CTSI Events & Programming
CTSI Academy Lecture Series presents: Measures of Health Disparities: Perspectives and Challenges
Health disparities reflects sub-populations morbidity (incidence, prevalence, screening, treatment, severity, prognosis, safety) and mortality outcomes that differ by socio-demographic indicators namely race, ethnicity, race/ethnicity, sex, age, geography, language, disability, income, education, and more recently drug/alcohol, overweight/obesity, acculturation and country of origin. These variances have been conceptualized by the WHO and CDC as absolute and relative. This lecture series will highlight:
- Substantial issues regarding the choice of disparities measure: absolute versus relative
- Current measures of health disparities and their relevance to the cause of causes (etio-pathogenesis of health disparities)
- Rationale for the selection of disparities measures (prevalence, incidence, risk factors, treatment, safety, disease severity and progression, and mortality outcome); and,
- Challenges in the transfer of disparities measures data to intervention mapping, implementation and evaluation in addressing sub-population health and healthcare variance.
Learn more about CTSI Academy and register for current offerings here.
CTSI Academy: Boot Camp Training
This past month we kicked off a NEW Boot Camp series aimed at clinical research management and conduct. The CTSI Academy with the CTSI Clinical Trials Office (CTO) continues to offer a revised BootCamp training session. This program has a strong focus on the practical conduct of clinical research at MCW and its partner institutions. The program is essential for staff and faculty new to either clinical research or new to our Institution. We have successfully conducted two training sessions this year with 22 attendees. We have received excellent feedback and plan to continue offering this course. Watch out for announcements for the next session planned in the late September – early October time frame.
Mayor Barrett visits MCW for CTSI 500 Stars Kick-off event
The CTSI 500 Stars Initiative just completed the 2017 Summer Internship Program. The overarching objective was to “Educate, Enrich, Empower, Engage, and Elevate” our 500 Stars and introduce careers in translational science settings.
The internship program expanded significantly from last summer. This year, we were able to include high school students (only undergraduates and graduate students participated in 2016). In total, 192 students/trainees applied for the 2017 Summer Internship Program (compared to only 28 in 2016) – of whom 133 were under-represented minorities (URMs). This year’s Summer Program enrolled 109 participants (up from 19 in 2016), including 83 URMs (84 high school students and 25 college students). A total of 53 Wisconsin high schools and 19 colleges and universities (local and out of state) participated.
Additionally, the 500 Stars Internship Program offered new programmatic careers including additional programs, such as Summer SMART/Advance SMART (Students Modeling a Research Topic) at MSOE and also at Concordia. This program brought together teams of high school students and teachers to work with research scientists to design and construct physical models of proteins that are being investigated in the laboratories. This introduced students to translational science by building upon bench research to better understand clinical and community impact of disease within a patient population. The Summer Internship Program expanded through new collaborations with MCW’s Apprenticeship in Medicine (AIM) Program and Research Opportunity for Academic Development in Science (ROADS) Program, as well as placements with hospital partners and CTSI/MCW offices.
The expansion was made possible primarily via our successful grant acquisitions from a new partner, Al Hurvis/ADAMM Education Foundation, a grant from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s Employ Milwaukee/Earn & Learn Program workforce development program, along with internal donations.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett visited MCW on Monday, June 19, to help kick off the Clinical & Translational Science Institute’s (CTSI) 500 Stars Summer Internship Program. This program is a part of the overall CTSI 500 Stars Initiative, a 10-year strategic, comprehensive and community-focused effort that seeks to replenish and increase diversity in the translational science workforce.
This work is done by training and cultivating the translational science workforce, engaging patients and communities in every phase of the translational process, and promoting the integration of special and underserved populations in translational science across the human lifespan. The Summer Internship Program offers high school, undergraduate, and graduate students direct, hands-on professional experiences in clinical and translational science settings. Read more here.
2017 CTSI Science Cafes
Come and hear about health issues that matter to you. Share your experiences and get the chance to ask our experts for advice.
Please join the CTSI and the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care for this year’s Science Cafés. The purpose of the Science Café program is to engage with the community and translational scientists in an informal setting and discuss current scientific and medical issues impacting our culture and society. The August Science Café is about Fatty Liver Disease: What we Eat, When we Eat. Learn more here and register today!
Did you miss a past Science Café, and want to learn more? Past Science Cafés are now available for streaming or download through multiple outlets. If you were unable to attend, or want to reference something you may have heard, you can download the podcast here or stream the podcast.
CTSI Discovery Radio
Hear interviews and information about what scientists across southeastern Wisconsin are “discovering” in their labs and clinics.
Discovery Radio is meant to provide you with a look behind the curtain of what is happening to accelerate discoveries to improve the health of our community sometimes years before you would ever hear about it anywhere else. Discovery Radio introduces you to new and novel discoveries and the researchers behind them. Last month’s show included a special report on The Periscope Project, a new initiative aimed at providing critical perinatal psychiatric expertise and resources for care providers of expecting and new mothers. Stream or download the show today!
November 7 -November 9 2017
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Join CTSI of Southeast WI & NIH in Milwaukee, WI for the 19th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference on November 7-9, 2017. This national, three-day event is designed to educate attendees about America’s Largest Seed Fund and how to access federal resources, develop competitive proposals, and secure awards. With over $920 million dollars of annual HHS funding, this is one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States. Visit the event page online and register today to save $100 or download the event flyer.
Call for Nominees – 2017 Dean’s Award
The Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Dean’s Award in Clinical & Translational Science. The award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to advancing translational science. Learn more here and nominate someone today!
Request for Applications – Healthcare Innovation Pitch (HIP) Event
The Healthcare Innovation Pitch (HIP) is the highly publicized Bridge to Cures biannual event (launched in 2015). It is designed as a “toned down” and more structured version of the ABC show “Shark Tank”, where healthcare entrepreneurs will get the rare opportunity to pitch to a panel of venture capitalists and serial entrepreneurs from across the country. This will be a public event with university, industry, and government participation along with exposure to other investors and entrepreneurs, held in conjunction with the annual SBIR/STTR National Conference.
Prior to the event the Bridge to Cures Advisory Board and Seed and Growth Committee will screen discoveries and inventors to select the most promising innovations. Selected innovators will then be mentored and coached to develop their pitches, and compete for over $30,000 in seed funds. The Bridge to Cures Advisory Board and Seed and Growth Committee currently seek applications for the Healthcare Innovation Pitch (HIP) Event, in one of the following tracks: (a) HealthTech (e.g. connected medicine; healthcare IT; telemedicine, (b) Therapeutics and Devices, and (c) Medication Therapy Management. Review the key dates here and learn more.