Clinical and Translational Science Institute launches Engage podcast

Podcast features health research topics

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute recently launched a podcast called Engage. Each podcast features a Penn State expert discussing the research process or how health research benefits the University's neighbors.  

“Education is an important mission for our institute,” Dr. Larry Sinoway, institute director, said. "We are always looking for new ways to share the translational science process and highlight the important basic and clinical research that the institute supports. The Engage podcast is a valuable resource that we hope will be used in various ways, including encouraging engagement with the general public. We want the people we serve to be aware of the value the university brings to its communities. Research is such a big part of that."  

Three podcast episodes are currently available. In the first episode, Sinoway discusses the diseases of despair and outlines an institute project describing these diseases in Pennsylvania. Kelsey Zapotocky, the institute's clinical research project manager, gives an overview of clinical research in the second episodeDr. Megan Mendez Miller shares details about her research project concerning colorectal cancer screening, which was recently awarded a pilot grant from the institute, in the third episode. The institute will release up to two episodes monthly.

"While we created the Engage podcast to be accessible to the general public, we believe our Penn State community will also find it valuable," Matthew Solovey, director of communication of the institute, said. "It is our hope that discovering the variety of health research projects across the university will develop new research ideas and encourage collaboration across disciplines. Each episode averages under 15 minutes and presents a concise overview to hold listeners' attention in a time-strapped world."

Engage is available on all major platforms, including Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts and Amazon Music. To access the podcast with transcripts, visit the institute's podcast directory page.

“We are excited about this new resource,” Sinoway said. “The institute contributes to many research efforts through its services and tools. The Engage podcast helps show the breadth of translational research at the university and how the institute is contributing to these important projects."

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute is one of seven interdisciplinary research institutes under the university’s Office of the Senior Vice President for Research. It provides tools and services to make health research more efficient and promote research collaboration at Penn State. To request a consultation, complete a service request form. Learn more at

Last Updated October 08, 2020