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August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016

Over the last few months, CTSI has reviewed and refined its invoice functionality within the Clinical and Translational (CTR) Portal for research services performed by a university researcher. During this review, deficits were found, including in some cases, a lack of compliance to ISO policy regarding the prompt approval and payment of invoices. 

Therefore one key change is underway to ensure the timely and quality billing of research services: Starting with July 2016 ISO invoices, all invoices in the CTR Portal that are not in “inquiry” status, will be sent to EFS for the unpaid amount to be deducted from the account 45 days after the invoice was released to the Invoice Contact and Accountant. 

This means that once the July 2016 invoices are released to the Invoice Contacts and Accountants in mid-August, that all July 2016 invoices that are not in inquiry status and remain unapproved after 45 days will be pushed to EFS for payment by approximately October 4, 2016. 

Going forward it means that invoices remaining unpaid after 45 days will be sent to EFS to be paid. 

"Last month we enhanced the CTR Portal to inform Certified Approvers (CAs) that support was requested from a service unit that utilizes the CTR Portal for ISO invoices for a specific research project," said Lisa Johnson,...

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August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016

CTSI’s Office of Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) recently successfully piloted the Community Engagement Studio model aimed at better engaging the community to help inform research conducted at the University of Minnesota.

“We want to give people who aren’t affiliated with the University a meaningful way to contribute to research, while arming investigators with insights that can benefit their studies.”

The Community Engagement (CE) Studio model was initially developed by Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and engages community members in the planning, practices, implementation, recruitment, retention, and dissemination of clinical research.

“We brought the Community Engagement Studio model to the University of Minnesota as part of an ongoing effort to enhance the way we collaborate with the public on research,” says Mickey Eder, PhD, a CTSI Associate Director who oversees the Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) function. “We want to give people who aren’t affiliated with the University a meaningful way to contribute to research, while arming investigators with insights that can benefit their studies.”

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August 17, 2016

Simon Rendon will receive an award from Minneapolis’ STEP-UP Achieve youth employment program for outstanding work during his internship at the University of Minnesota.

STEP-UP selected Rendon from a pool of approximately 800 Minneapolis youth (ages 16-21) who, through STEP-UP, completed paid internships at Twin Cities companies, nonprofits, and public agencies this summer. STEP-UP supports these internships by connecting local organizations with the next generation of talented and diverse workers.

“Everyone who worked with Simon comments on his professionalism, reliability, quick mind, and personability.”

On August 25, STEP-UP’s Co-Chairs -- former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and U.S. Bancorp CEO Richard Davis -- will honor Rendon and one other individual for being outstanding interns.

Rendon worked on a variety of projects for CTSI and other University departments. For example, he analyzed data...

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August 15, 2016

August 15, 2016

CTSI has released an updated protocol for any videos, photos, or media interviews occurring in the three clinical research facilities operated by CTSI: the Delaware Clinical Research Unit (DCRU), the Masonic Clinical Research Unit (MCRU), and the Lillehei Clinical Research Unit (LCRU).

This latest protocol builds on the existing policies for media interviews, and has been expanded to include a process for handling photo and video shots that do not involve the media.

The purpose of this protocol is to balance the privacy of research participants with the University of Minnesota’s need to engage the public and other audiences about its research.

Research teams must adhere to the following processes when using CTSI-operated facilities.

For media interviews and shoots in CTSI clinics:

For opportunities involving the media (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television stations, radio stations, and online outlets), we ask that researchers:

    • Work with the AHC Communications office on all media opportunities, as well as CTSI’s...
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August 1, 2016

August 1, 2016

Researchers from the University of Minnesota and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota are collaborating on a study that explores a new approach for connecting food insecure families with food and nutrition resources, thanks to funding from CTSI, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and the University’s Department of Pediatrics.

“This grant will help us find better ways to connect households experiencing food insecurity with food and nutrition resources in the community.”

Dr. Caspi, University of Minnesota.

“Food insecurity has been linked with poor dietary outcomes, which lead to a higher burden of chronic health conditions like obesity and diabetes,” says Caitlin Caspi, ScD, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. “This grant...

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July 28, 2016

July 28, 2016

Patricia Lenton applies a new over-the-counter dental strip to a volunteer's teeth as part of her research study that tests the efficacy of the strips.

StudyFinder gives Minnesotans an easy way to explore University of Minnesota research opportunities, while supporting the study teams who need volunteers before their discoveries can help people.

At StudyFinder.umn.edu, visitors can find a study that’s a good fit for them via a simple, searchable interface, and then connect with the research team.

“Nearly 70 people contacted us to express interest in one of our studies after seeing it on StudyFinder, through virtually no effort on our end,” says Patricia Lenton, RDH, MA, CCRP, who directs the Oral Health Research Clinic at the University’s School of Dentistry and has conducted more than 50 clinical trials. “StudyFinder is the most innovative, efficient tool for recruiting participants I’ve used in my 27-year clinical research career.”

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July 27, 2016

July 27, 2016

Department of Pediatrics Assistant Professor Andrew Barnes, MD, MPH, will represent the University of Minnesota’s CTSI as part of a new multi-site, multidisciplinary effort within the Clinical and Translational Science Award network to accelerate child health research across the 64-institution CTSA hub sites.

The Child Health Research Acceleration thru Multi-site Planning (CHAMP) program includes 15 institutions categorized into three pods of five institutions each. Each pod is awarded up to $50,000 to help in the initial team-building and design that advances a novel, high-impact child health topic.

“This is a unique opportunity to be part of a multi-site, multidisciplinary collaboration among talented child health researchers across the CTSA networks.”

The University’s pod also includes researchers from the University of Florida, University of Texas Medical Branch, Georgetown University, and a researcher from the University of Southern California may also be included at a future date. This pod will focus on developing an evidence-based screening process for adverse...

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July 11, 2016

July 11, 2016

CTSI has enhanced the Clinical Translational Research Portal's (CTR Portal) Time Sheet module to create a better experience for the University of Minnesota research teams who use it. 

CTSI team members and select service units and departments use Time Sheet to track the effort staff spend on research projects.

Enhancements are designed to make Time Sheet more dynamic, user-friendly, and efficient. New features and capabilities include:

Faster processing times -- Time Sheet can now immediately save time entries, thanks to a drastic increase in processing speeds. 

More user-centric interface and features -- Time Sheet now features a cleaner interface, an enhanced layout and design, and more user-centric capabilities. For example, users can select multiple views, manage favorites and sort line items, such as to view the most recent activity at the top. And the Quick Add option enables users to swiftly create a time entry for a single date.

Administrative capabilities for managers --...

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