In this issue
Upcoming Events
"Discovery Dialogue:  Discovering
 Health Implications of Alternative  Tobacco Products"
Friday, October 7 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Main Hospital's Learning Center 

"How-to Talks by Postdocs "
Mondays from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Tompkins-McCaw Library

"Monthly Staff Meeting "
Tuesday October 11 at 4:00 p.m. at IDAS OR Thursday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. in the RAM Conference Room

"CCTR Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Modern Biostatistical Considerations"
Thursday, October 20 from  noon to 1:00 p.m. in Sanger Hall, room 3016

CCTR quick links
Community Engagement
Research Incubator
October 5, 2016


Our monthly staff meeting taking place next week will include important information about the changes in VCU's human resources practices. 

Please plan to attend one of the two staff meeting dates if able.

Have an excellent week,

Dr. Moeller Discusses Clinical Research with Visiting Italian Medical Students

Dr. F. Gerard Moeller
The VCU Wright CCTR proudly welcomed nine medical students from the Università Campus Bio-Medico in Roma, Italy to VCU for a two and a half week program titled, "A Primer on Clinical and Translational Research."

Dr. Moeller sat down with the group to discuss the value of clinical research and the paths to a research career.

With the release of NOT-OD-16-147, NIH will require that all applications involving one or more clinical trials be submitted through a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) specifically designed for clinical trials. This means that the NIH will no longer accept clinical trial applications through "parent" FOA announcements or through other FOAs that are not specifically designed to accept clinical trials.

The target effective date for the NIH Policy on Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Clinical Trials is  September 27, 2017.

All applications with receipt dates on or after the effective date with plans to conduct clinical trials must be submitted in response to a clinical trial-specific FOA. After that date, applications planning a clinical trial that are submitted to a non-clinical trial FOA will be returned without review.


VCU Service Awards Recognitions

Each year, formal tribute is made acknowledging faculty and staff service (in five-year increments). 

2016 marks the 45th annual service award celebration for VCU and VCU Medical Center faculty and staff with five to 55 years of service. 

The following internal employees were honored at the VCU Service Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 5.   

5 years
Mary Madu (CCTR)
Alanda Perry Jones  (CCTR)
Michael Tran  (CCTR)
Maria Shulleeta (IDAS)

10 years
Lydia Klinger  (CCTR)

15 years
Kimberly Bradley  (CCTR)
Dr. Antonio Abbate Receives Distinguished Mentor Award

Dr. Antonio Abbate (left) with Dr. F. Gerard Moeller
Antonio Abbate, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the Wright CCTR's Clinical Research Services, and associate chair of the VCU Scientific Review Committee, was awarded the Distinguished Mentor Award by the VCU School of Medicine at their 18th Annual Faculty Excellence Awards Program on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Washington Post Shares Life Expectancy Map Developed by VCU

The  VCU Center on Society and Health recently released its final life expectancy map, which was developed to illustrate how opportunities to lead a long and healthy life can vary dramatically by neighborhood.

Read the coverage by The Washington Post on life expectancy variations in the Washington, D.C. area.

Deborah DiazGranados Published in Journal of Oncology Practice
Dr. Deborah DiazGranados

Deborah DiazGranados, Ph.D., assistant professor for the VCU School of Medicine's Office of Assessment and Evaluation Studies, and program evaluator for the VCU Wright CCTR's Evaluation Core, was recently  published  in the  Journal of Oncology Practice.  


Full citation:
Lazzara, E. H., Keebler, J. R., Day, S., DiazGranados, D., Pan, M., King, M. A., & Tu, S. P. (2016). Understanding Teamwork in the Provision of Cancer Care: Highlighting the Role of Trust. Journal of Oncology Practice, JOPR013854.

Upcoming Events

"Discovery Dialogue: Discovering Health Implications of Alternative Tobacco Products"
 - Oct. 7

Dr. Caroline Cobb
The VCU Wright CCTR is hosting a Discovery Dialogue lunch seminar titled, "Discovering Health Implications of Alternative Tobacco Products," on Friday, October 7 at the Main Hospital's Learning Center from noon to 1:00 p.m. 

Caroline Cobb, Ph.D., assistant professor for the VCU College of Humanities & Sciences' Psychology Department, will lead the discussion. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch, light refreshments will be provided. 

For more information, contact Pam Dillon (

Learn more...
"How-to Talks by Postdocs" - Oct. 10, 17, 24, and 31

The VCU Wright CCTR is co-sponsoring the "How-to Talks by Postdocs" speaker series along with Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences and VCU Postdoctoral Association.
VCU postdoctoral researchers will share hands-on knowledge and insights in this 2016 brown bag speaker series. 

The sessions are free and open to all in the VCU and Virginia Biotechnology Research Park communities. They will take place in the second floor lecture room of the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences (509 N. 12th St.) on Mondays from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Learn more...
Staff Meeting - Oct. 11 (at IDAS) and Oct. 13 (at CCTR)

The VCU Wright CCTR is offering two opportunities to attend the monthly staff meeting next week. 

In response to feedback from the Great Place Initiative survey conducted in 2013, VCU is overhaulitng its human resources practices, which includes reformatting all current classified EWPs/A&P position descriptions to meet the new requirements. The October staff meeting will review this process and clarify any questions. 

Please plan to attend either the  Thursday, October 13 session at 10:00 a.m.  in the RAM Conference Room ( 1200 E. Clay St.)  or the  Tuesday, October 11 session at 4:00 p.m.  at IDAS (203 E. Cary St.).

Please email Jessica Carey ( with any questions. 
"CCTR Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Modern Biostatistical Considerations for Designing Responsible Trials" (session three) - Oct. 20 

Bring your lunch to Sanger Hall, Room 3016 on Thursday, October 20  and learn about best practices and modern biostatistical considerations for designing responsible trials.   

Adam Sima, Ph.D., biostatistician for the VCU Wright CCTR's Research Innovator and assistant professor for the VCU Department of Biostatistics; and Roy Sabo, associate professor for the VCU Department of Biostatistics, will lead the presentation. 

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The CCTR is supported by CTSA Award number UL1TR000058 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.