Buffalo Translational Consortium News
On Saturday April 13, a crane lifted a 5 and a half ton magnet of a 9.4 tesla Bruker Biospec MR Imager into the seventh floor door of the CTRC. After the magnet was carefully jacked onto rollers, it was moved over reinforced floors and installed in the CTRC Imaging Center. This imager will be a powerful tool for researchers in the Buffalo Translational Consortium to perform state-of-the-art preclinical imaging studies.
Support to purchase the imager was provided by the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and was facilitated through the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute.
The CTRC Imaging Center now has a GE Discovery PET-CT 690 scanner supported by an NIH Shared Instrumentation grant (John Canty MD, Principal Investigator) along with the Bruker micro MRI just installed. It is anticipated that these imagers will be operational over the next several months. In addition, a Toshiba Aquilon 320 slice CT and a Toshiba Vantage Titan 3 Tesla MR scanner are expected to be installed in the Imaging Center through an agreement with Toshiba later this year.
ResearchMatch is a national, web-based volunteer research registry that brings researchers and volunteers together in an anonymous, secure and convenient way to enhance enrollment in clinical studies. The registry currently has over 34,000 volunteers registered nationally.
Registered volunteers receive information about studies anonymously. Their information is not released until they decide to allow the researcher to see it for contact purposes. Researchers with a UB affiliation may register their IRB-approved studies to find willing participants that ‘match’ their study needs. Additional information may be found at: https://www.researchmatch.org
We are currently meeting with our local IRBs to establish the process for ResearchMatch to be utilized as a recruitment tool and anticipate the process to be fully defined and available for researchers by May 1, 2013. In the meantime, we are embarking on a campaign to increase the number of volunteers in the Western New York region registered in the system. We encourage you to spread the word. People interested in becoming a volunteer may register at: https://www.researchmatch.org.
As word spreads to researchers and volunteers, we anticipate that ResearchMatch will become an increasingly effective tool for BTC researchers over the coming months.
To register as a researcher with ResearchMatch, complete the Researcher Interest Form at: https://www.researchmatch.org/partners/index_researcherinterest.php
For additional information or questions about using ResearchMatch as a recruitment tool for your studies, please contact the UB Research Match Institutional Liaison:
Kimberly Brunton RN MSN
Clinical Research Nurse Manager
Clinical and Translational Research Center
Workshop on Creativity and Innovation in the Biomedical Sciences To Be Held in Buffalo in June 2013
One of the major criteria by which every NIH grant is scored is innovation, and one of the most common reasons that grant applications go unfunded is lack of innovation. In order to assist investigators and trainees in the Buffalo Translational Consortium to improve innovation scores in their grant applications and to encourage innovation in research, UB, under the leadership of Dr. Leonard Epstein and with the assistance of Drs. Steven Fliesler and Larry Hawk, is hosting a unique workshop that will be held at the Ramada Inn in Amherst on June 10 and 11, 2013:
SUNY ‘Conversations in the Disciplines’ Workshop on Creativity and Innovation
The Workshop is supported by a grant from the SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines and multiple UB Schools and Departments. The agenda includes:
• talks and interactive sessions conducted by national leaders in creativity
• breakout sessions with 4 winners of NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards that support exceptionally innovative and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms.
Click here for the complete agenda, biographies of each of the speakers and event details.
The concept for the workshop arose in the planning of the Translational Pilot Program as part of the infrastructure of the Clinical and Translational Research Center in partnership with the Office of Vice President for Research.