoring to help them initiate research that accelerates the translation of medical discoveries into better health. Junior faculty and senior fellows are encouraged to apply.


Spectrum CTRU under new management
Meg Venables will assume the role of Clinical Research Services Manager for Spectrum’s Clinical and Translational Trial Unit (CTRU), located in the Freidenrich Center at 800 Welch Road. She was previously program manager of Spectrum Child Health


Scientific research on community engagement
On April 6, the Office of Community Health hosted Nina Wallerstein, DrPH, professor and director of the Center for Participatory Research at the University of New Mexico. During the event, Wallerstein facilitated a dialog on community engagement with 38 faculty, post-doctoral fellows and community partners. The resulting recommendations will be used by participants to inform and guide community-engaged research partnerships. To read more, see her keynote slides and most recent journal article.
Population Health Twitter feed launched
To get up-to-date news on training, events and funding opportunities for members of Stanford’s Population Health Sciences community, sign up for our new Twitter feed.


Intensive Course in Clinical Research (ICCR): Study design and performance
Sept. 14-18, 2015, Stanford campus
Join the Spectrum team for five packed days of professional development in research study design. This intensive immersion experience in clinical research is intended for new investigators at the junior faculty, resident or fellow level. To learn more, visit this webpage.

SEPI Workshop on REDCap and Qualtrics
May 27, 2015, 12-1pm, SoM, Alway Bldg, M106
This workshop, run by Andrew Martin, PhD, will teach attendees about REDCap, a secure,clinical-research database platform, and Qualtrics, a survey-building tool. Attendees will leave the class with a basic understanding of how to start using these IRT-approved, HIPAA-compliant resources. Register here.

CME Online: Statistics for Medical Professionals
This self-paced, online course provides medical professionals with a foundational understanding of probability and statistics, and shows participants how to analyze and avoid common statistical pitfalls with research data. It is taught by award-winning instructor Kristin Sainani, PhD, a clinical assistant professor of health research and policy.
Workshops, seminars, and training
The Spectrum education calendar lists many educational activities related to clinical and translational medicine held each month.


Big Data in Biomedicine Conference
Wednesday, May 20-22, 2015
Li Ka Shing Center
291 Campus Drive
Registration website

Spectrum Translational Research Symposium
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

Li Ka Shing Center
291 Campus Drive
2014 Research Abstracts
Don’t forget to cite the grant
Projects that are supported by Spectrum’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) — through funding, consulting, CTRU use or other services — are required to use this acknowledgement wording for publications, news releases, websites and other communications:
“This work was supported by the Stanford Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) to Spectrum (UL1 TR001085). The CTSA program is led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.”
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