CTBR NEWSLETTER (OCT 2015)

Hunter College, the City University of New York

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for Addressing Health Disparities and Improving Health Outcomes
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From the Director...
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Jesus Angulo
PI/PD, CTBR
During the past year, the CTBR has broadened its research portfolio by recruiting new members from the Hunter College School of Nursing, the CUNY School of Public Health and the Department of Computer Science at Hunter College. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new members from these areas as well as new faculty hires who bring outstanding research projects and poise the CTBR to tackle the difficult task of improving health and reducing health disparities in our population.

These are unprecedented and exciting times for the CTBR at Hunter College. The CTBR will host this month the first luncheon sponsored by the office of the Provost. The luncheons will take place monthly and will serve to bring together all members of the CTBR to foster collaborations within and outside the CTBR. The RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN) is undergoing organizational changes under new leadership, as it gets ready to support multi-site collaborative research projects to address health disparities in our population. The CTBR luncheons will bring cohesiveness and nimbleness to the group to enhance our ability to compete more effectively for extramural funding opportunities and to foster collaborations with researchers in the RTRN, CTSC and CUNY. I look forward to seeing all of you at the luncheons as we expand the mission of the RCMI Program at Hunter College and become empowered to improve health.
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Research Highlights...

LEVI WALDRON, Assistant Professor at the CUNY School of Public Health, was recently awarded a sole-investigator R03 award from NIH for his proposal Validation and Clinical Relevance of Ovarian Cancer Molecular Subtypes (1R03CA191447-01A1). Using publicly available data, the awarded proposal will resolve disagreement around the nature of ovarian cancer subtypes. It will also provide standardized definitions of subtype algorithms with documentation for their application to new patients.  Dr. Waldron is also a 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholar. During the first six months of 2016 he will be Visiting Professor at the Center for Integrative Biology (CIBIO) at the University of Trento. Read more in CUNYNewswire.
 
MANDË HOLFORD’s paper Developing a Dissociative Nanocontainer for Peptide Drug Delivery was recently accepted for publication in a Special Issue on Nanomaterials-Based New Drugs and Antibacterial Reagents in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  The paper resulted from Dr. Holford’s CTBR Pilot Award (2013-2015) and her participation in the 2014 International Symposium on Minority Health and Health Disparities which was supported by CTBR.
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Infrastructure...
CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE -- The RCMI Program at Hunter College was awarded an administrative supplement from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the NIH in the amount of $358,847 for the purchase of a state-of-the-art confocal microscope system from Nikon. The new instrument will be housed at the Belfer Research Building and constitutes an addition to the Digital Bio-Imaging Research Facility of the CTBR. The new confocal microscope will serve the needs of all Hunter College researchers.

BIOINFORMATICS -- Through a NIH/NIMHD administrative supplement to the CTBR, a Bioinformatics Facility has been designed and implemented under the direction of Dr. Konstantinos Krampis. The Bioinformatics Facility provides access for CTBR researchers to a 500-core High Performance Computer Cluster and a Next-Gen Sequencing Illumina MiSeq instrument, housed at the brand new, state of the art Hunter - Weil Cornell Medical College Belfer Research Building.  The main goal is to provide a large-scale bioinformatics resource for translational and minority health disparities genomics research. Through these acquisitions we are able to provide CTBR members in-house genomic sequencing and other services that will enhance existing research or initiate new research projects.
 
Community Engagement...
The REACH--Research, Engagement & Action for Community Health-- Program is a new CTBR initiative. REACH aims to revitalize traditional community engagement activities in order to make them more impactful, more organic, and, most importantly, more accessible to the public.  

Since launching in 2012, REACH activities have resulted in one CTSC Community Engagement Award, one CTSC Community Planning Award and a bilingual diabetes website used for a T4 proposal.  In addition, REACH has supported population-level outcome-based research on diabetes among Hispanics and maternal and child health, facilitated collaborations, conducted workshops, and much more. 

Stay tuned for upcoming workshops in community-engaged research which will be available to researchers and community organizations! For ways your project can be integrated with REACH, review the brochure and contact us!

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Grants & Awards...
EXTERNAL FUNDING--Recently, CTBR members received a total of $2,022,797 in external grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to name a few. The full list of recent awardees and projects is here.

CTBR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS 2015-2016.  The CTBR offers junior and senior research faculty professional development awards to increase productivity in publications and extramural awards, to refine and expand their research capabilities, and to enhance our research capacity.  This fiscal year the CTBR funded 2 Pilot Projects, 4 Innovative Seed Projects (pending agency approval, further updates will be posted here), 3 Expert Mentor awards, 6 Facility Service Fees awards and 1 Mini-Sabbatical award. Read more about these awards here.
 


 


 
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The CTBR is supported by a Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (8 G12 MD007599) of the National Institutes of Health, the Weill Cornell Medical College Clinical & Translational Science Center (2UL1TR000457-06) of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.
 
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