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Monday, July 11, 2016

Galter Library plays key role in development of new recommended practices

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is in the final stages of the Alternative Metrics Initiative – a monumental effort funded by the Sloan Foundation to explore, identify, and advance standards around the growing area of alternative metrics. This work is critical given the rapidly evolving scholarly landscape and new forms of communication and dissemination of scholarship. Alternative metrics include such things as social media metrics, use counts, and network behavioral analysis and the funded effort also incorporates such key topics as persistent identifiers and alternative outputs that go beyond the traditional publication.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Measuring the impact of your research

There are many metrics that can be used to measure the impact of one’s research. While each metric looks at a different scope of research impact, there isn’t a single metric that illustrates all the aspects of research.

In June, Kristi Holmes, PhD, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Director of Galter Health Sciences Library, participated as faculty at the training course on Health Research Impact Assessment at Alberta Innovates Health Solutions. During this course, Holmes provided guidance on measuring research impact through publications.

“It is critical for investigators to be able to understand the impact of their work and communicate that impact to the broader community,” Holmes said, “Publication data can be a good place to start this process, given the importance of communicating our work through the published literature.”

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Chicago State University students gain research experience through Science Immersion Program

Four Chicago State University (CSU) graduate students are gaining hands on experience in labs at Northwestern University as a part of a Science Immersion Program (SIP) sponsored by NUCATS.  The goal of SIP is to help these students to explore careers in academic research while exposing them to clinical and translational research experiences in child and adolescent health.

During the 10-week program, the students, who were nominated by CSU professors, are working with research mentors on child health related projects and learning to develop, test and apply solutions to common clinical problems in children and adolescents.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

ChicagoCHEC announces Catalyst & Incubator Grant Recipients

ChicagoCHEC has awarded its 2016 catalyst and incubator grants. These awards are given to research teams that have proposed novel approaches to addressing cancer disparities and are devoted to advancing cancer health equity through cross-collaboration, high-quality research and unwavering dedication to training and education. The ultimate goal of the grant is to support these projects so they can expand and receive  larger,  long-term grant funding.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Seed grants lay foundation for community- academic partnerships

From technology interventions for homeless youth, building partnerships with barbershops to addressing community-wide stressors, community-academic partnerships are helping to improve the health and well-being of the residents of Chicago and beyond. The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) Seed Grant Program in Northwestern’s Center for Community Health provides funding for collaborative research efforts between community stakeholders and Northwestern University investigators. The six seed grants were funded by NUCATS  and Northwestern’s Office for Research .

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

CIRB streamlined IRB approval for industry sponsored clinical trial

Recently, Kenneth Gordon, MD, Professor in Dermatology, published a paper titled “Phase 3 Trials of Ixekizumab in Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis” in the New England Journal of Medicine which discussed the findings of a clinical trial which found that 80 percent of patients with moderate to severe psoriasis saw their disease completely or almost disappear while using Ixekizumab, a drug that has now received FDA approval.

This clinical trial was the first research study at Northwestern University to use a Central Institutional Review Board (CIRB).  CIRBs, also known as “external” or “commercial” IRBs are independent institutional review boards that review and monitor human subjects research.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Stakeholder feedback gives new life to clinical trial recruitment

While seeking to improve recruitment for their NIH-funded clinical trial, Behavioral Activation and Varenicline for Depressed Smokers, which tests a novel treatment to help those with depression quit smoking, Brian Hitsman, PhD, Assistant Professor in Preventive Medicine and Amanda Mathew, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Preventive Medicine, decided to get feedback from key stakeholders on how to better reach this population.

With the help of Grisel M. Robles-Schrader, Research Portfolio Manager at the Center for Community Health, the researchers organized a Stakeholder Academic Research Panel (ShARP). During a ShARP, community stakeholders with expertise related to a particular research topic and academic stakeholders with community engaged research experiences come together to review a study and provide feedback.

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