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U.S. Department of Agriculture Solicits Opioid Research Funding Opportunities

U.S. Department of Agriculture   Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants—Opioid - Applications submitted under this announcement should address how they will strengthen local capacity to address one or more of the following focus areas: 1. Prevention—for example, educating community members and care providers or implementing harm reduction strategies to reduce the number of fatal opioid related overdoses and the occurrence of opioid use disorder among new and at risk users. 2. Treatment—for example, implementing or expanding access to evidence-based practices for opioid use disorder treatment, such as medication-assisted treatment. 3. Recovery—for example, expanding peer recovery and treatment options that help people with opioid use disorder start recovery and avoid relapse. In the context of the national opioid crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified 220 counties and jurisdictions that are vulnerable to infection or disease outbreak due to injection drug use (hereinafter at-risk counties). Under this grant opportunity, the Agency is prioritizing assistance for rural areas in these at-risk counties. Applications with end-user sites that are in one or more of the at-risk counties will receive additional points in the competitive scoring process. These at-risk counties are listed in section E of this announcement, the FY 2019 DLT Grant Program – Opioid Application Guide (Application Guide), and the CDC website. APPLICATION DUE DATE: April 15, 2019.

WVU oncologist researches new treatment for cervical and vaginal cancers

Cervical cancer can be insidious. Changes to the cervix are often detected with a pap smear, but for those with limited access to health care, cervical and vaginal cancers can go unnoticed for years—silently growing, spreading and invading other organs—and by the time they’re detected, they may be so advanced that the patient’s prognosis is poor and her treatment options few. 

Music at the Pylons on Feb.14

All are invited to join in musical recitals from WVU Health Sciences students and employees on Feb. 14, at noon in the Pylons Lobby.

How to Effectively Engage in Research in a Community or Practice Based Setting

WVCTSI’s Clinical and Translational Research Seminar Series will partner with the West Virginia Practice-Based Research Network to present a series of seminar on community engaged research. In the first entry, William Lewis, M.D., family medicine physician and co-director of the WVPBRN, and Stacey Whanger, MPH, WVPBRN network manager, will present, “How to Effectively Engage in Research in a Community or Practice Based Setting.”