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UMN Expert: Rethinking chronic kidney disease care through improved electronic health records

Chronic kidney disease affects more than 20 million Americans, but primary care providers often miss the condition, because it tends to be asymptomatic and is associated with other important comorbidities, or chronic conditions.

Utilizing electronic health records (EHR) could help identify chronic kidney disease (CKD) sooner, and identify ways to better manage the condition, says University of Minnesota faculty member and researchers with the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP). Researchers gave recommendations to apply that concept in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology today.

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In The News: CTSI stresses a team approach to research

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) was launched at University of Minnesota in 2009 and is already impacting the well-being of people around the world. Using community-based research methods, a team of University researchers is working toward fulfilling CTSI’s mission: accelerating discoveries toward better health.

“The idea is to create community-university research teams that collaborate throughout the research life cycle, by first developing an understanding of the needs of a community, and then designing a mutually agreeable and appropriate study to address those needs, which ultimately leads to the dissemination and implementation of its findings,” Kathleen Call, Ph.D.Sheila Riggs, D.D.S., D.M.Sc.Deborah Hendricks, M.P.H., R.N., A.P.H.N-B.C., and Bernard Harlow, Ph.D., wrote in the May issue of Minnesota Physician.

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U of M’s CTSI shines the spotlight on translational researchers, announces Mentor of the Year award

The University of Minnesota is known for its brilliant researchers who make groundbreaking research discoveries. Earlier this week, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) celebrated a specific, remarkable subset of researchers – those committed to bringing their discoveries into practice.

Nearly 70 researchers showcased how they’re moving their discoveries along the translational path and into real-world practice. Researchers ranged from an assistant professor of medicine who is formulating a potential therapy for the treatment of head and neck cancer to a Ph.D. student creating mobile-based interventions for obesity control and prevention.

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Poising clinical research coordinators for research success

Clinical research coordinators (CRCs) are an important part of research teams, but some find themselves in the profession without adequate training. Even if they have a scientific background, they may not understand the necessary regulations, policies and intricacies of conducting research on human subjects.

A group of CRCs and research managers at the University of Minnesota identified a need for training, and worked with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute – Office of Interprofessional Workforce Development to create a comprehensive orientation program for new CRCs.   This week, after two years of hard work, the group unveiled the Clinical Research Coordinator Orientation program to their peers.

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CTSI, Center for Health Equity kick off two mentor programs

On a sun-splashed summer evening on the University of Minnesota campus the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Center for Health Equity recently kicked off two innovative mentorship programs: the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) and the Advanced Research Program (ARP).

The event provided a networking opportunity for the scholars and mentors to meet each other and to learn about the work of the other participating scholars.

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Undergrads gain valuable experience through research mentor program

For most college undergrads, jobs in a cafeteria or coffee shop are the norm. But for a select group of students, there is an opportunity to work on real medical research projects thanks to the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Center for Health Equity (CHE) Undergraduate Research Program (URP).

John Tarnowski, a senior majoring in biochemistry in the College of Biological Sciences, is currently participating in URP and has seen the benefits of such a program.

“This program has allowed me to gain exposure to research programs here at the University of Minnesota and see how the research process really works,” said Tarnowski. “I’ve been able to get involved and understand how all the components fit together. I’ve learned that the research process really is a team effort.”

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