Community engagement in research
We've all read about exciting health breakthroughs, but how do these discoveries make their way into new treatments, therapies, and tools? In the April issue of Minnesota Health Care News, two members of our leadership team talk about how research is conducted, and detail the Clinical and Translational Science Institute's approach.
A community-University research team successfully influenced public policy earlier this month, when Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill that helps care for pregnant, incarcerated women and their babies.
Dr. Rebecca Shlafer, an assistant professor in the U of M's Department of Pediatrics, and Erica Gerrity of the local nonprofit Everyday Miracles both testified about how the bill could improve health outcomes.
Five faculty investigators will be conducting health research at this year's Minnesota State Fair, thanks to grants from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). CTSI awarded a combined $29,908 to U of M researchers through its new Driven to Discover Community Health and Research Grants Program, which supports pilot research and evaluation projects that address health issues facing Minnesotans.
U of M and community researchers now have new opportunities to fund their projects, thanks to three Request for Applications from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). CTSI anticipates awarding up to $795,000 in total funding to support as many as 21 research projects aimed at improving human health.
Over the past several weeks, ten local organizations enhanced their capacity to develop research projects that address health issues facing their communities.
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota have formed a first-of-its-kind group dedicated to improving the health of Minnesota's children.
On November 16, the group will host the first in a series of Research in Child Health Dinner Forums.
CTSI's Office of Community Engagement for Health will join the Minnesota Rural Health Conference on June 27-28 in Duluth. The conference, hosted by the Minnesota Department of Health, serves as a forum for rural health care providers and researchers to exchange ideas and share innovations around four areas of focus: access, community, quality and value.
Medical School Assistant Professor Aaron Kelly, PhD, and Jennifer Abuzzahab, MD, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, received a Community Collaborative Grant from CTSI in 2010 to study the effects of the drug exenatide on extreme pediatric obesity. On Monday, February 4, the encouraging results of that study were published online in JAMA Pediatrics.
We would like to congratulate the individuals from the 11 organizations that participated in the inaugural cycle of the Community Research Institute! Everyone who participated received a certificate and was recognized for all of their hard work. The following is a list of organizations that participated in this year's institute.
- Academic Health Center / Health Sciences (37)
- Accelerating discoveries (51)
- Advancing child health discoveries (26)
- Biomedical informatics (21)
- Biostatistical support (14)
- BLS (BioNet) (6)
- BMIP (23)
- BPIC (9)
- CEARCH (61)
- Clinical data repository (10)
- Clinical research professional (7)
- Clinical research services (40)
- Clinical trial management system / OnCore (8)
- Clinical trials (24)
- Community engagement in research (70)
- Community Engagement Studio (2)
- Community Research Institute (1)
- CTR Portal (5)
- CTRS (33)
- CTSA consortium (17)
- CTSI event (29)
- CTSI-Ed (82)
- Early-stage research (36)
- Fairview Research Administration (10)
- Grant (80)
- i2b2 (5)
- Interdisciplinary research (8)
- M Health (6)
- MARCH (1)
- Multisite research (11)
- NCATS (21)
- NIH (23)
- ODAT (45)
- Participate in a study (7)
- PCORI (3)
- Pilot funding (36)
- REDCap (6)
- Regulatory support (9)
- Research career & workforce development (83)
- Research mentor (39)
- Research participant recruitment (14)
- Research Toolkit (3)
- Research tools (33)
- ResearchMatch (2)
- RFA (29)
- Specimen procurement (6)
- StudyFinder (10)
- Team Science (35)
- University of Minnesota (151)