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Visual abstract templates available

Visual abstracts are an appealing way, using illustrations, icons and flow-chart graphics, to present the abstract of your research paper. They do so via a single “slide,” relying more on imagery than text to communicate the overall goal and outcomes of your research.

UF Health Communications has prepared a series of templates from which you can customize as you prepare your own visual abstracts for publisher submission, social media posts and more.

Note: if using these on social media, please ensure you provide a detailed alternative text (a written summary of the visual and text components), so those using assistive devices are able to understand the content that is being shared.

To find the templates visit https://creativeservice and searching the term “visual abstracts.”

Launch set for stroke treatment ambulances

To improve stroke outcomes for Floridians, UF Health will launch a statewide network of mobile stroke treatment units — specialized ambulances equipped to speed diagnosis and treatment.

Every second matters when it comes to stroke care, as faster treatment can save lives and limit long-term effects.

The first new mobile stroke unit will be housed in Gainesville and is expected to be deployed by July 2023. Soon after, a unit will be added in Central Florida in The
Villages, and, later, in Jacksonville and Palm Beach County. Only 20 mobile stroke programs are currently operational nationwide.

The units will include a diagnostic CT scanner, clot-busting drugs such as tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, medications given intravenously to lower high blood
pressure, medications used to reverse the effects of bleeding inside the brain, and telemedicine equipment.

UF Health expedites clinical data-sharing

To expedite clinical data delivery, UF Health’s data experts have introduced ready-for-use, UF Institutional Review Board-approved patient record registries to help faculty and staff advance medical knowledge and patient care.

The dataset features details about more than 300,000 patients who have a diagnosis of or who are suspected of having cancer at UF Health since Jan. 1, 2012. It is available for use by anyone within the UF and UF Health community. This follows broad use of the UF Health COVID -19 patient dataset, which includes records for 300,000 -plus patients who have presented with COVID-19 -like symptoms and been tested for COVID-19 at UF Health since Jan. 1, 2020.

Already IRB-approved, the protected patient information in these registries is de-identified and delivered quickly, bypassing the customary study-specific review.

Clinical researchers might use the data to apply artificial intelligence or other analytic methods to develop predictive models of specific patient outcomes, to develop phenotypes, or to evaluate success of different medical treatments. Others might access the dataset for research, training or a classroom project.

To access pre-approved data via the user-friendly, self-serve tools, visit to make a request online. Head to to view the UF IRB’s
Research Investigator Guidelines.