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August 26, 2015

August 26, 2015

CTSI has announced the appointment of Patrick Mann, M.S., as CTSI Finance Manager.  Pat joins CTSI from the Academic Health Center’s Finance Department. Pat will start at CTSI on
Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Pat brings 20 years of financial analyst experience, including 8 at the University of Minnesota. Most recently, Pat has served the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences where he provided financial oversight for several AHC centers including the Institute for Health Informatics and BioNet. Prior to this, Pat was the Compliance Manager for the University’s Office for Internal Sales.

Prior to joining the University in 2007, Pat held progressive financial responsibilities at Smiths Medical MD, where he advanced from General Accountant to Senior Accountant to Forecast Analyst and worked at Medicus Systems Corporation as a Staff Accountant. He received a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Minnesota.

Pat has extensive expertise in financial analysis, knowledge of University grant accounting and ISOs, and experience supervising staff members. 

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August 21, 2015

August 21, 2015

CTSI has hired Timothy D. Hentges as the Project Manager for Research at the University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center (CSC), which will open its doors on Feb. 29, 2016. 

Timothy brings more than 18 years of professional experience in the medical device and healthcare sectors. During his career, Timothy has deployed his expertise executing large-scale programs, managing clinical trials, and engaging physicians with companies such as Medpace Medical Device, St. Jude Medical, Johnson & Johnson/Biosense Webster and W. L. Gore & Associates.

The appointment of a full-time Project Manager for Research is one of the many ways research is being integrated into the day-to-day activities of the CSC, building on CTSI and University of Minnesota Health’s efforts to strengthen the integration between research and clinical care. 

Timothy Schacker, MD, Associate Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute explains:

“One of the primary objectives of the University of Minnesota Clinics and Surgery Center is to ensure we have a clinical environment that fosters research. In this regard, CTSI has been working with the project managers at University of Minnesota Physicians to develop innovative ways to conduct research in that building. We share the goal of offering every patient who walks...

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August 21, 2015

CTSI recently appointed Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH, as Director of the K to R01 Transition to Independence Program, a two-year career development program that aims to place junior investigators with K awards further on the path to be competitive for R01 awards. 

He will also assist in recruiting scholars from diverse backgrounds and promoting diversity-related activities for CTSI as a whole.

Dr. Okuyemi is a Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health who directs a wide range of programs focused on health equity research as well as research training, career development, and mentorship. He serves as Director of the following programs: 

    • Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring (HELM) Program, which supports the career development and leadership training of 12 post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty who are from underrepresented minority groups and/or whose work focuses on health equity. 
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August 20, 2015

August 20, 2015

Minnesota House Representative Joe Schomacker and several staff members from the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Higher Education and Health and Human Services Committees toured CTSI’s Community Research Van at the University of Minnesota campus last week. 

“I was impressed with the University’s efforts to engage the community in research that aims to create a healthier future for everyone,” said Rep. Schomacker, Chair of the House Aging and Long-Term Care Committee. “CTSI’s Community Research Van is one exciting way the University is conducting health studies out in the community and advancing research that can add real value to the lives of Minnesotans.”

The Community Research Van is used to conduct health research studies in the community and can be used by University-community research collaboration studies. It is equipped with instruments and tools to measure weight, height, cholesterol, heart rate, body composition, blood sugar,...

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August 19, 2015

August 19, 2015

When Sudip Bhandari began the CTSI Undergraduate Research Program (URP), he had an interest in public health research, but virtually no research experience.

 

Two years later and only one year out of college, he’s been published in a peer-reviewed journal, serves as a Global Health Corps fellow, holds a position at Harvard, and has been accepted to the University of Amsterdam on a Rotary International Grant.

 

“The Undergraduate Research Program was a springboard into my research career,” says Bhandari. “I gained a strong understanding of how to conduct public health studies, along with a...

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August 18, 2015

August 18, 2015

 

This year’s Minnesota State Fair will feature several CTSI-supported studies and the StudyFinder kiosk -- all in the University of Minnesota’s Driven to Discover Building

The building, which first opened its doors on Cosgrove Street in 2014, enables fairgoers to participate in University research opportunities. It houses more than 40 University research teams, who will engage adults and children in research every day of the fair from 9am to 9pm.

CTSI will support six of these studies through the Driven to Discover Community Health Research Grants Program, which awards funding to pilot research and evaluation projects that address important Minnesota human health issues. 

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August 14, 2015

August 14, 2015

Two University of Minnesota research teams have received funding through the inaugural Informatics Seed Grants Program, a joint initiative from CTSI’s Biomedical Informatics (BMI) function and the Institute for Health Informatics (IHI)

The grant program supports University junior faculty that pursue innovative health informatics research that lays the groundwork for successful extramural grant funding.

Each of the following funded projects will receive $19,523:

Personalized health informatics and microbial biomarkers to predict and prevent bloodstream infection in chemotherapy
Investigators: Dan Knights, PhD (Department of Computer Science and Engineering); Shernan Grace Holtan, MD (Department of Medicine); Alexander Khoruts, MD (Department of Medicine)
The research aims to develop a drug containing a mixture of specific laboratory-grown microbes that will reduce the risk of bloodstream infections (BSIs) in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, improving their chances of survival. By using the drug in tandem with an informatics-based diagnostic tool, it will identify high-risk patients to indicate treatment. Grant funding will support the...

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August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015

BioNet has unveiled a convenient new request process to enable researchers to request BioNet registration and services through the CTR Portal, a web-based system from CTSI that enables research teams to request research services. 

This change builds on CTSI's efforts to give researchers an easier way to access a wide range of research services at the University of Minnesota.

Researchers can use the CTR Portal to request the following:

Please note that additional documentation is required for histology, IHC and/or digital imaging services. To capture the detail needed to support those types of requests, BioNet will continue to use the following forms:

    • Lab Services Form, for outlining the details of histology/IHC requests for services.
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