Buffalo Translational Consortium News

New Round of Pilot Studies Funds Now Available to BTC Investigators

Posted on 09/25/11 at 06:47 pm

 

The Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center is sponsoring two RFA’s (Request for Applications) to support new projects in clinical and translational sciences.  The first RFA supports Pilot and Collaborative Translational and Clinical Studies.  The second supports pilot projects for Novel Clinical and Translational Methodologies. 
A total of $200,000 is available to support up to 4 awards of no more than $50,000 each.  Investigators at all Buffalo Translational Consortium (link below) (BTC) are eligible to apply.  The funds for these programs come from the following sources:
Office of the Vice President for Research
Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Dean, School of Public Health and Health Professions
Dean, School of Nursing
Dean, School of Dental Medicine
Dean, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
This round of Pilot Studies is emphasizing:
Innovative high risk/high reward projects
Projects in biomedical informatics
Projects in research ethics
Proposals will undergo two levels of review:
For overview of the review process Click Here
http://www.buffaloctrc.org/pilot-studies/category/overview_of_pilot_studies/
Pilot Studies awardees will present their work at the Annual Clinical and Translational Research Symposium.
Add link to the Colloquium news item on CTRC website
Applications are due December 1, 2011 and awards will be made in February 2012.  
For details on proposal format, review criteria and other details, go to:
Pilot Studies RFAs 

The Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center is sponsoring two RFA’s (Request for Applications) to support new projects in clinical and translational sciences.  The first RFA supports Pilot and Collaborative Translational and Clinical Studies.  The second supports pilot projects for Novel Clinical and Translational Methodologies. 

A total of $200,000 is available to support up to 4 awards of no more than $50,000 each.  Investigators at all Buffalo Translational Consortium (BTC) are eligible to apply.  The funds for these programs come from the following sources:

  • Office of the Vice President for Research
  • Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Dean, School of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Dean, School of Nursing
  • Dean, School of Dental Medicine
  • Dean, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

This round of Pilot Studies is emphasizing:

  • Innovative high risk/high reward projects
  • Projects in biomedical informatics
  • Projects in research ethics

Proposals will undergo two levels of review: For overview of the review process and the metrics to be tracked Click Here

Pilot Studies awardees will present their work at the Annual Clinical and Translational Research Symposium.
Applications are due December 1, 2011 and awards will be made in February 2012.  
For details on proposal format, review criteria and other details, go to: Pilot Studies RFAs 

 

Seminar Series in Research and Clinical Ethics Beginning

Posted on 09/19/11 at 08:59 am

A monthly seminar series in research and clinical ethics is being held the third Monday of every month at 12 noon in Swift Auditorium at Buffalo General Hospital.  A range of topics in research ethics will be included in the series which will be given by a combination of local and invited experts—topics including human subjects protection, data privacy and security, and others. The program will include seminars in both clinical and research ethics.

Dr. Sean Philpott from the Bioethics Program at Union Graduate College in Albany New York will present the first seminar on October 17.  The title of his presentation is "Gonorrhea, Guatemala and Gung-Ho Researchers: The Scandalous History of Research Ethics."

Presenters and titles of subsequent seminars will be posted on the Buffalo CTRC calendar and the School of Medicine calendar.

Jack Freer MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Research Ethics Key Function of the Buffalo CTRC is organizing the program.  Support for the program comes from Kaleida Health and from UB Center for Clinical Ethics.

Faculty, trainees and anyone with an interest in clinical and research ethics are invited. A light lunch will be served.

UB and Roswell Park Are Jointly Awarded NIH Training Grant to Support Medical Student Research

Posted on 09/14/11 at 01:19 pm

The UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Roswell Park Cancer Institute have been awarded a joint T35 training grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to support short term research projects for medical students.

The grant, entitled “Research in Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology for Medical Students” will begin supporting fellowships in the summer of 2012.  Co Principal Investigators are Timothy F. Murphy MD, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research in the UB School of Medicine and Kelvin Lee MD, Chair, Department of Immunology and Vice Chair, Department of Medicine at Roswell Park.

There is growing concern about a decline in the number of physician scientists being trained in this country. Surveys reveal that an important influence for medical students who choose careers as physician investigators is the opportunity for a mentored research experience during medical school. The broad goal of this training program is to attract talented and interested trainees into careers in academic medicine. The goal will be accomplished by providing medical students with the opportunity to have a research experience early in their training by supporting summer research fellowships.

The training grant will support stipends for 6 first year medical students to spend 10 weeks in the summer following first year performing a mentored research project. Twenty two UB and Roswell Park faculty members with active research programs and extensive mentoring experience will serve as a pool of mentors for students.

The program includes:
•    A mentored research project
•    A weekly seminar series
•    A weekly laboratory practical session
•    Training in the responsible conduct of research.
•    Oral presentations by students at the end of the summer program
•    Poster presentations by students at an annual research day.

For more information and to apply to the program click here

Institute for Healthcare Informatics Partnering with Dell to Provide Powerful Resource for Clinical and Translational Research

Posted on 08/31/11 at 08:37 am

The Institute for Healthcare Informatics (IHI) and Dell Inc. have formed a unique partnership to build a state of the art tier 3+ HIPAA-compliant data storage computer facility on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The IHI hosted a 3 hour workshop on August 23 2011 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute attended by approximately 50 people who included leadership and investigators of Buffalo Translational Consortium (BTC) institutions.  After introductory remarks by Dr. Russell Bessette, Executive Director of the IHI, Dr. Michael Cain, UB Vice President for Health Sciences and Dr. Timothy Murphy, Director of the Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center, the IHI and Dell teams presented details of progress on construction of the facility, which is scheduled to open in October 2011.  Experts from Dell presented an overview of the IHI data management strategy, answered questions and engaged in an active dialogue with the audience.

The mission of the IHI is to advance healthcare quality by providing a secure and reliable computing and data center where large scale clinical, operational and financial data is stored, aggregated, managed, analyzed and leveraged using innovative analytics to create knowledge that improves patient health. The public/private partnership will be a resource to BTC investigators through the healthcare informatics and analytics expertise of the IHI and industry-leading Dell technology.

The IHI will house large datasets that can be used, for example, by the healthcare industry to compare populations and by researchers to perform clinical research. The IHI will meet these needs through integrated, identified and de-identified data sets maintained in a secure, encrypted environment with the highest level of privacy protection.

Major support for the IHI comes from HEAL-NY grants ($27 million), Dell Inc. ($15 million) and Computer Task Group (CTG) ($8.6 million) with additional support from Empire State Development, National Grid and M. J. Peterson Corporation.

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