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ROCC News & Updates

June 2020

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FDA Takes Additional Action to Harness Real-World Data to Inform COVID-19 Response Efforts

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its participation in the COVID-19  Diagnostics Evidence Accelerator, a new effort to use "healthcare data and analytics to understand the performance of SARS-CoV-2 tests and to inform clinical and public health decision-making.”

NIH Preprint Pilot in PubMed Central

The National Library of Medicine plans to launch a pilot program to provide preprint research articles from studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The pilot will initially focus on COVID-19 research but will later be expanded to increase early access to research from across the NIH's portfolio.

NIH Analytics Platform to Harness Nationwide COVID-19 Patient Data

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)'s new initiative, the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C),  is a centralized, secure data hub to study large amounts of diverse medical record data from people diagnosed with COVID-19 from across the US. By compiling such a large data pool, NIH researchers hope to learn more about health risk factors that affect outcomes and identify potential effective treatments.


New Steps to Help Ensure Safe Work Environments for NIH-Supported Research

The NIH is taking new steps to end harassment in NIH-funded grant teams. In the new guidance, "recipients requesting prior approval for changes in PI, key personnel, or recipient institution, are to include mention as to whether these requests are related to concerns about the safety and/or work environment, including issues related to sexual harassment or bullying." The NIH's Associate Director for Science Policy, Dr. Michael Lauer, discusses the changes in the Open Mike blog.

Telemedicine Paradoxically Deepened Our Connections with Patients

From AAMCNews, two physicians describe how doctor-patient relationships have been transformed by rapidly-expanded telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic: "when we engage in video telemedicine, we enhance our ability to carefully listen to our patients’ medical stories. We find clues that might lead to a diagnosis, symptoms that might lead to reassurance, or guidance."

Implementation Science in Times of COVID-19

This editorial from Implementation Science explores the unique opportunities for implementation scientists to contribute to the rapidly changing field of COVID-19 research: "The emergence of COVID-19 provides an urgent need to develop new perspectives and approaches in implementation science, such as the addition of innovative and rigorous approaches to the collection, use and analysis of ‘real-world’ data."


Rapid Translation of Clinical Guidelines into Executable Knowledge: A Case Study of COVID‐19 and On‐line Demonstration

This article from Learning Health Systems describes a new framework for developing artificial intelligence-assisted learning systems in healthcare, and its implementation for detection, diagnosis and clinical treatment of COVID19 infections. The prototype is accessible on, a knowledge sharing repository.

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Nominations for AHRQ’s National Advisory Council

July 3-- Deadline to submit nominations for seven positions on AHRQ's National Advisory Council. The council "provides broad guidance to the Secretary and Director on the direction of and programs undertaken by AHRQ," and members typically serve three-year terms.

Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program

Aug. 28 -- Deadline to submit an application for the NIH's Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program, a fellowship that supports early career clinical researchers intramurally and extramurally for up to 10 years.

All of Us Research Program Begins Beta Testing of Data Platform

The NIH has opened access to a new data platform for researchers using information from the All of Us initiative, one of the world’s largest and most diverse datasets to advance health research. Using a 'data passport' model, which allows unrestricted access rather than a project-by-project basis, the NIH is inviting researchers to give feedback on the initial dataset and tools included in the Researcher's Workbench platform.


AAMC Supports Confirmation of New NSF Director

The AAMC cosigned a letter with nearly 130 other Coalition for National Science Funding member organizations to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee supporting the confirmation of Sethuraman Panchanathan, PhD, as the next director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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