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CTSI Awards Rapid Response Pilot Grants for COVID-19 Research



CTSI Ramps Up Support of COVID-19 Research

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UC San Francisco (UCSF), a unit within the Office of Research, will support, coordinate and respond to COVID-19 research needs. Some of CTSI’s efforts to support impactful COVID-19 research include:


Myo Wearable Sensor Captures Subtle Movement Problems in MS

Note: First author, Jennifer Graves, MD, PhD, received a 2015 CTSI Pilot Award in Digital Health, which supported this clinical trial work.

Story via Multiplesclerosis News Today

CTSI Funding Opportunities for Spring 2020 Cycle

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute will offer the following funding opportunities for this Spring 2020 RAP cycle (Resource Allocation Program). Questions? Contact Abby Sidibe: [email protected]. Applications due March 2, 2020.

Meet Dr. Lauren Ralph, researcher putting young people first

Note: Lauren Ralph, PhD, MPH, received a CTSI Pilot Award for Junior Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences. Her pilot was titled Understanding minors’ experience with judicial bypass for abortion in Illinois.”

People taking blood thinners may risk danger by mixing with OTC meds

Note: Study last author Janice Schwartz, MD, used CTSI's Consultation Services (Data Extraction) for this study.

Story via UCLA Research Brief by Enrique Rivero 

New Pilot Award Supports Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders

As part of UCSF’s Spring 2019 RAP funding cycle, CTSI is offering a new pilot award (up to $40,000) to support research projects focused on the prevention and treatment of opioid disorders.

Can Video Games Improve the Health of Older Adults with Schizophrenia?

Note: CTSI supported the development of the program through two Strategic Opportunity Support awards (now called Pilot Awards). One award funded the preliminary feasibility and acceptability test of the program in older adults with schizophrenia and the other award funded a small RCT of the program in adults 18-64 years old with schizophrenia.

Diabetes in Bay Area Chinese Population Linked to Fat Fibrosis

Note: Study lead, Diana Alba, MD, received support from CTSI's Pilot Awards program for work with this IDEO cohort.

A new UC San Francisco study has discovered a key biological difference in how people of European and Chinese descent put on weight — a finding that could help explain why Asians often develop type 2 diabetes at a much lower body weight than Caucasians. 

Novel Nutrition Bar Improves Asthma Symptoms in Obese Teens

Note: The study was supported by the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute – Ames Foundation and a grant from the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Pilot Awards program (formerly Strategic Opportunities Support program) to co-first author Mustafa Bseikri, MD.