In this Edition
- From the Executive Director’s Desk
- New on the Site: Curbside consulting: using a blog to disseminate best practices in research ethics
- Featured Resource: Informatics services support diverse needs of researchers
- Featured Story: UCSF Profiles: The power of discovering people, research expertise, and networks at UCSF
- CTSI in the News
- Updates and Announcements
- The Academic Senate is joining UCSF's Resource Allocation Program this fall 2010 cycle
- Master of Advanced Study in Clinical Research program accredited
- The 4th cadre of mentors graduated from CTSI's Mentor Development Program (MDP)
- UCSF International Projects Database improved by CTSI’s Global Health program
- Support for UCSF international activities continues to improve
- 4 new UCSF research core facilities available to researchers
- Retreat to discuss the future of UCSF cores: building common ground
- Clinical Research Scholars Graduation and Teaching Awards
- CTSI K scholars for 2010 have been announced
- Opportunity for 15 Hours of free research consultations for K grant preparation – participate in a trial
- Get assistance with regulatory and compliance requirements for your grant proposal and clinical and translational research study
From the Executive Director's Desk
As we approach the midpoint of year 5 of our first CTSA award, we're already looking ahead. We've worked hard to establish a range of services and resources, for example CTSI's comprehensive Consultation Services and UCSF Profiles, see featured story. We've also worked collaboratively to facilitate organizational changes at UCSF to better enable clinical and translational research across the campus with a central cores office and a single intramural funding agency, the Resource Allocation Program (RAP).
We now want to capitalize on the successful programs we've built and focus them to jointly target several important and ambitious goals. One such cross-cutting initiative is focused on accelerating clinical research. To do so will involve bringing the resources of CTSI and UCSF together with the creation of new services, such as a UCSF Participant Recruitment Service.
A second cross-cutting initiative recognizes the critical need to have benchmarks in order to show improvement in key areas. For example, how are we doing in getting investigators up and running for a clinical trial? How efficiently are we shepherding proposals through our contracts and grants office? And, how cost-effective is our provision of research consultation services? To answer such questions, we need to first have access to data that describes baseline performance in these areas. This then is the focus of the second initiative, to either directly develop or facilitate the development of research metrics and dashboards across UCSF. This will allow us and others to assess where we stand, and from there, to improve performance.
Finally, going beyond improving research administration and support services at UCSF, we've taken on a challenge that gets to the heart of our mission — improving human health especially in our own community. The San Francisco Bay Area Health Improvement Project, or SF Bay HIP as this cross-cutting initiative is called, is visionary and ambitious. With partners from across the research, healthcare and community spectrum, including hospitals in the bay area and the Department of Public Health, we are poised to impact health in the community.
New initiatives mean new people to bolster our already strong team. This is a good time to welcome our 2010 additions, including Bill Balke, MD, our new Director for Clinical Research Services. To help get our Participant Recruitment Service off the ground, Nariman Nasser joins us as Director, and CTSI Central will round out its leadership team with the addition of Melanie Funes, PhD, as Senior Program Manager, Leslie Yuan as Director, Web Products, Todd Choy as Director, Finance, and Delpha Snow as Director, Operations & HR. We invite you to join us at our holiday open house on Dec 13th at our offices in China Basin Landing to meet both old and new — RSVP to Billy.Davis@ucsf.edu for more details.
Moving ahead, we recognize that one of our major challenges is getting the word out about all that we offer to facilitate research at UCSF. This year more than ever, we will be focusing on this task. Become a CTSI ambassador and help us spread the word!
Susan A. Autry, MBA
CTSI Executive Director
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New on the Site
Curbside consulting: using a blog to disseminate best practices in research ethics
Often there is no one right answer to complicated research ethics dilemmas. Bernard Lo, national bioethics expert at UCSF, brings his discussions from the classroom and hallways into the public sphere to provide researchers with a forum to help them navigate such issues. The Research Ethics Blog covers topics, such as patient consent, authorship, research misconduct, and protecting participants in clinical trials, to help clinical and translational researchers and students think through and identify best practices for addressing challenges in research ethics.
Informatics services support diverse needs of researchers
A suite of tools helps investigators with their data and informatics needs for projects of all types and scale. The tools were developed by CTSI's Biomedical Informatics program (and ITS Academic Research Systems) and are provided through CTSI Consultation Services. Learn more about all informatics services.
- MyResearch@UCSF: A professionally managed, secure, web-based, collaborative environment in which to store files containing sensitive data.
- Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) and REDCap Survey: A tool to manage your research data and develop electronic data capture forms, reports, and surveys.
- Integrated Data Repository (IDR) Data Extracts: A data warehouse of clinical and life sciences data including UCare, Dental Data, and several public data sets.
- The Health Records Data Service (THREDS) Data Extracts: Access to various data sources, including the LCR (Lifetime Clinical Record), Invision, dating back to 1996, and longitudinal data from clinical databases on Community Health Network (CHN) patients.
UCSF Profiles: The power of discovering people, research expertise, and networks at UCSF
Finding experts and collaborators is now easier than ever at UCSF. It's made possible by UCSF Profiles, a recently launched expertise discovery and networking tool. Through this tool you can search for experts at UCSF by research topic and discover networks of co-authors, similar people, and more.
In the following interviews, five members of the UCSF community share why they are excited about UCSF Profiles. Dan Lowenstein, "The Visionary", was one of the authors of the original CTSA grant. He envisioned a tool that would allow researchers to connect with each other using the power of data and social networks. "The Early Adopters", Laurence Huang, an AIDS researcher, and Ida Sim, a Biomedical Informatics researcher, were among the first users of the beta version of the tool, sending critical feedback to CTSI's Virtual Home team. Margaret Tempero, Deputy Director of UCSF's Cancer Center, provides the perspective of "The Academic Leader". She discovered tasks that became much easier for her to accomplish using UCSF Profiles. Finally, Mini Kahlon, CTSI's CIO and Director of the Virtual Home program, speaks as "The Catalyst". She facilitated bringing the vision to life, motivated by what she knew was possible in the light of recent advances in technology and informatics.
UCSF Profiles Summary
UCSF Profiles provides the ability to search for investigators based on their research expertise. The tool also reveals network relationships between investigators, for example based on co-authorship or similar research experience. It automatically aggregates researcher and publication data from the free public biomedical database PubMed and UCSF's Human Resources departments. While the data are updated automatically, users can customize their own profile.
- Try the tool — http://profiles.ucsf.edu
- View introduction to UCSF Profiles (ppt 5MB)
- Read UCSF Today news article "UCSF Profiles Gives Faculty Power of Building Networks on Campus"
- Read FAQ
- Learn about the UCSF Profiles project
- Get UCSF Profiles data feeds — contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Share your ideas and feedback — UCSF Profiles Open Forum
CTSI in the News
- UCSF Profiles Gives Faculty Power of Building Networks on Campus
- Symposium to Highlight Prospects, Challenges of Translating Stem Cell Science into Future Therapies
- Academic Senate Joins RAP Making Grant Process Easier for UCSF Researchers
- Mentor Development Program Gains Acclaim Across UCSF
- UCSF Launches Doctoral Program in Epidemiology & Translational Science
- Grove gift launches translational medicine program at UCSF & UC Berkeley
Updates and Announcements
The Academic Senate joined UCSF's Resource Allocation Program this fall 2010 cycle – combining more funding opportunities than ever for UCSF researchers
With more than 20 different grant types UCSF's Resource Allocation Program (RAP) offers funding opportunities across a broad research spectrum. Learn more
New issue of Connections eNewsletter published
Read about translational health research that involves the communities UCSF serves, brought to you by the UCSF CTSI Community Engagement & Health Policy program. Learn more
Master of Advanced Study in Clinical Research program accredited
The review committee at Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) commended the program, stating, "an obviously well-conceived program designed to meet an important need in health fields. Program evaluation is an evident aspect of the operations of this program, including good outcomes information."
The 4th cadre of mentors graduated from CTSI's Mentor Development Program (MDP)
In May 2010, Dr. Sally Marshall, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, presented the 14 graduates their certificates. Learn more
Applications for the 2011 CTSI MDP will be accepted starting in October 2010. Read on
UCSF International Projects Database improved by CTSI's Global Health program
The database provides upgraded information about UCSF researchers based on UCSF's new research discovery and networking tool, UCSF Profiles. In addition, the database displays videos that highlight UCSF's work in Kenya, India, Zambia, Guatemala, Botswana, and Tanzania. Explore the tool.
Support for UCSF international activities continues to improve
Members of CTSI's Global Health program helped identify and successfully address fundamental issues that often impede UCSF researchers — from health and safety to finance and regulations. Explore how UCSF travel insurance, workers health programs, and financial regulations have been tailored to accommodate international work - visit the Global Research Enterprise Support (G-RES) website.
4 new UCSF research core facilities available to researchers
The Electron Microscopy Lab, Translational Informatics Core, Biomechanical Testing Facility, and the Surbeck Laboratory of Advanced Imaging. All research core facilities and contacts are searchable through the online core database.
Retreat to discuss the future of UCSF cores: building common ground
At the 2nd Core Leadership Retreat, sponsored by CTSI, 75 people representing 45 different research core facilities met to review the progress made since the last retreat in 2007, to learn about aspects of promoting cores and marketing core services, and to identify growth areas. With new Executive Director for the Research Resource Program, Julie Auger, UCSF's cores will continue to improve the offer of state-of-the-art services to UCSF investigators.
Clinical Research Scholars Graduation and Teaching Awards
On June 4, 2010, the Training in Clinical Research (TICR) program honored graduating scholars in the Advanced Training in Clinical Research (ATCR) Certificate and Master's in Clinical Research degree programs. 20 scholars earned the ATCR Certificate and 19 scholars earned the Master's degree. This year's TICR teaching awards went to: Tom Newman, for a faculty member who exhibits outstanding teaching in lectures or small group sections; Adithya Cattamanchi, for a TICR scholar teaching assistant, who exhibits outstanding teaching in one of the TICR courses; and Eric Vittinghoff, for a faculty member recognized as providing outstanding advising to TICR Scholars.
CTSI K scholars for 2010 have been announced
Beginning July 1, 2010 the CTSI K program will include 62 scholars, over half of whom obtained individual career development awards, e.g., K23, K01, K08, K12. The scholars participate fully in the CTSI K program, along with 26 CTSI KL2-funded scholars. The program is directed by Stephen B Hulley MD, MPH. Ralph Gonzales MD, MSPH, and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo PhD, MD, MAS, are Associate Directors. Christine Ireland, MPH, is the Deputy Director. View the list of CTSI K scholars and mentors.
Opportunity for 15 Hours of free research consultations for K grant preparation — participate in a trial
- Open to junior investigators applying for a mentored career development (K series) grant
- For Questions, email David Bui or call 415-514-8086
- Learn more
Get assistance with regulatory and compliance requirements for your grant proposal and clinical and translational research study
- Open to all, initial consultation free of charge
- Contact: Email
Marlene Berro or call 415-476-9429
- Learn more
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