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July 21, 2015

July 21, 2015

CTSI has announced the annual winners of the 2015 Community Health Collaborative Grants, which support community-University pilot research projects that address important health issues identified by Minnesota communities. 

Awards are designed to stimulate high-impact research, while building and sustaining long-term partnerships between University of Minnesota researchers and community representatives.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Keeping our Food Supply Healthy: A Pilot Evaluation of Health Care Access and Bilateral Community Health Education for the Rural Latino Agricultural Worker in Minnesota 
Oscar Garza, College of Pharmacy
Ernesto Velez, Centro Campesino

Immigrant Microbiome Project: Characterization of the Obesogenic Gut Microbiome among Immigrants 
Dan Knights, College of Science and Engineering
Kathleen Culhane-Pera, West Side Community Health Services

Minnesota’s Transgender Older Adults: Locating a Hidden Population and Identifying Unmet Service Needs 
Abel Knochel, Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth

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July 20, 2015

July 20, 2015

Thanks to CTSI’s Community Research Van, research teams have a new opportunity to conduct health studies out in the community at no cost to them.

The mobile health lab is available by request to qualifying studies, and can be taken anywhere in the five-state area. 

What’s inside

CTSI’s Community Research Van is designed exclusively for health studies, featuring:

    • Equipment for measuring height, weight, cholesterol, heart rates, body composition, blood sugar, and blood pressure
    • Supplies for blood collection
    • Laptops and tablets
    • Internet connectivity
    • Space for private interviews


Both University investigators and University-community research collaborations are eligible to request the mobile health lab for their studies. ...

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July 20, 2015

Daniel Weisdorf, MD, will work closely with the CTSI executive leadership team to oversee the institute's operations. He assumes responsibilities from Jeffrey Miller, MD, who recently stepped down to accept the National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator Award and its related work. 

Dr. Weisdorf's clinical and research interests are in application of blood marrow transplant therapies for hematologic malignancies as well as extensive study of the clinical complications of transplantation including opportunistic infections and graft versus host disease (GVHD).

Dr. Weisdorf is Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation, and Director of the Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. He also provides leadership for clinical trial activity inthe Department of Medicine as Associate Chair for Clinical Research and co-leads the Transplant Biology and Therapy Program of the Masonic Cancer Center.

Previously, he served as the Scientific Director of the National Marrow Donor Program and currently is Senior Research Advisor for the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, and Scientific...

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July 16, 2015

July 16, 2015

Undergraduate student Jamie Morrissette had an experience that many researchers can only dream of: presenting her research to legislators on Capitol Hill.

“Sharing my research with our nation’s policy-makers was a thrilling opportunity, and one that I couldn’t imagine having before I got involved with the Undergraduate Research Program.”

Morrissette represented the state of Minnesota at the annual Posters on the Hill event, where she shared the results of a study she collaborated on that showed domestic violence’s impact on cardiovascular health. 

She presented to attendees ranging from members of the U.S. Congress to NIH staff, and also held individual meetings about her research with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and staff from Minnesota Representative Tom Emmer’s office.  

URP: The start of a research journey

Morrissette conducted and received support for this research while in the Undergraduate Research Program (...

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July 7, 2015

July 7, 2015

Eight research collaborations between University researchers and Minnesota-based community organizations will receive funding through CTSI’s Dissemination and Implementation Awards program.

CTSI is awarding combined total of $31,000 to enable supported research teams to apply evidence-based health strategies to the real world, with the ultimate goal of improving human health. Funding became effective July 1, 2015. 

Congratulations to the awardees!

Anne Blaes (Medical School) and Trudi Meloche (Gilda’s Club)
Project title: Survivorship Care for Cancer Survivors: Disseminating the Findings 

Marla Eisenberg (Medical School-Pediatrics) and Craig Wethington (Minnesota Department of Education)
Project title: Sharing New Approaches to Bullying Prevention in Minnesota Schools

Sarah Gollust (School of Public Health) and Kristine Rhodes (American Indian Cancer Foundation)
Project title: Dissemination of HPV Vaccine Educational Materials for American Indian Parents of...

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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

KL2 Scholars Career...

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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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