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Are You a NUCATS Member? Enjoy Exclusive Access to Enhanced Services and Chance to Win an iPad

Monday, April 7, 2014 -

myNUCATS members will enjoy exclusive access to enhanced services and resources including a direct line to our Research Navigators, access to subsidized services including software tools and training, and competitive funding opportunities.

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NUCATS Pilot and Voucher Program

Monday, April 7, 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.

Focus:
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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Cancer Informatics Core Facility Open House on May 14th from 12-1pm in Baldwin Auditorium, Lurie Medical Research Center

Monday, April 7, 2014 -

The Cancer Informatics Core addresses the increasing demand for bioinformatics and clinical trial informatics from investigators at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC).  Analysis of Big-Data from cancer genomics, proteomics and clinical trials requires smart data-analysts, those with good computer programming skills and data-mining expertise.  Without the right skills, researchers will end up finding patterns that mean nothing and missing those that are GOLD.  The core provides local expertise to develop and maintain state of the art computational approaches for translating the Big-Data into clinically actionable patterns, and contribute to transforming basics science into practical benefits for cancer patients.

At the Open House we will introduce the new director, faculty and staff of the core facility.  We will also discuss the informatics expertise and collaborative opportunities with the core facility.

Target Audience: Northwestern Faculty and Research Staff
*All Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center members are encouraged to attend

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Time: 12-1pm
*Refreshments and light snacks will be provided

Location: Baldwin Auditorium, Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center (303 E. Superior Street)

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Three Northwestern Faculty Receive Proof-of-Concept Funding

Monday, April 7, 2014 -

The NUCATS Institute and the Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) are proud to announce the awardees of Proof-of-Concept funding.  The awardees are: Dr. Guillermo Ameer, professor in Biomedical Engineering and Surgery at the McCormick School of Engineering, Dr. William Klein, professor in Neurobiology at the Department of Neurobiology, and Dr. Jonathan Leis, professor in Microbiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine.  This funding was provided to assist Northwestern inventors in validating their promising biomedical research and moving it into a self-supporting commercial pathway.   

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NUCATS Education Hosts Tri-Department Mentor Development Workshop

Monday, April 7, 2014 -

In March 2014 NUCATS Education hosted a Mentor Development Workshop for faculty and fellows in three departments including: Medical Social Sciences, Preventive Medicine and Psychiatry.  Over 100 faculty and fellows attended the training which addressed key mentoring competencies including approaches to effective communication, establishing expectations, and promoting professional development.  Feedback on the training, didactic lectures, small group discussions and role play exercises from the event has been very positive.

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Custom App Collects Patient-Reported Outcomes and Proton Pump Inhibitor Usage

Monday, April 7, 2014 -

Researchers often find collection of real-time data from patients outside the clinical setting challenging.  Novel approaches and methods are needed to minimize patient time burden, increase response rates, and ensure adherence to data collection protocols.

Developers from NUBIC, the biomedical informatics center at NUCATS, created a custom mobile application, or app, for generating patient-reported data in a format that is convenient for patients.  GI Diaries© is a model application designed to collect basic information, such as daily symptoms, from patients with gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).  The diary questions were streamlined by experts from Northwestern's Center for Esophageal Disease and then pilot-tested by patients recruited from the Center.

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NUCATS Director Discusses Education and Career Development Programs and Courses

Monday, April 7, 2014 -

Dr. Michael Fleming, associate director for NUCATS Education and Career Development, provides an update on the progress NUCATS has made over the past year in enhancing programs and courses to help advance you research career.

Highlights include:

  • M.S. Clinical Investigation
  • M.S. Regulatory Compliance
  • Mentoring Initiative
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Research Support Staff Training

NUCATS Point of Contact Interview for Clinical Research Billing

Monday, April 7, 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...
Angela Tang
Research Project Manager

Meet Angela Tang, NUCATS Point of Contact for clinical research billing in the Center for Clinical Research's Clinical Research Unit (CRU).  If you are interested in learning more about how the CRU can help you with your research study, Angela is the person to talk to.

NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Peter Meulenbroek, PhD

Monday, April 7, 2014 -

NUCATS highlights Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) student, Dr. Peter Meulenbroek.  In his interview, Dr. Meulenbroek discusses his postdoctoral fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) sponsored through a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDDR) grant.  The aim of his research project is to train communication skills associated with stable competitive employment after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

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NUCATS Faculty Member Awarded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Grant

Monday, April 7, 2014 -

Congratulations to NUCATS faculty member, Dr. Abel Kho, NUCATS associate professor of Medicine-General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and Preventive Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics, for receiving a $7 million Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant.  Dr. Kho attributes the strength of his application to bringing together a broadly representative group of institutions across Chicago.  Over the next 18 months, the Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN) will build the technical and organizational infrastructure to enable efficient comparative effectiveness research within a population of over 1 million patients in the Chicagoland region.  The Center for Community Health (CCH) is assisting in developing stakeholder engagement for the project.

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Check Out the Latest NUCATS Newsletter - April 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014 -

In this month's newsletter, we highlight:

  • Director's Message from Dr. Fleming, NUCATS Education and Career Development Associate Director
  • NUCATS Point of Contact Interview with Angela Tang from Center for Clinical Research's Clinical Research Unit
  • Galter Health Science Library Announces New Director
  • Three Northwestern Faculty Receive Proof-of-Concept Funding to Support Biomedical Research with Commercialization Potential
  • NUCATS Faculty Member Awarded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Grant
  • CCH Supports Community Day for Research and Engagement
  • ARCC To Host 4th Annual Town Hall: Community and Academic Partners Welcome
  • NUCATS Education Hosts Tri-Department Mentor Development Workshop
  • NUCATS Spotlight: MSCI Student - Peter Meulenbroek, PhD
  • April Clinical Research Educational Opportunities
  • Custom App Collects Patient-Reported Outcomes and Proton Pump Inhibitor
  • Visit NUCATS at the Tenth Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day
  • Funding Opportunities
  • NUCATS Events
  • NUCATS Minute

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 amanda.mozer@northwestern.edu.

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).

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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NUCATS Institute Contributes to Novel Findings in Sleep Disorder Research

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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