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Read the latest news from the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our institute's latest events and accomplishments. You can also visit the article archive for older news.


  • 06.05.2024

    Bharat B. Mittal, MD, the William N. Brand, MD, Professor of Radiation Oncology, has announced that he will be stepping down as chair of the department of Radiation Oncology.

  • 05.30.2024

    The Equitable TRanslational science to Accelerate Impact of New innovations (E-TRAIN) T32 postdoctoral training program aims to prepare postdoctoral scientists for careers that accelerate translation of a clinical innovation from discovery toward (or to) implementation.

  • 05.30.2024

    The co-director for the Center for Education and Career Development will play a pivotal role in shaping the education and career development initiatives within NUCATS. This individual will provide strategic oversight to continuously enhance the development of staff, Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) investigators (faculty and trainees), and the broader CTS workforce.

  • 05.29.2024

    The surge in RSV cases following the COVID-19 pandemic may have been, in part, caused by increased testing and changes to the RSV genome, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Nature Communications.

  • 05.28.2024

    Carol Haywood, PhD, OTR/L, research assistant professor of Determinants of Health in the Department of Medical Social Sciences, studies intersections of chronic disability, community life, organization of health services, and access to healthcare.

  • 05.28.2024

    Whether she’s harmonizing soprano melodies in old cathedral alcoves, navigating the high seas as a skilled sailor, communicating in semi-fluent Japanese, or baking the latest delectable goods for the office, Elizabeth Gray, MS, has proven herself to be a dynamic force at the Biostatistician Collaboration Center.

  • 05.15.2024

    Mohammad Hosseini, PhD, assistant professor of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Association for Professional and Practical Ethics.

  • 04.28.2024

    In this episode of the Breakthroughs podcast, NUDACC Director Denise Scholtens, PhD, discusses the growing importance of the field of biostatistics and how she leverages her skills to collaborate on several projects in Maternal and Fetal Health. NUDACC.

  • 04.24.2024

    The Enhancing Quality in the Translational Research Workforce Conference — held April 10 on the Northwestern Medicine campus — created the type of interactive platform that is a hallmark of collaborative events co-hosted by Chicagoland's CTSA hubs.

  • 04.23.2024

    Feinberg investigators have been selected to lead a $15 million American Heart Association research initiative studying the role of inflammation in heart disease.

  • 04.23.2024

    There are many benefits to participating in a research study and learning about your health is one of them. Researchers occasionally learn new information during a research study that needs further attention or follow up, even in patients who we though were perfectly healthy.

  • 04.23.2024

    As the assistant director of the Center for Education and Career Development, Priya Tripathi paints a vivid portrait at the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute, endorsing learning as a tool for intellectual beauty.

  • 04.17.2024

    A multi-institutional team of investigators have developed a new framework for supporting healthcare providers in implementing polygenic risk score-based testing into primary care settings, according to a recent study published in Nature Medicine.

  • 04.15.2024

    Despite the notable prevalence, pneumonia is difficult to diagnose, and finding the infectious cause of pneumonia is even harder. KL2 scholar Chiagozie Pickens, MD, MSc, has focused her research on this topic.

  • 04.12.2024

    The public facing website revamp was launched in June 2023, and this summer, the Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS), the web-based tool used to submit clinical study information, will be updated to a more user-friendly, streamlined version.

  • 03.21.2024

    In her new role as ARCC associate director, Sherida Morrison blends decades of nonprofit community organizing with a leadership position that will further enhance the impact of community-engaged research at Northwestern and beyond.

  • 03.15.2024

    As part of the Schnaper Visiting Scientist Program, the NUCATS Institute is hosting Center for Clinical and Translational Science TL1 Fellow Carly Herbert on Friday, March 29. 

  • 03.15.2024

    The NUCATS Institute recently hosted a virtual information session on its Translational Science Pilot Award. Dennis Li, co-director of the Pilot Awards program, reviewed what translational science is and the requirements in this year’s RFA.

  • 02.20.2024

    An analysis of NIH training grants has illustrated systematic disadvantages among the trainees who receive the awards.

  • 02.20.2024

    As a financial assistant at the Center for Clinical Research, Fujan Simorgh maintains a keen eye for detail as she is often tasked with checking accounts, interpreting numerical data, and ensuring that funding has been allocated in the proper ways.

  • 02.06.2024

    NUCATS and its Chicagoland CTSA partners hosted a thought-provoking panel discussion on January 19, 2024, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act, a landmark legislation that reshaped the landscape of women's health research and advocacy.

  • 01.26.2024

    NUCATS has had many accomplishments since launching in 2008, and last year the Institute helped principal investigators on many of Northwestern’s more than 6,600 clinical trials.

  • 01.26.2024

    CCR continues to support investigators and study teams with three additional service lines, including Study Finance, Recruitment, and the NMH Clinical Research Unit.

  • 01.15.2024

    In season two of "Science in Translation" we explore the collaborations that make the NUCATS Institute and CTSA consortium work.

  • 01.15.2024

    As a nurse and clinical coordinator at Northwestern’s Clinical Research Unit, Angelica Leung Fung facilitates operations, coordinating nurse staffing, patient assignments, and study visit scheduling for hundreds of investigations annually.

  • 12.14.2023

    The Breakthroughs podcast released 19 episodes in 2023 on topics ranging from implementation science and ChatGPT to new insights in dopamine and AI in healthcare. The top three most downloaded episodes this year were on varying topics including exercise and Parkinson’s disease, food allergies and recent discoveries about mitochondria.

  • 12.13.2023

    As administrator for the Center for Community Health, Love’s role is to facilitate processes for the NUCATS-supported infrastructure team, consisting of the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities, Consultations and Shared Resource Panels, and the Northwestern Primary Care Practice-Based Research Program.

  • 12.12.2023

    Seven NUCATS Institute members were among 12 Feinberg faculty named to the 2023 “Highly Cited Researchers” list, published by Clarivate Analytics.

  • 11.17.2023

    A new social awareness and community mobilization campaign called “PrEP4Teens,” a collaboration led by scientists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and community leaders in sexual health and youth engagement recently launched.

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