CTSI Distinguished Seminar Series

Levitt lecture at UB.

CTSI Distinguished Seminars feature important topics in clinical and translational science presented by outstanding, and sometimes world-renowned, speakers.

Through the Seminar Series, UB's Clinical and Translational Science Institute is partnering with the five health sciences schools and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to sponsor a round of visiting scholars in the forefront of their respective disciplines. The goal is to expose faculty, trainees and students to various pathways in clinical and translational research.

Upcoming Speaker

Stephanie O'Malley, PhD.

Effective Strategies for Maintaining Research Participation in Clinical Trials

Stephanie O'Malley, PhD

Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry
Deputy Chair
Clinical Research
Yale School of Medicine

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

In this seminar, Stephanie O'Malley, PhD will discuss how attrition from clinical trials can threaten the validity, generalizability, and reliability of study results and undermine the considerable investment made by participants, researchers, and funders. While barriers to recruitment and proposed solutions have been a focus of the research literature, less attention has been given to retention in research. This presentation will address the critical importance of ensuring high retention in clinical trials in order to meet the goal of scientific rigor and unbiased results, while evaluating and providing practical strategies for maintaining research participation. Dr. O'Malley will provide examples from a range of studies including strategies that have been proposed to enhance retention of individuals from minoritized groups in research.

Past Speakers

October 6, 2021

Dario Vignali, PhD.
Dario Vignali, PhD

Distingushed Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Immunology, Leader, Cancer Immunology Program, Co-Director, Tumor Microenvironment Center, Scientific Director, Fondazione Ri.MED, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh 

"Immune Inhibitory Mechanisms in Cancer"

May 10, 2021

Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, University of California San Francisco

"Virtual Screens of Billion Compound Libraries for Novel Ligands with New Pharmacology"

Dec. 7, 2020

Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiologist/Medical Director of VCU Healthcare Infection Prevention Program, Department of Internal Medicine

"COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons learned and will we be better prepared next time?" (watch presentation here)

Dec. 1, 2020

Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center

"The Road to a COVID-19 Vaccine" (watch presentation here)

Nov. 17, 2020

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

"The Pursuit of Structurally Competent Research to Achieve Health Equity" (watch presentation here)

Oct. 29, 2018

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

"Iron in the Fire: The role of oxidized linoleic acid metabolites in pain"

Co-hosted by the School of Dental Medicine

Feb. 1, 2018

Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Director, Clinical Informatics, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Columbia University

Co-hosted by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Oct. 5, 2017

Director of the National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
(NIDCR)

Co-hosted by the School of Dental Medicine

May 2, 2017

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2013)
Department of Structural Biology
Stanford Univ. School of Medicine

Co-hosted by the Department of Biomedical Informatics

March 31, 2017

Associate Professor
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Department of Family and Community Health

Co-hosted by the School of Nursing

Feb. 10, 2017

Thomas Francis Jr. Collegiate Professor
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology

Co-hosted by the School of Public Health and Health Professions