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June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) announced seven new scholars will join its faculty career development programs. The programs are designed to support junior investigators as they build independent research careers.

Congratulations to the new awardees!

New Investigator Pre-K Career Development Award

Michael Usher, MD, PhD
Department of Medicine
Project title: Health Outcomes of Inter-hospital Transfers: Improving Health Care Delivery at the Local and National Level
Mentoring Team: Anne Joseph, Weihua Guan

Beshay Zordoky, PhD
Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
Project title: Preclinical Model of Juvenile Doxorubicin-induced Cardiotoxicity
Mentoring Team: Pamala Jacobson, Haitao Chu

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June 29, 2015

Gretchen Sieger and Kathleen McKay, PhD, recently joined CTSI’s Informatics Consulting Service (ICS), which helps investigators efficiently and effectively leverage data and information for their health research.

Both will support requests for data from the University of Minnesota’s clinical data repository.  

Gretchen Sieger came to CTSI from the University’s Transplant Information Services, where she worked assisting researchers with data retrieval and analysis for the last 14 years. She has significant experience in working with data from Fairview’s electronic health records.   

Adding these two professionals significantly increases ICS's capacity and skill set to assist researchers in finding and understanding the data available in the clinical data repository and other available resources to help address their research questions.  

 

June 17, 2015

June 17, 2015

Constantin Aliferis, MD, MS, PhD, FACMI, will provide leadership for CTSI's Biomedical Informatics core and the Institute for Health Informatics, assuming responsibilities from Dean Connie Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, who served in these roles on an interim basis.

For the last seven years, Dr. Aliferis served as the founding director of the Center for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC). At NYU, he also led the CTSI Informatics program and the Informatics Shared Resource of the NYU Cancer Institute.

"It's a truly transformative time for informatics."

His work over the years spanned cancer genomics, proteomics, microbiomics and contributed to discoveries in treatment and prevention of diverse diseases like pneumonia, lung cancer, melanoma, psoriasis, osteoarthritis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Aliferis has invented many algorithmic methods for causal and predictive discoveries - for determining...

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June 13, 2015

June 13, 2015

Three Minnesotans -- including two with CTSI connections -- were among the 47 new projects funded through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) Pipeline to Proposal Awards program.

The program awards funding to build partnerships among patients, other healthcare stakeholders, and researchers who share interest in a particular health issue and a desire to participate in patient-centered outcomes research.

CTSI grant recipient Kathleen Culhane-Pera, MD, MA, of West Side Community Health Services, received nearly $15,000 to focus on identifying effective treatments for Hmongs suffering from gout and gout-related co-morbidities. In 2014, Dr. Culhane-Pera received a...

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June 5, 2015

June 5, 2015

Milton "Mickey" Eder, PhD, a Family Medicine and Community Health research faculty member, has been named the CTSI Associate Director for Populations and Community Engagement (PCE).

He succeeds Bernard Harlow, PhD, who will be departing for the Boston University School of Public Health this summer.

Dr. Eder joined the University of Minnesota's Family Medicine and Community Health research faculty in 2014 to conduct translational and primary care practice-based research.

Previously, he served as Director of Research and Evaluation at Access Community Health Network in Chicago for 10 years. While working in this network of Federally Qualified Health Centers, he organized research to involve community perspectives, improve health literacy and patient engagement, and evaluate public health programs - with the ultimate goal of improving the health of individuals and communities.

His work at Access Community Health Network included multi-site research collaborations, with funding from the NIH, AHRQ, and the CDC, to...

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May 27, 2015

May 27, 2015

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) announced eight new scholars will join its Translational Research Development Program (TRDP).

The program gives postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees an opportunity to gain experience in clinical and translational research through a mentoring team and up to $16,000 in research funds to help advance their research. Investigators will begin the program on June 1, 2015.

Congratulations to our newest TRDP scholars:

Mariam Ahmed, MS, College of Pharmacy (Experimental & Clinical Pharmacology)
Title: A Model-based Approach to Optimize Lorenzo's Oil Therapy in X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy
Primary mentor: Richard Brundage
TRDP mentor: Gerald Raymond

Tyler Bosch, PhD, Medical School (Endocrinology)
Title: The Effect of High Intensity Interval Training on Liver Fat and Insulin Sensitivity in Adults with Obesity
Primary mentor: Lisa Chow
TRDP mentor: Patrick Bolan

Nicholas Brady, Medical School (Microbiology, Immunology & Cancer Biology)
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April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015

Five research projects were awarded through the Translational Product Development Fund (TPDF) program, a joint initiative between CTSI and the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS), in conjunction with the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics (MNP). The program supports health research projects that intend to develop a novel therapeutic compound, device, diagnostic, or IT product, and have the potential to be commercialized.

Congratulations to the newest awardees!

TPDF award recipients

Project Title: Combination Radiofrequency and Electroporation Energy for Balloon-Based Ablation and Drug Delivery: A Novel Treatment Modality for Atrial Fibrillation

  • Samuel Asirvatham, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester

  • David R. Holmes, Jr., MD, MACC, Cardiovascular Diseases, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Project Title: Minimally Invasive Pericardial Resection to Treat Heart Failure

  • Barry Borlaugh, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine/...

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April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015

CTSI team member and School of Public Health Professor Kathleen Call, PhD, has received the University of Minnesota President's Community-Engaged Faculty Scholar Award.

"The award confirms for me that the University takes its charge as a land-grant institution seriously and values working with others around the state to improve quality of life for Minnesotans."

The award annually recognizes one faculty or P&A individual for exemplary engaged scholarship in partnership with the community and for embodying the University's definition of public engagement. At an awards luncheon on April 3, Dr. Call was selected among 11 finalists to receive this year's honor.

Dr. Call serves as CTSI's Faculty Liaison for Community-Engaged Research, and helps to advance research that adds real value to the lives of Minnesotans. She's part of CTSI's Populations and Community Engagement function, which provides an infrastructure so University and community researchers can work together to address the health issues most important to Minnesota communities.

In a...

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