In the Know: SMPH Updates for December 23, 2020

Top news:

  • Human subjects research update: Phase 2 Restart of Clinical Research, which was originally slated to end on December 31, has been extended and will continue into 2021. Please be aware that research teams still need to submit a request for approval for both new studies, and studies that are reopening. Read more
    • Also of interest for clinical researchers: The Professional Research Education Program (PREP) will be hosting a virtual workshop focusing on remote consent with a special highlight on DocuSign. Attendees will hear a study coordinator’s perspective on obtaining remote consent and learn more about the regulatory considerations surrounding remote consent. The workshop will occur on Jan. 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Register
  • Campus COVID-19 testing availability is changing around the holidays. Testing will be closed Dec. 24–25 and Dec. 31–Jan. 1. When scheduling a test, check all campus testing locations in the MyUHS portal to find the earliest possible appointment. Read more
    • Also: University Health Services offers a winter break “mental health kit.” Read more
  • ‘Twas the Season of COVID: The American College of Emergency Physicians offers a lighthearted parody poem, read by emergency physicians from around the country, to raise spirits as we stay home and cover our faces to slow the spread of COVID-19. Watch the video 

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Please send kudos about your colleagues. Honor someone at and we’ll share the stories. Submit your thoughts and we’ll share them in a future issue.    

Two shout-outs were submitted by Veena Nair, PhD, Senior Scientist, Department of Radiology:

A big Thank You to our Radiology Pre-Awards Grants admin, Carissa Manteufel, for her resourcefulness, wonderful support and patience, and working with us to submit multiple R series grants in a timely manner.” 

“A big thank you to each of our radiology IT team members–especially the first responders Andy Craven, MBA, Bob Ash, Florian Braun, Peng-Sue Vang and Alexendar Zielske–for their solid support and enthusiasm during this extremely challenging year, for facilitating a smooth transition to remote work and always being so willing to help when we have inevitably run into issues. From all of us in the Prabhakaran Lab, thank you!”

Wellbeing Wednesday

New Year Resolutions in the time of COVID: Making a commitment to improve yourself or start a new healthy routine is a great way to ring in the new year. Here are several ideas that are approachable as well as compatible with 2021.