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CTSA Consortium Events

Second Annual VIVO Conference
Washington, District of Columbia
August 24 – 26, 2011

The VIVO Conference brings together those supporting discovery through development of an open collaborative science network. The conference includes workshops, keynote speakers, scientific panels, and contributed papers.  Topics include semantic Web technology, linked open data, scientific networking, and VIVO software and implementation. Learn more.

VIVO is an open source, open ontology, research discovery platform for hosting information about scientists, their interests, activities and accomplishments and is funded by the National Center for Research Resources.

Using IT to Improve Community Health: How Health Care Reform Supports Innovation
Bethesda, Md.
August 30 – 31, 2011

NIH's National Center for Research Resources and the Clinical and Translational Science Awards consortium will sponsor the Fourth Annual National CTSA Community Engagement Conference, focusing on how Information Technology can enhance community engagement at the federal, state and local levels.

Learn more.

Quality Data Acquisition in Pediatric Clinical Trials Conference
NIH Natcher Conference Center, Bethesda, Md.
October 21, 2011

The NIH CTSA Child Health Oversight Committee (CC-CHOC) with help from NCRR and NICHD will host an upcoming Quality Data Acquisition Conference on October 21, 2011 featuring FDA Associate Commissioner Steven Spielberg, M.D., Ph.D., as keynote speaker.  A series of panels including members from FDA, academia, pharmaceutical and medical device firms, clinical research consultants and contract research organizations will share current best practices and future trends.  

The conference will be held from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM ET at the NIH Natcher Conference Center, Bethesda, MD. 

The registration Website is now live and available at:

Please access the link above to register and obtain logistical information associated with the meeting.   You must register via the website if you plan on attending the October 21 Quality Data Acquisition Workshop.  Everyone is encouraged to register as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, September 30, 2011.  

Room Reservations: You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. Please call the Bethesda North Marriot central reservation line at (800) 266-9432 and reference the "CTSA CC-CHOC Meeting." Cut-Off Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011.  After this date, the discounted room rate may not be available.

FDA Clinical Investigator Training Course
Silver Spring, MD
November 7-9, 2011

 The third annual FDA Clinical Investigator Training Course, co-sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Critical Path Programs and the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI), is now open for registration. This intensive, three-day course will enable clinical investigators to gain a greater appreciation of the scientific, ethical, and regulatory issues relating to clinical trial data that may be submitted to regulatory bodies. Attendees will have the unique opportunity of hearing directly from FDA’s nationally renowned experts on issues critical to successful clinical research.

Topics to be discussed include the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials; regulatory considerations essential for clinical research; the role of the DSMB and IRB in clinical studies; preclinical and pharmacological issues in clinical studies; safety assessment during clinical trials; inclusion of special populations such as pregnant women in clinical studies; and the role of personalized medicine in the future of medical product development. The course has been designed with the goal of enabling investigators to improve the quality of clinical trials and to enhance the safety of trial participants.

Learn More.

CTSA Public-Private Partnerships Webinar Series

Academic health centers and universities will highlight examples of partnerships that facilitate discoveries into treatments.

Carolina KickStart
July 27, 2011

Don Rose, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Meeting Recording

New Paradigm for Pharmaceutical Innovation
Sept. 28, 2011, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development analysis on R&D Trends and Patent information on the 10 top companies and drugs.
Kenneth Kaitin, Ph.D., Tufts University
Webinar Link  Call in: 1-866-910-4857, Participant Code: 584064

CTSA PPP Models for Translational Science
Oct. 26, 2011, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

CTSA Indiana model for partnerships with Purdue University, Notre Dame and others across the state.
Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D., Indiana University School of Medicine

NIH MTA Management System: Transfer Agreement Dashboard (TAD)
Lili Portilla, MPA, National Center for Translational Center for Therapeutics, NHGRI, NIH
Webinar Link  Call in: 1-866-910-4857, Participant Code: 584064

Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance
Nov. 23, 2011, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Southern Research Institute for drug discovery and development.
Richard Whitley, M.D., The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Webinar Link  Call in: 1-866-910-4857, Participant Code: 584064

The CTSA Public-Private Partnerships Key Function Committee produced the series with the aim of sharing best practices and expertise.

For more information, contact Dr. Jody Sachs at or 301-435-0802.

CTSA Institution Events

IRB Options for Emergency Care Research
FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC
September 19-20, 2011

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Summer Institute for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Training
Seattle, Wash.
September 19 – 23, 2011

Investigators, policy makers, clinicians, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to this University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences conference to learn how to engage community and healthcare organizations in identifying important CER questions, choose the best design for CER studies, critically interpret the strengths and weaknesses of comparative effectiveness studies and reports, and apply CER results to practice and health care policy to improve health outcomes. Learn more.

The Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture
Johns Hopkins Medical Campus
October 1, 2011

The goal of this event is to describe the reach and complexity, both biomedically and ethically, of the story of Henrietta Lacks and HeLa cells as well as to provide some insight into the past, present, and future of the conduct of clinical research.  By honoring Mrs. Lacks and the positive global impact of HeLa cells through this lecture series, ICTR also hopes to draw attention to the thanks and honor due to everyone who participates in the clinical research process. Learn More.

Expanding the Boundaries of Health Care Value: Collaboration and Community Engagement in Practice-Based Research
Rochester, Minn.
October 7, 2011

Attendees at this conference will learn about the principles and models of collaboration across boundaries of health care services so they can identify ways in which community partnerships can improve practices, patient centered outcomes and health care value through practice-based research.
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Vascular Disease 2011: Bench to Bedside; Sixth Annual Frontiers of Clinical Investigation Symposium
La Jolla, Calif.
October 13 – 15, 2011

This symposium will explore innovative approaches to bridge laboratory investigation and clinical research in disorders affecting blood vessels, including cancer, inflammatory disease and cardiovascular disease. The abstract submission deadline is August 31. Learn more.

2011 Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Symposium: Translational Strategies in Contemporary Science
Philadelphia, Pa.
October 18 – 19, 2011

This year's annual symposium will focus on three areas: 1) How organizational structures have matured to support translational research and to address the crisis in development of novel therapeutics; 2) To exemplify excellence in the pursuit of translational research and; 3) To give particular consideration to the challenges and opportunities afforded by the availability of mega data. Learn more.


Event Types

CTSA Institution Events
Events sponsored by CTSA Institutions that have open attendance.

CTSA Consortium Events
Events sponsored by CTSA Consortium committees. These are often workshops.

CTSA Consortium committee sponsored workshops provide an opportunity for participants to focus on a particular topic or activity in an in-depth, outcome driven fashion. The workshop formats may be face-to-face, webconference, or teleconference. Additionally, depending on the goals and nature of a workshop, they may vary significantly in duration and number of participants.

CTSA Consortium Committee Meetings
The CTSA Consortium description used on includes CTSA committees. These CTSA Consortium Committees comprise representatives who are directors/leaders of the corresponding topic/functions at each CTSA (as approved by the CTSA PI) and NIH Institute scientific staff representatives.

CTSA Workshops and CTSA Consortium Committee Meetings can be found listed on the CTSA Calendar.