Kavli Foundation Increases Investment to CICATS

The Kavli Foundation has announced it will renew and increase its investment in the “Kavli BRAIN Coffee Hour” program hosted by CICATS. Also called Science Cafes, these programs are led by CICATS’ Core Interest Groups and are designed to engage the public and generate interactive discussions. Spurred by CICATS’ initial success, the grant from The Kavli Foundation will ensure that the cafes will continue and expand in the pursuit of advanced scientific knowledge and research.

The full announcement is available on the UConn Foundation website.

CICATS accepting applications for M1 Mentorship Award

CICATS has announced it is currently accepting applications for the second cycle of the M1 Mentorship Award. Open to full-time faculty from UConn Health or UConn Storrs, the deadline to apply is Friday, March 10, 2017.

Created in 2015, the M1 Mentorship Award aims to develop a cadre of accomplished mentors who will participate in creating an academic environment to elevate mentorship to a discipline with consistently high standards and practices. The M1 Award provides support to successful research-funded faculty to serve as mentors in developing the next generation of research scientists. The M1 Award is specifically targeted towards developing a sustainable academic pipeline to increase underrepresented minority students among the pool of academic scientists. Besides providing individual mentorship, recipients of the award will be involved in the development of mentorship programs at the University of Connecticut encompassing each level of educational training (middle school, high school, undergraduate, graduate, and junior faculty).

FUNDING

The M1 Award is a three year program. Funding will cover up to 25%, to a maximum of $40,000, of a faculty’s full-time salary appointment. Awards will provide protected time for mentoring activities, including mentorship of individual students as well as participation in the development and execution of various mentorship initiatives.  In addition, up to $10,000 will be allocated to the development of new and innovative initiatives focused on student-related activities that promote their academic growth and increase the number of students in the pipeline. M1 Award recipients are required to attend at least one mentorship conference per year and to participate in further training in the art and science of mentoring minority students.  Renewal of the M1 Award is subject to an annual program performance review and availability of funding.  The M1 Award will not be renewed at the end of the three-year period.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Full-time faculty from UConn Health or University of Connecticut Storrs campus
  • Documented history of successful research funding (National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other sources)
  • Evidence of extensive mentoring experience

For more information on the M1 Mentorship Award including how to access the online application, please visit the M1 Request for Application web page: http://cicats.uconn.edu/m1-rfa.

Application deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017

Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley visits UConn Health

On Friday, December 16, Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America, the nation’s largest nonprofit public education and advocacy alliance, gave a presentation in the Low Learning Center of UConn Health. This presentation, as part of the CICATS Luncheon Seminar Series, was hosted by CICATS and the Kavli Foundation.

CICATS CEO, Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, introduced Mary, who spoke about the importance of advocacy and how scientists should do more to build relationships with their elected officials and policymakers. She referenced the recent passage of the “21st Century Cures” bill as proof that forging that relationship can produce positive results.

To read more about Mary’s presentation, view this article from Research!America. Please visit our MediaSite page and click “CICATS Seminar Series” to watch Mary’s presentation.

CICATS Luncheon Seminar Series featuring Mary Woolley, President and CEO of Research!America on December 16

mwheadshotcolor2012We are exited to announce an upcoming CICATS Luncheon Seminar Series on Friday, December 16, 2016 in the Low Learning Center at UConn Health, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Mary Woolley, President and CEO, of Research!America, the nation’s largest nonprofit public education and advocacy alliance, will present on the topic, “Your Role in Changing Hearts and Minds for Science,” which will focus on the state of research relating to the incoming White House administration:

For the first time in six years both legislative branches and the White House will be in the same party’s hands. During this unprecedented time of transition, scientists must help ensure that the public, media, new and current policymakers hear about the benefits of research from the standpoint of how science contributes to economic growth and prosperity, national security, and better health. At a time when Congress and the public may be taking medical progress for granted, if they think about it at all, and given heightened public and policymaker demand for less government spending as well as more transparency and accountability, scientists themselves need to be more engaged in public outreach. Mary Woolley, president and CEO, Research!America will discuss the current state of federal science and health research agency budgets, share relevant public opinion survey data and provide insights on how to effectively communicate with the public, policymakers and the media.

Lunch will be provided starting at 12:30 p.m.
Registration is now closed. The seminar may be viewed by visiting our MediaSite page and selecting “CICATS Seminar Series.”

This luncheon seminar is hosted by the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at UConn 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.

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Indian National Academy of Engineering elects Dr. Cato Laurencin

Dr. LaurencinDr. Cato T. Laurencin, CICATS Chief Executive Officer, has been elected a Foreign Fellow by the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) for his outstanding accomplishments bridging engineering and medicine. It is the second time Laurencin has been honored by India, as he was elected a Foreign Fellow by the Indian National Academy of Sciences in 2015. Laurencin is now the first American-born scientist to be elected to both of these academies of India.

To read more, check out this article originally published on UConn Today.

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.

Two-day OHRP Research Community Forum coming to Hartford, October 25-26

ohrpHartford HealthCare and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) are hosting a Research Community Forum, “Foundations of Trust: Connecting Our Community to Research” on Tuesday, October 25-26, 2016 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The two-day event will include exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops and networking opportunities.

Dr. Linda Barry, chief operating officer and assistant director of CICATS, will be a featured speaker at the forum.

For more information and to register, please visit the symposium website.