NUCATS Steering & Governance

NUCATS 2.0 Governance

NUCATS Steering Committee

Oversight for NUCATS resides in the NUCATS Steering Committee, representing the participating partner institutions. It is comprised of Eric G. Neilson, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Dean of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (chair of the NUCATS Steering Committee); Jay Walsh, PhD, Vice President for Research at Northwestern University; Dean Harrison, President and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare; Joanne Smith, MD, President and CEO of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; and Patrick Magoon, President and CEO of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The Steering Committee meets quarterly with the NUCATS Director, provides direct guidance on institutional priorities and directions, helps to resolve any institutional conflicts, creates common ground for clinical and translational science research across the diverse cultures of the partner institutions, and is responsible for evaluation of the PI.

NUCATS Executive Council and Leadership Group

The NUCATS Executive Council (EC) is comprised of Associate Directors and Program Leads who bring specific skills to the NUCATS mission and strategy. The EC meets bi-weekly, alternating between EC-only meetings and larger Leadership Group meetings that include senior managers. The Leadership Group adds NUCATS Program Heads as well as senior managers within the NUCATS centers and community stakeholders. It focuses on matching tactics with strategy and monitoring evaluation milestones against those tactics. The operational level includes three organizational units: centers, programs, and councils. Centers are the largest NUCATS organizational units and each has multiple service lines with multidisciplinary leadership that includes representatives from other centers in order to maximize coordination. Programs are smaller and typically focus on a single service area (e.g. Team Science or BERD). Finally, Councils represent activities where NUCATS serves primarily in a
connecting and coordinating role across our partners for a specific topic area (e.g., clinical research).

NUCATS External Advisory Committee (EAC) and Internal Advisory Committee (IAC)

NUCATS has two complementary groups to provide perspectives that help NUCATS evaluate its current performance and guide its future directions.

External Advisory Committee (EAC)

NUCATS has had an EAC since its inception. The EAC provides a perspective from outside of NU and its clinical partners. It helps NUCATS evaluate its performance against its broader mission and to benchmark against best practices from other CTSA sites. The composition has been carefully designed to include patients, community-based clinicians, informaticians, public health leaders, industry representatives, experienced CTS researchers, experts in evaluation, and leaders of other CTSAs. Members serve three-year terms. The EAC, which meets annually face-to-face and semi-annually by teleconference, has provided crucial verbal and written feedback that has been a major driver of continuous improvement in NUCATS. The NUCATS EAC has been integrally involved in the development of this proposal, providing critical guidance and insight to optimize the impact of NUCATS across our partner institutions, within the CTSA consortium and beyond.

Internal Advisory Committee (IAC)

The IAC serves as a forum for NUCATS leadership to hear about issues from and disseminate information to NUCATS stakeholders. The IAC includes a representative sample of NUCATS’ “clients” and helps us determine how well we are meeting the needs of our unique constituencies.