In this issue
Upcoming Events
"Staff Professional Development Conference"
Thursday, March 10
"Making  GCP Your Standard  Practice in Research"
Wednesday, March 16 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 109

"Quality in Clinical Research Conference"
Monday, April 18  from  8:00 a.m.
to  5:00 p.m.  in the VCU Larrick Center Ballrooms. 

CCTR quick links
Community Engagement
Research Incubator
March 2016

This week the CCTR has had the pleasure of reading about two of our own in The Washington Post. 

Co-directors of the CCTR Community Engagement Core, Dr. Alex Krist and Dr. Steven Woolf, were quoted for their involvement on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an important, federally-appointed panel that decides which checkups and tests Americans should routinely receive. You may find a link below to the full story. 

Finally, the CCTR has many internal and public events taking place over the coming weeks. Please be sure to attend when able. 

Dr. Alex Krist and Dr. Steven Woolf Featured in Washington Post Article

Look for Dr. Alex Krist and Dr. Steven Woolf, co-directors of the CCTR Community Engagement Core, in The Washington Post.

Both doctors have served on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a little-known, federally-appointed panel that decides which checkups and tests Americans need to stay healthy.
 CCTR sponsored a symposium titled, "Science  in the Service of Human Health," which took  place on Thursday, March 3.

 A brain child of the VCU chapter of the  American Physician Scientist  Association (APSA), the symposium brought  together Clara Abraham, MD, associate  professor of medicine (digestive diseases)  for Yale School of Medicine, and Stuart J. Knechtle, MD, liver transplant specialist and pediatric liver transplant specialist for Duke Health.

In addition to individual lectures about their research, Abraham and Knechtle came together for an intimate discussion on careers in translational research and their own pathways to discoveries.

March is National Nutrition Month

This week marks week two of National Nutrition Month (NNM). If you haven't already, read the NNM board in the report room, complete the activity on the board and place it in the box of Sakita  N. Sistrun,  MS, RD, CCRP, b ionutrition  research manager for the CCTR's Clinical Research Services Staff. You can win a prize at the end of the month for completing all of the NNM activities.   

Nutrition tip for this week:

Eat Mindfully- Slow down when you eat, take time to taste and enjoy your food and eat without distractions. Act as if you are tasting your food for the first time and take time to relish every bite. When you eat this way, your mind signals your body that you have had something to eat and you are less likely to overeat. If you do this continuously, it strengthens the mind/body connection and you will intuitively know when you have had enough. Take your time and savor the flavor of eating right.

Activities this week:

Wellness  Wednesday - A  Mindful Eating Workshop will take place Wednesday, March 9 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the North 8 Conference Room. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. A food demo will take place at the end of workshop.

Challenge for this week:
Eat mindfully during at least one meal this week and take time to savor your food. E-mail Sakita ( with the results of how this challenge worked for you.
First Day of Spring is Sunday, March 20 

The coming spring season brings Daylight Saving Time with it.  Make sure to adjust your clocks to be one hour ahead on Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 a.m. 

Enjoy the warm weather!

Photo by  Risham A. Qureshi
Upcoming Events

 This year's Professional Development Conference  at VCU will take place Wednesday, March 9 and  Thursday, March 10.

 Internationally recognized speaker, performance  improvement consultant and author, Lenora Billings-  Harris, will be the conference keynote speaker.

Consider meeting with your supervisor to determine if any of the workshops at this two-day conference could qualify towards the Office of Research and Innovation's mandated two hours of diversity and inclusion training for all faculty and staff.

Click here to register.
"Making   GCP   Your   Standard   Practice in Research" - March 16

On Wednesday, March 16 from noon to 1:00 p.m., CCTR and Tompkins McCaw Library will co-host the latest seminar in the Whetting Your Appetite for Research Series, titled  " Making  
GCP Your Standard Practice in Research," in the Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 109. 

Pam Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison for the CCTR's Research Innovator staff, will discuss how to incorporate good clinical practice requirements into your research. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. Drinks will be provided. 

For more information, contact Pam Dillon (   
Quality in Clinical Research Conference - April 18

The First Annual Quality in Clinical Research  Conference will take place Monday, April 18
 from  8:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m. in the VCU Larrick  Center Ballrooms. 

 Though the conference is currently full, a limited  number of seats have been reserved for  investigators or those working on a VCU faculty  sponsored IND or IDE. To RSVP as an investigator, please  click here.

All other individuals wishing to be placed on the wait list may  register here.
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The CCTR is supported by CTSA Award number UL1TR000058 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.