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Integrating Special Populations


  • Miguel Cuevas

    Miguel Cuevas


    Assistant to Dr. Catherine Sarkisian

  • Nathalie Lopez

    Nathalie Lopez


    Coordinator, Patient Portal Research Workgroup

  • Carmen E. Reyes

    Carmen E. Reyes


    Director, Community Relations and Outreach

  • Jaspreet Saini, MPH

    Jaspreet Saini, MPH


    Assistant to Dr. Peter Szilagyi

  • Nathalie Vizueta, PhD

    Nathalie Vizueta, PhD


    Program Manager


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Learn state of the art value-based care research and network with scientists doing cutting edge research to improve health care value. The new UCLA Value-Based Care Research Consortium is a result of tremendous enthusiasm to bring together under one “virtual roof” teams of scientists across and affiliated with UCLA who are working to improve healthcare value in order to synergize our efforts and enhance our impact.


Catherine Sarkisian

Eric Esrailian

Christopher Saigal
Christopher S. 


Eve Kerr

Keynote Speaker

Eve Kerr

Presentation Title: "Enhancing Value in Healthcare: It Takes a System"

Hear from Dr. Eve Kerr, Director of the VA Center for Clinical Management Research and Director of the recently launched Michigan Program on Value Enhancement (M-PrOVE)

Twitter: @ekerr_ccmr

Other program highlights include plenary panel discussions with scientists doing cutting edge research to improve healthcare value including the following speakers (in alphabetical order):

Atul Butte
Cheryl L. Damberg
Elizabeth Engel
Katherine  L. Kahn
Daniella Meeker
Teryl K. Nuckols
Christopher S. Saigal
Anne M. Walling


To download our flyer, please click here.


The goal of our star-studded kickoff on April 19 is that participants walk away inspired but also with:

1 concrete new knowledge of the state of the art of value-based care research
1 “nuts and bolts” information about what next steps they can take to do new/improved research in this area
1 new collaborations with other scientists


Our mission is to facilitate collaborative interaction to dramatically improve health care value and associated meaningful patient-centered outcomes and to be an incubator for innovation and generate scientifically-grounded solutions that will inform efforts to improve healthcare value at UCLA, influence policies across the nation, and serve as a training ground for the next generation of healthcare scientists and leaders.


We gratefully acknowledge our 2018 Symposium sponsors and supporters: 

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UCLA Vatache and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases

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The Luskin Conference Center is just a five-minute walk from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, and is a short drive from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The Laureate Room is located on Level 1 of Luskin.

Driving Directions

From Los Angeles International Airport:
Take the San Diego Freeway (I-405) North and exit at Wilshire Boulevard East. Turn right onto Wilshire Boulevard and proceed a half mile to Westwood Boulevard. Turn left and the UCLA Luskin Conference Center, a premiere Los Angeles meeting venue and hotel, is located one mile ahead at end of the turnaround.

From San Fernando Valley (Bob Hope Burbank Airport):
Take the Interstate-405 South Freeway toward San Diego. Take the Sunset Boulevard exit and turn left onto North Church Lane. Turn left onto Montana Avenue and continue onto Gayley Avenue. Turn left onto Strathmore Place and take the second left onto Westwood Plaza. The UCLA Luskin Conference Center and Hotel will be on the left.

From Downtown Los Angeles:
Take the California-110 South/Harbor Freeway and continue onto the Interstate-10 West Freeway. Merge onto the Interstate-405 North Freeway toward Sacramento. Take the Wilshire Boulevard exit toward Westwood and merge onto Wilshire Boulevard. Turn left onto Westwood Boulevard and proceed onto Westwood Plaza. The UCLA Luskin Conference Center and Hotel will be on the left.


Self-parking is available in UCLA Parking Structure 8 (P8 on the map), Level 4, directly across the street from the Center. There is a convenient Pedestrian Walkway/Bridge connecting Parking Structure 8 (on Level 3) to the Los Angeles Conference Center property. 

To locate Parking Structure 8: enter the campus by heading north on Westwood Boulevard and make a left onto the Structure 8 Driveway (located just before the Parking Information Kiosk on Westwood Boulevard). Proceed up the ramp to Level Four and park in any of the “Pay-by-Space” parking spots. You will need to purchase parking at a nearby Parking Kiosk.

To access the UCLA Luskin Conference Center via the Pedestrian Walkway/Bridge from Lot 8, take the east stairs down one level (from Level 4 to Level 3) and cross over Strathmore Place. Elevator access (located in the northeast corner of Level 3) allows access to the Conference Center via the pedestrian crosswalk at the traffic light at the intersection of Strathmore Place and Westwood Plaza.

For Attendees with UCLA Parking Permits: The Parking Center has advised that due to proximity to the Luskin Conference Center, those with Parking Structure 9 permits should plan to remain parked in Parking Structure 9.

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Admission and registration for this event are free. Registration is required and capacity is limited. To optimize interactive discussion (this is not a day for passive listening), we are keeping the size of the event small.

Many UCLA leaders including department chairs, chiefs, and members of the UCLA Health Executive Leadership will be participating; we ask that all participants commit to staying all day (optional breakfast 7:45-8:45 a.m. and program is from 8:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.).

To register, please contact Miguel Cuevas (specialpop@ctsi.ucla.edu).

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About Us

Information coming soon.

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Registration and General Information (i.e. location, parking, directions)
Miguel Cuevas, specialpop@ctsi.ucla.edu

Program Related Information, Sponsorship and Press Inquiries
Nathalie Vizueta, nvizueta@mednet.ucla.edu
Carmen Reyes, creyes@mednet.ucla.edu

Website Technical Difficulties
Jessica Castillo, jecastillo@mednet.ucla.edu

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Program Description

Learn about CTSI's

Special Populations Program

The Integrating Special Populations Program (ISP) focuses on three special groups: children, older adults, and groups affected by health disparities. We prioritize these groups because of their poor health status in Los Angeles and nationally, the implications of their health for society including costs of care, and the emerging science of how life develops over the life course. The program will work to catalyze and strengthen research in special populations in three ways: (1) by attempting to increase the number of investigators studying special populations; (2) by offering advice on study design and intense mentoring to improve the quality of research; and (3) through thoughtful recruitment/retention activities.

Program Aim

The aim of the Integrating Special Populations (ISP) Program is to integrate special populations into the research enterprise of the UCLA CTSI to ensure that breakthroughs are quickly translated to the benefit of society and its subpopulations.

To achieve this aim, the program has established four objectives.

  • Objective 1. Provide consultations, mentorship and career development in special population-based research.
  • Objective 2. Foster and support research collaborations involving special populations and accelerate the inclusion of special populations in translational research.
  • Objective 3. Facilitate clinical research with a virtual core research facility for special populations.
  • Objective 4. Provide research platforms to facilitate research with special populations at UCLA and our CTSI partner institutions and as a hub for national CTSI activities.

Program Services

Special Population Consultation Services

To request a consultation, contact:

Nathalie Vizueta, Ph.D.
Program Manager
(310) 794-2744

The CTSI Integrating Special Populations Program (ISP) increases the quantity and quality of research in children, older adults, and populations affected by health disparities at the UCLA CTSI partner institutions: UCLA Westwood, LA BioMed at Harbor-UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, and Charles R. Drew University. Below are a list of ISP services or view the flier.

Postdoctoral researchers and faculty at any level doing research relevant to special populations (i.e., children, older adults, health disparities) are encouraged to utilize the following free ISP consultation services:

Internal Pre-Submission Grant Reviews
Approximately 4-6 weeks before submission deadlines, our experienced faculty offer: 

Career Consultations
An interdisciplinary team of senior faculty members provide one-time, or ongoing career advice. Interested faculty submit a CV and responses to key questions about their career trajectories. Discussion items can include:

  • Potential sources of funding 
  • Collaboration opportunities 
  • Suggestions for research content direction
  • Support with promotion
  • Career transitions
  • Strategies for achieving academic success
Consultations are especially useful to faculty at a career crossroads, e.g., near the end of a funding cycle, deciding between different employment opportunities. 
    Project-Specific Consultations
    Senior faculty provide concrete, one-time project-specific advice to:
    • Conceptualize projects
    • Identify key collaborations
    • Identify potential grant sources
    • Problem-solve
    • Manuscript development
    • Get advice on tasks such as grant-writing, IRB submissions, hiring staff, and study recruitment  

    Nathalie Vizueta, Ph.D.
    Program Manager, Integrating Special Populations
    (310) 794-2744

    Carmen Reyes
    Director of Community Outreach and Relations

    Miguel Cuevas
    Assistant to Dr. Sarkisian

    Jaspreet Saini, MPH
    Assistant to Dr. Szilagyi
    (310) 206-2476

    2018 symposium for the Value-Based Care Research Consortium (refer to list below):

    Registration and General Information (i.e. location, parking, directions)
    Miguel Cuevas, specialpop@ctsi.ucla.edu

    Program Related Information, Sponsorship and Press Inquiries
    Nathalie Vizueta, nvizueta@mednet.ucla.edu
    Carmen Reyes, creyes@mednet.ucla.edu