While doctors agree that children can be diagnosed with autism as early as age two, the average age of diagnosis is about 4 years old. This glaring disparity prompted University of Miami psychology professors Lynn Perry and Daniel Messinger to team up with electrical and computer engineering professor Mei-Ling Shyu, physics associate professor Chaoming Song, psychology assistant professor Sierra Bainter and professor Michael Alessandri, to create a more effective way to detect autism symptoms using technology.
Through a collaboration with the Miami CTSI, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging (CNSA) is now a valuable resource available to the greater research community. The University of Miami CNSA focuses on understanding the aging brain and brain disorders through research, clinical care and education.
From May to June of 2019, 10 teams from the University of Miami took part in the five-week I-Corps@NCATS short course led by Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D., associate professor in biomedical engineering and otolaryngology. This was the third successful year for the program with 24 researchers participating in the 2019 cohort.
The Miami CTSI was a platinum sponsor of the 13th International Conference on Cerebral Vascular Biology (CVB), which recently took place from June 25 to June 28 in Miami. The CVB conference brought together an international group of researchers, scientists, trainees and students to discuss the latest research about cerebral vascular biology.
The Eureka Institute's International Certificate Program in Translational Medicine is a seven-day course in Italy that focuses on the fundamentals of translational medicine. During the week-long program, participants review case studies, participate in mentoring sessions with internationally recognized leaders, develop creative problem solving strategies and novel skills to build new kinds of teams. The Eureka Institute offers a unique and intensive program that trains scientists to be leaders in the translational medicine field through coaching, networking and mentorship opportunities. CTSI has an annual internal competition to sponsor faculty who are interested in obtaining the certificate from the Eureka Institute.
The All of Us Research Program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a long-term observational study focused on enrolling 1 million participants in the U.S. and collecting data to accelerate research. The NIH has selected a network of health provider organizations to help recruit participants for this Precision Medicine Initiative. The UM Miller School of Medicine is the lead site of the Southeast Enrollment Center (SEEC) - a consortium for the All of Us Research Program that is focused on enrolling a diverse group of study participants across Florida and Georgia. In addition to UM, members of the SEEC include the University of Florida College of Medicine, Emory University and Morehouse School of Medicine.
The CTSI Pilot Awards provide early-career investigators $40,000 to develop preliminary data for an extramural grant submission. The awards support investigators who are working on translational, innovative and interdisciplinary research. This year, a new Collaborative CTSA Pilot between UM and UNC Chapel Hill was awarded.
David McCarthy, an MD candidate at the UM Miller School of Medicine and recent graduate of the CTSI’s Masters in Clinical & Translational Investigation, is already making waves in the research community for his work on ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.
In response to Consortium feedback, over the past year a CTSA Steering Committee Task Force explored ways to enhance the structure and function of the Consortium. As a result, 2019 is a busy time for the consortium.
Oriana Damas, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, always knew that her future held a career in medicine. Her father is a doctor in public health, which inspired Damas to pursue a similar trajectory.