May 25, 2007


Featured CTSA Committee Update

The CTSA Pediatrics Oversight Committee is dedicated to providing a national forum for CTSA investigators and NIH scientists to facilitate pediatric clinical and translational research.

The Pediatrics Oversight Committee held its first face-to-face meeting on March 22, 2007. Chair Jennifer Puck (UCSF) reported on the Committee’s activities and recommendations during the CTSA PI Steering Committee Monthly Call on May 8, 2007.

Dr. Puck emphasized the desire of the Committee to identify and address challenges unique to pediatric research within and across CTSA sites. Among the opportunities offered by the CTSA program, Dr. Puck mentioned common research agendas, collaborative research protocols, and the opportunity to obtain normative data and establish specimen banks. In addition, the CTSA sites will be able to leverage and extend the resources of pediatric research networks currently funded by NIH.

Priorities for the Pediatrics Oversight Committee include:

  • Formation of working groups to further key goals, such as:
    1. Streamline and standardize the implementation of regulations involving research with infants and children.
    2. Help CTSA sites leverage assets from existing NIH-funded pediatric research networks.
    3. Develop pediatric research consensus statements.
    4. Promote translational research careers in pediatrics by:
      • Ensuring access to funding for new pediatric investigators.
      • Fostering academic rewards for team pediatric research.
  • Conducting a workshop on pediatric IRB issues, “Framing Questions for Regulation of Pediatric Research.”

Specific recommendations were made to the PIs and await resolution:

  • Each Steering Committee should include a pediatric researcher.
  • Mechanisms should be established for bidirectional communication between CTSA leadership and the Pediatrics Oversight Committee.
  • Each CTSA should have one or more pediatricians on K-grant selection committees.

Upcoming Events for NIH Staff

NIH CTSA All Hands Meeting
NIH Contact: Anthony Hayward
Date: June 25, 2007
Meeting time: 9:00 AM–11:30 AM
Location: Building 31C, Conference Room 6
Report to NIH CTSA Subcommittee representatives on CTSA Steering Committee activities and Round 2 CTSA review

NIH CTSA Chairs and Co-Chairs Meeting
NIH Contact: Andrea Sawczuk
Date: July 17, 2007
Meeting time: 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Location: Democracy One, 9th floor conference room
Discussion of committee governance policies and procedures

Upcoming Committee Meeting Dates*

CTSA Consortium Committee Meeting Dates:

CTSA Public-Private Partnerships Meeting
NIH coordinator: Mark Scheideler
Date: June 6, 2007
Refreshments start at: 8:30 AM
Meeting time: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Location: Building 31C, Conference Room 10
Web Participation
Conference Number: 1-800-256-1922
Participant Code: 447142

CTSA Informatics Meeting
NIH coordinator: Elaine Collier
Date: June 21, 2007
Refreshments start at: 8:00 AM
Meeting time: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM
Location: Democracy One, 9th floor conference room

CTSA Consortium Oversight Meeting (i.e., Principal Investigators)
NIH coordinator: Anthony Hayward
Date: October 3, 2007
Meeting time: 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Location: Building 31C, Conference Room 10

NIH CTSA Subcommittee Meeting Dates:

NIH CTSA Pediatrics Subcommittee Meeting
NIH coordinator: Gail Pearson
Date: June 4, 2007
Meeting time: 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
Location: Rockledge II, Room 711

CTSA Regulatory Knowledge Meeting
NIH coordinator: Jody Sachs
Date: June 4, 2007
Meeting time: 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
Location: Democracy One, 9th floor conference room
Web Participation
Conference Number: 1-877-713-2255
Participant Code: 243769

*Please note, the meetings and events listed in this Newsletter are provided for your information. If you wish to participate, please contact the NIH coordinator.

Updated Information on CTSAweb.org

CTSAweb.org was developed to ensure access to CTSA resources, enhance communication, and encourage sharing. The site will evolve with the CTSA in promoting this new direction of clinical research.

  • CTSA organizational graphic
  • Presentations and meeting summaries from past CTSA Steering Committee Meetings:
    • Principal Investigator, Evaluation, Communications, Pediatrics, Participant and Clinical Interactions, Ethics, Community Engagement, Translational, and Informatics
  • CTSA Steering Committee Representatives

CTSA Update in NCRR Reporter

The NCRR Reporter, our quarterly magazine, features CTSA topics in each issue. The current edition describes how the NIH Clinical Center—NIH’s clinical research hospital in Bethesda, Md., and the world’s largest clinical research complex—provides unparalleled opportunities for collaborations with CTSA institutions. Additional features in the Spring 2007 Reporter highlight NCRR’s research funding to underserved communities across the country and the new Knockout Mouse Project.

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We hope you find this Newsletter helpful and informative. If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to Kameha Kidd, Office of Science Policy and Public Liaison, NCRR.