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SC CTSI grant-supported research reveals why breast cancer spreads to the brain

Spring 2018 Pilot Awardee, Min Yu, MD, PHD on the potential of using circulating tumor cells to monitor brain metastasis

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Impact of a Reviewer Exchange Consortium

Sharing expertise across universities adds value to pilot funding programs

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Study Explores Effect of Obesity on Effectiveness of Morning-After Contraceptive Pills

Obesity is a known risk factor for failure of the emergency contraceptive medication levonorgestrel, but researchers are still trying to determine why. A study conducted at USC revealed differences between free levels of the medication and its bioavailable levels that could be key to understanding the problem.

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VIP Faculty Event Showcased Services and Resources Available to Clinical and Translational Researchers

Representatives of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute demonstrated how the organization can help USC and CHLA investigators launch studies, find collaborators, recruit participants—and much, much more.

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A Pediatric Surgeon and Clinical Researcher Finds Worrisome Relationship Between Opioids and Subsequent Heroin use Among Teenagers

A SC CTSI-supported study by Lorraine Kelley-Quon, MD, a pediatric surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and assistant professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, found that teens who used opioid pills were more likely to try heroin.

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Study by USC and CHLA Researchers Clarifies Association Between Maternal Serious Mental Illness and Adverse Birth Outcomes

The study addresses gaps in the scientific literature regarding health risks for expectant mothers with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, and their babies.

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How the Trial Innovation Network Helped this Investigator Redesign her Study Proposal to do More Science with Less Money

Following NIH review, University of California, Irvine, researcher Katrine Whiteson needed to resubmit a proposal that met requests to expand the study, but to manage it on a significantly reduced budget. Advisors in the Trial Innovation Network, a researcher-support program of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, helped her solve the problem.

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Tools for Investigators: USC's Clinical Studies Directory & Research Volunteer Registry Make it Easy for Clinical Researchers and Potential Study Participants to Connect

Recent improvements to the web-based recruitment tool better enable clinical researchers to advertise their studies via social media and other key online platforms.

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