Tuesday, March 30

All activities take place in the Eastern Time Zone (ET) unless otherwise specified.

12:00 - 12:15 PM Welcome to TS21
12:15 - 1:00 PM Plenary Session:
1:00 - 1:15 PM Break
1:15 - 5:00 PM Poster Networking Opens
1:15 - 3:00 PM Scientific Programming:
  • Symposium: Biosurveillance to Protect Us Equitably From the Next Pandemic

    Presenters: Peter Elkin, MD and Katia Noyes

    The world was caught unaware and unprepared for the COVID 19 pandemic.  This should never happen again.  How can we use translational science to ensure a safer public health and health care infrastructure? Discuss successes during COVID 19, look forward—how we might better respond in the future, and look at the responsibility of the government vs. academia vs. hospitals in preventing and preparing for the next pandemic.

  • Symposium: CR Forum Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards

    Presenters: Harry Selker, MD, MSPH and Herb Pardes, MD

    CR Forum's Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards honors outstanding accomplishments in clinical research. This annual competition seeks to identify major advances resulting from the nation's investment in research to benefit the health and welfare of its citizens. At this session, the Top 3 award winners will discuss how they developed their methods, how the work evolved, and what impacted the results. CR Forum will be choosing the Top 10 by January 30.

    In this engaging panel discussion, 3 Top 10 researchers will discuss their work, how they put together their teams, their methods, and the science behind the science with CR Forum's Chair Harry Selker and Vice Chair Herb Pardes.

  • Symposium: Meaningful Community Engagement within a Context of Physical Distance, Misinformation and Scientific Uncertainty

    Presenters: Milton ‘Mickey’ Eder, PhD, Darius Tandon, PhD, Jackilen Shannon, PhD, and Hal (Alvin) Strelnick, MD

    This mini-symposium will explore how community engagement scholars have adapted strategies to sustain partnerships and respond to COVID-19. The symposium will explore bidirectional communication, issues of power and inequity, social capital and trust, context and change within an evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Symposium: Nothing About Us Without Us: Lessons Learned from a Community-Engaged Translational Study in Access to Vision Care

    Presenters: Sara Kennedy, MA, BA, Brianna McIntosh, MPH, CPH, Andrea Waksmunski, PhD, Gabrielle Blackshire, Bridget Croniger, Sarah Koopman Gonzalez, PhD, Erika Trapl, PhD, and Jessica Cooke Bailey. PhD, MA

    In this session, Team Cooke Bailey (TCB) members and collaborators will highlight the importance of team science and community-engaged research for health and genetic studies by discussing successes, barriers, challenges, and lessons learned from the “All Eyes On Us: Understanding Vision Disparities in Cleveland, Ohio” study, designed to incorporate community, diversity, and lived experience to understand participants’ perceptions of and barriers to vision care.

  • Workshop: Competency-Based Assessment for Clinical & Translational Team Science Training

    Presenters: Wayne McCormack, PhD and Yulia Strekalova, PhD, MBA

    Clinical and translational science competencies have been described and used as guidelines for designing training experiences, but they have not been well integrated into training assessment plans for predoctoral and postdoctoral research trainees. In the apprenticeship model we use for research training, when asked when doctoral students have developed sufficient skills to defend their dissertation, or when postdoctoral scholars are ready for independent research positions, mentors often say, “I know it when I see it”. However well intentioned, this approach leaves much to be desired, as trainees and mentors cannot articulate the competencies needed to lead clinical and translational research.

    During this interactive workshop participants will be divided into groups for role plays involving the use of this competency-based assessment approach in a research training scenario. Participants will be assigned roles as mentee, mentor, or observer, and provided with role-specific instructions.

  • Workshop: Inclusion of Older Adults in Translational Research: Facilitating a Societal Imperative

    Presenters: Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD and Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH

    Older adults are the majority consumers of the treatment strategies and products resulting from clinical and translational research, and often have the most to gain from research advances. Yet, until recently, they have been included infrequently, minimally, or not at all in research evaluating treatments targeting their health conditions.

    The Older Adult Working Group of the Lifespan Enterprise Committee (under the NIH CTSA program) has developed comprehensive yet succinct presentations to address the intricacies of including older adults in clinical and translational research. This workshop briefly reviews both benefits and challenges to inclusion of older adults. It will be devoted to discussing inclusion strategies so that older adults can be fully represented in clinical and translational research. Speakers will discuss ways to tailor recruitment, consent processes, research protocols and/or planned assessments to accommodate cognitive, physical and logistical issues for older adults as well as consequent complexities of data interpretation.

  • Tools to Build Communication Skills in Predoctoral Training Programs

    Presenters: Karen Weavers, M. Ed. and Kathryn Sandberg, PhD

    A key factor for success in science is the ability to communicate clearly and succinctly utilizing language appropriate to the audience. NIH has defined communication competency as the ability to “communicate clinical and translational research findings to different groups of individuals, including colleagues, students, the lay public and the media.” A scientist’s career will “soar” or “sink” based on their ability to communicate their science through oral and written communication channels. This workshop will focus on oral presentation skills and through brief presentations and utilization of tools will provide critical information to:

    • Understand the professional VALUE of oral presentations
    • Identify WHO your audience is
    • Identify WHAT is the relevant information that they need to hear
    • Identify WHY this audience need to know this
    • Give an effective presentation
    • Critique presentations and provide constructive feedback

    An Oral Presentation Evaluation Tool will be provided to each trainee to use throughout the ACTS meeting and begin building their critiquing skills.

3:00 - 3:15 PM Break
3:15 - 5:00 PM Core Activity:
  • Mock Study Section

    This event is designed for trainees (pre- and post-doctoral) and junior faculty who are writing individual research fellowship (F), career development (K), and research (R01) grants. The objective is to educate early-stage investigators in the grant review process and to assist in making their grants more competitive in today’s funding climate. This session is open only to participants that pre-registered. Waitlisted individuals will have the opportunity to participate in the Q&A session. 

3:15 - 5:00 PM Scientific Programming:
  • Workshop: The Intersection of Precision Medicine and Health Equity in Combating COVID-19

    Presenters: Nishadi Rajapakse, PhD, MD, MHS, Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado, MD, Stephania Miller Highes, PhD, MS, MSCI, Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, Chanita Hughes Halbert, PhD, Minoli Perera, PharmaD, PhD, and David Meltzer, MD, PhD

    The spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States has brought existing health disparities into new focus as the various health, economic, and social harms of COVID-19 disproportionately fall upon minority communities. This workshop will explore the intersection of precision medicine and health equity in addressing COVID-19 in minority communities. Interdisciplinary experts will discuss efforts by the NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research Focused on Precision Medicine (TCC-PM) to address the adverse effects of COVID-19.

  • Symposium: CR Forum Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards

    Presenter: Andrea Van Hook, BA, Harry Selker, MD, MSPH, Herbert Pardes, MD, E. Albert Reece

    CR Forum's Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards honors outstanding accomplishments in clinical research. This annual competition seeks to identify major advances resulting from the nation's investment in research to benefit the health and welfare of its citizens. At this session, 3 award winners will discuss how they developed their methods, how the work evolved, and what impacted the results. CR Forum will be choosing the Top 10 by January 30. The moderator is Dean E. Albert Reece from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

  • Workshop: Diversity in the Ivory: Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum for Research in Clinical and Translational Science

    Presenters: Felicity Enders, PhD, MPH, Joyce Balls-Berry, PhD, and Minerva Orellana, BS, MS

    Everyone in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) understands the urgent need for diversity through the entirety of our pipeline, from trainee to leadership. Diversity and inclusion in CTS is essential to drive health equity as we engage in research to overcome health disparities that have existed since time immemorial. Diversity alone is insufficient, however; we need true equity, inclusion, and belonging. Issues with Diversity in the Ivory demonstrate critical concerns that are experienced by those in the workforce who belong to under-resourced and under-represented groups within CTS. Our work demonstrates that some of the reason we struggle with equity, inclusion, and belonging, is diversity-related “hidden curriculum” for researchers. Hidden curriculum is the set of messages and values that institutions and leadership unintentionally convey, such as; how research is actually conducted, decision making processes for promotion, and who is offered opportunities in our CTS community. Our work suggests that in addition to the need for uncovering research related hidden curriculum that applies to everyone, there is additional diversity-related hidden curriculum that is essential for diverse trainees, junior faculty, and mid-career faculty and for their mentors. In this interactive session, we will highlight some of these topics and ask attendees for their input. Our speakers, Joyce (Joy) E. Balls-Berry, PhD, MPE, and Felicity T. Enders, PhD, MPH, are both Black women who are leaders in the CTS research community. Our moderator, Minerva Orellana, MS, is a Latina PhD student in CTS. We hope participants will bring their thoughts and ideas to help us move the field forward in this engaging and interactive session. Participants should have a device (smartphone, tablet, or computer) handy for polling and discussion during the session.

  • Workshop: Getting Started with the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C): What would you do With a Billion Rows of EHR Data?

    Presenters: Heidi Spratt, PhD, Shawn Thomas O'Neil, MS, PhD, Anita Walden, Any Olex, MS, Jimmy Phuong, and Eli Bradley Levitt, MS

    This session will introduce attendees to the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C): a nationwide effort collecting electronic health record data into a unified, secure database for analysis of COVID-related health outcomes. Built around team-science, N3C brings together clinicians, informaticians, and translational researchers of all experience levels to address the novel SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. In this session, you will learn the basics of N3C’s data collection, and have a chance to develop COVID-19 study questions of their own with feedback from N3C experts. Speakers will guide you through the N3C registration process, introduce them to N3C resources and connect them to existing teams with similar interests.



Wednesday, March 31

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Thursday, April 1

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Friday, April 2

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