NUCATS Deputy Director Discusses New Digital Service and Genomics CollaborationWednesday, December 4, 2013 -
Dr. Justin Starren, NUCATS deputy director, discusses a new digital service and an exciting collaboration in genomics and medical informatics.
- myNUCATS Membership Portal
- eMERGE Network
NUCATS Point of Contact Interview for ORDWednesday, December 4, 2013 -
Director, Office of Research Development
Meet Dr. Fruma Yehiely, NUCATS Point of Contact for Office of Research Development (ORD) and leader of the Research Navigators program at NUCATS. If you are a faculty member looking for collaborative research opportunities, Fruma is the person to talk to. Please read Fruma's interview to learn more about the services NUCATS offers and how they can help you.
NUCATS Spotlight: KL2 Scholar - Laura Rasmussen-Torvik, PhDWednesday, December 4, 2013 -
NUCATS highlights KL2 Scholar, Dr. Laura Rasmussen-Torvik, associate professor of preventive medicine. In her interview, Laura discusses her research project, how her KL2 mentor has played a critical role in all stages of her professional development and how the KL2 award has provided her with new training opportunities.
2014 Dixon Translational Research Grant Awards AnnouncedWednesday, December 4, 2013 - Northwestern Memorial Foundation and the NUCATS Institute are pleased to announce the 2014 Dixon Translational Research Grant awardees in the Innovation and Young Investigator Award categories. The Dixon Translational Research Grants are awarded to Northwestern investigators for highly innovative, multi-disciplinary clinical and translational research collaborations that accelerate the identification and implementation of new treatments to improve human health.
NUCATS Collaborates with New Manager of NMH Office of ResearchWednesday, December 4, 2013 -
NUCATS Featured in Northwestern Research NewsletterWednesday, December 4, 2013 -
The NUCATS Institute was featured on the cover of the November 2013 issue of the Northwestern University Research Newsletter. The article outlines how NUCATS provides infrastructure and support for the entire spectrum of translational research through personal concierge services, software tools and more. The article also quotes Dr. Lloyd-Jones, NUCATS director, Dr. Starren, NUCATS deputy director and Dr. Yehiely, Office of Research Development director.
Check Out the Latest NUCATS Newsletter - December 2013Wednesday, December 4, 2013 -
In this month's newsletter, we highlight:
- Director's Message from Justin Starren, NUCATS Deputy Director
- NUCATS Point of Contact Interview with Fruma Yehiely, PhD, for ORD
- 2014 Dixon Translational Research Grant Awards Announced
- ARCC Presented at American Public Health Association Conference in Boston
- ARCC-funded Partnership Disseminated Research Product with CES4Health
- NUCATS Spotlight: KL2 Scholar - Laura Rasmussen-Torvik, PhD
- December Clinical Research Educational Opportunities
- MSCI Offers New Classes for Winter 2013
- NUCATS Collaborates with New Manager of NMH Office of Research
- NUCATS Events
- NUCATS Minute
Introducing myNUCATS: The NUCATS Membership PortalTuesday, 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 membership.nubic.northwestern.edu 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dixon Translational Research Grant Contributed to Novel Findings in Brain Cancer ResearchThursday, 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.
NUCATS CCR Featured in October Issue of FSM ResearcherThursday, November 7, 2013 -
The Center for Clinical Research (CCR) was featured on the cover of the October 2013 issue of the Feinberg Research Office newsletter, the FSM Researcher. The article outlines all of the CCR resources available to clinical and translational scientists, trainees and staff at Northwestern and affiliated institutions and centers. The article also quotes CCR director Dr. Lewis Smith and features CCR associate director Dr. Ken Gordon.
Dr. Carroll Announced as New Faculty Program Director of MSRC ProgramWednesday, September 11, 2013 -
On behalf of the Feinberg School of Medicine, the NUCATS Institute is pleased to announce Dr. Kelly Carroll as the new faculty program director of the Master of Science in Regulatory Compliance (MSRC) program. The MSRC program is offered jointly by the Feinberg School of Medicine and the School of Continuing Studies at Northwestern University. Dr. Carroll has been actively involved in admissions, curriculum, advising and instruction in the MSRC program since its inception.
Dr. Carroll's new role as MSRC Director will compliment her position at the NUCATS Institute as the Clinical Research Compliance Manager. Dr. Carroll has more than 20 years of experience in higher education at institutions including the University of Chicago, the University of Arkansas, Mercer University and Berry College. She also has 13 years of experience in the regulatory and compliance arena and served as an Institutional Review Board manager. Dr. Carroll has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Carroll assumed leadership of the MSRC program effective September 1, 2013. The Feinberg School of Medicine looks forward to Dr. Carroll's stewardship of this important program designed to prepare the clinical and translational science workforce for leadership in compliance, research and industry.
NUCATS Director Provides Update on Institute in New Academic YearWednesday, September 4, 2013 -
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.
- NUCATS mission and vision
- Research Navigators
- HelpFinder, I AM and I NEED webpages
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.
NUCATS Institute Contributes to Novel Findings in Sleep Disorder ResearchThursday, 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.
NMH Jumps in RanksTuesday, July 16, 2013 - The ranks are in! Congratulations to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, ranked 6th nationally on U.S. News' Best Hospitals 2013-14 Honor Roll. Last year it was ranked 12th in the nation. Read article>
NUCATS Associate Director Introduces Center for Clinical ResearchWednesday, 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.Read Director's Message>
Galter Health Sciences Library Joins NUCATSFriday, 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.