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News and Updates - October 2018

From the ROCC Desk

The Latest Webinar Recordings are Available

Recordings of recent ROCC webinars are now available online. Our November webinar featured a program update about the NIH HEAL Initiative, and the two recordings from the October webinar series highlighted the latest developments from the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program.

NIH HEAL Initiative – Program Update and Funding Opportunities for Pain Research Available through NIH: View Recording
Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) discussed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative’s priorities in pain management research and available funding opportunities.

Collaborations across NCATS's Trial Innovation Network: View Recording
This webinar presents ways that investigators within CTSAs can use the Trial Innovation Network to advance their research, and what’s happening at a Trial Innovation Center (TIC) and a Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC).

The CTSA Program Vision - Current Initiatives and Future Goals: View Recording
NCATS officials shared details about the nationwide network of institutions working to bring medical research to practice more quickly and efficiently, and discussed key priorities for the CTSA program.


NIH Requests Comments on Opioid R&D Draft Report
The NIH published a draft report on opioid research and development (R&D) in the Federal Register, "Health Research and Development to Stem the Opioid Crisis: A Federal Roadmap." The report highlights seven areas of opioid R&D and gives research recommendations for each area. The deadline to submit comments about the report is Dec. 5. Read More
A Special Publication from the National Academy of Medicine
The Future of Health Services Research: Advancing Health Systems Research and Practice in the United States report “identifies the range of issues that health services research must consider, address, and potentially overcome to transform the field to meet the needs of a 21st-century health care system.” Read More

Highlights from AAMC Annual Meeting
More than 4,600 AAMC constituents attended the 2018 Learn Serve Lead meeting in Austin, TX. Clinician well-being, the importance of providing affordable health care solutions, and fostering diversity in academic medicine were just a few of the featured topics. Recordings of the plenary session videos are available online. Read More


Protecting Participants, Empowering Researchers: Providing Access to Genomic Summary Results
In this Open Mike guest blog post, Carrie Wolinetz, PhD, NIH Associate Director for Science Policy, and Eric Green, MD, PhD, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, announce the Update to NIH Management of Genomic Summary Results Access to “help to maximize the benefit of our investment in genomics research while ensuring that studies with particular sensitivities have appropriate protection.” Read More


Effect of a Program Combining Transitional Care and Long-term Self-management Support on Outcomes of Hospitalized Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): A Randomized Clinical Trial
This PCORI-funded study found that a program to help COPD patients manage their conditions after hospitalization resulted in patients experiencing fewer emergence department visits and hospital readmission rates. Read More

Enhancing Safety Culture through Improved Incident Reporting: A Case Study in Translational Research
This Health Affairs article describes the use of a learning health systems cycle of interventions to “improve patient safety incident reporting and learning and shape a more just organizational safety culture.” Read More


AAMC Responds to Report on Administration of Extramural Funding for VA Researchers
The AAMC sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in response to a September 2018 report titled “Study on Veterans Affairs (VA) Extramural Funding.” The VA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) commissioned the independent research organization Westat to collect information about the administration of extramural research funding to VA researchers. Read More

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