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Director's Corner

CCTSI Director Ronald J. Sokol, MD

Dr. Ron Sokol
Ron Sokol, MD
June 2019

Dear CCTSI Research Community,

Summer is here and we are getting ready for our annual academic conference, the CU-CSU Summit, which will take place on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. This year, we are tackling the topic of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Biomedical Research—and thus far we’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response to the subject matter. If you haven’t already registered, do so today. We have a limited number of seats and will be capping the registration at 150. 

This year’s conference will be our seventh CU-CSU Summit. As always, we aim to provide a stimulating day of presentations and interactive breakout sessions. The Summit will also feature a poster session; we are now accepting abstract submissions. Please note that we will be choosing a number of poster presenters to deliver a five-minute oral presentation, in addition to presenting their posters. The deadline for abstract submissions is July 17, 2019. 

The conference will take place at the Westin Westminster located on 10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, Colorado. The full day of activity includes presentations from researchers at CU Boulder, CU Anschutz and Colorado State University; breakfast, lunch and networking breaks. Our goal is to engage researchers at all levels of training from each CCTSI partner institution and foster new collaborations and innovative research across our campuses. For questions about the CU-CSU Summit, contact

I want to take a moment to mention an incredibly useful tool that the CCTSI provides for researchers of the University of Colorado and our Hospital affiliates. If you are a faculty member at CU Anschutz or CU Denver or CU Boulder, you already have a profile set up for you. If you are a graduate student, you can search for and identify future mentors. Just log in and explore. PROFILES is both a directory of researchers and a social networking tool. To illustrate what you will find on PROFILES, at left is an interactive visualization that shows, for example, how my co-authors are connected. 

Are you looking for a new collaborator? A mentor? Do you want to explore the connections that already exist between investigators? Are you looking for a subject matter expert or speaker for your conference? Then go to Colorado PROFILES today. We will also be holding a Town Hall Meeting demonstration of all of the functionality of PROFILES later this summer on the Anschutz Medical Campus, so keep a look out for the time and place. 

If you have any questions about PROFILES and its capabilities, don’t hesitate to send a question to
All the best, 

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