NUCATS Graduate KL2 Scholar Awarded NIH Grant to Continue Studying Whiplash

Friday, December 12, 2014 -

James Elliott, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, and his research team were awarded a five-year, $1.6 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to continue studying the structural causes and consequences of whiplash injuries from motor vehicle collisions.  Dr. Elliott, PI on the study, was supported by a NUCATS Institute KL2 award for his work focusing on associations between altered spinal cord physiology and muscle morphometry to guide the diagnostic schema for whiplash-related injuries.  By examining this information, Dr. Elliott’s group have provided MRI evidence suggesting that individuals with chronic whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) may have degenerative changes in certain neck and lower extremity muscles.  This next phase of research, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, involves his research team tracking patients with whiplash after their initial injury to examine changes in muscle structure and spinal cord functioning.  The scientists hope to use the new knowledge to improve interventions for this population and increase their functional recovery rates.

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NUCATS Advanced Bioinformatics and Bio-Computation Core Featured in Breakthroughs

Thursday, December 11, 2014 -

The NUCATS Institute's Advance Bioinformatics and Bio-Computation Core (ABBC) is featured in the December 2014 issue of the Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) Research Office newsletter, Breakthroughs.  The ABBC provides big data and computation support.  Core faculty and staff work in collaboration with FSM investigators to help them generate data and results for single investigator and multi-PI large grants.  Services offered by the ABBC include:

  • Data integration and analysis;
  • Predictive modeling;
  • Data management; 
  • Consultation services to organize, store, and query genomic and proteomic data;
  • Connections across data types, such as data in genomics and similar fields; multiscale data; and multiple platform data including microassay and NextGen sequencing; and
  • Predictive modeling to create new biomedical information. 

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NUCATS and MICHR Co-Host First National GCP Meeting for CTSA Network in Chicago

Friday, December 5, 2014 -

On November 3-4, 2014, the NUCATS Institute and MICHR, the University of Michigan’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) hub, co-hosted the first of two national meetings focusing on Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and education and training for study teams involved in clinical trials in the downtown medical campus of Northwestern University in Chicago.

Attendees of the first meeting included representatives from each of the current 62 CTSA institutions; Todd Wilson, DO, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences’ (NCATS) program director; and key stakeholders, including representatives from the pharmaceuticals industry and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).  The meeting was led by co-PIs Tom Shanley, MD, from MICHR, and Richard Barohn, MD, from Frontiers, the Kansas University Medical Center’s CTSA hub.

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NUCATS Clinical and Translational Research Studio Consultations: Connect with NUCATS Early and Often

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 -

The NUCATS Institute offers clinical and translational research Studio consultations to investigators who are in the planning stages of a new program or center grant at Northwestern University and affiliate institutions.  A Studio brings together leadership from NUCATS and our affiliates to identify relevant resources that can help support and enhance grant submissions.  The intent of a Studio is to provide investigators with dedicated space and time to receive multidisciplinary guidance from clinical and translational science experts and leverage existing NIH-supported infrastructure through the NUCATS Institute in order to be more competitive for federal funding.

Learn about the in-kind or heavily subsidized existing NUCATS resources and services research teams have been able to take advantage of as a result of NUCATS Studios> 

Director of Galter Library Highlights the Library's New Research Support Initiatives and Staff

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 -

Kristi Holmes, PhD, Director of Galter Health Sciences Library and Associate Professor in Preventive Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics, discusses how the Library supports the research, education, and patient care activities of the Feinberg School of Medicine and McGaw Medical Center.  She also highlights the Library's new initiatives and staff. 

Highlights include:

  • Enhanced literature and systematic review support
  • Support for compliance of public access policies
  • Impact and evaluation service
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NUCATS Center for Education and Career Development Hosting Office Hours on Evanston Campus

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 -

The NUCATS Institute's Center for Education and Career Development (CECD) offers programs dedicated to helping early career investigators and research staff grow their own clinical and translational research careers at NU.  CECD is now hosting office hours on the Evanston campus every second Tuesday of the month to meet with those who are interested in learning about the opportunities available for career development and enrichment. 

Register for a consultation appointment with the NUCATS CECD Research Navigator>

NUCATS Point of Contact for Custom Software Development in eMERGE II Project

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 -

With a name, a face, and contact information, you'll be able to connect with NUCATS better than ever.  This month get to know...

Luke Rasmussen
IS Architecture Engineer Lead

Meet Luke Rasmussen, NUCATS Point of Contact for custom software development in the electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) II project.  If you are interested in learning about an aspect of the project related to transferring genetic test results into electronic health records, Luke is your contact.

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Stakeholder Spotlight: REACH Practice-Based Research Network

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 -

The Research and Education for Academic Achievement (REACH) Practice-Based Research Network is part of IPHAM's Center for Community Health and is directed by faculty in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.  Founded in 2007, REACH includes 9 practices and over 150 adult medicine physicians in the Chicago area.  In this interview, Erik Orelind, MD, MPH, Director of REACH and Assistant Professor of Medicine-General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, discusses how the Network provides busy healthcare providers who desire opportunities for research with connections to academic faculty for guidance and mentorship.  He also highlights the Network's current research project studying clinical quality improvement in small practices. 

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Chicagoland Chapter of ACRP Looks Back on a Successful First Year

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 -

To say the past year has been a busy one for the Chicagoland Chapter of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) would be an understatement.  In the span of eight months, the Chicagoland Chapter of ACRP organized a planning committee, established themselves as an official chapter, and held two events that reached approximately 150 clinical research professionals.  Leaders and members of the Chicagoland Chapter of ACRP include staff from the NUCATS Institute, Northwestern University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Rush University, Advocate Healthcare, ICON, GE Healthcare, Abbott Laboratories, Investigator Support Services, inVentiv Health Clinical and more. 

Read Article and learn about the Chapter's 2014 efforts>

NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Larry Kociolek, MD

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 -

NUCATS highlights Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) student, Larry Kociolek, MD, Instructor in Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases.  In his interview, Larry discusses how the MSCI program provides him with a fundamental understanding of epidemiology and biostatistics which is essential for his research interest in preventing healthcare-associated infections.  He also highlights his current research project studying the clinical and molecular epidemiology of pediatric Clostridium difficile infections.

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Check Out the Latest NUCATS Newsletter - December 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 -

In this month's newsletter, we highlight:

  • Director's Message from Kristi Holmes, PhD, Director of Galter Health Sciences Library
  • NUCATS Point of Contact Interview with Luke Rasmussen for custom software development in the eMERGE II project
  • NUCATS Clinical and Translational Research Studio Consultations: Connect with NUCATS Early and Often
  • Stakeholder Spotlight: REACH Practice-Based Research Network
  • ARCC Hosts Workshop on Role of Researchers in Policy Development Process
  • NUCATS and IPHAM's CCH Job Announcements
  • NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Larry Kociolek, MD
  • NUCATS CECD Hosting Office Hours on Evanston Campus
  • December Clinical Research Educational Opportunities
  • Chicago Biomedical Consortium Announces $3 Million Infrastructure Initiative
  • Chicagoland Chapter of ACRP Looks Back on a Successful First Year
  • Call for Abstracts: Translational Science 2015 - Due January 20
  • Funding Opportunities
  • NUCATS Events
  • NUCATS Minute

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Call for Abstracts: Translational Science 2015 - Due January 20

Monday, November 17, 2014 -

Translational Science 2015, sponsored by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) and the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR), will be held from April 16-18, 2015 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.  This meeting is now accepting abstracts for consideration from all levels of training, including:

  • Pre-Doctoral Trainee (TL1 Scholar)
  • Pre-Doctoral Trainee (T31, F32, Foundation, Intramural or other)
  • Post-Doctoral Trainee (T32, F32, Foundation, IDEA, Intramural awards)
  • KL2 or IDEA Funded Scholar
  • K-Funded Scholar
  • Mid-Career and Senior Scientists
  • Education/Career Development

Categories for abstract submission include:

  • Best Practices/Resources
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Clinical Trial
  • Ethics
  • Health Services Research
  • Methodology
  • Outcomes Research
  • Mechanistic Basic to Clinical

Distinct categories have been developed for those submitting under the Education/Career Development distinction which include the following:

  • Collaboration/Team Science
  • Education/Program Innovation
  • Mentoring
  • Career Development

Submit your presentation abstract to the Translational Science 2015 Abstract Submission site by Tuesday, January 20, 2015.  You must register to attend Translational Science 2015 in order to have your poster accepted.  Registration for the meeting is open.  Register here.

Chicago Biomedical Consortium Announces $3 Million Infrastructure Initiative

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 -

The Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC), a partnership between the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, is announcing a $3 million Infrastructure Initiative.  The Initiative builds upon the Open Access Initiative that gives CBC researchers access to core facility instrumentation and expertise at each other's institutions with no additional "outsider" cost.  The Infrastructure Initiative provides each university $1 million to acquire novel, state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation to be shared under the Open Access Initiative.

Learn more about the three Infrastructure Initiative projects receiving CBC funding>