Volume 4 Issue 2 | September 2020
Dear Colleagues and Friends:

"As we continue to adjust to the new reality dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is certain: our ability to change, adapt and move forward is evident. I have witnessed exceptional energy, resilience and patience from all our faculty and staff and a willingness to work together to address so much uncertainty..."
Research Stories
Eight Recipients Garner Entrepreneurial Research 2020 Awards 
With no endpoint in sight for the pandemic, the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) executed on a key entrepreneurial principle—adapt to market needs. This year, there were a lot of firsts for the PTEF program, including a virtual pitch day and the first doctoral candidate to be invited to pitch.
A New Paradigm To Expand Health Care Access
Wari Allison, MD, PhD, is leading a regional team to establish a Rural Telementoring Training Center. Awarded a $3M grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration the goal is to increase health care access for marginalized communities by driving rural workforce capacity through an innovative telementoring program.
UT Health San Antonio Launches Its First Institutional Biobank
In tandem with efforts initiated two years ago by UT System Health Biobank Consortium, the UT Health San Antonio Institutional Biobank is providing investigators a curated approach to accessing biorepositories and tissue collections. Both the consortium and the seven biorepositories at our campus will facilitate access to biospecimens and provide consultation services to researchers.
Funding
Remember, Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) approval is required in advance for most proposal submissions. Submit proposals for review/approval as soon as possible, but at least 3 business days prior to the deadline.  Contact OSP for questions or assistance.
Connect with the Extramural Nexus to learn more about resources available to help investigators keep up with the funding landscape.
Did you know that funding and partnership opportunities are available through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research? Subject matter experts will guide you through the AFRL ecosystem answering your questions during this live webinar.
Virtual Learning
Presented by

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
4 - 5 p.m.

Presented by

Caring for the Caregivers Program
School of Nursing
Tuesday, September 22
10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Research Round-Up
The refreshed content was designed to make it easier for researchers to access the resources and services available at the eight core labs managed by the Office of the VPR.

Staying abreast of research literature is a must for any scientist. One investigator challenged herself to read at least one paper a day and did it for 899 days!

At UT Health San Antonio, investigators are working to identify how COVID-19 evades our innate immune system and blocks the body’s ability to quickly detect the virus.

The 43rd annual SABCS, virtual this year, is December 8-12th. Late submissions for abstracts accepted through September 30, 2020.

Recent and past insights detailing the characteristics of clinical trials aimed at understanding COVID-19.

Engagement
Staying connected with co-workers spread across multiple campuses can be a challenge! A virtual book club got traction last month bringing together bookworms. The group discussed Radium Girls by Kate Harris, a true story of young women whose health suffered from occupational exposure to radium when painting dials to be luminous in the dark. The author sheds light on how the lack of corporate responsibility, not uncommon in the early 20th century, lead to national policies to protect the health and safety of workers.

The book group meets virtually every third Tuesday of the month from 12-1 p.m. Interested? Send an email to vprresearchpartnerships@uthscsa.edu to be added to the MS TEAMS channel.
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