Monday, June 29, 2015

Writing About Your Impact in the New NIH Biosketch

Do your "contributions to science" in the new NIH Biosketch feel rather flat? Want to reinforce just how impactful your work is?

The new "contributions to science" section of the NIH Biosketch provides space for up to 5 contributions which should each include:

  • the historical background that frames the scientific problem
  • the influence of the finding(s) on the progress of science or the application to health or technology
  • your specific role in the described work
  • list of up to four peer-reviewed publications or other non-publication research products for each contribution
Visit Galter Library for ideas on highlighting the impact of your research
Monday, June 22, 2015

Call for Proposals: Proof of Concept Funding Opportunity Due July 17th

The NUCATS Institute and the Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) are soliciting proposals for grants to fund technology proof of concept in the biomedical arena. The objective of the funds is to move promising research into a self-supporting commercial pathways. This is a one-time, non-recurring opportunity. Total funding of $100,000 is available. Two awards will be given. These grant funds are separate and distinct from the planned NUseeds funds. The application deadline is Friday, July 17, 2015 at midnight.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

NUCATS Directors Publish CTSA Profile Article on NMEDW in CTS Journal

Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, NUCATS director and PI, Dr. Justin Starren, NUCATS deputy director, and Andrew Winter, director of the Northwestern Medicine® Enterprise Data Warehouse (NMEDW) housed in NUCATS, published an article in June 2015 on the NMEDW in the CTSA Profile section of the Clinical and Translational Science journal. The article showcases how the NMEDW supports both research and clinical care and the significant advantages it has on the rapid translation of research discoveries back into clinical practice. It also describes the importance of governance models and data stewardship models in ensuring stability and efficiency.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NUCATS MSCI Program Broadens Clinical Research Skills

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine interviewed graduates from the NUCATS Institute's Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program. The article features MSCI graduates Danny Bega, MD, instructor in the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology, and Kunal Karmali, MD, a fellow in Medicine-Cardiology and Preventive Medicine. Both graduates attribute the MSCI program to broadening their clinical research skills.

The MSCI program is supported by the NUCATS Institute through its Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Grant Number UL1TR000150. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2016 Dixon Translational Research Grants Announced

The NUCATS Institute and Northwestern Memorial Foundation (NMF) would like to announce the availability of 2016 Dixon Translational Research Grants in the Innovation and Young Investigator Award categories.

The Dixon Translational Research Grants Initiative is seeking proposals for highly innovative, multi-disciplinary clinical and translational research collaborations to accelerate the identification and implementation of new treatments to improve human health.

The deadline to submit applications to is Monday, August 3, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NUCATS Staff Member Awarded Northwestern University 2015 Employee of the Year

The NUCATS Institute is proud to announce that our very own, Mary Ratliff, assistant director of the Institute’s Center for Education and Career Development, is the Northwestern University 2015 Employee of the Year! Mary has proven to be an exceptional and truly remarkable employee during the calendar year 2014 and performed at a level well above and beyond normal expectations. Her contributions have had a far-reaching impact on the key functions of NUCATS as well as across the University and affiliated clinical partners in many ways.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Galter Health Sciences Library Director Leads Evaluation Efforts for NUCATS

You may know Kristi Holmes, PhD, as the director of the Galter Health Sciences Library and associate professor in Preventive Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics but she also plays a pivotal role in the NUCATS Institute's evaluation efforts. In her role as associate director of Evaluation in NUCATS, Dr. Holmes will lead the Evaluation and Continuous Improvement (ECI) Program for the Institute. Recently, Dr. Holmes has been invited to co-chair one of the three working groups at the National Information Standards Organization. She has also been invited to join the Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions intensive training course on implementing health research impact assessments as a faculty member. Dr. Holmes plans to incorporate the knowledge and experience gained from each of these opportunities in the NUCATS ECI Program.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CTR Program at Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute Introduces New Director of Operations

The NUCATS Institute welcomes Timothy Babin, MBA, MHAc, CCRC, to the Clinical & Translational Research Program at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, the research arm of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. In this month's Director's Message, Tim introduces you to his role and responsibilities as the director of Clinical & Translational Research Operations.

Highlights include:

  • Streamlining concepts and operations
  • Pediatric Clinical Research Unit
  • Coordinator and Research Staff Services pool
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NITRO Recruit Powers Women's Health Research Institute's New Men's Health Registry

The informatics team at NUCATS recently partnered with the Women's Health Research Institute (WHRI) at Northwestern University to develop their new Illinois Men's Health Registry. Now this new registry and their Illinois Women's Health Registry are powered by NUCATS' NITRO Recruit, a secure web-based research registry and participant screening system. NITRO Recruit is used to collect information about potential research study participants for their studies. It allows investigators at Northwestern to build their own research registries or study level screeners so that potential participants can respond to screeners directly into the system. WHRI took advantage of their service and collaborated with NUCATS staff to learn the basics of building a registry. NUCATS staff was also available for technical assistance during the creation process.

Develop your own research registry or study level screener with NITRO Recruit
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ACTS Connection Feature NUCATS Graduate KL2 Scholar

The Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) spotlighted NUCATS graduate KL2 scholar, Emily Rogalski, PhD, research associate professor in Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center (CNADC), in their ACTS Connection May 2015 Issue 2 e-newsletter. The article features Dr. Rogalski's groundbreaking work in "primary progressive aphasia" and superior memory in "SuperAgers" and how the NUCATS KL2 Career Development Award impacted her research career.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NUCATS CRU Research Dietitian Elected to National Association of Bionutritionists Board of Directors

Alexandra Heestand, MPH, MS, RD, LDNCongratulations to Alexandra Heestand, MPH, MS, RD, LDN, research dietitian for the Center for Clinical Research's Clinical Research Unit (CRU) in NUCATS, for being elected to the 2015-2016 Board of Directors of the National Association of Bionutritionists (NAB). The NAB is made up of registered dietitians, other nutrition scientists, and business associates who are engaged in nutrition-focused research. Alexandra will serve as the chair of the Education and Leadership Committee. In this role, she plans to expand on the committee's task of writing standard operating procedures for common nutrition research functions and procedures as well as work with the NAB website redesign team to make those published procedures more easily searchable and accessible. These efforts will aid all dietitians engaged in nutrition research by providing a gold standard of policies and procedures to follow for excellence in nutrition research.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NUCATS Child Health Associate Director Co-Authors Groundbreaking Cystic Fibrosis Study

Susanna McColley, MDNUCATS Child Health associate director, Susanna McColley, MD, professor of Pediatrics-Pulmonary Medicine, recently co-authored a novel cystic fibrosis study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study reported improved lung function and a decreased rate of pulmonary exacerbations in a set of cystic fibrosis patients who used a combined lumacaftor-ivacaftor therapy. Dr. McColley is also the director of the Clinical & Translational Research Program at Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute, the research arm of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Read how this study will benefit 8,500 patients in the U.S. alone
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Impact of 2015 ARCC Seed Grant Recipients

This year in their 8th round of funding, Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) awarded $20,000 in seed grants to five community-engaged research participants to support partnership development, research proposal development, and dissemination of research findings. Each award (ranging $1,500-$5,000) supports a partnership that includes a community co-principal investigator from a local community-based organization and an academic co-principal investigator from Northwestern University. Abstracts for each funded partnership are available here.

Learn about the impact of earlier seed grants
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Staff Profile: Meet Magda Kupczyk, Research Project Coordinator

Meet Magda Kupczyk, MPH, research project coordinator for the Center for Clinical Research in the NUCATS Institute. Magda provides the regulatory support for clinical investigators and study teams to turn research ideas into innovative heath solutions for the Northwestern patient community.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Anju Peters, MD

Anju Peters, MD, is a student of the NUCATS Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program and associate professor in Medicine-Allergy-Immunology. In her interview, Dr. Peters discusses her research interest in chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), an inflammatory disease of the sinuses that affects over 12% of the American population and is associated with a significant negative impact on quality of life, and her plans to start clinical trials in CRS.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ARCC Participates in The Chicago Community Trust's One the Table Event

In May 2015, The Chicago Community Trust celebrated their Centennial anniversary with On the Table 2015, asking people around the city and region to come together in community conversations about the ways we can commit to continue to make out communities stronger, safer, and more dynamic. The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) hosted a group of community and academic partners to share lunch and ideas. Topics included health equity, time banking, giving voice and listening to that voice, and systems change. Stemming from last year's On the Table 2014, ARCC director, Jen Brown, MPH, has been working on Sister Neighborhoods, an initiative to build connections across Chicago's neighborhood boundaries.

Learn more about Sister Neighborhoods in this Chicago Tribune editorial
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NUCATS Members Elected to American Physician Scientists Association Board of Directors

Dr. Arora (left) and Dr. Engman (right)Congratulations to Hans Arora, MD/PhD, urology resident physician at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, and David Engman, MD/PhD, professor in Pathology and Microbiology-Immunology and former longstanding director of the Northwestern MD-PhD program, for being elected to the 2014-2015 Board of Directors of the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA). APSA is devoted to the training and career development of physician-scientists, typically medical school faculty members who combine patient care with basic, translational and/or clinical research. APSA is closely allied and supported by the major honorific societies for physician-scientists, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association for Physicians. Dr. Arora is a graduate trainee of the NUCATS TL1 Pre-doctoral Training Program and Dr. Engman was the TL1 Program director from 2008-2013.

Learn more about the APSA Board of Directors
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Garage Opening June 16, 2015

The Garage is the new cross-disciplinary space designed for all Northwestern students to explore innovation and entrepreneurship. The Garage is a hub for all ideas. It's the central gathering place for those who will help you shape your idea, test it, and potentially bring it to market. On June 16, 2015, The Garage will welcome students from every corner of campus with a mission of creating a diverse culture of innovation.

Connect with The Garage
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Chicago Innovation Mentors June 2015 CIMposium

The final four CIMposia events will be held on June 24, 2015 at MATTER Auditorium (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1230) from 5:30-8:30pm. The focus of this event will be dedicated to regulatory issues related to determining if your health care product falls under the purview of FDA and if so, what the key regulatory issues are for consideration as you navigate the path to approval. Registration is free, open to the public, and encouraged as seats are limited.

Register for the June 2015 CIMposium