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First Phase of Analysis Complete for eMERGE II Project

Monday, September 8, 2014 -

On June 2, 2014, researchers at Northwestern University announced the completion of the first phase of analysis of the ongoing electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) II project.  Genetic results from over 400 patients were collected and are being returned on an ongoing basis.  Types of genetic analyses performed included testing for gene changes that may affect response to the following drugs: Clopidogrel, Warfarin, and Simvastatin. 

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NUCATS Announces Four Voucher Program Awards

Monday, September 8, 2014 -

The NUCATS Institute is proud to announce four Voucher Program awardees:

The Voucher Program provides up to $2,500 in funding support for projects 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 or in the dissemination and implementation in community settings and 3) a need that is too small to be suitable for conventional research. 

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CCH Supports PCORI Grant Award Addressing Chicago Stroke Disparities

Monday, September 8, 2014 -

Congratulations to Shyam Prabhakaran, MD, Associate Professor in the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology, and several of IPHAM's Center for Community Health (CCH) and Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) community and academic partners and staff for being awarded a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant.  The research project is titled "Community Engagement for Early Recognition and Immediate Actions in Stroke" (CEERIAS).  

Read Interview and learn how Dr. Prabhakaran's work with CCH contributed to the successful submission>

New Faces at Galter Health Sciences Library

Monday, September 8, 2014 -

Congratulations to the three most recent additions to the team at Galter Health Sciences Library:

  • Karen Gutzman, MLIS, Impact and Evaluation Librarian
  • RoseMary Hedberg, MLIS, Research Librarian
  • Jon Shank, MA, Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian

Meet Galter Library's new additions>

MSCI Student Links Depression to Parkinson's Disease

Monday, September 8, 2014 -

Danny Bega, MD, Instructor in the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology and student in the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program, examined data from more than 7,000 patients with Parkinson's Disease over a one year period using the National Parkinson's Foundation patient database.  The study confirmed that depression is a very common symptom in Parkinson's disease.  It also showed that the majority of patients with depressive symptoms did not receive prescriptions for antidepressants or referrals to counseling and remained untreated.  The results were published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease

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Executive Director of Research Facilities Provides an Update on his responsibilities in the Office for Research and the NUCATS Institute

Monday, September 8, 2014 -

Philip Hockberger, PhD, Associate Professor in Physiology and Executive Director of Research Facilities, provides an update on his responsibilities in the Office for Research (OR) and the NUCATS Institute.

Highlights include:

  • Open Access Initiative
  • NUCATS Voucher and Pilot Data Programs

NUCATS Point of Contact for REDCap

Monday, September 8, 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...

Leticia Vega
Application Support Specialist Senior

Meet Leticia Vega, NUCATS Point of Contact for REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture).  If you are looking to transfer your existing data capture results into an electronic format or start collecting data in an electronic format, Leticia is your contact.

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NUCATS Played Integral Role in RIC's NIDRR ARRT Award

Monday, September 8, 2014 -

In academia there is a shortage of qualified researchers studying the rehabilitation of clinical populations with neurological communication disorders such as stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Parkinson's disease.  Leora Cherney, PhD, Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Director of Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)'s Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment, saw a need to increase research capacity building efforts in this area.  In 2011, she collaborated with the NUCATS Institute to write a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) grant application for a new training program at RIC. 

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CCH Partners Contribute to Passage of New State Law

Monday, September 8, 2014 -

Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, Associate Professor in Pediatrics, and her research team's data and input contributed to the passage of a new law that expands the 2011 Illinois' existing stock epinephrine law.  The 2011 law gave permission to schools to stock epinephrine and allowed nurses to administer epinephrine shots to children having allergic reactions in school.  The new law expands the number of people (volunteers and school staff members) who can administer these shots.  Dr. Gupta's team are partners of IPHAM's Center for Community Health (CCH) and received an Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) seed grant with the Chicago Public Schools

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NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Rebecca Carl, MD

Monday, September 8, 2014 -

NUCATS highlights Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) student, Rebecca Carl, MD, Assistant Professor in Pediatrics-Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care.  In her interview, Rebecca discusses her community-engaged research project with the Chicago Park District on assessing the effectiveness of an educational intervention about sports concussion for coaches, parents and athletes involved in a youth football program.

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Check Out the Latest NUCATS Newsletter - September 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014 -

In this month's newsletter, we highlight:

  • Director's Message from Philip Hockberger, PhD, Associate Professor in Physiology and Executive Director of Research Facilities
  • NUCATS Point of Contact Interview with Leticia Vega for REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture)
  • First Phase of Analysis Complete for eMERGE II Project
  • Congratulations NU Startups on Recent Funding Successes
  • Save the Date: Chicago HealthTECH Summit
  • CCH Support PCORI Grant Award Addressing Chicago Stoke Disparities
  • CCH Partners Contribute to Passage of New State Law
  • ARCC Seed Grant Partnership Finds Chicagoans Choose Health Food over Junk in Vending Machines
  • ARCC Seed Grant Partnership, Courage to Love Collaborative
  • C3 October 10 Symposium: Call for Poster Abstracts
  • MSCI Student Links Depression to Parkinson's Disease
  • NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Rebecca Carl, MD
  • September Clinical Research Educational Opportunities
  • NUCATS Announces Four Voucher Program Awards
  • New Faces at Galter Health Sciences Library
  • NUCATS Played Integral Role in RIC's NIDRR ARRT Award
  • 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 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 (amanda.mozer@northwestern.edu).