CTSI in the News
Recipients of the 2017 Human Health and the Environment see grants announced | Penn State News July 5, 2017
The Human Health and the Environment seed grants for 2017 have been awarded to a pool of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State. These seed grants were funded by eight separate Penn State research entities and institutes which collectively contributed over $500,000.
Summer program trains the next generation of clinical and translational science researchers | Penn State News June 22, 2017
An interdisciplinary group of students—representing two campuses, three colleges, four graduate programs and medical education—began the Short-term Intensive Translational Experience (SITE) program on June 20. SITE is a 10-week experiential program to develop skills as clinical and translational researchers. It provides first- or second-year medical and graduate students with training in both foundational (research design, data analysis) and professional (communications, ethics, teamwork) skills needed to become well-rounded clinical and translational researchers.
Volunteers can now find all research studies, clinical trials in StudyFinder | Penn State News June 7, 2017
All Penn State research studies that are currently recruiting participants are now searchable at Studyfinder, an online database that connects interested volunteers with participation opportunities.
$2.4 million grant funds new Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge Training Program | EurekAlert April 28, 2017
A new $2.4-million program for graduate students seeking to contribute to breakthrough discoveries in medicine and biology has been established at Penn State University with nearly $1.4 million in funding from the National Library of Medicine of the U.S. National Institutes of Health and more than $1 million from Penn State. The new Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge Training Program (B2D2K) brings together Pennsylvania data scientists, biomedical researchers, and life-science researchers at Penn State and the Geisinger Genomic Medicine Institute to accelerate advances in the biomedical and life sciences. These sciences rely increasingly on the ability of researchers to analyze, interpret, and visualize very large and very complex datasets, known as “big data.”
Penn State and Geisinger team up to establish new program for graduate students | Penn State News April 27, 2017
A new $2.4 million program for graduate students seeking to contribute to breakthrough discoveries in medicine and biology has been established at Penn State, with nearly $1.4 million in funding from the National Library of Medicine of the U.S. National Institutes of Health and more than $1 million from Penn State.
Penn State Health: Clinical Trials and Research | abc27 April 27, 2017
Preview of abc27 Call-in-Show on Clinical Trials and Clinical Research at Penn State.
Ingesting soy protein may ease severity of inflammatory bowl disease | Penn State News April 26, 2017
A diet supplemented with soy protein may be an effective adjunct therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases, Penn State researchers reported after completing a study that included mice and cultured human colon cells.
The Medical Minute: Healthy volunteers vital to clinical trials | Penn State News April 20, 2017
Researchers need your help. There is an ongoing need for healthy volunteers in clinical research studies that can lead to health care breakthroughs that provide better drugs and treatments for patients.
Just Breathe: Mindfulness may help freshman stress less and smile more | Penn State News April 20, 2017
Mindfulness training may be one way to help students successfully transition to college life, according to Penn State researchers.
Penn State institute announces pilot funding recipients | Penn State News January 26,2017
The Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has announced the recipients of the Bridges to Translation II Pilot Project Funding.
The translation of biomedical discoveries to clinical application is a long and complex process with high costs and significant risk. The Bridges to Translation II Pilot Project Funding is designed to support research that breaks down roadblocks across the translational spectrum through:
Institute recruiting new scholars for 2017-18 training programs | Penn State News January 11, 2017
Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute is recruiting new scholars for its 2017-18 training programs in translational research. Intended for students early in their graduate training, the programs are open to medical, doctoral and predoctoral students in health-related disciplines who want to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to engage in multidisciplinary, team-based approaches to transform research discoveries into clinical and community practices that improve human health.
Iron Deficiency Anemia Tied to Hearing Loss | New York Times January 5, 2017
Iron deficiency anemia may be linked to hearing loss, new research has found. Researchers studied 305,339 men and women ages 21 to 90, of whom 4,807 had hearing loss and 2,274 had iron deficiency anemia. (Article features TL1 Scholar, Kathleen Schieffer.)
Could Anemia Cause Hearing Loss? | U.S. News December 30, 2016
Hearing loss may be linked to iron deficiency anemia — a combination of low levels of iron and red blood cells, new research suggests. (Article features TL1 Scholar, Kathleen Schieffer.)
Department of Justice grant to develop Pennsylvania SAFE-T Center | Penn State News December 8, 2016
A new Penn State project will use telemedicine technology to enhance access to sexual assault forensic exams in underserved populations. Backed by a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime grant, Sheridan Miyamoto, assistant professor of nursing, along with Janice Penrod, professor of nursing, and Lorah Dorn, professor of nursing and pediatrics, are planning to launch the 15-month project in December.
Bill boots research funding, but also concerns some patient safety advocates | Transforming Health December 12, 2016
The US Senate has approved a proposal to overhaul the drug approval process in the US. One researcher in the midstate likes the 21st Century Cures Act, with reservations. The $6.3 billion bill overhauls the drug approval process in the US.
Transforming through behavior change | Penn State News November 15, 2016
At age 16, Libby injured herself on the soccer field. Three surgeries and innumerable physical therapy sessions later, the injury healed. Libby left behind her crutches and bandages.
But a lingering shadow from her injury remained: an addiction to opioid pain pills. Featuring KL2 Mentored Career Award Scholar, Kari Kluger, Ph.D.
Inhibitory motor control problems may be unique identifier in adults with ADHD | Penn State News November 15, 2016
Young adults diagnosed with ADHD may display subtle physiological signs that could lead to a more precise diagnosis, according to Penn State researchers. Featuring TL1 Mentored Career Award Scholar, Kristina Neely, Ph.D.
Penn State CTSI celebrates grant | PennStateHealth News November 4, 2016
Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute celebrated its $20 million NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award renewal with a toast and remarks during an Oct. 31, 2016, event.
Penn State receives $20 million grant to accelerate medical discoveries | Penn State News October 4, 2016
Penn State, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine will continue the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) through an award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The $20 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is designed to accelerate scientific discoveries found in the laboratory into public health improvements.
New, carbon-nanotube tool for ultra-sensitive virus detection and identification | Penn State News October 7, 2016
A new tool that uses a forest-like array of vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes that can be finely tuned to selectively trap viruses by their size can increase the detection threshold for viruses and speed the process of identifying newly-emerging viruses. The research, by an interdisciplinary team of scientists at Penn State, is published in the October 7, 2016 edition of the journal Science Advances.
NSF grant to help researchers harness the power of big data to address health issues | Penn State News September 28, 2016
A $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will fund a Big Data Spoke, a consortium of researchers from Penn State, Harvard, Columbia and the University of Pittsburgh, to integrate and analyze health data from disparate sources to discover environmental, ecological, and socio-economic factors that impact the health of individuals and populations.
Millennial Mindset | WITF Healthsmart September 8, 2016
They were born into a world where technology is at their fingertips. In fact, many don’t remember a time without computers or cell phones. Millennials now make up the largest living generation in the United States. Through no fault of their own, Millennials are used to things being fast. So, it’s no surprise they desire these things in most aspects of their lives including healthcare.
Mobile technology promotes empowerment and self-care for heart failure patients | Penn State News July 6, 2016
More than 5 million people in the United States have heart failure, a condition that occurs when the heart cannot pump or fill with blood adequately. The lifespan of individuals diagnosed with heart failure is significantly decreased.
Educating parents on healthy infant sleep habits may help prevent obesity | Penn State News June 29, 2016
Teaching parents bedtime techniques to encourage healthy sleep habits in their infants may help prevent obesity, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Strong links exist between inadequate sleep and childhood obesity.
A Neurosurgeon and Electrical Engineer Walk into a Lab | Penn State Materials Research Institute May 17, 2016
In Penn State’s newest and most advanced research building, a new program is taking shape that, if successful, will revolutionize the ways in which we interact with the human brain.
Wang receives award from ACTStat | Penn State News May 11, 2016
Ming Wang, assistant professor of public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, has received the 2016 Junior Faculty Presentation Award from the Association of Clinical and Translational Statisticians(ACTStat). Nominees were evaluated based on the merit of their statistical research and how it could be applied to clinical and translational science.
Penn State Center allows research opportunities for faculty and students | Penn State News April 20, 2016
From heart disease to concussions, Clinical Research Center facilitates specialized studies. Inside the Elmore Research Wing at Noll Laboratory there is what looks like a mini hospital: a nurses’ station, exam rooms, a specimen processing lab, ultra sound machines, metabolic carts, EKG machines, and crash carts.
Strength training helps older adults live longer | Science Daily April 20, 2016
Older adults who met twice-weekly strength training guidelines had lower odds of dying in a new analysis by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Columbia University. The study is the first to demonstrate the association in a large, nationally representative sample over an extended time period, particularly in an older population. (Article featuring research of pilot funding recipient.)
Faculty, Students facilitate communication support groups | Penn State News April 7, 2016
Speech-language pathologists and students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Penn State facilitate multiple support groups for the community at-large. (Article features research of pilot funding recipient.)
University’s StudyFinder health research website adopted by two other institutions | University of Minnesota CTSI April 1, 2016
The University of Minnesota’s health research website, StudyFinder, was recently adopted, customized, and launched by Penn State University, which makes it the first institution outside the University to adopt the tool. In addition, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) launched its StudyFinder website today for use in that community.
Electrical Engineers create device to diagnose patients more quickly | Penn State News March 23, 2016
When a person contracts a disease, it takes time to diagnose the symptoms. Cell culturing, immunoassay and a nucleic-acid based diagnostic cycle all take several days, if not a week to determine the results. Not only do sick patients suffer during this time period, the wait can also lead to unnecessary disease spreading and perhaps avoidable antibiotic use. (Article features the research of pilot funding recipient.)
Industrial Engineer co-authors new book on healthcare service engineering | Penn State News March 29, 2016
Harriet Nembhard, professor of industrial engineering, has co-authored a new book titled “Healthcare Delivery Systems,” published by Wiley. Nembhard is also the director of the Penn State Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (CIHDS).
Caution needed in diagnosis, treatment of PCOS symptoms in adolescents | Endocrine Today March 2016
A diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome is not needed to effectively manage the underlying symptoms of the disorder in adolescent girls; however, concerns remain that, without a diagnosis, metabolic risk will not be properly managed. (Article featuring Dr. Richard Legro.)
A patient-centered lens | Journal of Healthcare Contracting March 2016
First-year medical students get the big picture. (Article featuring Dr. Jed Gonzalo.)
Gorilla and human Y chromosomes are highly similar, new method reveals | Penn State News March 2, 2016
A new, less expensive, and faster method has been developed to determine the DNA sequence of the male-specific Y chromosome in the gorilla. The technique will allow better access to genetic information of the Y chromosome of any species and thus can be used to study male infertility disorders and male-specific mutations. It also can aid in conservation genetics efforts by helping to trace paternity and to track how males move within and between populations in endangered species, like gorillas.
New method reveals high similarity between gorilla and human Y chromosome | EurekAlert March 2, 2016
A new, less expensive, and faster method now has been developed and used to determine the DNA sequence of the male-specific Y chromosome in the gorilla. The technique will allow better access to genetic information of the Y chromosome of any species and thus can be used to study male infertility disorders and male-specific mutations. It also can aid in conservation genetics efforts by helping to trace paternity and to track how males move within and between populations in endangered species, like gorillas. (Article featuring pilot funding recipient, Dr. Kateryna Makova.)
Parkinson’s researcher awarded $50,000 to develop at-home system for monitoring movement disability | Parkinson’s News Today February 29, 2016
The Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) at Penn State awarded $50,000 to Harriet Nembhard, a professor of industrial engineering and director of the Penn State Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, for new research involving the remote treatment and monitoring of people with Parkinson’s disease.
BioPharmX announces Therapeutic Dermatology Advisory Board | Healthcare Dive February 25, 2016
BioPharmX Corporation (NYSE MKT: BPMX) today announced the formation of a Therapeutic Dermatology Advisory Board composed of seven dermatology thought leaders who together bring years of experience in clinical care, academia and research treating all forms of acne. They will provide strategic counsel to BioPharmX, a Silicon Valley-based specialty pharmaceutical company, as it develops products to address unmet dermatology needs. (Article featuring CTSI program director, Dr. Diane Thiboutot.)
P3 event for faculty set for March 29 | Penn State News February 25, 2016
A PSU Pathway to Partnerships (P3) Networking Event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the University Conference Center on the Penn State Hershey campus.
Penn State Professor receives grant for Parkinson’s disease research | Daily Collegian February 24, 2016
Penn State professor of industrial engineering and Director of the Penn State Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, Harriet Nembhard, was awarded $50,000 by the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at Penn State for her research regarding the treating and monitoring of Parkinson’s disease. (Article featuring pilot funding recipient, Dr. Harriet Nembhard.)
Nembhard receives funding to lead Parkinson’s disease research | Penn State News February 24, 2016
Harriet Nembhard, professor of industrial engineering and director of the Penn State Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, has been awarded $50,000 by the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) at Penn State for research relating to remotely treating and monitoring patients with Parkinson’s disease.
College of Nursing receives funding to establish community-based research | Penn State News February 24, 2016
The Penn State College of Nursing has received $250,000 in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop networks for community-based nursing research throughout Pennsylvania.
Penn State Hershey Medical Center receives $2.2 million to participate in obesity study | ABC27 February 22, 2016
The Penn State College of Medicine has received $2.2 million in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to participate in a new diabetes research network and study the effectiveness of obesity counseling. (Article featuring KL2 Scholar and pilot funding recipient, Dr. Jennifer Krashnewski.)
College of Medicine to Participate in New Diabetes Research Initiative | Penn State News February 15, 2016
Penn State College of Medicine’s Jennifer Kraschnewski, assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences, has received $2.2 million in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to participate in a new diabetes research network and study the effectiveness of obesity counseling. (Article featuring KL2 Scholar and pilot funding recipient, Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski.)
Search open clinical research studies with StudyFinder | Penn State News January 27, 2016
Penn State Hershey Medical Center has launched Studyfinder, a website to search for open clinical research studies.
Chuang named as YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence Recipient | Penn State News January 13, 2016
Penn State Hershey’s Dr. Cynthia Chuang has been named a YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence 2016 award recipient. This regionally recognized, annual event provides an opportunity for local companies, agencies and individuals to nominate central Pennsylvania’s leading female professionals and community volunteers. Chuang joins Dr. Patricia Silveyra and Suzanne Graney, director of Four Diamonds, in receiving this year’s award.
Penn State CTSI Announces pilot funding recipients | Penn State News December 17, 2015
The Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has announced the recipients of the Bridges to Translation Pilot Project Funding. The translation of biomedical discoveries to clinical application is a long and complex process with high costs and significant risk.
Lower availability of omega-3 fatty acids associated with bipolar disorder | Penn State News November 11, 2015
People with bipolar disorder have lower levels of certain omega-3 fatty acids that cross the blood-brain barrier than people who do not, according to researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. The finding could have implications for dietary interventions for the disorder. (Article features the research of KL2 Scholar, Dr. Erika Saunders.)
Midstate researcher using card game to start tough medical conversation | ABC27 News October 30, 2015
Article features Penn State CTSI Pilot Funding recipient, Dr. Lauren Van Scoy.
Conversation Game at Penn State Hershey Medical Center helps address tough questions | ABC27 News October 30, 2015
Article features Penn State CTSI Pilot Funding recipient, Dr. Lauren Van Scoy.
Penn State CTSI receives grant for iCorps Pilot Program | Penn State News October 28, 2015
Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) received a $25,000 grant from the National Council for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to conduct the nationally recognized Innovation Corps (iCorps) Pilot Program. Penn State is one of 10 recipients to receive the award out of 50 Clinical and Translational Science hubs nationwide.
Harriet Nembhard to serve as featured panelist at international World Quality Forum | Penn State News October 21, 2015
Harriet Black Nembhard, professor of industrial engineering and director of the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (CIHDS) at Penn State, has been named a featured panelist at the World Quality Forum of the International Academy for Quality (IAQ) Oct. 26-27 in Budapest, Hungary.
Penn State to Participate in National Science Foundation Healthcare Meeting | Penn State News October 5, 2015
Several faculty, staff and graduate students affiliated with the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (CIHDS) will be representing Penn State at the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting Oct. 8-9 in Boston.
Fertility Treatment + Tips: Exercise, Dieting May Boost Fertility in Women with PCOS | Parent Herald September 28, 2015
Article featuring CTSI Investigator, Dr. Richard Legro.
Building Bridges and Spanning Boundaries Award: Innovations in Research and Research Education | AAMC Awards September 28, 2015
Penn State Dual-Title Ph.D. Degree mentioned.
Infertility in Women can improve with Exercise and Weight Loss | Run Direct Magazine September 29, 2015
For women who are suffering from infertility issues, they will be heartened to hear that regular exercise and weight loss will help them to improve their chances of bearing children. Many women nowadays suffer from PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome which is a hormonal disorder that causes infertility in women. (Article featuring CTSI Investigator, Dr. Richard Legro.)
New Program to promote and fund collaborative research at College of Medicine | Penn State News February 25, 2015
A new program to promote research collaborations and fund team research projects kicks off on Feb. 26. PSU Pathway to Partnership (P3) was created to increase the number and diversity of teams that would be competitive for large externally funded research program grants such as NIH Program Project or Center Awards or similar collaborative mechanisms from other agencies or organizations. The program has three stages spanning almost two years with up to $300,000 available to each funded project in the third stage.
Program to fund physician scientists at Penn State Hershey | Penn State News July 23, 2014
Penn State Hershey is launching the Physician-Scientist Recruitment Initiative to address the decreasing number of clinicians conducting biomedical research. Physicians bring a unique perspective to scientific questions on public health because of their experience with patients. They are often in the best position to design and study innovative ways of helping patients improve their health.
Funding opportunity in Clinical and Translational Science Institute | Penn State News May 8, 2014
The NIH-funded Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is making available KL2 funds to support research training for up to four scholars in areas relating to clinical and translational science.
CTSI announces opportunities for graduate students | Penn State News December 13, 2013
Penn State’s NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) announced its 2014-15 TL1 research fellowship opportunities for graduate students in areas relating to clinical and translational sciences.
VCU and Penn State formalize agreement to develop closer scientific cooperation | Penn State News October 22, 2013
Virginia Commonwealth University and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center have announced plans to work closely together on health research. The parties have signed an informal agreement with a common goal of moving important findings from the lab to the clinic and community more efficiently. Faculty members from both institutions plan to collaborate on a range of projects building off already successful partnerships.
Penn State CTSI Day set for October 24 | Penn State News October 27, 2012
CTSI Day on Tuesday, Oct. 24, will offer an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to learn about what the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute has been doing and how it can help them with their research. The day is designed to be “drop in, drop out” based on an individual’s interest and schedule. It will take place in Room T-2500 (the Media Center) on the campus of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.
Event on October 24 to educate faculty on CTSI | Penn State News September 26, 2012
In June 2011, Penn State, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and Penn State College of Medicine collectively earned one of only 60 national Clinical and Translational Science Award grants to help accelerate the pace of promising research. The $27.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health supports the Penn State Clinical and Translational Institute, or Penn State CTSI, based at Penn State Hershey.
Penn State CTSI aims to push research findings to the people | Penn State Medicine Blog February 8, 2012
As a physician on the front line of the obesity and diabetes epidemics gripping the United States,Urs Leuenberger, M.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute, has seen the disconnect between medical knowledge and reality. “We know an immense amount about many of the major health problems today, say obesity or diabetes, and we know a lot more than we did ten years ago or thirty or fifty years ago,” Leuenberger says. “So why is it that when we know so much more, the epidemic is getting worse?”
Medical Center and College post record research funding year | Penn State News September 8, 2011
Penn State’s securing of a prestigious five-year, $27.3 million award from the National Institutes of Health designed to accelerate the translation of scientific discovery into methods for improving public health was a highlight of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s public board of directors meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Video tells more about Penn State CTSI | Penn State News June 22, 2011
Last week, Penn State, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and Penn State College of Medicine received a prestigious $27 million, five-year, Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Initial round of CTSI pilot projects awarded | Penn State News June 25, 2008
Out of 70 applications received, the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has selected 13 pilot projects for funding. Pooling of resources from the Penn State College of Medicine, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Social Science Research Institute and Institute for Computational Science enabled CTSI to support a larger-than-anticipated number of projects, reflecting the University’s strong commitment to innovative and collaborative translational research.