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News and Updates - October 2018

From the ROCC Desk

Webinar Series: The Latest Developments from the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program

In October, ROCC is hosting two webinars highlighting key initiatives happening at CTSA Program hub sites, upcoming funding opportunities available through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), and resources for fostering innovation and cutting-edge translational research activities. Learn More and Register


Two Funding Agencies Take Steps to Combat Sexual Harassment
In a new term and condition published in the Federal Register on Sept. 21, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that awardee organizations “notify NSF of any findings/determinations of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault regarding an NSF funded PI or co-PI.” Read More Additional information is available in a news release published on Sept. 19. Read More
On Sept. 17, the NIH launched a website that includes information about policies and initiatives to address sexual harassment. In a statement, “Changing the Culture of Science to End Sexual Harassment,” Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director of NIH, provided information about the steps NIH is taking. Read More Following the announcement from NSF on Sept. 19, Dr. Collins issued another statement that further clarifies NIH’s policies. Read More

New AHRQ Reports Highlight Seniors’ Struggles with Opioids
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released two reports examining opioid use and opioid-related hospitalizations among the elderly population. Read More
In related news, as part of Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the award of over $1 billion in grants. Read More

The 2018 Golden Goose Award Recognizes Breakthroughs in Basic Research
Five researchers were honored for their federally-funded basic research that has “returned serious benefits to society.” Read More


Clinical Implications and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning
Two JAMA viewpoints examine the technology behind artificial intelligence, and the factors contributing to the adoption of machine learning in health care. Read More

Disappearance of the National Guideline Clearinghouse: A Huge Loss for Evidence-Based Health Care
The authors of this opinion piece, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, write about the closure of the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC), noting that “losing a trusted site that collated useful clinical guidelines is clearly detrimental to the practice of evidence-based health care.” Read More


Association Between Clinician Burnout and Patient Safety, Professionalism, and Patient Satisfaction
The results of this analysis, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, provides “evidence that physician burnout may jeopardize patient care.” Read More
In a related commentary, Mark Linzer, MD, proposes several research questions related to burnout that would benefit from further investigation. Read More


PCORI Adopts Policy for Data Management and Data Sharing
The policy supports the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) commitment to advancing open science and requires certain PCORI-funded researcher teams to share their study data and documentation for secondary use and analysis. Read More

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