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April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016

CTSI, the Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium (PDIC), and its academic partner, Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC), hosted more than 70 industry and faculty researchers at an inaugural Pediatric Device Breakthrough Collaborative event earlier this month.

Berlin Heart, Inc., President and CEO Bob Kroslowitz spoke to a standing room only crowd at the April 12 event. 

"It was exciting to bring so much medical device talent together for this Breakthrough Event. Our ultimate goal was to foster collaboration between pediatric device inventors and the medical device community," said Gwenyth Fischer, MD, Assistant Professor, Clinical Advisor for the Medical Devices Center, and director of the PDIC.

The event was held in conjunction with the Design of Medical Devices Conference, and featured participants from Medical Alley Association, St. Jude Medical, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Smiths Medical, Children’s Hospitals of Philadelphia, Texas...

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April 27, 2016

April 27, 2016

CTSI recently hired Kimberly Dehn as the newly developed Research Liaison role at the M Health Clinics and Surgery Center (CSC) where she will provide research information to patients and work to increase patient and staff research awareness.

Kimberly Dehn joins CTSI to provide research information to patients at the new M Health Clinics and Surgery Center.

Kim brings 12 years of experience in health research through study coordination of large-scale epidemiology studies for the University’s Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health. Previously Kim deployed her expertise in recruiting volunteers for research studies at the Research Triangle Institute and gained additional experience in all aspects of study management from protocol development through data collection and analysis. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated from Loras College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biological sciences.

The newly developed, full-time position is one of the many ways research is being integrated into the day-to...

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April 23, 2016

April 23, 2016

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has accepted 15 student and faculty researchers into its research career development programs. Programs are designed to advance researchers through the career development continuum, from the undergraduate experience to an independent research career as a faculty member.

Congratulations to the new scholars!

KL2 Scholars Career Development Award (for assistant professors in rank ≤ six years)

Jazmin Camchong, PhD
Department of Psychiatry
Primary mentor: Matt Kushner, MD
Mentoring team: Kelvin Lim, Angus W. MacDonald III, Kyle Rudser

Elizabeth Rogers...

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April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016

The University of Minnesota’s health research website, StudyFinder, was recently adopted, customized, and launched by Penn State University, which makes it the first institution outside the University to adopt the tool. In addition, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) launched its StudyFinder website today for use in that community.

The site, built by the University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Recruitment Center and the Academic Health Center’s Information Systems department, was developed in 2013 as a way for the public to explore and connect with University of Minnesota research studies. 

StudyFinder displays a searchable listing of University of Minnesota studies, which are extracted from ClinicalTrials.gov, an international registry of clinical trials involving human participants from 50 states and 192 countries, which is run by the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM...

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March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016

The University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute is committed to nurturing research collaborations between University investigators and the broader community, such as clinics, nonprofits, and other community entities.

Drs. Kelly (shown) and Abuzzahab are trying to create a future in which kids and teens struggling with extreme obesity have better, more viable options for losing weight and keeping it off.

One way CTSI accomplishes this is by awarding pilot grants to promising research projects that address important Minnesota health issues and involve individuals or groups from outside the University.

CTSI Community Collaborative Grant enabled Aaron Kelly, PhD, and...

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March 9, 2016

March 9, 2016

CTSI’s Translational Grant Program will award funding to University of Minnesota research projects that aim to translate basic science discoveries into patient benefit, with the overarching goal of positively impacting human health. Up to four faculty research projects will receive as much as $50,000 each.

In addition to funds, awarded projects will also receive the support of a project development team with the appropriate expertise to determine critical project milestones, identify key gaps, and strengthen the likelihood for progress toward eventual development into a new product or treatment approach.

The grant program is managed by CTSI’s Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT), which provides funding and support to help University researchers put promising innovations on the path toward improved human health.

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March 9, 2016

CTSI has released a report that evaluates the Community Health Collaborative Grant award program, which aims to support research projects that lead to health improvements, while sustaining long-term partnerships between University of Minnesota researchers and community representatives.

This evaluation features input -- provided via a survey and interview -- from 23 of the 40 projects funded between 2010 and 2012. 

CTSI will use these findings to optimize the way it supports future community-University research partnerships, with the goal of building healthier communities and adding value to the lives of Minnesotans.

Download a summary of the report.

Key findings by category are as follows.

Building and sustaining community-University partnerships

    • 90% of investigators reported their partnerships were new in that they had not previously collaborated on a research project. Many investigators had prior relationships in previous capacities, such as members of a work group or a...
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March 9, 2016

In addition to histology, immunohistochemistry and digital imaging services, CTSI’s Biological Materials Procurement Network (BioNet) tissue procurement facility provides researchers with high-quality tissue procurement services in compliance with best industry practices and current regulations.  

BioNet, which is part of CTSI’s Biorepository and Laboratory Services (BLS), is a University Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved tissue procurement facility that collects biospecimen samples for research purposes from patients who have consented to have their tissue be used for research. 

Since 1996, CTSI’s Biorepository and Laboratory Services BioNet has built a well-preserved archive of tissues available to interested researchers, including malignant and benign tumors, other diseased tissues. In some of these cases the archives also include organ-matched normal tissue, blood and urine samples, saliva, or ascites fluid.A slide that...

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