Working with CTSI
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.
“Initial funding from CTSI led to a nearly three-million-dollar NIH grant to advance our research. CTSI’s support enabled us to demonstrate the effectiveness of the treatment we’re investigating, and that further studies on the topic could be feasible, particularly in terms of attracting enough research participants.”
- Dr. Aaron Kelly discussing his research with Children’s Hospital collaborator Dr. Jennifer Abuzzahab, to advance research that has revealed a promising way to help adolescents with severe obesity
In addition to histology, immunohistochemistry and digital imaging services, CTSI’s Biological Materials Procurement Network (BioNet) tissue procurement facility provides researchers with high-quality tissue procurement services in compliance with best industry practices and current regulations.
Last month CTSI hosted an event for AHC faculty to learn more about CTSI, its vision moving forward and how it can help advance the careers and research of University investigators.
“It became clear that if we shifted away from a department-centric research infrastructure to a team approach that engaged CTSI, we could do a better job initiating, executing, and closing out studies.”
- Dr. Maria Hordinsky, Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology. The department has a contract with CTSI that gives them ongoing access to a dedicated clinical research professional.
More than 2 million medical records housed in the CTSI-led clinical data repository have been assigned GPS coordinates, giving researchers a more flexible, precise way to study health issues that involve location.
CTSI’s Informatics Consulting Service can fulfill requests for geocoded data at no cost to researchers at the University of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services.
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.
CTSI biostatisticians will be available for walk-in consultations, thanks to new, regular office hours from CTSI’s Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center. Office hour visits are available at no cost to researchers; no appointment necessary.
CTSI is providing funding and support to Associate Professor Dr. Valerie Pierre, who envisions a cheap, easy-to-use diagnostic tool that could provide a faster way to diagnose bacterial infections.
Initial funding, guidance, and support from CTSI proved such a tool could be feasible, and a subsequent award that’s co-administered by CTSI is now enabling her to develop a prototype.
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