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CCTS News Highlights -2019

Past Six Months at CCTS - Highlights of 2019

November 2019 

  • CONGRATULATIONS! I-CORPS TEAMS SHARPEN THEIR BUSINESS SKILLS: Six teams recently completed the Fall 2019 session of I-Corps training facilitated by Dr. Nate Hafer (UMass Chan), Dr. Denise Dunlap (UML), and Michael Laine, MBA (UML). During the five-week innovation and commercialization training course, participants tested hypotheses about the commercial potential of their new technologies. Osman Bilsel said, “The single most valuable part is….I’m much more confident about who my target customers are and what their pain points are. It’s good to know I’m developing technology that will be useful.” To learn more about the UMCCTS I-Corps program, please visit
  • CAPCaT NEEDS YOUR INPUT! PLEASE TAKE THE CAPCaT (Center for Advancing Point of Care Technologies) NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY: The pace of technological change in healthcare is rapid and potentially transformative. We want to understand your experiences with point-of-care technologies and where you think new devices are most needed. We need input from healthcare providers like you to identify the best opportunities for technology to complement, as opposed to complicate, healthcare. Thank you in advance for providing critical feedback to CAPCaT. To participate, please visit If you have any questions, please contact Nate Hafer at
  • BARRACUDA BOWL: The Barracuda Bowl is happening in Boston on Wednesday, November 6th hosted by Mintz Levin, 1 Financial Center, Boston MA. It’s a great opportunity for startups to meet with highlevel experts and other healthcare entrepreneurs. See the 5 Live Pitch presenters: Arrow DX, ARTus Inc, ConquerX, Stratagen, and Udo Test. Check out M2D2’s blog to see why you should attend!

October 2019

  • The Center for Clinical and Translational Science & The Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are pleased to announce the UMass Chan 24th Annual Research Retreat October 17 – 18, 2019 at UMASS AMHERST

August 2019

  • RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION TOOLKIT: The Trial Innovation Network accepts toolkit submissions from CTSAs and reputable community health partners and provides them as a free resource to the research community. The materials on this site are designed primarily for CTSA program staffs. These resources are intended to provide a variety of information that includes best practices and evidencebased recruitment and retention strategies. Full information can be found at

July 2019

  • DIAMOND PORTAL: To address the need for consistent training assessment and measures of competency, the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) has collaborated with the Ohio State University, Rochester University, and Tufts University to launch the DIAMOND Portal. It is a pioneering digital collection that serves as a sustainable, federated database for members of clinical and translational research study teams to share and access training and assessment resources.