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Injury Prevention Science Café – May 13, 2015

Join researchers and the community to discuss the latest research in injury prevention in a scientific poster session format. Over the last 20 years, the translation of injury prevention science into lower injury and death rates is a success story.

Injury Prevention Science Café

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Connecticut Science Center
The Science Hall
250 Columbus Boulevard Hartford, CT 06103

Sponsored by the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

Learn how you can become involved in multidisciplinary research including domestic violence, child abuse, suicide, teen driving, elderly falls, and child passenger safety.

Beer/wine and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Meghan Clough at 860.837.5316 or

Hosted by:

Brendan Campbell, MD, MPH
Director, Pediatric Trauma
Connecticut Children’s

Orlando Kirton, MD
Chief, Department of Surgery
Hartford Hospital

D’Andrea Joseph, MD
Assoc. Director, Trauma Program
Hartford Hospital


Occupational Health Aging Worker Science Café – May 13, 2015

The Occupational Health Core Interest Group (CIG) is hosting an Aging Worker Science Café on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Edmund and Arlene Grossman Auditorium, 400 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT.


Register Now for The National Health Disparities Elimination Summit June 12-13

CICATS is excited to announce that we will be hosting The National Health Disparities Elimination Summit at the University of Connecticut occurring June 12-13, 2015 at the UConn Health campus and in downtown Hartford. Please visit our National Health Disparities Elimination Summit page for more information and to register to attend.

Summit and Gala Registration
Register before May 15, 2015 for the early registration discount.

About the Summit:

A first of its kind summit gathering health experts, practitioners, policy makers and community advocates committed to the elimination of health disparities.  The overall goal is to raise awareness around health disparities, exchange information, and facilitate stimulating discussions with the ultimate goal of creating a national plan for the elimination of health disparities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Advance the understanding about health disparities among racial and ethnic communities which is a major public health problem in our country.
  • Promote the exchange of innovative, thought-provoking ideas and information between professionals from the community, academia, industry, and government.
  • Develop national and local plans with recommended solutions for the elimination of health disparities.


The summit program includes distinguished scientists, researchers and public health practitioners from leading institutions in Connecticut and from around the country. Presenters will share information regarding the elimination of health disparities and will discuss the current state of African American and Latino Health. The discussion will also include an emphasis upon community involvement in the development of promising strategies to reduce and eliminate disparities.

Summit Chair & Keynote Speaker:

SullivanLouissqLouis W. Sullivan, MD
17th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
CEO & Chairman of The Sullivan Alliance
President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine
Senior Fellow, W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute

Additional speakers, programs, and information will be posted on our website and delivered to CICATS membership. Sign up and become a member to hear more about this event and our other offerings.

UConn Health Disparities Elimination Summit Save the Date

CICATS Small Grant Competition in Aging

UConn Center on Aging / CICATS Small Grant Competition in Aging

Established in 1986, the core mission of the UConn Center on Aging (UCA) is to improve the lives of older adults through research, education and clinical care. In order to support and enhance its faculty’s research, the Center on Aging has established and continues to fund four Research Cores which all provide dedicated infrastructure and expertise involving key components of aging research. Through a recent Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at UConn (CICATS) award, we are now able to solicit for the first time applications from the broad University of Connecticut community for the provision of selected services through these cores.  The overarching goal of this competition is to help encourage a significant growth in the size of the overall institutional portfolio in aging research as discussed at the UConn-Jackson Lab Symposium on Aging held in Storrs, CT on March 19-20, 2014.(

Eligibility: All full-time University of Connecticut faculty members are eligible. Investigators involved in clinical or preclinical basic research wishing to develop pilot or feasibility data involving questions related to aging for a future grant submission are encouraged to apply. Efforts to enhance an already funded project with the addition of an aging component will also be given the highest consideration.

Requirements: Interested applicants need to provide a NIH Style Biosketch together with a 2 page proposal outlining:

  • A description of the proposed project, distinguishing between current ongoing studies and elements which would be enhanced through this award.
  • The proposed contribution by one or more of the UConn Center on Aging Cores listed below.
  • The manner in which the proposed work will improve the health of older adults or enhance our understanding of underlying aging processes.
  • Nature and timing of future grant applications which would follow these studies.

Deadline: All materials should be submitted, as a single PDF document, by 5 p.m. on April 20, 2015 to Robin Addison at

Further Information: Information on specific Core Activities is available at the following link: Please note that for successful applicants the cost of all proposed core services will be funded directly through this award.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss potential ideas with the following individuals:

  1. George Kuchel ( for UCA Recruitment Core (assistance with the preparation of IRB protocols and recruitment of healthy or frail older adults)
  2. Richard Fortinsky ( for UCA Clinical Data and Geriatric Outcomes Core (help in the selection, performance and interpretation of geriatric outcome and performance measures; assistance with data collection, management and analysis)
  3. Julie Robison ( for UCA Evaluation and Population Assessment Core (surveys and needs assessments related to health, disability, services and quality of life).
  4. Laura Haynes ( or Dr. George Kuchel ( for UCA Biomarkers and Preclinical Studies Core (blood samples from well-characterized older adults, tissue and blood samples from aged mouse models, assistance with clinical biomarker studies, assistance with geriatric outcome measurements in aged mice)

NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices – February 6, 2015

NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices for The Week Ending 02-06-2015

Requests for Applications
Program Announcements

CICATS Will Host the Hartford Area SAS User’s Group on February 19, 2015

Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) will be hosting the Hartford Area SAS User’s Group (HASUG) on February 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Grossman Auditorium at 400 Farmington Ave. Breakfast will be provided.

Dr. Terry Murphy will be speaking on the topic of ‘Using Other People’s Macros’. Dr. Murphy, Assistant Professor in the Geriatrics Section of the Department of Internal Medicine of the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also a senior biostatistician at its Program on Aging and a member of the Biostatistics Core of Yale’s Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. Complementing his training in engineering and statistics, Dr. Murphy has been working on aging-related studies for nine years. His research interests involve the modeling of complex datasets that typically involve missing data, longitudinal trends, spatial clustering, and multiply correlated outcomes, especially within the Bayesian context. For over six years he co-led a Bayesian study group and has published methods papers that demonstrate the advantages of Bayesian approaches in spatial applications and longitudinal modeling.

The second portion of the meeting will be an open forum for questions and answers on using SAS. Attendees will be asked to share what they are doing, as well as what they would like to see at the quarterly meetings in the future.

For questions, please contact Dotty Wakefield at x8121.

Directions to the Cell and Genomes Building, 400 Farmington Ave.

Save the Date: 2nd Women in Surgery Lectureship, March 6, 2015

Please Save the Date for the 2nd Women in Surgery Lectureship sponsored by the Department of Surgery at UConn Health.WIS-Save-the-Date

Keller Auditorium at UConn Health
Friday, March 6, 2015
8:30 a.m. 
Featuring guest lecturer Andrea Hayes-Jordan, M.D.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Barry, M.D., FACS.




Andrea Hayes-Jordan, M.D., is Director of Pediatric Surgical Oncology and Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology and Pediatrics at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1987 and earned her M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School in 1991.

Dr. Hayes-Jordan continued to set high goals for herself and break barriers, and after completing additional training, she became one of only a handful of pediatric surgical oncologists in North America and the first African American female pediatric surgeon in the United States of America. She trained for 11 years after medical school to become a pediatric surgical oncologist with dual board certification in adult surgery and pediatric surgery, and additional training in molecular biology, sarcoma and melanoma fellowship. As a pediatric surgical oncologist, her unique strengths and abilities lie in the surgical treatment of advanced and refractory abdominal sarcomas.

In 2006, Dr. Hayes-Jordan pioneered a surgical technique using heated chemotherapy (HIPEC) for children with a rare sarcomatosis. Currently, Dr. Hayes-Jordan is the first and only surgeon in North America performing the HIPEC surgery on pediatric patients. She has made an impact on the survival rates for this rare and aggressive disease called desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT). Since Dr. Hayes-Jordan performed the first HIPEC surgery eight years ago, the number of patients she has treated continues to grow. Dr Hayes-Jordan also has a basic science laboratory where she studies lung metastasis and sarcomas. She is the principle investigator for three phase 1 and one phase 2 investigator initiated trials.

Dr. Hayes-Jordan continues to do pediatric general surgery as a part of the University of Texas Houston Health Sciences Center Pediatric surgery group that practices out of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital (CMHH).

CICATS Director Dr. Cato Laurencin recognized for work in Regenerative Engineering

Dr. Cato Laurencin
UConn Health’s Dr. Cato Laurencin says regenerative engineering will soon revolutionize how musculoskeletal tissue injuries are treated. – Lanny Nagler, UConn Health Center

Original article written by Ray Hardman for WNPR8:48 AM | TUE, OCTOBER 7, 2014

CICATS Director Dr. Cato Laurencin, has won the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award for work in Regenerative Engineering.

The Director’s Pioneer Awards are given by the NIH to scientists whose work has the potential to produce “unusually high impact” in solving important biomedical or behavioral health problems. One of this year’s winners is Dr. Cato Laurencin, professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and founding director of UConn Health’s Institute for Regenerative Engineering. He was awarded $4 million to continue his work in the field.

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Drug Discovery and Inflammation Symposium

The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at UConn Seminar Series:
Drug Discovery and Inflammation Symposium The Drug Discovery and Inflammation Symposium in conjunction with the New England Structure Symposium (NESS) on Structural Biology of Inflammation will bring together scientists and clinicians from academia and industry to provide an overview of current progress in the identification of novel strategies for treatment and prevention of chronic inflammatory disorders.

Symposium Speakers:

  • Lauren Sansing, M.D., Yale University, “Targeting macrophage responses to improve recovery after intracerebral hemorrhage”
  • Alan I. Faden, M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, “Chronic Inflammation in Posttraumatic Neurodegeneration and Neuroplasticity: Therapeutic Targets”
  • Laura Silvian, Ph.D., Biogen Idec Inc., “Disrupting nrf2/keap1 protein interaction with non-covalent inhibitors” 
  • Yow-Pin Lim, M.D., Brown Medical School and Prothera Biologics, Inc., “Development of Inter-alpha Inhibitor as a Novel Immunomodulator in Acute Life-Threatening Diseases”
  • Jaques Banchereau, Ph.D., Jackson Laboratory and UConn Health, “The power of genomics to understand inflammatory diseases and identify therapeutic targets”
  • Massimo Gadina Ph.D., NIH/NIAMS, “Novel therapies for autoimmune, inflammatory and malignant diseases: the coming of age of JAK inhibitors”

Host: New Pathways to Drug Discovery CICATS Core Interest Group

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Time: 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Grossman Auditorium, 400 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT

To R.S.V.P. , please email Dr. Sandra Weller at by Friday, October 10.   Lunch will be provide and there is no cost to attend the symposium.

Health Disparities Science Café a success

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, CICATS held a Health Disparities Science Café in the Academic Lobby at UConn Health. Attended by faculty, researchers, public officials and community-based organizations, this informal event brought together stakeholders in the fight to eliminate health disparities. Through engaging talks from invited speakers and the networking of collaborators in an innovative open mike format, the Health Disparities Science Café was an exciting and productive event. New collaborative working relationships were formed to further address the the elimination of health disparities beyond the Science Café event. CICATS will continue to support a strong coalition dedicated to the elimination of Health Disparities through its newly formed Health Disparities Core Interest Group.

These programs would not have been possible and successful without the support of our faculty, partners, affiliates, administrators and most importantly the Connecticut Legislative Black and Puerto Rican Caucus.  Their continued support has helped us to expand and to develop new program initiatives to close the health disparities gap as well as to create a pipeline for underrepresented minority students to enter into the field of science.