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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 care times 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 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.
Monday, March 2, 2015

CCR's Efforts to Create a Robust Clinical Research Infrastructure

Director of the NUCATS Center for Clinical Research (CCR), Lewis Smith, MD, professor of medicine and associate vice president of research, 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

Staff Profile: Meet Scott Gee, Instructional Technologist

Meet Scott Gee, instructional technologist for the NUCATS Institute.  Scott is responsible for designing and developing e-learning 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 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.

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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 Gefendoctoral candidate in the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC), is the 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 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 NIH 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

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 the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine. The MSCI program provides formal training in clinical and translational research skills and techniques to residents, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members. Below Daniel 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

Multi-Site CTSA Study Assesses Team Enhancement with NUCATS Team Science Education

NUCATS is one seven Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions participating in a novel proof-of-concept Team Science research study. The study aims to demonstrate the feasibility of team enhancement through a series of training activities across different settings. 

Each CTSA institution will identify a newly funded, ready to launch, interdisciplinary research team to participate in two training sessions over 10-12 weeks. Training will consist of researchers completing an online learning module in the NUCATS teamscience.net series and participating in an in-person assessment, both alone and as a group. Teamscience.net was developed using funding from the NUCATS Institute's CTSA. The study’s assessment activity is based off of the Institute's Master of Science in Clinical Investigation’s Team Science course components.  

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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 of pediatrics-rheumatology, and John Varga, MD, John and Nancy Hughes Distinguished Professor of Rheumatology. The award required two project-specific personnel from different participating institutions. The selected research teams will receive up to $400,000 over two years.

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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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