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Join us for the 2nd Annual STEAM Career Expo – Saturday, April 22

The 2nd Annual S.T.E.A.M Career Expo is coming up on Saturday, April 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Martin Luther King School in Hartford. Hosted by the Urban League of Greater Hartford Young Professionals (ULGHYP), the career expo offers girls and boys in grades 5-12 opportunities to participate in a variety of fun, hands-on exhibits and learn about the many types of careers they can pursue in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M).

Live music, healthy snacks, and lots of fun are on tap for the day, and we hope you can join us! Please feel free to print the flier for sharing or display.

For more information, please contact Janice Castle at or Dr. Linda Barry at

CICATS Seminar Series: A Kavli BRAIN Event to feature Elisabet Borsheim, Ph.D. on March 24

We will be hosting a CICATS Seminar Series: A Kavli BRAIN Event on Friday, March 24, 2017 in the Low Learning Center at UConn Health, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

EBElisabet Borsheim, Ph.D., from the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will present on the topic, “Muscle protein synthesis and breakdown; regulation by nutrients and exercise.”

Dr. Borsheim will discuss how muscle plays an essential role as the primary reservoir for amino acids to maintain needs in vital organs during catabolic periods, including between meals and in response to injuries. Hence, the regulation of muscle protein metabolism for adequate metabolic function is of high importance in health and disease.  Stable isotope methodology enables measurements of muscle protein synthesis and breakdown rates. Intake of amino acids, specifically essential amino acids, stimulates muscle protein synthesis, and improves the net balance between synthesis and breakdown. During aging, there is a loss of muscle mass and function (sarcopenia) that may partly be explained by anabolic resistance. Optimal nutritional intake and exercise is of importance for maintenance of muscle mass with aging. After burn injuries, whole body and muscle protein turnover are increased, with a net loss of muscle protein and thus muscle mass. Anabolic interventions after pediatric burn injuries can improve muscle protein net balance via various mechanisms, including improving the response to feeding.

Lunch will be provided for seminar attendees.

The UConn School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)tm. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

RSVP by March 17 to Cheryl Steciak at

This luncheon seminar is hosted by the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at UConn, the CICATS Biostatistics Center,  and The Kavli Foundation.

2nd Annual National Health Disparities Elimination Summit a great success

The 2nd Annual National Health Disparities Elimination Summit was held on Saturday, October 29 in Keller Auditorium on the campus of UConn Health in Farmington, Conn. Close to 200 attendees heard from speakers who touched upon health disparity topics afflicting communities nationwide including asthma, environmental justice, gun violence in urban communities, and environmental racism.

The day-long program was divided into three sessions to show the impact of how environments are creating or exacerbating health disparities: Physical Environments: Where We Live and Work; Healthcare Environments – Acknowledging the Impact and Value of Diversity: Providers, Patients & Communities; and Social Environments – Addressing Social Structural Issues Impacting Health Outcomes through Policy and Community Engagement.

The distinguished cadre of speakers and their presentations cultivated an engaged audience whose questions and commentary spurred productive discussions and debate.

To read more about the 2nd Annual National Health Disparities Elimination Summit, view this article from UConn Today. The Summit website can also provide a wealth of information about the event, including the agenda and list of speakers.

Mustafa Santiago Ali

FOX 61 Connecticut’s ‘The Stan Simpson Show’ previews upcoming National Health Disparities Elimination Summit

ss-show_100816Dr. Linda Barry, chief operating officer and assistant director of CICATS and co-chair of the 2nd Annual National Health Disparities Elimination Summit, appeared on “The Stan Simpson Show” and highlighted many of the topics that will be discussed during the upcoming summit. Dr. Barry explained the theme, Living in America Today: Transforming Environments to Eliminate Health Disparities, and how it will drive discussions focusing on the impact physical (e.g. Flint, Mich. lead water contamination), health care (e.g. role of diversity in improving patient outcomes), and social (e.g. societal structural issues such as gun violence) environments and how they create and exacerbate health disparities.

The segment featuring Dr. Barry is available for viewing. If you would like to learn more about the 2nd Annual National Health Disparities Elimination Summit, please head to the website where you can also register to attend.


Dr. Linda Barry previews National Health Disparities Elimination Summit on Philadelphia’s 900AM WURD

Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Director of CICATS, Dr. Linda Barry, who is also co-chair of the 2nd Annual National Health Disparities Elimination Summit, previewed the upcoming summit on 900AM WURD Philadelphia’s “The MOJO” with Stephanie Renee. During the twenty-minute segment, Dr. Barry highlighted the three primary areas in which the summit will focus: including the impact of your environment – specifically the physical, social, and health care environments within communities, and how they create or exacerbate health disparities. Every community experiences their own health disparities, from Philadelphia to Hartford to Flint and beyond, and Dr. Barry emphasized the importance of gathering thought leaders together to create solutions.

The interview has been archived on the CICATS website. If you would like to learn more about the National Health Disparities Summit, which is open to the public, please head to the Summit website.

CICATS announces 2nd Annual National Health Disparities Elimination Summit

The 2nd Annual National Health Disparities Elimination Summit will be taking place on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Keller Auditorium at UConn Health.

This year’s Summit will take a holistic approach and focus on how different environments, such as the physical environment (e.g. Flint, Michigan water crisis), healthcare environment (e.g. role of diversity in improving outcomes) and social environment (societal structural issues such as gun violence), are creating or exacerbating health disparities. Where you live matters. Therefore, patients, health care providers, political leaders and community leaders can each make a positive impact to improve their environment, resulting in improved health outcomes in their communities.

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization, has been announced as the keynote speaker. Presenters throughout the day will share information regarding efforts to eliminate health disparities and will discuss the current state of African American and Latino Health in America today. The discussion will also include an emphasis on community involvement in the development of promising, effective strategies to reduce and eliminate disparities.

Please visit the Summit website for additional information and to register.

CICATS announces 2016 Summer Seminar Series

The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) will be offering a free, weekly summer seminar series open to students interested in pursuing careers as scientists and scholars in biological and biomedical sciences.

More information about each seminar and registration info is available on the CICATS website.  Lunch is not provided, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own food.

Space is limited; please register in advance.

Save the Date: 3rd Annual Women in Surgery Lectureship, April 22

Bass-1The 3rd Women in Surgery Lectureship sponsored by UConn Health Department of Surgery will be taking place Friday, April 22 at 8:30 a.m. at UConn Health Keller Auditorium. The guest lecturer is Dr. Barbara Bass, Chair of Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital and founding Executive Director of MITIE, the Methodist Institute of Technology, Innovation and Education. MITIE has hosted hands-on courses for over 25,000 surgeons and health care providers since she established it in 2007. She is also one of the founders of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, the largest risk-adjusted surgical outcomes program in the world.

Barbara Lee Bass MD, FACS joined the Houston Methodist Hospital in 2005 to serve as the inaugural chair of the academic department of Surgery. She holds the John F. and Carolyn Bookout Presidential Endowed Chair and is Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Under
her leadership, the department has grown to include 61 full time academic surgical and PhD faculty. She serves as the founding Executive Director of MITIE, the Methodist Institute of Technology, Innovation and Education.

An international thought leader in surgical education, during her tenure at Houston Methodist Dr. Bass has created innovative surgical training pathways in a newly founded residency in general
surgery to develop surgeons to lead diverse roles in our evolving health care systems; as skilled providers of state of the art surgical care, as surgeon-scientists in basic and translational research,
and as skilled administrative leaders to develop systems to improve delivery of quality surgical care.

CICATS to participate in S.T.E.A.M Career Expo

STEAM EXPO 2016On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the Urban League of Greater Hartford Young Professionals in partnership with professionals from the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, Wesleyan University, Southern New England Association of Technical Professionals, and Capital Community College will host the 1st Annual  S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematical) Career Expo.  CICATS will be representing “Science” with several UConn faculty participating.

     2016 S.T.E.A.M. flier

The event will provide hands-on activities and interactions for Hartford students (middle school and high school) with professionals in the S.T.E.A.M fields. It is
also designed to encourage students to enter the pipeline and eventually pursue careers in these fields, creating a diverse workforce and future leaders
in S.T.E.A.M.

1st Annual S.T.E.A.M Career Expo

Date:               Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time:              11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location:        Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main Street, Hartford, Conn.

This event is also tied to a nationwide effort by the National Urban League Young Professionals to promote S.T.E.A.M within urban communities during their annual National Day of Service.

The Urban League of Greater Hartford Young Professionals is an auxiliary of the Urban League of Greater Hartford, a 501(c)(3) organization.


CICATS Celebrates Excellence in Research

CIG-event-photoCICATS held its first annual “Celebration of Excellence in Research” in the Academic Lobby at UConn Health, celebrating the work and success of its 17 Core Interest Groups (CIGs). The celebration provided an opportunity for faculty and community based organizations to network for collaborative research projects, and also included brief research project overview lectures by CIG researchers and poster displays.

The story in full is available on  UConn Today.