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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Science Maps on Exhibit at Galter Library Embrace the Power of Data

In Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, a new visiting exhibit at the Galter Health Sciences Library, maps guide exploration of not only the physical world, but also of abstract ideas.

The 100 maps on display through September 23, 2015 represent a diverse array of human knowledge.

“This exhibit reveals the power that a good visualization has to convey complex information,” said Kristi Holmes, PhD, director of the Galter Health Sciences Library and associate professor in Preventive Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics. “Visualizations tell the story of data in a way that isn’t readily evident when you’re only looking at raw numbers.”

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Graduate KL2 Scholar Update: Changing the Way Memory and Cognitive Health and Disease are Approached

Have you heard of the word “SuperAger”? Dr. Emily Rogalski, Northwestern Medicine researcher, and her colleagues identified and coined this term in their proof-of-concept project for individuals over age 80 with unusually preserved memory performance. While several studies of successful aging exist, none has pre-selected individuals with memory performance at a level considered average or better for persons 2-3 decades younger. Preliminary data suggest a biologic basis for the SuperAging trajectory-- SuperAgers have larger cortical volumes, less ApoE4, more von Economo neurons in the anterior cingulate, and fewer instances of Alzheimer pathology than their cognitively average peers. The next iteration of her “SuperAger” research, funded by an R01 from the NIH National Institute on Aging, will expand the cohort to a larger group and will follow these “SuperAgers” for the rest of their lives.

Dr. Rogalski, associate professor and director of Neuroimaging at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC) at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, has focused her groundbreaking work on the rare dementia “primary progressive aphasia,” and superior memory in “Super Agers”. A KL2 Career Development Award through the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute supported Dr. Rogalski’s ongoing, innovative work in primary progressive aphasia by providing her protected time for her research, $25,000 a year for research related expenses, and career development and mentoring programs. These contrasting areas of focus at the extremes of memory and cognitive function with aging are yielding important new insights about normal and abnormal neurophysiology and contributing substantially to the field of translational neuroscience.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NUCATS Education Director Receives 2015 ACTS Distinguished Educator Award

The NUCATS Institute congratulates and celebrates Michael Fleming, MD/MPH, professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of Education and Career Development Center in NUCATS, for receiving the 2015 Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) Distinguished Educator Award. Dr. Fleming has committed his career to training, educating and mentoring new investigators in clinical and translational science and has made significant contributions at the local and national level to improving the quality of mentorship and education of new investigators. His career achievements are featured in this month's Director's Message.

Highlights include:

  • Multi-site randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a formal mentor training curriculum
  • Feinberg School of Medicine Mentor Development Academy
  • M.S. In Clinical Investigation and M.S. in Regulatory Compliance Programs
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NUCATS Graduate KL2 Scholar Selected as 2015 Associate Scientific Advisor for Science Translational Medicine Journal

Congratulations to Anne Marie Singh, MD, assistant professor in Pediatrics and Medicine-Allergy and Immunology, for being selected as a 2015 Associate Scientific Advisor for the Science Translational Medicine journal. Dr. Singh was selected as the Northwestern Univeristy nominee because of her outstanding commitment to developing an independent pediatric translational research program, securing optimal resources for the development of this program, and breaking new ground working in collaboration with the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine. She has also made significant contributions with potential implications in the development of atopic disease in young children.  

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

First Place Winner in Clinical Research Category at Lewis Landsberg Research Day Poster Competition Utilized NUCATS Services and Resources

Congratulations to Beatrice Nardone MD, PhD, research assistant professor in Dermatology and her research team for winning first place in the Clinical Research Science category at the Eleventh Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day campus-wide poster competition. The project, “Risk of Melanoma and Non-melanoma Skin Cancer After Exposure to Antihypertensive Drugs: A Report from the RADAR (Research on Adverse Drug Events and Reports) Project” was presented by Sara Majewski, research assistant in Dermatology in conjunction with the RADAR project under the direction of Dennis P. West, PhD, Vincent W. Foglia Family Research Professor of Dermatology. The retrospective study utilized the Northwestern Medicine® Enterprise Data Warehouse (NMEDW) to extract electronic medical record (EMR) data and utilized the Biostatistics Collaboration Center (BCC) to run biostatistical analyses of the data. Both the NMEDW and BCC are housed in the NUCATS Institute.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NUCATS Voucher Utilized to Improve South Asian Health Collaboratively with Community Stakeholders

The NUCATS Institute awarded a voucher grant to Namratha Kandula, MD/MPH, assistant professor in Medicine-General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, and her research team to work collaboratively with the Skokie Health Department, South Asian American Policy & Research Institute, and University of Illinois at Chicago’s Asians with Disabilities Outreach Project Think Tank (ADOPT) on improving South Asian health. The award was utilized to convene community meetings to collect data on social determinants and health-related programming and to disseminate the results from Dr. Kandula’s South Asian Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (SAHELI) study. Dr. Kandula was also the academic co-PI on an Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) seed grant focusing on South Asian health and SAHELI and was honored as the 2013 ARCC Partnership Award.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Northwestern University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Announce Establishment of Joint IRB Panel

Are you conducting research involving faculty at Northwestern University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago? Are you conducting a research study at Lurie Children's Hospital that is funded through Northwestern? If yes, you will now submit your studies to a "joint" Institutional Review Board (IRB) panel for study reviews. The joint panel has members from both institutions and the community and operates under a designated Lurie Children's Hospital IRB (Lurie Children's Panel 2) through an IRB authorization agreement with NU.

An IRB Brown Bag session has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 29th at noon in Hughes Auditorium of the Robert H. Lurie Medical Center for both Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern study coordinators to provide additional details and answer questions regarding the joint panel process. For specific guidance on submitting your project or to obtain access to the electronic IRB systems, please contact: Lurie Children's Hospital Office of Research and Compliance or Northwestern University's IRB Office.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Call for Applications: INVO Office Hours with SBIR Consultant

The Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) is piloting a new opportunity to help startups based on Northwestern technologies succeed at winning Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards. Their first pilot program will take place in June 2015 on the Chicago campus and is open to companies submitting SBIR/STTR applications to the National Institutes of Health for the September 2015 deadline. INVO has contracted an SBIR expert to provide one hour consulting sessions to a select number of applicants. To be considered for this opportunity, please complete the application and email it to Jeff Coney by May 10, 2015.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Galter Health Sciences Library to Display Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibit May 14 - September 23, 2015

Are you interested in seeing science from above? Curious to see what impact one single person or intervention can have? Keen to find pockets of innovation? Desperate for tools to manage the information flood? Or are you simply fascinated by maps? Then plan to visit the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit, which will be on display at Galter Health Sciences Library from May 14 - September 23, 2015. The exhibit aims to demonstrate the power of maps to navigate and make sense of physical places and abstract topic spaces. Katy Börner, exhibit director and founding director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University, will open the exhibit on May 14th from 3-5pm with a special lecture, gallery, and reception at Galter Library. The short film Humanexus will be screened in conjunction with the exhibit.  

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Collaboration to Advance LGBT Health and Wellness Receives ARCC 2015 Partnership Award

The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) is pleased to recognize the 2015 Community-Engaged Research Partnership Award winner. This long standing exemplary partnership between the Center on Halsted and the IMPACT LGBT Health & Development Program at Northwestern University collaborates on research projects aimed at improving lesbian, gay and bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health. The collaboration has resulted in interventions proven to reduce HIV risk behaviors such as building out a co-branded research space at the Center, a ground-breaking LGBT psychology training program, and an annual LGBT research conference. The co-branded research space was featured in the Chicago Tribune and the award was highlighted at Feinberg School of Medicine’s annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day and ARCC’s annual Town Hall.

In this interview, director of the IMPACT program, Brian Mustanski, PhD, associate professor in Medical Social Sciences, discusses how ARCC supported their partnership and how the award impacts their group’s work. He also provides advice for newly formed community and academic research teams.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Sarika Jain, MD

Sarika Jain, MD, is a student of the NUCATS Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program and assistant professor in Medicine-Hematology/Oncology. In her interview, Dr. Jain discusses how her decision to pursue a career in academic oncology with sub-specialization in breast cancer was based on her strong interest in finding ground-breaking treatments to potentially cure metastatic disease. She hopes to join the investigators that came before her in discovering new standards of care for this population.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Chicagoland Community, Faith-Based and Public Organizations and Northwestern University Participate in ARCC Town Hall

Over 100 Chicagoland community, faith-based and public organizations and Northwestern University faculty, staff and fellows participated in the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) 5th Annual Town Hall on April 22, 2015. Participants provided input on ARCC's future directions and activities. Topics discussed included capacity building, seed grants, community engagement in clinical trials and more. A summary of the participant input will be posted shortly. To view photos of the Town Hall, please click here.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Galter Health Science Library Selected to Host Medical Library Association's Webinar on Data Management

On April 22, 2015, Galter Health Sciences Library hosted the Medical Library Association's (MLA) webinar, "The Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship." Galter Library received support from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) to host the webinar after they submitted a competitive application. Attendees of the webinar included representatives from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Illinois University, DePaul University, Northern Illinois University and more. The executive director of MLA, Kevin Baliozian, MBA, also joined the webcast to see the event from an attendee's point of view.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Staff Profile: Meet Sharence Adams, Research Administrator

Meet Sharence Adams, research administrator for the NUCATS Institute and the Department of Preventive Medicine. Sharence helps young investigators apply for translational research grants and serves as a resource for faculty members post-award. Her role decreases the administrative burdens of the grant process by acting as a liaison between investigators and the Office for Sponsored Research.

 

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pediatric Practice Research Group Announces New Director

Adolfo Ariza, MDThe Pediatric Practice Research Group (PPRG) is proud to announce its new director, Adolfo Ariza, MD, research associate professor in Pediatrics. Dr. Ariza's research focuses on promoting health lifestyles in early life with an expertise in nutrition and nutrition evaluation. He managed the development of software systems that focus on health promotion in primary care. In addition, he participated in the development of tools and methods to improve obesity care in primary care practices. Dr. Ariza plans to implement periodic surveys of PPRG clinicians to identify issues important to community clinicians.

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