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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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July 8, 2016

July 8, 2016

Beginning next week, the DeptID for the department administering the research project will be required for all new requests for services submitted in CTSI’s Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) Portal and project set-up requests made to ctsifin@umn.edu

The DeptID field ultimately identifies a departmental contact who will be informed of the project and may be called on for assistance (e.g., during invoice processing). This enhancement will facilitate communication with departments and will help increase efficiency in invoicing for research services performed on behalf of University of Minnesota departments.

The data for this new field can either be found in the chartfield string of the department that the University’s Sponsored Project Administration (SPA) uses to set up the spending account at award time, or in Field 7 on the Proposal Routing Form (PRF), which identifies the administering department -- the department that will assist with the financial transactions related to the project. 

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July 5, 2016

July 5, 2016

The following Academic Health Center (AHC) departments have recently started using OnCore, with support from CTSI's OnCore team: Psychiatry, Medicine (remaining groups), Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Physical Medical Rehabilitation, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, and Family Medicine.

OnCore gives research teams a single, comprehensive system for managing a trial throughout its life cycle.

OnCore gives research teams a single, comprehensive system for managing a trial throughout its life cycle. With OnCore, research teams can manage studies and research participants, oversee financials, simplify data management, improve compliance, and more.

CTSI is deploying OnCore across the AHC as part of its overarching effort to create an integrated research infrastructure, and enhance the efficiency and quality of health research. CTSI's financial investment covers the system's upfront cost as well as staff and resources to provide transition assistance, training, and ongoing support.

Successfully completing the transition to OnCore also marks the beginning of these departments’ transition...

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June 30, 2016

June 30, 2016

CTSI has awarded $200,000 to five health research collaborative partnerships between University of Minnesota investigators and individuals unaffiliated with the University.

The Community Health Collaborative Grant program aims to stimulate high-impact research that ultimately leads to health improvements, while building and sustaining research partnerships between the University and the broader community, such as nonprofits, healthcare providers, and community advocates. Funding is provided for 18 months. 

CTSI provided partner-matching support for interested applicants who were without a University of Minnesota collaborator, which is a service available to anyone at anytime, at no cost. This service helps community members find University researchers with complementary skills and expertise, as well as connect University researchers to community collaborators.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Intergenerational Dental Caries of Somali Mothers and Children
Priscilla Flynn, University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry
Abdulkadir Shire, Somali Family Life Center

Evaluating Mental Health Screening and Referral Processes for Minnesota’s Arriving Refugee Populations
Patricia Shannon, University of Minnesota, School of Social Work
Maria Vukovich, Center for Victims of Torture

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June 29, 2016

June 29, 2016

Photos courtesy of Mayo Clinic and U of M

Two research teams have been awarded up to $50,000 each to pursue health research projects that have the potential to lead to a start-up company or license agreement. If successful, the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic grantees will be eligible to apply for up to $400,000 in additional funding.

Awardees received funding through the Translational Product Development Fund (TPDF), which supports the development of novel therapeutic compounds, devices, diagnostics, or IT products with commercial potential.

The grant program is a collaboration between CTSI’s Office of Discovery and Translation and the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) in conjunction with the Minnesota...

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June 10, 2016

June 10, 2016

Rebecca Brown is a clinical research coordinator who regularly teams up with CTSI to identify prospective patients for the cardiovascular studies she supports.

The clinical data repository managed by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Informatics Consulting Service (ICS) houses the electronic health records of more than 2.3 million patients for research purposes.

The data repository was established between the University of Minnesota, Academic Health Center, and Fairview Health Services in 2013. The goal of the data repository is to protect patient privacy, while giving scientists at the University of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services access to data that’s critical to advancing health research.  

CTSI’s Informatics Consulting Service can help an investigator at two points in the process: first, to estimate the number of patients available for a study. Once the study has begun, the study team can then work with CTSI and Fairview to identify promising...

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June 9, 2016

June 9, 2016

CTSI recently began implementing its new service model for how it supports clinical and translational research studies across the University with the goal of providing enhanced services that better align with researchers’ needs and familiarity with how the clinical research work is performed. 

CTSI provides outpatient clinical space and equipment and professional research staff for U of M clinical studies.

The new model includes enhancements to the pre-award period -- with emphasis on efficient conduct of study activities once the award or contract has been established

The new model includes enhancements to the pre-award period -- with emphasis on efficient conduct of study activities once the award or contract has been established,” said Dr. Tim Schacker, CTSI Associate Director.

CTSI’s Clinical Translational Research Services (CTRS) unit began implementing the new model last month with studies utilizing a CTSI Clinical...

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