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September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016

Researchers are working to create an “off-the-shelf” material that doctors can implant in a patient, and can grow in the body. Photo credit: College of Science & Engineering.

University of Minnesota biomedical engineers showed artificial blood vessels implanted in young lambs could grow within the new owner, potentially preventing the need for repeated surgeries in children with congenital heart defects. The breakthrough was recently published by Nature Communications and featured in The Guardian and Star Tribune.

Study leader Robert Tranquillo, PhD, Professor and Head of the University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, received funding through the...

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September 28, 2016

CTSI is excited to announce the 2016 Translational Grant Program awardees whose early-stage translational projects will work toward developing a new therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device, or treatment approach:

    • Mikael Elias, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Biological Sciences
      Project: A new technology to control microbes and increase the effectiveness of GI endoscope disinfection procedures

    • Gary Goldish, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical School, and Adjunct Professor at the Minneapolis
      VA Health Care System
      Project: Development of an arm cycle ergometer for supine use

CTSI is helping 2012 Translational Grant Program awardee Dr. Valerie Pierre convert her idea into a real-world tool for diagnosing infections...

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September 28, 2016

CTSI is excited to announce that its Pediatric Device Development Award Program is now continuously accepting applications throughout the year.

The program, which was formerly the Pediatric Medical Device Translational Grant Program, supports the development of pediatric medical devices to ultimately improve pediatric outcomes and quality of life. Program administrators work with funded investigators to provide work strategy guidance, frequent feedback, and access to comprehensive internal and external services.

CTSI's Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) and the Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium (PDIC) provide funding, expert guidance, and project management support for this program. 

"A rolling application process ensures that our program is an ongoing source of potential funding and development support for project candidates in this area, and better meets the needs of faculty who submit applications to this program -- who are primarily pediatric clinicians often collaborating...

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September 28, 2016

Academic Health Center (AHC) researchers will no longer enter new studies into the Time and Study Collection System (TASCS), thanks to the transition to the OnCore clinical trial management system.

After Oct. 1, TASCS -- previously used for studies requiring Fairview/University of Minnesota Physicians billing and budgeting -- will only be used if a study had already been entered into the system, such as to facilitate that study’s post-award process.

“Shifting from TASCS to OnCore is a significant milestone for the AHC research community. Because OnCore is a single, comprehensive system that can support most aspects of a clinical trial, it helps streamline our research infrastructure.”

AHC researchers now use OnCore for a wide range of activities throughout a clinical trial’s life cycle, including to collect specific data elements required by the AHC. Having an AHC “minimal footprint” outlining which studies users...

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September 2, 2016

September 2, 2016

CTSI has awarded $150,000 in pilot funding for two projects—$75,000 each—toward the planning and successful implementation of clinical intervention pilot studies. 

These projects have successfully completed Stage 1 of CTSI’s Clinical and Translational Research Services (CTRS) Pilot Funding Program and will begin Stage 2 of the program this fall, which includes obtaining preliminary data needed to inform a future, larger clinical trial. Projects are expected to be completed within 18 months and will be milestone-based. 

Congratulations to the awardees!

Pilot Trial to Examine the Effect of Aspirin on the Gut Microbiome
Investigator: Anna Prizment, PhD, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health

Testing Psychotherapeutic Treatment Options for Adolescent Depression
Investigator: Michael Bloomquist, PhD, LP, Department of Psychiatry 

Learn more about CTSI’s current funding opportunities

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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