Seminar Series

Advance-CTR offers a dynamic line-up of research talks and topic-area discussions from clinical and translational investigators and experts in Rhode Island, and beyond.

The Advance-CTR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Seminar Series showcases clinical and translational research from across Rhode Island. This series features outstanding science from expert investigators across the translational spectrum. Seminars are held virtually on the second Thursday of each month. 

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Gregory Jay, PhD: “Biotribological Solutions for Unmet Medical Needs: A Case Study in Bench to Bedside Translation”

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Thursday, April 13, 2023

Kimberly Arcoleo PhD, MPH: “School-based Asthma Therapy (SBAT) to Reduce Disparities in Childhood Asthma: Pragmatic Process and Program Implementation Evaluation”

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Thursday, March 9, 2023

Tejal Desai, PhD: "Micro and Nanostructured Materials for Therapeutic Delivery"

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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Eric Morrow, MSc, PhD: “Mechanisms of Human Brain Development and Degeneration Through the Lens of Rare Genetic Disorders”

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Thursday, January 12, 2023

Rena R. Wing, PhD: “Behavioral Weight Control: Moving from Efficacy to Effectiveness Studies”

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Jill Maron, MD, MPH: “Developing and Integrating Novel Diagnostic Platforms into Newborn and Perinatal Care”

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Dean Mukesh Jain, MD: “New Insights into Vascular Thrombosis”

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Kerry LaPlante, Pharm.D., FCCP, FIDSA, FIDP: “The Treatment and Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistant Infections; It Takes a Village”

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

"Biomedical Inventions: From Patents to Prototypes"

Karen Bulock, Managing Director, Brown Biomedical Innovations
Richard Wesorick Managing Partner at Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell and Tummino
Neil Veloso, Executive Director, Brown Technology Innovations

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Tracie Shea, PhD: "Treatment of Anger Problems in OEF/OIF Veterans -  Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial"

- Co-Director, Advance-CTR Pilot Projects Program Core and Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Rani Elwy, PhD: "Foundations of Implementation Science in Learning Health Systems"

Co-Director, Advance-CTR Biomedical Informatics Core, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

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The Spring 2023 offering of the Machine Learning for Health Seminar Series has concluded. These three talks explored machine learning, its methodology, and application in biomedicine and health. The purpose of this series is to serve as an introduction to machine learning for researchers, clinician scientists, and others who may be interested in using these methods in their research.
Please see below for the recordings.

Sponsored by Advance-CTR, the Data Science Initiative and the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics

Friday, February 24th, 2023

Chris Schmid, PhD | Adam Levine, MD | Kexin Qu, MSPH: “Validating a Predictive Model” 

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 Publications referenced during presentation:

Friday, March 3rd, 2023

Katie Brown, MSN, RN: “Unsupervised Machine Learning: An Overview of Methods and Case Study in Using Cluster Analysis for Studying COVID-19 Mental Health Outcomes” 

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Friday, March 14th, 2023

Sarah Brown, PhD: " Assessing Machine Learning Problems for Fairness Before Fitting"

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Watch the Fall 2022 Webinars  Watch the Fall 2021 Webinars

This 6-part series explored implementation science, its methodology, and application. Local and national experts shared talks on de-implementation, implementation mechanisms, community engagement, health equity, dissemination strategies, and global implementation science. The Fall 2022 Implementation Science Seminar Series featured speakers from Brown University, Washington University, University of Arkansas, and Temple University.


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Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

Amy Nunn, ScD: “Implementing Public Health Innovations at Open Door Health for MonkeyPox and ST I Screening”

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

Alethea Desrosiers, PhD: “Applying Implementation Science to Address the Global Mental Health Treatment Gap”

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2022

Margaret Crane, MA: “Disseminating Information about Evidence-Based Interventions”

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022

Eva Woodward, PhD: “Six Mindsets to Improve Equity Using Implementation Science: Implications for Harm Reduction and Injury Prevention”

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

Callie Walsh-Bailey, MPH: “De-implementation and Implementation: Two Sides of the Same Coin or Different Sciences?” 

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

Hannah Frank, PhD: “Making Implementation Strategies More Efficient: How  Assessing Implementation Mechanisms Can Help”

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Sponsored by Advance-CTR, the Brown DPHB Implementation Science Core, and Alcohol Research Center on HIV (ARCH)


Watch the Fall 2021 Webinars

The Informatics and Implementation Science Learning Series (I2S2) covers a breadth of topics around effectively using data and technology to advance biomedical discovery and healthcare delivery. Each seminar features a rotating topic area expert who shares methods, applications, and resources that are aligned with components of a learning health system. 

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The series is sponsored by Brown BCBI, the Brown Department of Psychology and Human Behavior Implementation Science Core, RIQI, and Advance-CTR.

Advance-CTR, S4 and the Brown Library teamed up for this 2-part series exploring data visualization, its methodology, and application in biomedicine and health. The purpose of this series is to serve as a data visualization introduction for clinicians and others who may be interested in using these tools and methods in their research.

Part 1 from Friday, 4/22
“Data Visualization from 10,000 feet: A Quick Introduction to Visual Communication”
Patrick Rashleigh, Data Visualization Coordinator
The Center for Digital Scholarship, Brown University Library

Poised to plunge into data visualization, making the latest-and-greatest fancy interactive extravaganzas? Well, hang on—before pulling out all the tools, let’s take a step back and think about some basic principles of visual perception, design and representation, and communicating to an audience.

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Part 2 from Friday, 5/13/22
"What GIS & Spatial Analysis can do for Health Research"
Guixing Wei, Senior GIS Developer and Spatial Scientist
The Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) Population Studies & Training Center

Dr. Wei provides an introduction to GIS, mapping and spatial epidemiology and their applications in health research. A brief survey of common GIS techniques in health applications is presented to showcase how health studies can benefit from spatial perspectives and geo-analytics. During the talk, Wei also introduces S4 and Brown’s GIS infrastructure and their supportive resources to the Brown community.

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The Qualitative Methods Series features rotating topic area experts who share their insights and expertise on a range of qualitative methods. 

The Spring 2021 Series featured three speakers:

  • Aaron J. Horowitz, Co-Founder and CEO of Sproutel, "The Power of Designing with Patients" 
  • Alexandra Collins, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown SPH, "An Introduction to Rapid Ethnography: Its Applications and Utility in Public Health Research"
  • Akilah Dulin, PhD, Associate Professor at Brown SPH, "Applying Concept Mapping Methodology to Understand Resilience Resources among African Americans Living with HIV in the Southern United States" 

Watch the Spring 2021 Seminars