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Feinberg and NUCATS Announce Expanded Access to Clinical Research Professionals Training

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the NUCATS Institute are pleased to announce the newly revised, intensive Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Basic Training course, designed to make new research coordinator orientation and training more efficient and affordable than ever before. 

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New Drug and Device Development Resources and Services Available to Northwestern University Community

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) and the NUCATS Center for Translational Innovation (CTI) continue to increase their efforts in providing drug and device development resources and services to Northwestern University faculty, clinicians, postdoctoral fellows and students in biomedical research. Alicia Loffler, PhD, executive director of INVO and director of NUCATS CTI, introduces some new offerings to help bring your next idea to the marketplace. 

Highlights include:

  • SBIR/STTR Training Workshops
  • New Venture Kit and Startup Guide
  • The Garage
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NUCATS and CTR Program at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute Harmonize Clinical and Translational Research Resources

Monday, March 30, 2015

Susanna McColley, MD, director of the Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) Program at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute (SMCRI), has worked with colleagues at SMCRI and NU to align clinical and translational research resources at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University. Her role as associate clinical director for Child Health at the NUCATS Institute has been integral in this collaboration process and has generated several new initiatives including:

  • Business Associates Agreement
  • IRB Authorization Agreement
  • Research staff workforce development opportunities
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Galter Health Sciences Library Supports Informatics and Computational Science

Monday, March 30, 2015

Galter Health Sciences Library has been ramping up its resources and support for informatics and computational science at the Feinberg School of Medicine. As part of these efforts, the library launched a set of talks and workshops in a series called Computational Skills for Informatics. The series is a collaborative effort between NUIT Research Computing, Galter Library, and NUCATS Center for Data Sciences and Informatics. Galter Library also offered a data science training session on the use of the Galaxy computational platform for data intensive biomedical research. This day long, hands on workshop was taught by Dave Clements of the Galaxy Project training team and joined by Matthew Schipma, PhD, director of the Next Generation Sequencing Core and research associate in Center for Genetic Medicine, who provided instruction on RNA-Seq techniques in Galaxy. Response to these workshops has been phenomenal, with some of the seminars registered beyond capacity.

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Center for Community Health Director Elected to Lead Team for NCATS Collaboration/Engagement Domain Task Force

Monday, March 30, 2015

Ronald Ackermann, MD/MPHThe Center for Community Health (CCH) director, Ronald Ackermann, MD/MPH, professor in Medicine-General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, has been elected to the Lead Team for the Domain Task Force on Collaboration/Engagement for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). This group will work with the Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) program to meet the goals related to Collaboration/Engagement set by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the NCATS Council Working Group. NUCATS is funded, in part, by the NCATS CTSA research grant UL1TR000150. The CCH is supported, in part, by the NUCATS Institute and the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM).

Read IOM report on the CTSA Program at NIH

CRU Nurse Selected as 2015 NMH Chapman Nurse Scholar to Implement Early Detection of Orthostatic Hypotension in Heart Failure Patients Intervention

Monday, March 30, 2015

Congratulations to Joan Pasquesi, BSN, RN, CCRP, education coordinator for the NUCATS Center for Clinical Research adult Clinical Research Unit (CRU), on being selected as a 2015 Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) Chapman Nurse Scholar. The program will award Joan $5,000 over 18 months to work on her research project, “Can early identification of orthostatic hypotension and timely implementation of nurse-driven interventions ameliorate the symptoms of orthostatic hypotension (OH) in the heart failure (HF) population and prevent falls?”

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Next Round of NUCATS Pilot Awardees Aim to Advance Research in Diabetic Wound Healing, Depression, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Monday, March 30, 2015

The NUCATS Institute is pleased to announce the next round of Pilot Program grant awardees that will help advance research in the following areas: diabetic wound healing, depression, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. The NUCATS Institute provides rapid, targeted funding to address small, but critical gaps in clinical and translational research work through the Voucher and Pilot Programs. The Pilot Program awards up to $10,000 and has three application deadlines that are repeated annually. The following investigators were recently awarded Pilot Program grants:

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NUCATS CDSI and SPORE Collaborate on New Award Focused on Biomarker Discovery for Early Detection of High-Risk Prostate Cancer

Monday, March 30, 2015

Ramana Davuluri, PhDCongratulations to Ramana Davuluri, PhD, director of the Advanced Bioinformatics and Bio-Computation (ABBC) Core in the NUCATS Center for Data Science and Informatics (CDSI) and professor in Preventive Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics, for being awarded a research grant from the Riviera Country Club United-4 A Cure. It will focus on identifying genetic and epigenetic markers for early detection of high-risk prostate cancer. His group will be performing the computation aim of the proposal and the experimental validation part will be accomplished in collaboration with William Catalona, MD, professor of Urology, and Sarki Abdulkadir, MD, PhD, professor of Urology. The banked bio-specimen samples from Northwestern University National Cancer Institute-funded Prostate Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) Tumor Tissue Bank will be used for the assays development in this project.

Learn more about the NUCATS CDSI

Staff Profile: Meet Karen Guzman, Impact and Evaluation Librarian

Monday, March 30, 2015

Meet Karen Gutzman, MA, MS, impact and evaluation librarian for the Galter Health Sciences Library. Karen works with the Metrics and Impact Core at Galter Library. Her responsibilities are to support individuals and groups in their understanding, assessment, visualization, and reporting of impactful outcomes of research and clinical care efforts.

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CCH Partners Release Report on Chicago's Age-Friendliness

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rebecca Johnson, PhD, research assistant professor in Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society, and Amy Eisenstein, PhD, adjunct assistant professor in Medical Social Sciences, are pleased to announce the release of their commissioned report on Chicago's Age-Friendliness. The report is a baseline assessment of the city's assets and challenges for older adults and includes information and opinions from over 2,600 participants in the form of both qualitative and quantitative data. Dr. Johnson is an Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) seed grant recipient and Dr. Eisenstein is an ARCC steering committee member.

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NUCATS MSCI Advisor Links Brain Abnormalities and Poor Long-Term Memory with Heavy Marijuana Use in Teens

Monday, March 30, 2015

Matthew Smith, PhDCongratulations to Matthew Smith, PhD, NUCATS Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) student advisor and assistant professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, for publishing in the journal Hippocampus one of the first studies to link oddly shaped hippocampus to poor long-term memory performance in former marijuana users. The study has received extensive news coverage including WGN-TV, TIME, Fox News, Chicago Sun-Times, HealthDay and NBC News.

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CCH Associated Director Selected to Join 2015 Class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows

Monday, March 30, 2015

Darius Tandon, PhDThe Center for Community Health (CCH) associate director, Darius Tandon, PhD, associate professor in Medical Social Sciences, has been selected to join the 2015 class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows. The Ascend Fellowship invests in diverse leaders from a range of sectors who have breakthrough ideas to build economic security, educational success, and health and well-being for the low-income families in the United States.

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NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Dustin Carlson, MD

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dustin Carlson, MD, is a recent graduate of the NUCATS Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program and second year fellow in Medicine-Gastroenterology and Hepatology. In this interview, Dr. Carlson discusses completing a multi-center study comparing two methods of esophageal manometry interpretation to determine the more reliable and accurate method for diagnosing esophageal motility disorders for his MSCI mentored research project. His research focus has now turned toward developing and evaluating a novel technology and methodology to assess esophageal motility and wall mechanics during endoscopy.

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ARCC Director Delivers Keynote Presentation for Alliance of Chicago Health Services Annual Research Meeting

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) director, Jen Brown, MPH, delivered the keynote presentation at the Alliance of Chicago Health Services Annual Research Meeting. Jen presented, "Ensuring Research Benefits Community Health Centers and Patients."

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CCR's Efforts to Create a Robust Clinical Research Infrastructure

Monday, March 2, 2015

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

Monday, March 2, 2015

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

Monday, March 2, 2015

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

Monday, March 2, 2015

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

Monday, March 2, 2015

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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Former TL1 Trainee First Author on Novel SuperAger Study

Monday, March 2, 2015

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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CCH Partner Finds Community Navigators Can Help Patients Overcome Healthcare Inequities

Monday, March 2, 2015

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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NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Daniel Boyle, MD

Monday, March 2, 2015

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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Staff Profile: Meet Scott Gee, Instructional Technologist

Monday, March 2, 2015

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

Monday, March 2, 2015

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.