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Monday, March 2, 2015

CCR's Efforts to Create a Robust Clinical Research Infrastructure

Lewis Smith, MD, is a professor in Medicine-Pulmonary and Preventive Medicine, associate vice president for Research at Northwestern University, and the NUCATS Institute's Center for Clinical Research director. In this Director's Message, Dr. Smith speaks on the importance of creating a robust clinical research infrastructure at Northwestern University and its clinical affiliates.

Highlights include:

  • Supporting the Investigational Drug Service (Research Pharmacy)
  • Harmonizing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Expanding the Adult Clinical Research Unit
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Monday, March 2, 2015

NUCATS Announces Partnership with the Chicagoland Clinical Research Exchange, the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council and the Center for Healthcare Innovation

The NUCATS Institute recently entered into a partnership with the Chicagoland Clinical Research Exchange (CRE) to offer education and training for clinical research professionals across the Chicagoland area. The CRE is a collaborative effort of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) and the Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI). CRE is an alliance connecting clinical research opportunities, clinical research organizations, healthcare institutions, physicians, patients, and other interested parties to make studies more effective, efficient, and inclusive.

As a first step in the new partnership, CRE worked with CECD to streamline the three-day CRC Basic Training course to a two-day model to deliver the training more effectively. A pilot of this course was hosted at the MCHC on February 19th and 20th and 20 students attended the training. Feedback on the training, course content, interactive exercises and prework from the pilot has been very positive and will be used to improve the two-day course model.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Multi-Site CTSA Study Implements NUCATS Team Science Education Strategies for Team Enhancement

NUCATS is one seven Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions participating in a novel proof-of-concept study of Team Science research training. The study examines the feasibility of implementing a training program across different universities to enhance team success.

Each CTSA institution will identify a newly funded, ready to launch, interdisciplinary research team to participate in training over 10-12 weeks. During training, the researchers will complete online learning modules in the NUCATS teamscience.net series and participate in two in-person assessments, both alone and as a group. Teamscience.net was developed with supplementary funding awarded to the NUCATS CTSA. The team science assessment activities to be applied in the study are modeled after those used in the Institute's Master of Science in Clinical Investigation’s Team Science course.  

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Monday, March 2, 2015

NU Faculty Receive First Grants from SPARC to Advance Autoimmune Disease Research

Lauren Pachman, MD, and John Varga, MDThe Strategic Pharma Academic Research Consortium (SPARC) for Translational Medicine has awarded their first grants to advance autoimmune disease research. Award recipients include Northwestern University faculty members, Lauren Pachman, MD, professor in Pediatrics-Rheumatology, and John Varga, MD, professor in Medicine-Rheumatology and Dermatology. The award required two project-specific personnel from different participating institutions. The selected research teams will receive up to $400,000 over two years. Members of SPARC include four institutions supported by the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Awards: Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), which includes Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, and institutions at Northwestern University, Ohio State University and Washington University in St. Louis. The awards are supported by SPARC's industry partners: Eli Lilly and Co. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Inc.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM) Embraces Culture of Entrepreneurship for Startups

The Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM) supports university-based and local new technology innovation ventures through the use of mentor teams. In February 2015, CIM hosted two events for setting the stage for long-term growth in Chicago-based entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialization.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Former TL1 Trainee First Author on Novel SuperAger Study

Tamar Gefen, doctoral candidate in CNADC and former NUCATS TL1 TraineeFormer NUCATS TL1 trainee, Tamar Gefen, doctoral candidate in the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC), is first author on a study that quantifies brain differences of SuperAgers and normal older people. The study is the first of its kind and was published in the Journal of Neuroscience. It identifies three common components of SuperAgers: a thicker region of the cortex, significantly fewer markers of Alzheimer’s disease and a large supply of higher social intelligence neurons. Tamar was supported by the NUCATS Institute’s Multidisciplinary Clinical and Translational Pre-doctoral Training Program (TL1) for her work focusing on the neurobiologic substrates of SuperAging.

Other authors on the study include former NUCATS KL2 scholar, Emily Rogaliski, PhD, research associate professor in CNADC. CNDAC was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to continue studying SuperAgers and potentially use their findings to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Tamar was quoted in the New York Times and mentioned on KTIC regarding this novel study. 

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Monday, March 2, 2015

CCH Partner Finds Community Navigators Can Help Patients Overcome Healthcare Inequities

Melissa Simon, MD, associate professor in Obstetrics and GynecologyPrincipal Investigator, Melissa Simon, MD, associate professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, published a study focused on overcoming healthcare inequities in the American Journal of Public Health. The study found that uninsured Spanish-speaking women in DuPage County did not have longer follow-up times after an abnormal breast or cervical cancer screening result than their English-speaking counterparts when they were paired with a community navigator. Dr. Simon is a Center for Community Health (CCH) partner and an Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) Steering Committee member. She is also a former ARCC seed grant awardee.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Daniel Boyle, MD

Daniel Boyle, MD, is a student of the NUCATS Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program and third year fellow in Medicine-Infectious Diseases. In this interview, Dr. Boyle discusses his research project focused on pulmonary infections caused by Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) and how his findings could provide the clinician with better prognostic insight.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Staff Profile: Meet Scott Gee, Instructional Technologist

Meet Scott Gee, instructional technologist for the NUCATS Institute. Scott is responsible for designing and developing eLearning modules, facilitating the Clinical Research Coordinator Basic Training Online course, managing the Institute's online Learning Management System, and more.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

NUCATS and Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute Host Town Hall on Consent Audit Findings

In collaboration with the NUCATS Institute, the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago invites Northwestern University employees to their upcoming Town Hall.

Presentation: Post-Approval Monitoring - Consent Audit Findings

Presenters: Jessica Macha, CIP, senior compliance coordinator for Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute, and Eileen Yates, MS, CIP, compliance manager for NU

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Time: 12-1:00 pm

Location: Lurie Children's Hospital, Conference Room 11-152;

For additional details, please view the event flyer.