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Intriguing Talks Mark ACTRI Translational Science Symposium

Intriguing Talks Mark ACTRI Translational Science Symposium

April 11, 2018 – Former FDA commissioner Robert Califf, MD, and four researchers supported by UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) delivered inspiring presentations during the 2018 ACTRI Translational Science Symposium on April 5. The theme of the program was “Emerging Issues and Solutions in Infectious Disease.” more

ACTRI Announces 2018 Pilot Project Awardees

ACTRI Voucher Enabled Researcher Sears to Conduct Sitting Study

March 22, 2018 – Get up! Prolonged sitting has been tied to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, but interrupting sitting with brief standing breaks could have health benefits. And the type of interruption may make a difference, especially for your heart. A newly published pilot study of sedentary older women suggests that short standing breaks improve cardio-metabolic health. Lead researcher Dorothy Sears, PhD, with support from UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) through the Voucher Program, enrolled ten at-risk, overweight or obese postmenopausal women and tested three sitting interruption conditions. more

ACTRI Announces 2018 Pilot Project Awardees

ACTRI Announces Kevin King as Recipient of the 2018 Daniel T. O’Connor Memorial Award

February 27, 2018 – UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) announces Kevin King, MD, PhD, as the recipient of the 2018 Daniel T. O’Connor Memorial Award. The O’Connor award provides an additional $5,000 to the top ranked ACTRI 2018 pilot project recipient. King received a 2018 pilot project award from the ACTRI to support his study, “Clinical Pilot of Single Cell Analysis during Human Cardiac Ischemia and Infarction.” more

ACTRI Announces 2018 Pilot Project Awardees

ACTRI Announces 2018 Pilot Project Awardees

February 27, 2018–UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) announces the selection of 14 Pilot Project grant awardees for 2018. Pilot Project grants are one-year competitive cash awards for researchers to obtain preliminary data. Thirteen 2018 awardees are from UC San Diego and represent seven departments, and one is from San Diego State University in the department of psychology. Recipients were awarded in the categories of clinical and translational research and, for the first time, two were selected in the category of life course research. more

Charles Taylor, PhD

With ACTRI Support Charles Taylor Explores Positive Emotion Strategies to Treat Anxiety and Depression

February 27, 2018–Performing an act of kindness may be good for your health. So could the sweet anticipation of a reward and keeping a journal of things for which you are grateful. Results from a pilot study conducted by Charles Taylor, PhD, and supported by ACTRI, indicate that doing good deeds and finding the positive in daily life can actually make one happier. Taylor’s findings were published last year in the journal Depression and Anxiety and led to a two-year $1M National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grant with the potential to receive additional funding. more

Hannah Carter, PhD

ACTRI-Supported Researcher Carter Receives CIFAR Scholarship

January 23, 2018–Computational biologist Hannah Carter, PhD, has been named a 2017 Azrieli Global Scholar by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). Carter, an assistant professor of medicine at UC San Diego in the Division of Genetics, is one of 15 early career researchers receiving the two-year appointment, which includes $100k in research support. more