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Director's Corner

CCTSI Director Ronald J. Sokol, MD

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Dear CCTSI research community,
Recently, I have noticed people talking about their “why”—in other words, their motivation, their purpose. At the CCTSI, one of our “whys” is to support early career faculty in their development as independent and impactful investigators. The faculty and staff who direct our Pre-K grant review program published the results of their outcomes, which were gratifying to see. Dr. Jose Castillo-Mancia who managed the program for several years said, “securing a scientific workforce requires investing in younger generations. This is a commitment from CCTSI and CU Anschutz shown in this recent report on the benefits of a mock study section for researchers seeking their first major grant.” Congratulations to everyone involved in this keystone program.  

Speaking of providing opportunities for early career faculty, our winter pediatric research poster session was well attended and received. The office of Medical Education at Children’s Hospital Colorado made awards to top resident and fellow posters, and engagement was high. I, for one, am more than ever appreciating the value of these in-person educational events—and the perspective the pandemic lent to such interactions. (See some photos from the event in the gallery below.) 

Summer is here so that means we are looking forward to our annual academic conference the CU-CSU Summit. This year, the topic is “Enhancing the Impact of Clinical and Translational Research Through Dissemination and Implementation Science” and it will take place in person on the innovative CSU Spur campus in Denver, which is adjacent to the National Western Complex off of I-70 in Denver. Registration is open but will be capped—so register today. This year, we are inviting abstracts for three types of presentations: posters; “lightning” five-minute oral presentations and case study presentations. You may find the full details here

Kudos to our longtime CCTSI leader Dr. Nichole Carlson, professor of Biostatistics and Informatics, who was elected a 2023 Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). This prestigious Fellow status is only given to three percent of the current ASA membership at any point in time. Nichole is being recognized for her contributions to Bayesian statistics and spatial and time series data analysis, team science and training and mentoring of students. In August, she will receive the honor at an awards ceremony at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Toronto. Please join me in congratulating Nichole on this tremendous and well-deserved recognition! 

All the best,

Topics: Research, CCTSI