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CTSI research project addresses food insecurity in MN

Researchers from the University of Minnesota and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota are collaborating on a study that explores a new approach for connecting food insecure families with food and nutrition resources, thanks to funding from CTSI, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and the University’s Department of Pediatrics.

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In the news: UMN group leads effort to develop new pediatric medical devices

Transforming a concept on paper to a tangible and functioning medical device requires a lot of time and research. And even more money.

It could take an estimated profit margin of $500 million or more before a tech company will move to invest in a new medical device, the Star Tribune estimates. Finding funding to reach that point is difficult to say the least. That’s why Gwen Fischer, M.D., assistant professor in the department of pediatrics of the University of Minnesota Medical School, teamed up with medical device colleagues to form the Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium (PDIC).

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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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