Conferences & Symposia
Translational Science Day 2023: Advancing Health Equity Through Translational Science

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Translational Science Day 2023: Advancing Health Equity Through Translational Science


Tufts CTSI is excited to announce that its 2023 Translational Science Day symposium is scheduled for Monday, October 16 in person on the Tufts University School of Medicine campus.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Advancing Health Equity through Translational Science,” and the event will include lightning talks, an interactive research studio, and two keynote speakers: Michael G. Kurilla, MD, PhD, Director, Division of Clinical Innovation, National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), and Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, FDA.


Event Details

Monday, October 16

8:00AM – 4:00PM EST

Tufts University Center for Medical Education

145 Harrison Ave.

Boston, Mass. 02111

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Symposium Flyer

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Registration is now open! Click here to register. 

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Morning Keynotes

The first morning keynote address (35minute talk, + 10 min Q&A) will be given by Michael G. Kurilla, MD, PhD, Director Division of Clinical Innovation, NCATS

Topic: “The Science of Translational Science”


The second morning keynote address (35minute talk, + 10 min Q&A) will be given by Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, FDA

Topic: “Health Equity in Research”


Full Agenda (PDF)

8:00AM – 8:25AM

Registration check-in


8:30AM – 8:45AM


Harry P. Selker, MD, MSPH

Dean, Tufts CTSI


8:45AM – 10:15AM

Keynote 1 (35-minute talk, + 10 min Q&A)

Michael G. Kurilla, MD, PhD

Director Division of Clinical Innovation, NCATS

Topic: “The Science of Translational Science”


Keynote 2 (35-minute talk + 10 min Q&A)

Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC

Commissioner of Food and Drugs, FDA

Topic: “Health Equity in Research”


10:15AM – 10:30AM



10:30AM – 11:30AM

Translational Science Lightning Talks (three talks @ 10-min each + five-min Q&A each)

Goal: Showcase exemplar research projects that advance health equity through translational science approaches

John W. Jackson, ScD, Johns Hopkins University  | “Evaluating Effects of Interventions on Health Disparities”

Amanda Petrik, PhD, Kaiser Permanente | “Diversifying Recruitment into Clinical Trials and Research”

Marzyeh Ghassemi, MSc, PhDMIT | “The Pulse Of Ethical Machine Learning in Health”


11:30AM – 12:30PM

Panel Discussion: “Embedding Translational Science and Health Equity into Research Programs” (60 minutes)

Lightning Talk presenters and keynotes

Moderator: Ayanna Thomas, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, Dean of Research for Arts and Sciences, Tufts University


Michael G. Kurilla, MD, PhD, Director Division of Clinical Innovation, NCATS

John W. Jackson, ScD, Johns Hopkins University  

Amanda Petrik, PhD, Kaiser Permanente

Marzyeh Ghassemi, MSc, PhDMIT  


12:35PM – 1:00PM

Poster Plenary

Moderator: Aviva Must, PhD, Director, Small Grants to Advance Translational Science (S-GATS) Program, Tufts CTSI

The moderator will provide a brief overview of the posters being presented.


1:00PM – 1:45PM

Lunch, networking, poster viewing


2:00PM – 3:30PM

Interactive Research Studio: “Uncertainty as a driver of financial distress in cancer patients”

Presenter: Eric Anderson, PhD, Faculty Scientist I, MaineHealth Institute for Research

This session will consider a planned study of the financial hardships associated with cancer and its treatment, particularly when involving advanced therapies. Dr. Anderson is interested in understanding how the cost uncertainties, unknown out-of-pocket expenses, and difficulty and stress in interpreting complex medical bills can impact patients’ decision making and health behaviors and drive their experience of financial distress.


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Seminars & Workshops
Building Resilience: “Promoting AAPI Access to Mental Health Care”


Promoting AAPI Access to Mental Health Care

Event Details

Tuesday, October 24


Museum of Science, Boston (directions)

1 Science Park

Boston, Mass. 02114


Tufts CTSI and the Museum of Science cordially invite you to join us on Tuesday, October 24 from 9:00AM-12:00PM for a workshop titled “Building Resilience: Promoting AAPI Access to Mental Health Care.” 

Creating equitable access to mental health care is about more than making services and resources available. In many cultures and communities, mental health care is often stigmatized and shunned, leaving people to suffer in silence or face shame from family and friends.

The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population is the fastest growing racial group in Greater Boston, with one of every ten people in Boston identifying as AAPI. Yet, there are huge divides in the care accessible to this community. How can we start bridging the gaps in care? How can we begin the process of improving our healthcare systems to consider diverse perspectives and needs?

Join us as we bring together professionals and community leaders to discuss the current state of mental health care in AAPI communities, make connections, and start the conversation around making changes. Share your voice on this important topic and help us develop a more equitable system for everyone.


Registration is now open!

To register, please click here.

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Panel Speakers

Catherine Chang, RN, Director of Behavioral Health Program at the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center (GBCGAC)

Dr. Paul Watanabe, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Samara Grossman, MSW, LICSW, Director, Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness Director, Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness, Boston Public Health Commission

Dr. Pata Suyemoto, Training Director, National Asian American Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA); Associate Director of Equity, Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP)

Dr. Insoo Hyun (moderator), Director, Center for Life Sciences and Public Learning, Museum of Science, Boston

Seminars & Workshops
Including Non-English Speaking Participants in Research

Does your research work involve recruiting human research volunteers from diverse populations?

Join Tufts CTSI for a hands-on workshop practicing informed consent conversations with interpreters and participants whose primary language is not English. The workshop is blended synchronous/asynchronous with a live session Thursday, October 26, 2:00PM-4:00PM via Zoom. Research staff who participate in consent conversations are encouraged to learn more and register on I LEARN by Wednesday, October 25.

Participants must complete all of the pre-work on Tufts CTSI I LEARN in order to receive the Zoom link for the live training. While in the live workshop your active participation in the live role-play activity is required. You will also learn through providing feedback to others and engaging in group discussion. This will ensure that you get the most out of what this training has to offer.

Clinical research coordinators, investigators, research fellows, research nurses, and anyone involved in obtaining informed consent are encouraged to attend.

By the end of this workshop, participants of Parts 1 & 2 will be able to:

  • Identify when a participant needs an interpreter in order to obtain informed consent.
  • Identify the correct procedure for working with an interpreter to obtain informed consent.
  • Demonstrate at least three communication techniques during obtaining informed consent conversations with an interpreter.

Enrollment is limited due to the hands-on nature of this training. After enrollment, participants will be asked to upload proof of completion of CITI basic training in human subjects research.


Live session via Zoom: Thursday, October 26, 2023, 2:00PM-4:00PM EST 


To attend, please register here via Tufts CTSI I LEARN.


CITI basic human subjects protection training. Participants will be required to upload proof of CITI completion to the Tufts CTSI I LEARN course site before the live session.

Conferences & Symposia
2023 Team Science Summit: “Advances, Applications, and Future Directions in Disease Models”

2023 Team Science Summit

Advances, Applications, and Future Directions in Disease Models

Event Details

Friday, October 27

9:00AM–2:15PM EST

Join via Zoom (Meeting ID: 932 8447 3032 / Passcode: 867338)


New and more relevant experimental models – in vivoin vitro, and in silico – will be essential for better understanding diseases and more effectively testing therapeutics.

This event will highlight work at numerous labs across CTSI’s academic and clinical partners that is creating and using novel modeling systems as well as developing technologies and methods to improve the predictive value of model data for biological and clinical contexts.


To register, please click here.

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Program in Brief


Opening Remarks: Harry P. Selker, MD, MSPH, Dean, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute



Chair/Moderator:  David Kaplan, PhD, Tufts University School of Engineering

Presentations of current work:


10:40AM  Cutting Edge Approaches Using Established and alternative in vivo models

Chairs/Moderators: Gregory Cox, PhD, The Jackson Laboratory

Cheryl London, DVM, PhD, Tufts Cummings School

Presentations of current work:



Chair/Moderator:  Bree Aldridge, PhD, Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Presentations of current work: