CLIC News Roundup – August 2021

News Roundup
August 24, 2021

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Updates from the CLIC

Insights to Inspire 2021: Building a Foundation for Data Interoperability

To bolster data interoperability across the CTSA Program, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) implemented the Informatics Common Metric, which measures several aspects of hubs’ informatics prowess, including interoperability. This year, the Insights to Inspire (I2I) program, which the Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC) administered, focused on informatics. Like in past years, the I2I campaign, Informatics: The Journey to Interoperability, aims to foster innovation, increase collaboration across the consortium and give hubs the tools they need to improve.

Apply to Host an Un-Meeting!

CLIC is accepting applications from CTSA Program hubs interested in hosting an in-person or virtual Un-Meeting on a topic of their choice. The selected application will receive funds to support a one-day Un-Meeting in early 2022, along with planning guidance, high-level coordination and materials from CLIC.

The proposed topic for the Un-Meeting should address a current or emerging public health issue or involve an emerging technology or approach of significant importance to translational science. Applicants should particularly consider how the suggested theme aligns with and will impact national CTSA Program efforts. Engagement with the local community is also encouraged.

Applications are due September 27, 2021 by 5:00 PM ET. 

View the RFA.

2021 Virtual CTSA Program Annual Meeting December 1-3, 2021

Registration Open for the 2021 Virtual CTSA Program Annual Meeting

Dates: December 1-3, 2021

Meeting Theme:
Intentional Disruption and Innovation: The Future of Translational Research

Tentative agenda:

Date Timing (ET) Meeting
November 30, 2021 12pm – 5pm CTSA Program Steering Committee Meeting
December 1, 2021 11 am – 3 pm Administrators Meeting
December 2, 2021 11 am – 5 pm General Session – Day 1
December 3, 2021 11 am – 5 pm General Session – Day 2

We are incorporating new aspects to enhance your virtual meeting experience:

  • Enhanced interactive networking poster session
  • Expanded networking activities – hallway conversations both pre-planned and “on the spot.”

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to your participation in the annual meeting!

CLIC Twitter Highlights 

Tweet reading: “'Each time data are transformed, there is a chance that data quality might degrade.' -Dr. Emily Pfaff, @UNC_SOM . Learn more about infrastructure and #dataquality in this Insights to Inspire webcast. #CTSAProgram @NCTraCS" Followed by a Vimeo link entitled "Infrastructure and Data Quality."

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CLIC Education

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Course: FDA Regulation in Entrepreneurship and Clinical Research Management 

The goal of this non-credit course is to provide foundational knowledge to help you move your technology through the FDA approval process.

Although targeted toward faculty, postdocs, and senior staff with a background in science and technology, the course will also be open to graduate/professional students in these areas. Course cost is $1,000.

Space is limited, so please register by Sept 7. Check out the course page for full registration details.

News from around the CTSA Program Consortium

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CTSA Program Coordinating Centers’ News

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Webinar: Using REDCap to Improve Recruitment and Data Collection for Clinical Research

The ability to extract information from electronic health records into REDCap has automated the collection of millions of data points for hundreds of researchers across many institutions. This webinar will highlight some of the most impactful uses of REDCap Clinical Data Interoperability Services for clinical research, including COVID-19 trial recruitment and multi-site critical care studies. We will also cover new opportunities for integration between REDCap and electronic health records.

October 2, 2021, 12pm ET

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National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Data Enclave

Ready to dive into the data? View and analyze data in the secure N3C Data Enclave. The data include harmonized de-identified information from electronic health records. The Data Enclave is open to academic researchers, clinicians, and citizen scientists. Create an account now!

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