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Director's Corner

CCTSI Director Ronald J. Sokol, MD

CCTSI Director Ron Sokol, MD
Ron Sokol, MD
Fall 2017

Every September, an eager group of graduate students, post-docs, faculty and investigators arrives on our CCTSI campuses, and we become newly enriched as a research community. So for those of you who may fall into that category, and are new to the CCTSI, welcome! With our quarterly newsletter called Found in Translation, we aim to direct you to the CCTSI’s many resources, services, education and funding opportunities. We also strive to show you the impact the researchers in our community make each and every day.

Part of our mission is to promote collaboration across campuses and research areas. Central to this goal is our annual daylong academic conference called the CU-CSU Summit. On July 16, approximately 150 researchers from CU Boulder, Colorado State University, CU Anschutz and CU Denver gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver-Thornton. This year’s topic, Microbiome Research–from Methodology to Collaboration, generated great interest early on and registration slots filled up faster than ever.

Speakers covered a diverse array of themes, everything from “Gut Bacteria and the Immune System” to “Ancestral and Forensic Microbiomes.” In addition to presentations, the conference featured interactive workshops on how to get started in microbiome research, a poster session and brief talks by poster presenters called 3 x 5 abstract presentations.

Conference attendee Steven K. Nordeen, PhD, professor emeritus, Department of Pathology, said, ​"For me, the CCTSI-sponsored microbiome conference and its format were exactly what I needed. I took away ideas for a new aim on an impending grant submission and, more importantly, the contacts and potential collaborators I needed to bring those new ideas to fruition. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?" 

So thank you to everyone who joined us for a stimulating day of research, conversation and cross-campus collaboration. I was particularly gratified to see the diverse range of scientists and researchers at this year’s event. We hope to offer additional symposia on the microbiome in years to come. And for your convenience, we have posted all of presentations from the Summit on our website​
All the best, 

Elizabeth Ryan, PhD (above right) presented at the 2017 Summit and leads a microbiome consortium at CSU. 

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