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February 3, 2016

February 3, 2016

CTSI’s Center for Health Equity (CHE) holds a monthly “Works in Progress” seminar devoted to discussing minority health and health disparities research topics -- and is looking for speakers for its upcoming seminars. 

The seminars give researchers a forum to freely discuss their developing research to exchange ideas, obtain constructive feedback, and discuss issues that may be common to various projects. 

Upcoming Works in Progress seminars

1-2 pm, Tuesday, February 23 at 717 Delaware Street, Room 105

1-2 pm, Tuesday, March 22 at 717 Delaware Street, Room 105

1-2 pm, Tuesday, April 26 at 717 Delaware Street, Room 105

1-2 pm, Tuesday, May 24 at 717 Delaware Street, Room 105

Researchers interested in presenting their work at an upcoming Works in Progress seminar should contact Dr. Sue Everson-Rose and include the presentation topic and preferred seminar date. 

The seminar series is supported in part by a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to the University of Minnesota Center for Health Equity.

February 1, 2016

February 1, 2016

CTSI’s Biological Materials Procurement Network (BioNet), which is part of CTSI's Biorepository and Laboratory Services (BLS), recently installed new equipment and expanded its technicians’ certifications to continue to provide University researchers with the most current and comprehensive tissue procurement, histology and Immunohistochemistry, and digital imaging services available at the University. 

BioNet is an Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved tissue procurement facility serving the University of Minnesota (ISO) and external researchers and businesses (ESO), and links early translational research, clinical medicine, pathology, and basic and applied research. BioNet staff help procure biospecimen samples such as solid tissue from tumors or other lesions, blood and urine samples, saliva, and ascites fluid from patients who have consented to have their tissue be used for research purposes. 

Expanding capabilities

BioNet recently installed a new Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet in its surgical pathology room at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

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January 28, 2016

January 28, 2016

CTSI biostatisticians will be available for walk-in consultations, thanks to new office hours from CTSI’s Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center.

Starting in February, University of Minnesota researchers can stop by during office hours to receive guidance on study planning, statistical design, monitoring, analysis, and more. Office hour visits are available at no cost to researchers; no appointment necessary.

Office hours

Tuesdays: 10am-noon
Thursdays: 1pm-3pm
Location: 717 Delaware Street SE, Room 131

Office hours are for faculty researchers at the University of Minnesota; students are not eligible to attend.

For questions, contact Rachel Matthes, Biostatistical Program Specialist, at matthes@umn.edu or 612-626-6032.

 

January 28, 2016

Earlier this month, CTSI wrapped up its first Translational Research Bootcamp, a three-day event that trains early stage investigators on core competencies in translational science.

The event featured a series of interactive activities with focused training in communication skill-building, team science, and informatics.

CTSI created the event exclusively for faculty and trainee scholars in its career development programs -- specifically, the Translational Research Development, New Investigator Pre-K,...

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January 27, 2016

January 27, 2016
The University of Minnesota Medical School is searching for  nationally prominent researchers who are outstanding leaders in their field to develop the University’s specialized Medical Discovery Teams (MDT)

Dr. Jim Allen, who serves on CTSI’s Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) Management Council is co-leading the search for a faculty member who'll oversee the University's American Indian/Rural Health Disparities Medical Discovery Team.

These individuals will lead four team science efforts focused on solving health issues important to Minnesota and the nation. Ideas for the teams were solicited from University faculty and selected by an external review panel of prominent health researchers. Each team will have a specific thematic focus:

    • Addiction – The search is being led by Tim Ebner, MD, PhD.
    • American Indian/Rural Health Disparities: Advancing the Science of Individualizing Patient Health Care – The search is being led by Paula Termuhlen, MD, and Jim Allen, PhD, who serves on...
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January 26, 2016

January 26, 2016

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) recognized nine researchers for having outstanding posters and presentations at the annual CTSI Poster Session and Reception held January 20 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Judges evaluated nearly 50 posters, and selected winners from CTSI career development programs for faculty members as well as pre- and post-doctoral trainees. In September, CTSI named travel award winners from its research training programs for students

CTSI will provide as much as $13,500 total in travel expenses so awardees can present their CTSI-supported research at a national or international conference.

Please join us in congratulating the travel award recipients!

Translational Research Development Program (TRDP)

Mariam Ahmed, MS
Primary mentor: Richard Brundage
Additional mentor: Gerald Raymond
Project title: A Model-based Approach to Optimize Lorenzo's Oil Therapy in X-...

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January 25, 2016

January 25, 2016

At the CTSI Poster Session on Jan. 20, CTSI honored University of Minnesota Associate Professor Lynn Eberly, MS, PhD, with the first CTSI Biostatistician Mentor of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding biostatistical mentors.

The event -- which coincides with National Mentoring Month – also recognized Dr. James Cloyd as 2015 Mentor of the Year (shown below) and Dr. Rebecca Shlafer as 2015 Junior Mentor of the Year.

“Mentees praised Dr. Eberly for her keen intellect, dedication, patience, thoughtfulness, and ability to help her mentees become successful independent researchers.”

“This award further demonstrates CTSI’s commitment to creating a culture of mentoring,” says David Ingbar, MD, Medical School Professor and CTSI Associate Director, Research Education, Training, and Career Development. CTSI has also developed an...

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January 25, 2016

Minnesota’s largest newspaper (read by 1.4 million adults every week in print and online) showcased the Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium (PDIC) and its efforts to accelerate the development of new medical technologies for children. According to the Star Tribune story, this year the group of volunteers will award grants, start offering access to a new tech incubator, and launch a program that solicits public input about child health needs and device ideas.

“What we’d like to do is take products as far as possible with university help, so that when they exit the university system into industry, they are much more likely to succeed."

CTSI’s Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) -- which supports early-stage translational research -- will provide PDIC with approximately $250,000 in funding in 2016 to support these initiatives. Part of the funding will go toward a...

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