National CTSA Workgroup to Learn about the Science of Translation

Wright Center Director of Evaluation Dr. Deborah DiazGranados (pictured left) and her colleague Dr. Clara Pelfrey Director of Evaluation at the Case Western CTSA (pictured right) are leading a national CTSA workgroup focused on learning about the science of translation. The workgroup will conduct a comparative analysis of many kinds of successful translational science case […]

Request for Applications – Diversity, Re-entry and Reintegration Scholars Program

The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research is now accepting applications for three new funding opportunities. The Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-21-071) and Supplement to Promote Re-entry and Re-integration into Health-Related Research Careers (NOT-OD-21-134) represent two funding mechanisms that support these investigative career supplements. PA-21-071: This […]

Wright Regional CCTS: A central and southeastern Virginia collaboration in clinical and translational science

To advance the development and transfer of clinical innovations to patient care, a flourishing future of clinical and translational science requires greater diversity among patient populations and researchers. That’s why the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research at Virginia Commonwealth University created a new collaboration with sister universities: to grow […]

Wright Regional Center for Translational Science Hosts 2nd Annual Research Symposium

There are a number of populations that experience health disparities based on their economic or social status, geographic location and their environment. Researchers in healthcare and academic institutions continue to work to address these disparities. On June 22, 2022 our second annual research symposium hosted a number of faculty, students, researchers and community members to […]

Wright Center Bioinformatics Specialist earns PhD and sets sights on future policy implications for Multiple Sclerosis patients

Defending a dissertation and subsequently obtaining a PhD is an enormous accomplishment. To Amy Olex, PhD, it is just the beginning of her lifelong  journey in research which is deeply personal. Dr. Olex, senior bioinformatics specialist at the Wright Center, began her PhD journey a few years before she came to the Wright Center. She […]

Transplantation, HIV infection and immunosuppression: Wright Center scientists contribute to studies using national COVID-19 data

Organ transplant recipients and people living with HIV are more likely to experience adverse effects after contracting COVID-19. And kidney and heart transplant recipients are at highest risk. Those are just some of the conclusions coming from an international team of researchers that includes Virginia Commonwealth University data scientists. Amy Olex, M.S., and Evan French […]

First Wright Center faculty scholar in health disparities targets inequities in cancer screenings

Growing up in rural southeast Arkansas, Michael Preston, Ph.D., M.P.H., saw the value of early screening for colorectal cancer firsthand. His grandfather was screened early, and doctors were able to stop the cancer before it progressed. Preston credits the screening for getting to enjoy many more years with his grandfather than he would have otherwise. […]

VCU researchers develop COVID-19 testing method that is both accurate and fast

You wake up one morning with a fever and a cough. Where can you get a rapid, accurate COVID-19 test? The answer has plagued many people in the U.S., where the FDA has been slow to approve at-home, rapid tests, many of which suffer from high false-negative rates. And the more-accurate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) […]

New funding program targets rural recruitment through technology

The Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research announced a new funding program aimed at helping researchers recruit study participants in rural areas. The Rural Pilots Voucher Program offers VCU researchers and investigators at partner institutions the opportunity to apply for a voucher to offset costs related to innovative digital health methods for participant engagement […]

Neuropathic pain and wearable technology: Two pilot projects funded by the Wright Center

The Wright Center has awarded two VCU researchers grants from the CCTR Endowment grant program for health sciences research. The awards support preliminary studies that enable researchers to develop hypotheses, collect preliminary data and establish methods necessary for successful external funding. Youngdeok Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Humanities and Sciences’ Department of […]

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