NUCATS Launches New Online Learning Module on Citing Publications

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -

NUCATS recently launched a new online learning module that teaches Northwestern investigators how to link their research results to grants through the NIH My NCBI portal.  The NUCATS Institute provides essential infrastructure, resources and services at Northwestern University to support the translational research enterprise through the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).  In preparation for CTSA submission, the NUCATS Institute will be calling on Northwestern University investigators to ensure that publications which resulted from research that benefited from this infrastructure are appropriately linked. 

Read Article and learn how to link your research results.

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

Wednesday, August 6, 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 Education Hosts Inaugural FSM Mentor Development Academy Training

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) faculty members from various departments gathered on July 16th to discuss best practices in both mentoring and facilitation.  The inaugural FSM Mentor Development Academy training, hosted by the NUCATS Institute, is part of a larger FSM initiative to establish a Mentor Development Academy at the medical school.  The initial goal of the Academy is to train 1-2 faculty members in all 27 FSM departments to serve as departmental leaders in mentorship and also to assist in delivering Mentor Development Workshops to all faculty across the institution.  The workshops use a combination of didactic lecture, small group work, case studies and role play exercises that enable participants to increase their mentoring skills and reflect on their own mentoring experiences as both a mentor and mentee. 

Read Article>

How Big Data is Impacting Health Care

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -

Big Data is a term we hear often in research and patient care, but what does it really mean and how is it being used?  Experts in the field including NUCATS Deputy Director, Justin Starren, MD, PhD, FACMI, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics Division, provide insight on Big Data in the article "How Massive Amounts of Information Are Impacting Health Care" by Howard Wolinsky published by the Chicago Medical Society.  The article explores the challenges of defining Big Data, how it's being used to look at genetic components in common diseases, the speed of it and its impact on physicians.  The article also mentions Northwestern's role in the eMERGE project which involves combining Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) with genomic data to develop new research and patient care methods. 

Read Article>

NMH CRU Medical Director Provides an Update on the CCR CRU

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -

Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD, director for Northwestern Memorial® Hospital's Clinical Research Unit (CRU) and Professor in Medicine-Rheumatology, provides an update on the Center for Clinical Research's CRU.

Highlights include:

  • Service updates, role expansions and new collaborations

NUCATS Point of Contact for NIH Public Access Policy

Wednesday, August 6, 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...

Pamela Shaw, MLIS, MS
Biosciences & Bioinformatics Librarian

Meet Galter Health Sciences Library's Pamela Shaw, MLIS, MS, NUCATS Point of Contact for the National Institute's of Health (NIH) public access policy.  If you need help resolving issues of compliance or with using My NCBI, a tool developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system, Pamela is your contact.

Read Interview>

NUCATS Staff Elected as Leaders for New Chicagoland Chapter of ACRP

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -

Congratulations to Karan Fachet, MS, BSN, NE-BC, Clinical Research Unit Clinical Manager, and Nicole Masen, MS Ed, MSRC Assistant Director, for being appointed as leaders for the new Chicagoland chapter of the international Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).  Karan has been appointed as Vice President and Nicole has been appointed as Chair of the Education Committee.  Goals of the Chicagoland chapter are to increase opportunities for member participation in ACRP activities, to create a network of research professionals in the Chicagoland area who can rapidly provide feedback on issues of concern to the international association, and to deliver improved access to local members to ACRP resources, including certification and educational opportunities. 

Read Article>

ARCC Welcomes Five New Steering Committee Members

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -

The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) is pleased to announce five new members to the ARCC Steering Committee.  This includes the organizations Access Living, Casa Central and Vida/SIDA and Northwestern faculty members Amy Eisentein, PhD, and Gail Huber, PT/PhD.  ARCC's Steering Committee consists of community and faith-based organizations across the city, as well as faculty at Northwestern University, that guide the goals and activities of ARCC.  

Meet the new members>

Stakeholder Spotlight: North Arlington Pediatrics

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -

The Pediatric Practice Research Group (PPRG) is the oldest pediatric practice-based research network (PBRN) in the country.  PBRNs focus on issues important to improving the health and healthcare of patients in the community.  PPRG, headed by Helen Binns, MD, MPH, and Adolfo Ariza, MD, is part of the Practice-based Research Program in IPHAM's Center for Community Health.  Currently, the PPRG includes 53 practices with 98 clinic sites and 522 medical providers (in the metropolitan Chicago area).  North Arlington Pediatrics in Arlington Heights, IL is a long-standing active partner in PPRG studies.  Dr. Tim Geleske and Sue Beatty, RN, of North Arlington Pediatrics reflect on their work experiences working with the PPRG. 

Read Interview>

NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Benjamin Prince, MD

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -

NUCATS highlights Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) student, Benjamin Prince, MD.  In his interview, Ben discusses his research interest in food allergy, his recent NIH T32 training grant award and his goal in achieving a better understanding of the mechanism of tolerance in food allergy at a cellular level for better prevention and treatment strategies. 

Read Interview>

NUCATS Announces Winners of iPads from myNUCATS Membership Drawing

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -

Congratulations to Christopher Futtner, Research Associate of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Jennifer Nicholas, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology for winning a free iPad in the myNUCATS membership drawing.  As part of a larger plan to improve services and to encourage the development of a dynamic translational research community, the NUCATS Institute launched myNUCATS, a free membership portal in November 2013.  The benefits of myNUCATS membership include preferred access to many NUCATS services such as research navigation, software tools, and competitive funding opportunities.  To encourage people to signup NUCATS promoted a free iPad for one of the first 1,000 members and for the 1,000th member.

Read Article>

Check Out the Latest NUCATS Newsletter - August 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -

In this month's newsletter, we highlight:

  • Director's Message from Dr. Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD, Medical Director for Northwestern Memorial® Hospital's Clinical Research Unit (CRU) and Professor in Medicine-Rheumatology, provides an updated on the Center for Clinical Research's CRU.
  • NUCATS Point of Contact Interview with Galter Health Sciences Library's Pamela Shaw, MLIS, MS, Biosciences and Bioinformatics Librarian for NIH public access policy
  • How Big Data is Impacting Health Care
  • Stakeholder Spotlight: North Arlington Pediatrics
  • ARCC Welcomes Five New Steering Committee Members
  • NUCATS Education Hosts Inaugural FSM Mentor Development Academy Training
  • NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Benjamin Prince, MD
  • August Clinical Research Educational Opportunities
  • NUCATS Launches New Online Learning Module on Citing Publications
  • NUCATS Staff Elected as Leaders for New Chicagoland Chapter of ACRP
  • Funding Opportunities
  • NUCATS Events
  • NUCATS Minute
  • NUCATS Announces Winners of iPads from myNUCATS Membership Drawing

Please read the full newsletterPDF Icon.  To sign up for the newsletter, please visit the homepage.  If you have suggestions for stories in future newsletters, please email

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.

Read more>

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
Read Director's Message>

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.

Read Article>

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.

Read Article>

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.

Read Director's Message>

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.

Visit Galter Health Sciences Library Website >