Leverage the CTSA Grant and Boost Your Chances for Federal Funding

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 -

The NUCATS Institute provides essential infrastructure, resources and services at NU to support the translational research enterprise through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) grant.  NU researchers are more competitive for federal funding if they leverage existing NIH supported infrastructure through the NUCATS Institute.

Learn here how to link your research results to the CTSA grant.

NUCATS Can Help You Comply with the FSM Clinical Research Participant Tracking Policy

Friday, July 25, 2014 -

NUCATS can help you comply with the recent dean’s office FSM Clinical Research Participant Tracking Policy.  This policy requires all clinical research study participants to be entered into eNOTIS (see policy memo). eNOTIS Support Staff will be offering instructions on how to utilize the system for compliance as well as providing additional support measures.

Register for an eNOTIS policy compliance session to learn more details of the policy and how to comply.

NUCATS Inaugural Member of Multi-State Consortium to Spark Translational Medicine

Thursday, July 17, 2014 -

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), a $60 million National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded collaborations among Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, recently launched a program called the Strategic Pharma-Academic Research Consortium for Translational Medicine (SPARC).  This new consortium is designed to spark innovative collaborations across academic research centers and the biopharmaceutical industry.  Inaugural members include the Indiana CTSI, the NUCATS Institute and several universities with academic medical centers also supported by NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards, as well as two major pharmaceutical companies, Eli Lilly and Co. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Inc.  The consortium will initially focus on advancing research on autoimmune diseases because of the high concentration of expertise on the topic among partnership members and the lack of other large-scale consortiums focused on the topic.  Awards up to $400,000 over two years.  NUCATS investigators are encouraged to apply

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MSCI Alumn Named Director of Tufts Cancer Center

Thursday, July 17, 2014 -

Congratulations Andrew Evens, DO, MSc, for being named the Director of the Tufts Cancer Center at Tufts Medical Center.  Prior to his appointments at the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Evens started his academic medical career at Northwestern University.  He served as Associate Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and was a full member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He also completed his post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and his Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) degree at Northwestern. 

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Galter Library's Associate Fellow Presents at Second Year Colloquium

Thursday, July 17, 2014 -

On June 3rd, the National Library of Medicine (NLM)'s second year Associate Fellows presented the results of their host institution's projects at the NLM Second Year Colloquium in Bethesda, Maryland.  One of the four fellows giving papers at the colloquium was Galter Health Sciences Library's Rose Hedberg, MLIS, who presented her work with the NUCATS Institute and other Northwestern University researchers as part of the electronic Medical Research and Genomics (eMERGE) project.

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NEW RFP: Strategic Pharma-Academic Research Consortium (SPARC) - $400,000 Available in the area of Autoimmune Diseases

Thursday, July 17, 2014 -

Internal Letter of Intent Due: July 16, 2014*
Proposals Due: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
*Send an internal Letter of Intent (LOI) to  Please include the following information: Title of proposal, names of NU investigators, names of external collaborators, and a scientific abstract of your proposal (one page or less).  NOTE: Your SPARC proposal should have at least two collaborating members from the SPARC Consortium.  You are encouraged to reach out to collaborators at the partnering institutions if you know them.  If you currently do not have collaborators, indicate it in the LOI and specify the expertise of the investigators that you are seeking.  To facilitate "matching" these abstracts (names excluded) would be shared with the other investigators seeking partners across the consortium.

Established by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, SPARC consists of partners from both academia and the pharmaceutical industry.  Inaugural members are Indiana CTSI, Ohio State University, the NUCATS Institute, Washington University in St. Louis, Eli Lilly and Co. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.

This award will provide up to $400,000 over two years.  Applicants must have at least two project-specific personnel from different participating academic member institutions.  Applicants will also need to be or become a NUCATS member

  • In Scope:
  1. Underserved but relatively common autoimmune diseases, such as fibrotic diseases (e.g., scleroderma, IPF), primary Sjögrens syndrome etc.
  2. Rare of low prevalence inflammatory diseases: either as a 'direct' interest in pathogenesis or as a means to better understanding the biology of autoimmune disease or of the immune system in general (e.g., Common Variable ImmunoDeficiencies, myasthenia gravis, pemphigus, etc.)
  3. Defined subpopulations of higher-prevalence diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, atopic diseases, or respiratory diseases if the population can provide new insights; e.g., unique group of RA patients with an unusual genetic background or a particular complication etc.
  4. The microbiome: understanding how microbiome/host molecular/biochemical interactions may be involved in pathogenesis or affect the phenotype and/or severity of autoimmune diseases in specific, in-scope patient populations.
  • Out of Scope:
  1. Type 1 and Type diabetes
  2. Cardiovascular diseases
  3. Osteoarthritis
  4. Studies which replicate or significantly overlap with other/larger existing consortia (e.g., AMP program; large NIH initiatives etc.)
  5. Exclusively animal models based research proposals, with the exception that certain patient-driven animal research such as human/mouse chimetric models may be considered

Complete guidelines and application forms are available through the Indiana CTSI grants portal.  Applicants may log in using their institutional username and password.  (Applicant at eligible institutions who are not listed on the drop down menu may log in by creating an account with the Indiana CTSI using the instructions to the right of the login area.)  Materials are accessible under "Strategic Pharma-Academic Research Consortium Awards Program - 2014.08 (SPARC)."  Please note: applicants will also need to be or become a NUCATS member.  


July 16, 2014

Send an internal Letter of Intent (LOI) to  See italicized information above for LOI details.

July 29, 2014

Submit an initial one-page scientific summary and a list of participating investigators (including at least two collaborating members from the SPARC Consortium) to

August 12, 2014

Applicants will be advised whether the proposal has been accepted for progression to submission of a Full Application.

September 23, 2014

Investigator submit full application.

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To visit the RFP webpage, please click here.

NUCATS Pilot and Voucher Program

Thursday, July 17, 2014 -

The NUCATS voucher and pilot data programs are a new funding mechanism designed to accelerate research by providing rapid, targeted funding to address small, but critical gaps in clinical and translational research work that is otherwise at present not funded by other sources.

The funding is open to all eligible investigators, described below, but is particularly targeted at:
1. Junior faculty who have not yet established a significant funding base
2. Projects involving critical steps in the device and drug development pathway
3. Projects involving critical steps in dissemination and implementation in Community Settings
4. A need, while critical to translational science, is too small to be suitable for conventional research funding mechanisms.

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Three Universities Announce Core Research Facilities Partnership

Thursday, July 17, 2014 -

Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago formed a core research facilities partnership.  The agreement builds on an existing partnership between the three universities focused on biomedical research: the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC), established in 2006 with the mission of stimulating collaboration among scientists at the three institutions.  The memorandum of understanding (MOU) allows researchers at these three schools to access each partner's facilities providing additional instrumentation and expertise at no additional charge (facilities and administration costs). 

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NUCATS Team Science Director Dr. Bonnie Spring Explains the Importance of a Team Science Approach in Research

Thursday, July 17, 2014 -

Bonnie Spring, PhD, director for NUCATS Team Science and the Institute of Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM)'s Center for Behavior and Health and Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine explains the importance of a Team Science approach in clinical and translational research.

Highlights include:

  • Collaboration resources, learning modules and the 5th Annual International SciTS Conference

ARCC Co-Hosts Symposium with Chicago Department of Public Health

Thursday, July 17, 2014 -

Over 100 representatives from academic institutions and community-based organizations and agencies across Chicago gathered on June 25th to learn about collaborating with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on applied research, program evaluation and epidemiology to inform evidence-based policy.  The summit was hosted by CDPH and the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) based in Northwestern's Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM)'s Center for Community Health.

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NUCATS Introduces First-Year Medical Students to Clinical and Translational Research

Thursday, July 17, 2014 -

On June 10-11, 2014, approximately 100 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine first-year medical students attended the Clinical and Translational Research Summer Seminar Series to learn the skills required for biomedical and clinical research.  Over two half days, Northwestern University clinical and translational research experts introduced students to topics such as epidemiology, the research enterprise, clinical and translational research careers, drug development, commercialization of scientific discoveries, community engaged research, international research and more.  The seminar series also provided an excellent opportunity for student to network with their colleagues and Northwestern experts.

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NUCATS Point of Contact for Regulatory/Recruitment Services

Thursday, July 17, 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...

Marcella Oliver, BS
Research Project Manager

Meet Marcella Oliver, BS, NUCATS Point of Contact for Regulatory/Recruitment Services in the Center for Clinical Research.  If you need help meeting essential regulatory requirements or are looking for subject recruitment expertise, Marcella is your contact.

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NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Jane Wilcox, MD

Thursday, July 17, 2014 -

NUCATS highlights Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) student, Jane Wilcox, MD.  In her interview, Jane discusses her research interest in targeting myocardial recovery in heart failure and how she used the Northwestern Medicine® Enterprise Data Warehouse to characterize her patient population for her MSCI mentored research project.

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Check Out the Latest NUCATS Newsletter - July 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014 -

In this month's newsletter, we highlight:

  • Director's Message from Dr. Bonnie Spring, director for NUCATS Team Science and the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM)'s Center for Behavior and Health and Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine
  • NUCATS Point of Contact Interview with Marcella Oliver, BS, Research Project Manager for Regulatory/Recruitment Services in the Center for Clinical Research
  • Galter Library's Associate Fellow Presents at Second Year Colloquium
  • NUCATS Proof-of-Concept Startups Selected as Projects for INVO's I2C Fellowship Program
  • ARCC Co-Hosts Symposium with Chicago Department of Public Health
  • MSCI Alumn Named Director of the Tufts Cancer Center
  • NUCATS Introduces First-Year Medical Students to Clinical and Translational Research
  • NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Jane Wilcox, MD
  • July Clinical Research Educational Opportunities
  • Three Universities Announce Core Research Facilities Partnership
  • NUCATS Inaugural Member of Multi-State Consortium to Spark Translational Medicine Collaborations
  • Funding Opportunities
  • NUCATS Events
  • NUCATS Minute

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Introducing myNUCATS: The NUCATS Membership Portal

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 -

As part of a larger plan to improve services and to encourage the development of a dynamic translational research community, the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute launched myNUCATS, a free membership portal, on November 6.

While NUCATS offers many free services to the broad Northwestern University community and our clinical partners (Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), over the next year, NUCATS will be adding a number of new and enhanced services and resources that will only be available to members.

Signup can be completed in less than 60 seconds (really!).

myNUCATS members will enjoy exclusive access to enhanced services and resources, for example:

  • A direct line to our Research Navigators who are waiting to guide you through all facets of clinical research including: IRB approval, data management, medical services, and analysis
  • Access to our subsidized services including software tools and training to help ensure your study is funded and conducted within regulatory boundaries
  • Competitive funding opportunities such as pilot grants, vouchers for services and funded training positions

"By moving from an open access structure to the myNUCATS membership platform, we'll be able to streamline interactions with NUCATS, offer significant resources and support, and ensure that researchers are expediently connected with the resources they need," said Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD ScM, director of NUCATS. "In addition, once a user profile is created in myNUCATS, both the user and NUCATS will be able to track and manage these interactions to improve efficiency and ultimately advance the translational research process."

Membership in myNUCATS is free and open to faculty, staff, students and trainees of all NUCATS-affiliated organizations, including:

  • Northwestern University (NU)
  • Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMH)
  • Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation (NMFF)
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children's)
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)
  • Community and industry partners involved in research and community engagement in the Chicago area

"We wanted to make this free registration process as quick and simple as possible so that there is no interruption in the ability to access NUCATS resources," said Justin Starren, MD, PhD, deputy director of NUCATS. "Our goal was to make it possible to sign up in under 60 seconds and we hit that mark."

myNUCATS does not require memorization of yet another username and password. The portal login uses your existing NU, NMH or NMFF credentials. Lurie Children's and RIC connections are under development. External users can sign up using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and Yahoo credentials.

Signup take less than 60 seconds by following these 3 steps:

1) Go to and click the big purple button labeled "Create Account"

2) Agree to terms and conditions then log in with your preferred credentials

3) Fill in your profile then click on "Connect with a NUCATS Navigator" to schedule a free consultation

myNUCATS is a membership model similar to many other Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA)-funded institutions. Although membership is free, myNUCATS members will be asked to complete an annual survey explaining what NUCATS resources they used and what support was provided. In addition, all NUCATS users, regardless of membership status, are required to cite the NUCATS CTSA grant in any publications or presentations that benefit from these resources and services.

For additional information about myNUCATS, please contact Amanda Mozer (

Dixon Translational Research Grant Contributed to Novel Findings in Brain Cancer Research

Thursday, November 7, 2013 -

A Dixon Translational Research Grant, supported by the Northwestern Memorial Foundation and the NUCATS Institute, played an integral role in a new brain cancer research study.  Investigator Dr. Alexander Stegh of the Department of Neurology, utilized funding from his 2012 Dixon Translational Research Grant to conduct the study.  The study reported increased survival rates in animals with a type of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme, through the delivery of a drug that turns off a specific cancer-causing gene in cells.  The results were recently published in Science Translational Medicine and highlighted in WGN-TV Medical Watch.

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NUCATS Director Provides Update on Institute in New Academic Year

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 -
DLJ Headshot

Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, NUCATS Director, provides an update on how the NUCATS Institute can serve you in the new academic year as you conduct cutting-edge research in clinical and translational science. 

Highlights include:

  • NUCATS mission and vision
  • Research Navigators
  • HelpFinder, I AM and I NEED webpages
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KL2 Scholar and Her “Super Agers”

Thursday, August 22, 2013 -

NUCATS KL2 scholar, Emily Rogalski, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University's Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center, was featured in an Associated Press release for her SuperAging study. The study looks at "super agers", men and women in their 80s and 90s with brains and memories that seem much younger.  Using special MRI scans, Rogalski recently discovered a link between “super agers” ability and the thickness of their brain cortex.

Dr. Rogalski received early career development support as a participant in the NUCATS Institute Multidisciplinary Clinical and Translational Scientists (MCTS) Scholar Program.  The award provided Emily protected time for her research, $25,000 a year for research related expenses, and provided her with career development and mentoring programs which all contributed to her on-going success as an independent research investigator.

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KL2 Scholar and Her “Super Agers”

Thursday, August 15, 2013 -

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) at the NUCATS Institute played an integral role in a new sleep disorder research study.  Principal Investigator Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD, utilized both space and clinical staff from the NUCATS Institute CRU in order to conduct the clinical trial.  Study subjects stayed at the CRU for three to four days participating in sleep testing and frequent blood sampling.  Data collected at the CRU was reviewed to examine the characterization of circadian rhythms, sleep, and sleep-related endocrine profiles in subjects. 

The study, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), produced novel findings regarding the relationship between exercise and insomnia.  These results were recently published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine manuscript and highlighted in an August article in USA Today.

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NUCATS Associate Director Introduces Center for Clinical Research

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 -

The monthly Director's Message series continues with NUCATS associate director for clinical and patient-centered research, Dr. Lew Smith, introducing the new Center for Clinical Research, a NUCATS service providing high quality clinical research support and resources.

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Galter Health Sciences Library Joins NUCATS

Friday, May 10, 2013 -

We are very pleased to announce that the Galter Health Sciences Library is joining the NU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS). 

“This is a great opportunity for both Galter and NUCATS,” said Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, and Director, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS). “The relationship will significantly strengthen overall NUCATS offerings and allow both entities to provide more integrated support to students, clinicians and researchers.” The Galter Health Sciences Library’s mission is to support the research, education, and patient care missions of the Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Medicine institutions. “We’re very excited by this union. Many of the services provided by Galter, including support and collaboration in the areas of bioinformatics, evidence-based research, and systematic reviews, are complementary to those offered by NUCATS,” said Heidi Nickisch Duggan, MA, MS, Interim Director, Galter Health Sciences Library. “Bringing the Galter Library into NUCATS is just the first of several planned initiatives that will strengthen and expand the library’s capabilities in support of clinical care and research.” Other planned initiatives include remodeling of the Galter Library physical space and the initiation of a national search for a Director.

The new structure will also strengthen the ties between the library and the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics within the Department of Preventive Medicine, headed by Dr. Justin Starren, MD, PhD, FACMI.

The NUCATS Institute is an integral link in Northwestern University’s clinical and translational research enterprise, accelerating translational innovation by providing research teams with consultative resources and expertise.  It launched in 2007 and received a $30 million CTSA grant from NIH in 2008.  NUCATS provides a wide array of clinical and translational science resources and services to Northwestern University and its clinical affiliates. The Galter Health Sciences Library improves and enhances health care through innovation and leadership in the organization, and through the delivery, management and use of quality information to support educational, research, and patient care needs. It is a Resource Library of the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine and is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.

Alignment activities have already begun and the transition will be completed by September 2013.

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