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The NUCATS Institute hosts Science in Translation, a podcast featuring Feinberg scientists who are dedicated to accelerating how fast they can move a transformational finding in a lab into a treatment, cure, or solution that will improve human health. Scientists also share how tools and resources available through NUCATS have benefited their careers. Browse all our episodes below.

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The Future of Community-Driven Research with Jen Brown, MPH, & Sherida Morrison, MS, MA

Since 2008, Northwestern University’s Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) has been bridging the gap between medical research and local communities. In this episode, ARCC Director Jen Brown, MPH, and ARCC Associate Director Sherida Morrison, MS, MA, discuss the benefits of a community-engaged approach for both scientists and community members, key considerations for investigators who want to partner with communities, and the future of the field.

May 23, 2024

Advancing Gender Equity in Biomedical Research with Nicole Woitowich, PhD

 It has been 30 years since the NIH revitalization act was signed into law. This landmark legislation passed by Congress in 1993, required the inclusion of women and minorities in federally funded research. In this episode, Nicole Woitowich, PhD, Executive Director of NUCATS Institute talks about this milestone, how it has reshaped the landscape of women's health research and knowledge gaps that remain.

Mar 14, 2024

How AI and Machine Learning are Changing Healthcare and Health Research with Yuan Luo, PhD

As the Chief AI Officer at NUCATS, Yuan Luo, PhD, is working to break down barriers by applying artificial intelligence (AI) methods to medical research and clinical practice. In this episode, he talks about his career path, the potential of AI in discovering disease mechanisms and making scientific discoveries, and how healthcare providers can start collaborating with AI experts through the NUCATS AI for Health Clinics initiative.

Feb 15, 2024

Building Teams for High-Risk, High-Reward Research Projects with Jonathan Rivnay, PhD

There are billions of dollars of funding available through government agencies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA- H) for innovative research projects that could lead to new biomedical breakthroughs. In this episode, Northwestern Engineering's Jonathan Rivnay, PhD, explains how he helped build teams capable of securing such funding and how his $33 million DARPA and $45 million ARPA-H projects are progressing.

Jan 11, 2024

Using Data to Improve the Lives and Health of People Through Their Lifespan with Juan Espinoza, MD

As a new faculty member and leader at NUCATS, Juan Espinoza, MD, is bringing a fresh perspective and expertise in the oversight of research informatics and analytics as applied to basic, translational, clinical, and population health sciences. In his roles as associate director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Data Science, which spans NUCATS and the Institute for Augmented Intelligence and Medicine at Northwestern University, and the inaugural chief research informatics officer for Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, he has big goals to improve the lives and health of people through their lifespan.

Aug 10, 2023

Dissemination and Implementation Science with Sara Becker

Translating evidence-based services and programs into clinical and community practice is a NUCATS priority. There has recently been a shift within NUCATS and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to offer more access and new initiatives to help scientists gain knowledge in this field of study. In this episode, Sara Becker, PhD, director of the newly formed Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Feinberg explains steps taken in recent months to make dissemination and implementation (D&I)  training more accessible to investigators and to equitably and intentionally bridge the gap between public health and medical knowledge in terms of what we know and public health and medical practice in terms of what we do.

Apr 20, 2023

Building a Diverse and Inclusive Biomedical Workforce with Susanna McColley, MD and Matthew Fete, PhD

NUCATS and Chicago State University are joining forces on a joint mission to foster cross-institution biomedical collaborations in research, training, and education and to accelerate the development of a diverse and inclusive biomedical workforce. In this episode, Matthew Fete, PhD,  Dean of Pharmaceutical Studies at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy, and Susanna McColley, MD, Director of the NUCATS Institute's TL1, Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child & Adolescent Health program, talk about the initiatives that are driving this mission and highlight successes.

Mar 7, 2023

How an Apple Watch Will Inform a $37 Million Clinical Trial with Rod Passman, MD

There is an exciting new clinical trial about to launch at Northwestern Medicine that uses an Apple Watch and an iPhone app and could revolutionize the standard of care for many with atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia in the nation. Rod Passman, MD, is leading the trial and details how the NUCATS Institute and the CTSA Trial Innovation Network helped his team secure a $37 million NIH grant to conduct this work.

Feb 7, 2023

Startups and Commercialization of Research with Satish Nadig, MD, PhD

NUCATS can help facilitate bringing your research to market by fostering biomedical ingenuity and entrepreneurial activities through its focus on translational innovation. In this episode, Satish Nadig, MD, PhD, discusses his experience collaborating with and starting biotechnology companies and the importance of institutional support when launching startups or exploring the commercialization of research.

Jan 10, 2023

Supporting Early-Career Scientists with Sadiya Khan, MD, MSc

Sadiya Khan, MD, MSc, was recently awarded two Research Project (R01) grants from the National Institutes of Health, a rare feat for an investigator in the earlier stages of her career. In the first episode of the NUCATS’ podcast, Science in Translation, Khan talks about the role the institute has played in her research career so far, through the KL2 Career Development Award, to access mentors, resources and more.

Dec 7, 2022

Welcome to the Science in Translation Podcast

Northwestern University, Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute is launching its first podcast, Science in Translation. Find out more about this new show in an interview with Richard D'Aquila, MD, Director of NUCATS.

Nov 17, 2022

Introducing Science in Translation

Science in Translation is a podcast from the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute. On this show, you’ll hear from NUCATS scientists who are dedicated to accelerating how fast they can move a transformational finding in a lab into a treatment, cure, or solution that will improve human health. You will also discover tools and resources available through NUCATS to catalyze, accelerate, and transform translational science.

Funded by the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, the NUCATS Institute is part of a national network of CTSA hubs and is a critical component of Northwestern’s research enterprise.

Nov 2, 2022

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