In April, the UNM HSC hosted the Annual Face-to-Face Meeting of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Communications Key Function Committee (KFC). Faculty and communications specialists from the CTSA consortium met to share strategies for increasing awareness among all stakeholders of the value of the CTSA program.

B illy Sparks, Executive Director of HSC Communications and Marketing, then chair-elect of the committee and now chair, was pleased to invite members to New Mexico. In a welcome address, Dr. Richard Larson, PI of the UNM CTSA and HSC Executive Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Research, discussed the importance of communicating the impact of the CTSA program in transforming research infrastructures to advance health discoveries and patient care.

Over 56 attendees came to the meeting, representing 42 different CTSAs across the country. Representatives from the CTSA’s parent organization, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), joined the meeting through live webcast to provide updates on recent communication initiatives at the national level.
Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322