Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV)

We are a cross-Grounds and cross-State partnership that facilitates collaborative clinical and translational research.  

Our primary focus areas include the integration of data to facilitate health research and improve the health of the Commonwealth, as well as education and career development for clinical and translational researchers.

THRIV seeks to build connections for researchers across Grounds in Charlottesville, and with our partners across the state of Virginia to stimulate new research relationships, streamline and standardize research processes, and enhance discovery and innovation.  THRIV supports training and development for the research workforce, including faculty researchers, staff, clinicians, and community engaged partners.

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NIH Proposal Development Workshop Series

Sponsored by ResearchNet and iTHRIV

Offered February and March, 2019

This is a FREE training series in NIH proposal development sponsored by ResearchNet and the integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV)!  This series is designed to assist faculty and staff to navigate the various components of an NIH grant proposal through a series of online training courses.  Training is provided via “live” webinars (which participants can access from their own computers or participate in a hosted group session) as well as on-demand enduring training offerings.

See details in attached flyer or see information in the iTHRIV portal:  Sign up now as space is limited!

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UVA Health System Talent Development Workshop: Giving and Receiving Feedback (Nursing) @ 999 Grove Street, Classroom 1
Jan 17 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

UVA Health System Talent Development Workshop

Giving and Receiving Feedback (Nursing)

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 – 8:00am to 10:30am
Location: 999 Grove Street, Classroom 1

Facilitators: Ann Rebera
Target Audience: The Nursing Giving and Receiving Feedback course is open to all team members, but the content and examples will be specifically geared toward the Nursing Service Line.

Feedback is key to driving individual and team performance and is a great tool for recognition and development. This class will cover how to deliver effective positive and constructive feedback in addition to receiving feedback well. A feedback framework is covered that can be applied to day-to-day feedback, as well as colleague input on performance appraisals. Common feedback challenges and solutions are discussed.

**2.25 VNA Contact Hours Awarded**

University of Virginia Health System, Nursing Professional Development Services, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (VNA #16-03-02P)

Enrollment Information
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Special Seminar – Atul Butte, MD, PhD – University of California (BME) @ Claude Moore Medical Education Building Room 3110
Jan 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

“Translating a Trillion Points of Data into Therapies, Diagnostics, and New Insights into Disease”

1. What is the nature of public molecular data?
2. How publicly-available molecular measurements can be used to find new uses for drugs, or new diagnostics for diseases.
3. What is big data in biomedicine, and how could it help with diagnostics and prognostics and precision medicine?

There is an urgent need to take what we have learned in our new “genome era” and use it to create a new system of precision medicine, delivering the best preventative or therapeutic intervention at the right time, for the right patients. Dr. Butte’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco builds and applies tools that convert trillions of points of molecular, clinical, and epidemiological data — measured by researchers and clinicians over the past decade and now commonly termed “big data” — into diagnostics, therapeutics, and new insights into disease. Several of these methods or findings have been spun out into new biotechnology companies. Dr. Butte, a computer scientist and pediatrician, will highlight his lab’s recent work, including the use of publicly-available molecular measurements to find new uses for drugs including new therapies for autoimmune diseases and cancer, discovering new druggable targets in disease, the evaluation of patients and populations presenting with whole genomes sequenced, integrating and reusing the clinical and genomic data that result from clinical trials, discovering new diagnostics include blood tests for complications during pregnancy, and how the next generation of biotech companies might even start in your garage.

Atul Butte, MD, PhD is the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor and inaugural Director of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute ( at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Butte is also the Chief Data Scientist for the entire University of California Health System, with 17 health professional schools, 6 medical centers, and 10 hospitals. Dr. Butte has been continually funded by NIH for 20 years, has authored over 200 publications, with research repeatedly featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine. Dr. Butte was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2015, and in 2013, he was recognized by the Obama Administration as a White House Champion of Change in Open Science for promoting science through publicly available data. Dr. Butte is also a founder of three investor-backed data-driven companies: Personalis, providing medical genome sequencing services, Carmenta (acquired by Progenity), discovering diagnostics for pregnancy complications, and NuMedii, finding new uses for drugs through open molecular data. Dr. Butte is a principal investigator of two major programs: (1) the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine, implementing Governor Brown’s vision to promote precision medicine in California; and (2) ImmPort, the clinical and molecular data repository for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Butte trained in Computer Science at Brown University, worked as a software engineer at Apple and Microsoft, received his MD at Brown University, trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital Boston, then received his PhD from Harvard Medical School and MIT.

“Meet the Speaker” for Graduate students immediately following in BME 1041

UVA (Academic) Talent Development Workshop: Goal Setting @ 2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189
Jan 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

UVA Health System Talent Development Workshop

Goal Setting

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – 9:00am to 11:30am
Location: 2400 Old Ivy Rd, Room 189

Facilitators: Marcus Hamilton, Cindy Young
Target Audience: Faculty, Staff, Team Members, and Leaders

This two-hour session is designed for any UVA Academic Employee, regardless of role, previous goal setting experience, or tenure at UVA. We will cover CY19 performance goal best practices, use of the SMART goal framework, as well as available resources to guide you through the goal setting process. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to draft at least one of your three required goals during the workshop! If you’ve already begun drafting your goals, it is recommended you bring those with you to the class for an opportunity to fine-tune them.

If you wish to enroll in this specific offering, please contact the facilitator at

Enrollment Information
Registration for this class will occur in Workday. If you wish to enroll, you will be able to do so by the end of January 2019.


UVA Health Sciences Library Workshop: Introduction to R @ UVA Claude Moore Health Sciences Library - Carter Classroom
Jan 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

UVA Health Sciences Library Workshop
Introduction to R

This workshop is directed towards participants who have little or no experience with statistical computing or programming. R is an open source language that can be used for a variety of computational purposes. This class will introduce R in the context of its data manipulation and visualization capabilities. Via interactive demonstrations, students will learn the basics of creating variables, using functions, accessing documentation, loading packages, importing data and plotting.

Date:  Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time:  1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location:  Health Sciences Library Carter Classroom
Instructor:  Marieke Jones

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UVA Health Sciences Library Workshop: Introduction to SPSS @ UVA Claude Moore Health Sciences Library - Carter Classroom
Jan 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

UVA Health Sciences Library Workshop
Introduction to SPSS

This workshop is geared to those with little to no experience with statistical programming and/or SPSS. By using interactive hands-on demonstrations and exercises, this workshop will familiarize participants with the tools necessary to use SPSS for data analysis. Participants will walkthrough topics ranging from loading data into SPSS, organizing and labeling data, manipulating and creating variables, and getting descriptive information from the data.

Date:  Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time:  9:00am – 12:00pm
Location:  Health Sciences Library Carter Classroom
Instructor:  David Martin

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Full Calendar

Research Concierge @ the Library

Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to noon

The Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV) serves as the “front door” for researchers and study teams at the University of Virginia to provide education and services to facilitate clinical and translational research, including data modeling, basic science, animal, clinical, and outcomes research. The SOM Clinical Trials Office (CTO) provides support services for the planning, implementation and management of clinical research studies. Together THRIV and the CTO are offering Research Concierge Services at the Health Sciences Library.


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