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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NUCATS Awarded $27.2 Million to Transform Scientific Discovery into Treatments

Northwestern University has received a four-year, $27.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to renew the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute.

The new Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), funded by the NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), will prioritize making research more accessible to patients by involving them in clinical trials.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Translate Your Research Data into a Visual Narrative with Research Computing Services

Joseph Paris"Investigators are more likely to succeed at translating their research data into a visual narrative that is appropriate for all audiences when they connect early with the Research Computing Services team at Northwestern University Information Technology (NUIT)," said Joseph Paris, associate director for Research Computing. Learn how to engage with the team's services, resources, and events in this month's Director's Message.

Highlights include:

  • Workshops, Info Sessions, and Symposiums
  • Grant Writing Assistance
  • Consultation Services
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NUCATS Voucher Program Awardee Receives NICHD Grant to Continue Studying Enzymes as Targets for Male Contraception

Christopher Payne, PhDCongratulations to Christopher Payne, PhD, assistant professor in Pediatrics-Human Molecular Genetics and Obstetrics and Gynecology, for receiving a five-year, $840,428 UO1 research grant from The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The project aims to identify and characterize small molecule inhibitors of an enzyme exclusive to sperm as a means to develop a reversible, non-hormonal male contraceptive. Dr. Payne utilized funding from the NUCATS Voucher Program to collect the preliminary data needed to apply for this grant. His research team screened 36 molecules, analyzed their inhibitory effects of the enzyme and included the results in the grant application. This next phase of research will consist of large-scale screening to look for more effective inhibitors to block the enzyme.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NUCATS Pilot Program Awardee Receives AAFPRS Grant to Continue Studying Facial Nerve Regeneration and Function

Jacqueline Greene, MDCongratulations to Jacqueline Greene, MD, fourth-year resident in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, for receiving a 2-3 year, $25,000 Leslie Bernstein Grant from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). Dr. Greene’s work aims to improve facial nerve regeneration and function and reduce the number of surgeries needed for patients with facial injuries. Dr. Greene took advantage of the NUCATS Pilot Program to assess how peptide nanofibers within a neural graft may direct the regeneration of the facial nerve. She included her findings in the grant application and also presented them at the Chicago Laryngological and Otological Society Resident Research Competition where she won first place. This next phase of research will consist of testing the nanofiber neural graft over longer distances.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ARCC Seed Grantee Receives Two-Year PCORI Engagement Award

Congratulations to the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) seed grantee, Pastors 4 PCOR, for receiving a two-year Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) engagement award. The project aims to increase participation of underserved communities of color in comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research through training programs for faith-based community facilitators and a network of research ministries in faith-based settings. Pastors 4 PCOR is a partnership between the Southlands Ministerial Health Network and Rebecca Johnson, PhD, research assistant professor in Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

MSCI Faculty Find Job-Interview Simulator Helps Veterans with PTSD

Matthew Smith, PhD, assistant professor, and Michael Fleming, MD/MPH, professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, studied the effectiveness of using a virtual interview training program to help participants with severe mental illness or U.S. military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) acquire job offers. The study, published in the journal Psychiatric Services, found that participants who took the training were nine times more likely than non-trainees to get job offers in a six-month follow-up after training. Drs. Smith and Fleming are faculty members in the NUCATS Institute’s Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program. The findings were featured on WGNtv.com and Chicago Tribune Blue Sky Innovation.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CCR Associate Director Led Clinical Trial on New Psoriasis Medication

Kenneth Gordon, MDKenneth Gordon, MD, professor in Dermatology and associate director of the Center for Clinical Research in NUCATS, led a phase II clinical trial on a new psoriasis drug, guselkumab, which shows greater efficacy than the current standard of care. Dr. Gordon is first author on the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and will be continuing an ongoing phase III trial to test the safety and efficacy of the new psoriasis medication.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Stakeholder Spotlight: The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation

Kirsten PeacheyThe Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation, or The Center, is a joint initiative of Advocate Health Care and the Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The Center was formed to transform the health of our communities through faith-rooted, collaborative action.

In this interview, Kirsten Peachey, co-director of The Center and director of Congregational Health Partnerships at Advocate Health Care, speaks to the importance of working with the faith community on social determinants of health and promoting health equity. She also discusses The Center’s research project, The Courage to Love, and how the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) has supported their work.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Center for Community Health Welcomes Research Portfolio Manager

Grisel Robles-Schrader, MPAPlease join us in welcoming Grisel Robles-Schrader, MPA, to the Center for Community Health (CCH). Grisel will serve as the new research portfolio manager for community and stakeholder engagement in the CCH supported by the NUCATS Institute and the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM).

In this new role, Grisel will leverage appropriate resources and services across Northwestern to facilitate and support research partnerships between investigators and community stakeholders. Grisel has extensive experience in culturally responsive research and evaluation practices, adolescent reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS.  

View Grisel's presentation on Community-Engaged Research
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Galter Library Welcomes Senior Clinical Informationist

Jonna PetersonPlease join us in welcoming Jonna Peterson, senior clinical informationist, to Galter Health Sciences Library. In her new role, Jonna will be developing innovative services to further clinical and educational endeavors at Northwestern Medicine®.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Staff Profile: Meet Gina Curry, Community Campus Coordinator

Gina Curry, BSPHMeet Gina Curry, BSPH, community campus coordinator for the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) program in the Center for Community Health (CCH) supported by the NUCATS Institute and the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM). Gina develops and maintains genuine relationships with Chicagoland community and faith-based organizations to build capacity and engagement in community-engaged research projects, clinical trials, and other research activities.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Galter Library Staff Collaborate with Library of Congress to Present on Research Analysis and Linked Open Data Trends

Galter Health Sciences Library staff, Kristi Holmes, PhD, director, Karen Gutzman, MSLS, impact and evaluation librarian, and Violeta Ilik, MLIS, digital systems and collection services head, have been busy presenting on their work related to research analysis and linked open data trends at Library of Congress affiliated programs.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Student Profile: MSRC Graduate - Brynnan Foster

Brynnan FosterUpon successful completion of the Master of Science in Regulatory Compliance (MSRC) program, Brynnan Foster landed a position as a clinical research specialist at Fresenius Kalbi, a global healthcare technology company. "The program helped me to hit the ground running when I accepted my current position," said Brynnan. "There's almost no responsibility I have now that I didn't first encounter in the MSRC program."

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NU Libraries Launch New Enterprise-Wide Library Management Software

As of July 21, 2015, Galter Health Sciences Library and the other NU libraries have upgraded their existing enterprise-wide library management software to consolidate, optimize, and extend the range of library services for their users. Since the upgrade primarily affects the staff view of the system, users should not experience any changes or problems when requesting or searching for library materials. If you run into any issues, please contact the Galter Library circulation desk (312-503-8126 or galter-us@northwestern.edu) or your library liaison.

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