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CTSI COVID-19 Research Initiative

CTSI COVID-19 Research Initiative


In response to the COVID-19 crisis, CTSI partner institutions are working to bring together Southeastern Wisconsin’s expansive network of basic scientists, clinical/translational investigators, clinicians, public health experts, community of stakeholders, and health system experts to join teams to improve health by translating research ideas to the Clinic, Community, and Health Systems in an expedited manner.

The research teams, which we call “COVID-19 Research Initiative Teams”, will be formed around topics and questions that have been developed from reviewing COVID-19 RFAs and suggestions from the COVID-19 Research Initiative Steering Committee and investigators.

These generally fall into Prevention, Treatment, Post-Pandemic Sequalae, and Technology categories, involving acute care settings, chronic care settings, community, and health systems. If you are interested in participating, please contact Mike Anello, and you will be contacted and placed in the team of your topic of choice.

Our goal is to form effective collaborations between various research fields through this initiative. These collaborations will receive a variety of project support, including project management, to achieve their objectives.

Advisory Committee

Tom Aufderheide, MD, MS
Medical College of Wisconsin

Ivor Benjamin_Academic Profile

Ivor Benjamin, MD, FAHA, FACC
Medical College of Wisconsin


Leonard Egede, MD, MS
Medical College of Wisconsin

Stephen Hargarten_Academic Profile

Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH
Medical College of Wisconsin

Head shots

Mark Harris, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Jeanne Hossenlopp, PhD
Marquette University

Balaraman Kalyanaraman_Academic Profile

Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin


Sheku Kamara, MSE
Milwaukee School of Engineering

Jon Lehrmann_Academic Profile

Jon Lehrmann, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin

Shi-Jiang Li_Academic Profile

Shi-Jiang Li, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin


Cynthia Lien, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin

John Meurer_Academic Profile

John Meurer, MD, MBA
Medical College of Wisconsin

George MacKinnon_Academic Profile

George MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh, FASHP
Medical College of Wisconsin

Ravi Misra_Academic Profile

Ravindra Misra, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin


Janet Rader, MD, FACOG
Medical College of Wisconsin

Hallgeir Rui_Academic Profile

Hallgeir Rui, MD, MPH
Medical College of Wisconsin


Christopher Schultz, MD, FACR, FASTRO
Medical College of Wisconsin

Reza Shaker, MD

Reza Shaker, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin

Roy Silverstein_Academic Profile

Roy Silverstein, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin


Jonathon Truwit, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin

RaulUrrutia_Academic Profile

Raul Urrutia, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin


Doriel Ward, PhD, MPH
Medical College of Wisconsin

Calvin Williams_Academic Profile

Calvin Williams, MD, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin

Ming You_Academic Profile

Ming You, MD, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin

Planning Committee

Active Investigators by Institution

Data last updated: September 21, 2020













Medical College of Wisconsin0%
Marquette University0%
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee0%
Milwaukee School of Engineering0%

Virtual Town Halls

Virtual Town Hall Meetings for COVID-19 Research Initiative

  • Wednesday, April 8th @ 12:00 pm CST
  • Wednesday, April 8th @ 4:00 pm CST

166 KBDownload WebEx Connect Information


163 KBInvestigator Roadmap for COVID-19 Research Initiative

Interested in Joining Us? Need more information?

Please contact Mike Anello, Senior Project Manager.

Assignment #1

84 KBCTSI Research Interests & Resources Template

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.


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