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CCTSI Director Ronald J. Sokol, MD

CCTSI Director Ron Sokol, MD
Ron Sokol, MD
Spring 2018
Central to our mission in the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is keeping our research community informed of changes that we anticipate over the next five years. To that end, we have been conducting a series of Town Hall meetings at our affiliated institutions and health care organizations across the metro area. So far, I have shared our thoughts and taken questions from the research community at CU Anschutz, Children’s Hospital Colorado, CU Boulder and National Jewish Health. Thank you to everyone who participated in these meetings. On April 26, I will be conducting our final Town Hall at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. Please click here to register for the CSU meeting.
I wanted to mention an upcoming conference that I believe will be of great interest to our veterinary researchers at Colorado State University along with our biomedical investigators at CU. Zoobiquity Colorado: Connecting human and animal health through regenerative medicine is a two-day conference that will take place at both CU Anschutz and CSU. This national meeting, focusing on regenerative medicine advances, is built on a One Health concept designed to bring together leading clinicians and scientists in human and veterinary medicine. Details are still being finalized regarding the agenda and keynote speakers. Be sure to save the dates of October 5 and 6, 2018.
You may already be aware of the new coordinating center of the CTSA national consortium called the Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC). The CLIC website is designed to provide access to collaborators, training materials, research tools and data sets. One section of interest that may be worth perusing is the CLIC events page that lists upcoming meetings of interest, which are hosted by other CTSA Hubs.
Lastly, the CCTSI is helping to organize an effort to respond to the latest NIH Collaborative Innovation Award: PAR-18-244 "Collaborative Innovation Award, Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)". The goal of this program is to propose collaborations among three or more CTSA Hubs that will initiate innovative studies to address major barriers for conducting clinical and translational research and training. In light of the national opioid use disorder crisis, the PAR has been modified recently to place at high priority translational research proposals to conduct novel clinical research studies intended to develop and test models of care for Opioid Use Disorders within medical settings, including primary care, emergency departments and neonatal units.

We will be conducting an initial meeting for those interested collaborating on this topic. The meeting will take place on April 16 in the Shore Family Forum of the Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building from 4:00 – 5:00 PM for all who are interested. Please let me know if you have any questions.

All the best,




CCTSI Town Hall at CU Boulder on February 27, 2018 

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