CTSA team develops smartphone app to aid in recruitment
The app allows patients to quickly and easily evaluate clinical trials, the time commitment involved and the location of the nearest study. Photo: UB Reporter
“A key goal of the CTSA grant is to improve patient access to medical innovations available in our region through clinical trials,” says Peter L. Elkin MD, professor and chair of biomedical informatics at UB and director of the Informatics Core of the CTSA. That's why he and his CTSA informatics team developed a smartphone app to help overcome common obstacles to engaging clinical trial participants. The app is easy to use, allowing potential volunteers to search for clinical trials by simply entering the name of their disorder. Using the phone's GPS function, the app connects users to nearby clinical studies. When patients find a study that interests them, they send their contact information to the study coordinator who can then reach out to begin recruitment.
Find out more about this innovative new app here.
Peter Elkin, MD, and Christina Joshi of the CTSA Informatics core.
Telemedicine study receives $7m grant to fight hepatitis and drug addiction
Dr. Andrew Talal, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in UB's Department of Medicine. Photo: Douglas Levere
CTSA-based researcher Andrew H. Talal, MD, professor of medicine in UB's Department of Medicine, and his team recently received a $7 million Patient-Centered Outcomes Institute (PCORI) award to study a novel approach to treating hepatitis C virus infection among intravenous drug users. Building on a promising pilot study, the scaled-up study will engage an international team of disease experts and clinicians to compare the efficacy of distance “telemedicine” sessions (using live, two-way videoconferencing) versus standard on-site delivery of care.
Read more about this team-based approach to battling the ongoing, worldwide opioid epidemic here.
CTSA hosts ‘My NCBI' workshop
CTSA Chief Financial Officer Erin Bailey and Director of the Office of Research Administration at Thomas Jefferson University Timothy Schailey
Twenty-seven principal investigators and research assistants attended a half-day, hands-on workshop on how to associate NIH grants to publications using the My NCBI tool developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Timothy Schailey, MS, Director of the Office of Research Administration at Thomas Jefferson University, presented "NIH Public Access Policy: Accelerating the Delivery of Tomorrow's Advancements," and three representatives from UB Libraries were on hand to answer questions during the presentation. The event was organized by CTSA Chief Financial Officer Erin Bailey, MSM, CRA, to help bring all CTSA-linked publications into compliance with NIH guidelines.
Read more about the My NCBI workshop here.
Anne B. Curtis named SUNY Distinguished Professor
Anne B. Curtis, MD, Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and chair of UB's Department of Medicine and president and CEO of UBMD Internal Medicine
Anne B. Curtis, MD, is one of just 29 scholars and researchers across the 64-campus State University of New York system to have been selected as a SUNY Distinguished Professor this year. She is internationally acknowledged as a leading expert on heart health and cardiac devices and she serves on the board of the Buffalo Translational Consortium, the governance organization for the CTRC.
Read more about Dr. Curtis's award here.
Workshops train researchers to be effective mentors
Participants were more confident in their abilities as research mentors following the series of workshops.
The CTSA Workforce Development core conducted a Mentor-Protégé Mentoring Workshop series from February through July of 2016. About 10 mentor-protégé teams participated. Participants were required to spend 30 minutes weekly and engage in online learning activities.