Interdisciplinary VCU research team provides clinical and diagnostic guidance for broken-heart syndrome

By Anne Dreyfuss
VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research

 

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Broken heart syndrome usually results from severe emotional or physical stress such as the death of a loved one. (Image courtesy of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology)

A team of cardiology and psychiatry specialists from Virginia Commonwealth University has authored a new comprehensive clinical review article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that summarizes the latest evidence-based diagnostic criteria and treatment strategies for Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as broken-heart syndrome.

“Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a recently recognized condition that is difficult to diagnose and treat,” said corresponding author Antonio Abbate, M.D., Ph.D. Abbate is a cardiology professor at VCU School of Medicine. He serves as associate director of the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and as medical director of the Clinical Research Services unit. Read More

Interested in helping us advance Clinical and Translational Research?

VCU Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research seeks talented individuals for the following positions to promote translational workforce development and experienced based training in clinical and translational research (CTR) and advance CTR methods and processes to speed translation, build collaborations and optimize resources within VCU and within the CTSA network.

Education Coordinator – https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/83660

The Educational Coordinator assists with workforce training initiatives organized by the Wright Center graduate educational programs and Translational Workforce Development training efforts. The Educational Coordinator provides student support, coordination of educational and training activities, and is committed to the goals of Wright Center. This position regularly interacts with the Graduate School, School of Medicine, and Student Accounts, on behalf of new and continuing students and trainees.

Hub Research Program Administrator – https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/83661

The position is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the planning, implementation and tracking of projects related to the Wright Center Hub Research Capacity Core, which seeks to provide innovative methods for recruitment of diverse research participants into VCU clinical trial, promote high quality in clinical and translational research (CTR) through scientific review and discovery, and develop, demonstrate and distribute innovative methods and approaches that improve efficiency in clinical and translational research (CTR).  Incumbent will manage all aspects of the program including, but not limited to, collaborating with Hub leads and team members on project plans, VCU/VCUH interface for key initiatives; facilitating committee events, supporting, maintaining and tracking project plans and performance metrics, and communicating with institutional, regional and national colleagues of the NIH Clinical and Translations Science Award (CTSA) network.

Research Navigator – https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/84161

This position acts as an education and compliance expert with regard to ClinicalTrials.gov, federal regulations, human subjects research requirements, and Virginia Commonwealth University policies and procedures for the protection of human subjects involved in research. Incumbent develops and coordinates procedures and programs to enhance principal investigator (PI) understanding and compliance as it relates to human subjects research and the related policies and procedures impacting VCU, such as:  Create and oversee an institution-wide program for planning, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of compliance with ClinicalTrials.gov and related policies and procedures impacting VCU; Develop, implement and evaluate education and outreach materials, tools and programs for principal investigators (PI) and study teams in consultation with the Office of Research and external stakeholders that improve quality and consistency in clinical and translational research (CTR) at VCU; Advise and guide translational workforce development by identifying knowledge gaps and helps to address those needs with the development of additional education and outreach materials, tools and programs as deemed essential.

Dr. Moeller selected as Wright Distinguished Chair

F. Gerard Moeller, M.D.
By: Krista Hutchins
June 8, 2017

Congratulations!

Dr. F. Gerard, “Gerry” Moeller, Director of the Wright Center, has been appointed as the inaugural C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Distinguished Chair in Clinical and Translational Research.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Moeller said, “It is a great honor to be selected to hold a Chair that bears the names of C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright. Mr. Wright is one of the most magnanimous donors supporting clinical research at VCU, as was his wife before her passing. I personally owe a great debt of gratitude to Mr. Wright as does the Center that bears his name.”

In addition to directing the Wright Center, Dr. Moeller is internationally known for his translational research on impulsivity and addictions using brain imaging as a tool for medication development. He is principal investigator of a center grant funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop novel treatments for cocaine and opioid addictions.

At VCU, Dr. Moeller has worked to enhance the culture of translational research.  Approximately four years ago, he was appointed Director of the VCU Institute of Drug and Alcohol Studies, and two years ago, was appointed Director of the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Associate Vice President of Clinical Research.

Dr. Francis L. Macrina, Vice President for Research and Innovation called Dr. Moeller a physician-scientist who is a translational research exemplar.  “Gerry ‘s appointment to the first Wright Distinguished Chair is a fitting tribute to his  accomplishments in addiction science and to his visionary leadership of the Wright Center”, Macrina said.

The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Foundation have established a total of 6 Distinguished Chairs totaling $12 million. The remaining 5 endowed chairs will be awarded to faculty whose work promises to catalyze continued growth in translational research in the decades to come.

 

National Nutrition Month® Challenge – Week 5

The theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month® is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tools to make healthier food choices.

During this month, the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services (CRS)’s Bionutrition Unit has hosted different activities to increase nutrition awareness.

Week 5 challenge: What you do to make healthy eating fun? Tell us in the comments and you could be entered in for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

National Nutrition Month® Challenge – Week 4

The theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month® is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tools to make healthier food choices.

During this month, the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services (CRS)’s Bionutrition Unit has hosted different activities to increase nutrition awareness.

Week 5 challenge: Post a comment about your favorite superfoods and let us know how your fitness challenge of working in at least 10,000 steps a day is going.

National Nutrition Month® Challenge – Week 3

The theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month® is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tools to make healthier food choices.

During this month, the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services (CRS)’s Bionutrition Unit will host different activities to increase nutrition awareness.

Week 3 challenge: Try using household items like cans or bags of rice as weights to build muscle. Visit the CCTR blog and post a comment below about whether or not what you currently do to plan your meals works for you and let us know how your fitness challenge is going.

Participate in NNM activities and you could win a prize!

National Nutrition Month® Challenge – Week 2

The theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month® is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tools to make healthier food choices.

During this month, the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services (CRS)’s Bionutrition Unit will host different activities to increase nutrition awareness.

Week 2 challenge: Spend 5 minutes practicing one or two yoga poses and take a 2 minute break to simply sit quietly. Tell us in the comments how this challenge worked for you.

Participate in NNM activities and you could win a prize!

National Nutrition Month® Challenge – Week 1

The theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month® is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tools to make healthier food choices.

During this month, the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services (CRS) bio nutrition team will host different activities to increase nutrition awareness.

Week 1 challenge: Tell us in the comments what you do to put your best fork forward.

Participate in NNM activities and you could win a prize!

CCTR Presents at VCU School of Nursing Research Council

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Representatives from multiple cores within the VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research led a presentation on the various tools and services offered by the Center at a recent VCU School of Nursing Research Council.

The VCU Wright CCTR reviewed research definitions set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the services offered by the CCTR Research Innovator, Clinical Research Services policies, and institutional information. 

“You are not alone,” said Shirley L.T. Helm, MS, CCRP, manager of clinical research administration for the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services. “We are here to help you with a team of experts in the areas of research, biostatistics, informatics, study conduct, regulatory development…you name it.”

The team went on to explain how the VCU Wright CCTR caters to investigators at many levels and functions as an umbrella center for various hubs, which includes the Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry, the Community Engagement Core, and the Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging (CARI) program, among others.

“As the School of Nursing is ramping up it’s own clinical research projects, it was good to identify areas of concern and educate them as to the services the CRS provides to the greater research community here at VCU,” said Art Carpenter, senior financial analyst for the VCU Wright CCTR. “I was happy to walk the audience through requesting quotes for services and procedures from our identified ancillary services.”

Click here to view the presentation slideshow.

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Shirley Helm, M.S., CCRP, manager of clinical trial administration for the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services
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Alanda Perry Jones, MA, CCRP, clinical trials specialist for the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services
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Joelle Lemmons, RN, BSN, MS, nurse manager for the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services
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Art Carpenter, senior financial analyst for the VCU Wright CCTR

 

Art Carpenter Earns Sponsored Projects Administration Certificate

11x16 Brandbar HeaderArt Carpenter, senior financial analyst for the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) at VCU, completed the “Sponsored Projects Administration Certification Program” and received his certificate on Tuesday, May 24 at the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park – BioTech One building. This voluntary five-month long program is jointly sponsored by the VCU Office of Research and Innovation and the VCU Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration.

“This is a rigorous and comprehensive program,” said Susan E. Robb, senior associate vice president for research administration and compliance for the VCU Office of Research. “Each of you should feel a huge sense of accomplishment. We believe that VCU is a better place because of you.”

The decade-long program is managed and coordinated by the Office of Sponsored Programs and combines online materials with five live class sessions.

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First image up top: Art Carpenter (right), senior financial analyst for VCU CCTR, presents his certificate next to Susan E. Robb (left), senior associate vice president for research administration and compliance for the VCU Office of Research