2013 CTSI Annual Pilot Awards to Improve the Conduct of Research

To facilitate the development, conduct or analysis of clinical & translational research

Proposals on Training

UCSF Social Media Boot Camp for Scientists

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The UCSF Social Media Boot Camp for Scientists (official name to be considered based on comment received) is designed to help researchers explore social media as a tool to achieve various goals, including wider exposure for their research, connecting with potential funding opportunities, cultivating collaborations, and increasing the impact of research, to name a few.

Advocacy Impact on Research Agendas

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RATIONALE: Realizing that the benefits of the current revolution in biology and oncology would be enhanced by vigorous public support, for the past twenty years, the UCSF Breast Oncology Program (BOP) has implemented comprehensive strategies focused on leveraging advocacy engagements.

Evaluation of Methods for Bioinformatics Tools Training

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Rationale – Background and training in bioinformatics tools is required for the research community at UCSF to remain at the forefront of biomedical research and successfully compete for funding.  Bioinformatics tools help translate our collective molecular understanding of disease into actionable insights and life-improving patient care innovations.

Assessment of Participant Health Literacy by Clinical Research Coordinators

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Rationale. Successful recruitment and retention of ethnically diverse research participants in clinical studies depends heavily on the comprehension, needs, and preferences of potential participants.  A critical influence on these outcomes is health literacy, the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.[i]  Since 30% of US adults have only basic health literacy,

Tools and Infrastructure to Facilitate Compliance with ClinicalTrials.Gov Results Reporting

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Rationale:  US law requires researchers to register clinical trials within 21 days of enrolling the first participant (since 27Sep2007) and to report clinical trial results in the ClinicalTrials.Gov (CT.gov) online system within 12 months of the last participant visit.  Reporting results does not mean publishing in a peer reviewed journal, but rather entering information in CT.Gov’s standardized system.  Noncompliance can result in the following for institutions and individual PIs: fines of u

Testing new Web-based software for increasing the speed of knowledge creation from translational and inter-disciplinary projects.

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NB: This Pilot proposal deals with several completely new ideas and related terminology.  To obtain explanations of these new ideas and terminology, please use the inserted Links to jump to WebSites, for descriptive information, and examples.