The Advance-CTR Translational Research Seminar Series showcases clinical and translational research from across Rhode Island. Presentations, followed by feedback, allow presenters the opportunity to refine and strengthen their research. Seminars are held on the first Thursday of the month at rotating partner locations. They are also available watch remotely via Zoom

Fall 2019 Seminar Series: 


  • Amin Zand Vakili, MD, PhD: "Mapping PTSD Symptoms to Brain Networks: A Machine Learning Study"
  • Nishant Shah, MD: "Automated Assessment of Nuclear Stress Test Appropriateness and Downstream Patient Outcomes"

Details: Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 12-1 p.m. at the Providence VA Medical Center, Building 35, Rooms 142/143. Watch online.



  • Lauren Connell Bohlen, PhD: "Improving the Translation and Dissemination of Technology-Delivered Physical Activity Interventions through Perspectives of Users, Stakeholders, and Researchers"

Details: Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 12-1 p.m. at the University of Rhode Island Higgins Welcome Center, Anchor Room. Watch online.



  • Sarah Thomas, PhD: "Cognitive Flexibility and Reward Motivation in Adolescent Cannabis Use: An Investigation of Neurobehavioral Mechanisms and Intrinsic Resting State Connectivity"

Details: Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 12-1 p.m. at Women and Infants Hospital South Pavilion, Auditorium 1. Watch online.