Welcome to CTSInsider, the newsletter of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin! Through this quarterly newsletter, we hope to share more information about:
- what the CTSI has to offer you and those engaging in clinical and translational research
- the CTSI and the national CTSA network
- why the CTSI exists
- exciting opportunities throughout the year related to clinical and translational research and education
In this issue you will find a brief overview of some of our 2016 accomplishments, CTSI news and announcements, and highlights of services we have available to support you and your research.
CTSI is here to serve you! CTSI offers a variety of resources and services to augment the myriad of research infrastructure options available to research teams across CTSI partner institutions.
In 2016, 866 investigators and research personnel benefited from CTSI services and resources.
While these individuals come from across all of our partner institutions, the majority (79%) are from the Medical College of Wisconsin, followed by the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (5%), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (4.6%), and Froedtert (4.2%). Our most frequently used service in 2016 was our Clinical and Research Data warehouse, which provides investigative teams access to clinical data from the Froedtert and Children’s Hospital electronic health record systems. Teams are able to query clinical information through i2B2, which stands for “Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside”.
In 2016, CTSI also supported two collaborative research workshops which brought together a diverse set of stakeholders together around the topics of PTSD and veteran’s health and patient-centered and community-engaged clinical trials. The primary objective of those Nucleating Workshops is to develop and facilitate multidisciplinary team research collaborations targeting specific health topics identified by the community. In addition, workshops aim to involve a more diverse group of stakeholders, thus expanding team diversity. Members of the community, patients, as well as other appropriate participants (e.g. social workers, teachers, public health and teaching professionals, etc.) are invited to participate. In the last quarter of 2016, through a request for suggestions, we received seven collaborative research proposals ranging in topics from nutrition and motivation in Milwaukee public school freshmen, alternative treatments for epilepsy, violence prevention strategies, and pelvic organ prolapse in women. We are excited to support these collaborative research teams and see how they develop further in 2017!
In 2016, we also supported 165 of your active research projects through our pilot & collaborative grants, our KL2 Mentored Career Development program, services through our Adult Translational Research Unit and Clinical Trials Office. Throughout the year we hope to highlight some of your work and the research we are supporting through our infrastructure.