ACTS Learning Library

Welcome to the ACTS Learning Library, the centralized location for all ACTS educational offerings, including partner webinars and past Translational Science recordings. 

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Past Translational Science Recordings

In lieu of an in-person event, Translational Science 2020 featured two virtual experiences. Below, you will find recordings of these sessions for on demand viewing. 

Virtual Session 1: April 15
Virtual Session 1: April 15

The April 15, 2020 session included:

  • Welcome | Fred Meyers, MD, MACP
  • Introduction of CR Forum Top 10  | Anne B. Curtis, MD MACP, FACC, FHRS, FAHA
  • Canagliflozin and Renal Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes and Nephropathy, Kenneth Mahaffey, MD
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Frequently Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis, Richard Burt, MD
  • Skin-like Devices for Wireless Monitoring of Vital Signs in Neonatal Intensive Care, John Rogers, MD
  • CR Forum Q&A | Moderated by Harry Selker, MD
  • Panel Discussion: COVID-19: How Researchers Can Turn Crisis into Opportunity
    • Moderator: Robert Kimberly, MD
    • Panelists: Simeon Abiola, PhD; Mark Burge, MD; Rajpreet Chahal, PhD; Martha Gay, PhD; Chris Lindsell, PhD; Fred Meyers, MD, MACP; Zachary Rivers, PharmD; Kathryn Sandberg, PhD; Liane Schneller, PhD, MS; Cherry Wongtrakool, MD
  • Closing | Fred Meyers, MD, MACP

Virtual Session 2: April 16
Virtual Session 2: April 16

The April 16, 2020 session included:

  • Welcome | Chris Lindsell, PhD
  • Fireside Chat with Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD | Interview by Scott Steele, PhD
  • ACTS Abstract Presentations
    • Unique Vaginal Microbiome Populations and Microbial Gene Content Among Women Who Naturally Control HIV Progression, Katherine Michel
    • Nilotinib Alters MicroRNAs that Regulate Specific Autophagy and Ubiquitination Genes in the Cerebrospinal Fluid of Parkinson's Patients, Alan Fowler
    • Deep-primed IL-15 Superagonist Improves Antiviral Efficacy of HIV-specific CD8+ T-Cells in Humanized Mouse Model, Chase McCann
  • Moderated Q&A | Moderated by Kathryn Sandberg, PhD
  • Translational Science’s Finest Hour – Use the Moment Well, David Skorton, MD
  • ACTS Abstract Presentations
    • Hollow, Degradable poly(N-Isopropylacrylamide) Derived Nanoparticles for the Delivery of Anti-Inflammatory Peptides for the Treatment and Prevention of Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis, Marcus Deloney
    • Matrix-bound Nanovesicles as a Novel Therapeutic Option for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arhtritis, Raphael Crum
    • Heart Transplant Candidates Listed at Low First-Offer Organ Acceptance Rate Centers are More Likely to Die Waiting, Ashley Choi
  • Moderated Q&A | Moderated by Kathryn Sandberg, PhD
  • Closing | Chris Lindsell, PhD


Translational Science 2019

Below, you will find recordings for select sessions for on demand viewing. 

Scientific Communication Skills for Pre-Doctoral Trainees
Scientific Communication Skills for Pre-Doctoral Trainees

A key factor for success in science is the ability to communicate clearly and succinctly utilizing language appropriate to the audience.  NIH has defined communication competency as the ability to “communicate clinical and translational research findings to different groups of individuals, including colleagues, students, the lay public and the media.” A scientist’s career will “soar” or “sink” based on their ability to communicate their science through oral and written communication channels.  This workshop, recorded at Translational Science 2019, focuses on oral presentation skills and through brief presentations and utilization of tools provides critical information to:

  1. Understand the professional VALUE of oral presentations
  2. Identify WHO your audience is
  3. Identify WHAT is the relevant information that they need to hear
  4. Identify WHY this audience need to know this
  5. Give an effective presentation


  1. Stephen C. Ekker, Mayo Clinic
  2. Becca Gas, Mayo Clinic
  3. Anthony Windebank, Mayo Clinic
  4. Moderator: Karen Weavers, Mayo Clinic
Trends in Genomic Analysis: Science, Technology, Translation and Policy
Trends in Genomic Analysis: Science, Technology, Translation and Policy

This mini-symposia, recorded at Translational Science 2019, examined current and emerging genomic sequencing and other genomic analysis approaches and programs, exploring the scientific, regulatory, and policy opportunities and gaps to be addressed in this area of precision medicine.


  1. Teri Manolio, MD, PhD, National Institue for Human Genome Research, NIH
  2. Greg Feero, MD, PhD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  3. Matthew R. Nelson, GSK
  4. John W. Belmonth, MD, PhD, Clinical Genomics Group, Illumina Inc.
  5. Zivana Tezak, PhD, Center for Devices and Radiological Heath, FDA

Moderator: Scott Steele, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center

Predictive Modeling and AI in Healthcare: What to Do with Garbage
Predictive Modeling and AI in Healthcare: What to Do with Garbage

Data from the electronic health record (EHR) are frequently used to generate predictive models, or as the basis of artificial intelligence tools, to support medical decision making and health care operations. There are fundamental limitations based on the quality of the underlying data. Missingness and errors are unlikely to be random, and shouldn’t be ignored. This is true both for developing the models and then for using these tools to make decisions at the individual patient level. In this session, recorded at Translational Science 2019, the presenter covers the principal challenges, how errors propagate through modeling processes, and how they translate to sub-optimal decision making. Potential solutions and opportunities for research are discussed.

Speaker: Jareen Meinzen-Derr, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center




On-Demand Webinars

Below, you will find all previously aired webinars for on demand viewing. 

Webinar - Mount Sinai Health Hackathon: A Model of Experiential Team Science
Webinar - Mount Sinai Health Hackathon: A Model of Experiential Team Science

Date Presented: 

November 21, 2019


Launched in 2016 and now in it’s fourth year, the Mount Sinai Health Hackathon offers an innovative and novel model for team science education and entrepreneurship. Borrowing this format from the technology world, the Health Hackathon brings together individuals to form interdisciplinary teams with the aim of creating an innovative technology to solve a current problem in medical science or healthcare. This forum taps into the notion of “citizen science” and integrates diverse capabilities and domain expertise of front-line clinical providers, with insight into clinical phenotypes and care delivery challenges, with individuals reflective of wide-range of disciplines including basic science, engineering, programming, product design and business.

From an organizers perspective, the Health Hackathon aims to bring participants together in transdisciplinary teams around a shared problem, fostering experiential learning through communication, collaboration and problem-solving. It aims to cultivate an environment for participants to develop the skills and knowledge for creating technology that addresses the needs and unique challenges of the healthcare environment, and to promote healthcare innovation and an entrepreneurial ecosystem at Mount Sinai and beyond.

In this webinar session, we aim to provide you with an overview of the Mount Sinai Health Hackathon experience by showcasing the vision, mission, outcomes and impact of this novel initiative. We will describe the planning involved to create a highly successful Health Hackathon, the content and format of the event, as well as outcome measures and evaluation tools we have utilized to measure the impact on team science. Our goal is to provide a new way to think about fostering team science, provide you with Health Hackathon best practices to consider, and inspire you to develop similar models of fostering team science education while promoting entrepreneurship.


Janice Gabrilove, MD, FASP and Layla Fattah, MPharm, MEd