Seminar Series

Advance RI-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 RI-CTR Clinical and Translational Research Seminar Series showcases clinical and translational research from across Rhode Island. This series features the best of both worlds: outstanding science from expert investigators across the translational spectrum, alternating with Advance RI-CTR's Pilot Projects Awardees presenting their early research. Seminars are held virtually, September-May, on the second Thursday of each month from noon to 1pm ET. 

This series has concluded for the season. We will resume in the Fall of 2024!

Previous Seminars:

Thursday, September 14th, 2023

Caroline Richardson, MD: "New Approaches to Type 2 Diabetes" 

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Thursday, October 12th, 2023

William Goedel, PhD: “Using Data Linkage to Describe Occupational Patterns in COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake”

Nicole James, PhD: "Unraveling the unique ovarian tumor immune microenvironment to uncover novel prognostic and therapeutic targets in high grade serous ovarian cancer"

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Thursday, November 9th, 2023

Jonathan Kurtis, MD, PhD: "Novel Drugs for Care of Severe Malaria"

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Thursday, December 14th, 2023

Mollie Ruben, PhD: "Race and Gender Biases in Pain Assessment: Beyond the Binary Patient and Beyond the White Perceiver"

Dan Spade, PhD: "Sperm RNAs in reproductive health and toxicity"

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Thursday, January 11th, 2024

Alan Rothman, MD: "Risk Factors for Dengue Virus Infection and Disease"

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Thursday, February 8th, 2024

Tayla von Ash, PhD: “Pilot testing an innovative physical activity intervention for parent attending their children’s sport practices”

Louisa Thompson, PhD: “Digital Approaches to Detecting Cognitive Decline Among Older Adults in Primary Care Settings”

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Thursday, March 14th, 2024

Josiah “Jody” Rich, MD, MPH: "The Opioid and Overdose Crisis in Rhode Island and Beyond: An Update"

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Christine Clarkin PT, DPT, PhD: “EMPOWER PD: An integrated, person-centered model of health care delivery from community inspiration to clinic implementation”

Gisela Jimenez-Colon, PhD: “Transgenerational Trauma in Latinx Families: Impact on parenting, child suicidality, and access to mental health services”

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

James Rudolph, MD: “Complexity Perplexity: Simplifying Clinical Aging Research”

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Watch the 2022 Seminars

Sponsored by Advance RI-CTR, Brown Research on Implementation and Dissemination to Guide Evidence (BRIDGE), and Brown Alcohol Research Center on HIV (ARCH), this 6-part series explores 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 2023 offering has concluded. Please see below for the recordings.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Laura Balis, PhD: "Integrating Physical Activity Interventions in Real-World Settings: An Introduction to ISAC (Implementation Strategies Adapted for Communities)"

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Ruben Martinez, PhD: “Who Gets a Say? Novel Methods to Improve Equity in the Implementation Process.”

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Andria Eisman, PhD, MPH: "Costs and Economic Evaluation of Implementation Strategies in Communities: An Overview"

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Shoba Ramanadhan, ScD, MPH: “Pragmatic Qualitative Analysis for Implementation Science”

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Gracelyn Cruden, PhD: “Supporting Policy Implementation with Decision Science and Systems Science: A primer and pilot study leveraging the Family First Prevention Services Act”

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Natali Carmio, PsychD, MPH: "EMPOWER: Building the World’s Mental Health Force. Lessons Learned from India and the U.S"

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Watch the Fall 2022 Webinars

Watch the Fall 2021 Webinars

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

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 RI-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