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.

CCTR Hosts Final Fall Brown Bag Seminar Featuring OnCore Discussion

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The VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research hosted its fifth and final seminar as part of an ongoing Fall Brown Bag series where representatives from the VCU Wright CCTR raised awareness of the various tools and services offered by the Center. 

Robert “Bobby” Moulden, manager of Clinical Trials Management System for the VCU Wright CCTR, led this presentation with a particular focus on Online Collaborative Research Environment (OnCore), which is a Clinical Trials Management System (CTMS) designed specifically for large academic medical centers with vibrant, expanding clinical research programs. The event received a large turnout with representatives from the VCU Department of Pathology, VCU Massey Cancer Center, VCU Department of Neurosurgery, and the VCU Department of Internal Medicine, among others in attendance. 

OnCore is a web-accessible, centralized database with role-based security. It provides a platform to track clinical research studies and participants, and includes features such as  audit/monitoring capabilities, electronic case report forms (eCRFs), and custom reporting. Additionally, patient research participation is now shared from OnCore to Cerner through an integration.

Moulden and his team reviewed OnCore’s audit console, which supports a standard institutional audit process and incorporates input provided by the VCU Office of Research and Innovation’s Clinical Research Compliance Program, the Institutional Review Board, and VCU Massey Cancer Center.

“OnCore helps coordinators work together on the most up to date forms and information,” Moulden said. “It eliminates the need for teams to email files back and forth and provides a secure platform for materials containing patient health information.”

To learn more about OnCore, visit go.vcu.edu/oncore or go.vcu.edu/wiki. Email OnCore@vcu.edu with questions.

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First image up top: Robert “Bobby” Moulden, manager of Clinical Trials Management System for the VCU Wright CCTR

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

 

CCTR to Co-sponsor Workshop on the Art of the Engaged Lecture

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What can scientists do in a limited time frame to nudge student thinking from passive to engaged? How can one do this without significantly adding to their existing workload? The VCU community now has the opportunity to learn about the science and art of crafting significant learning experiences for students through an upcoming workshop. 

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Lisa Phipps, Ph.D., Pharm.D.

The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Tompkins-McCaw Library are co-sponsoring a brown bag lunch workshop that will walk participants through a variety of best teaching practices that can be contextualized and transferred to individual teaching methods.

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Enoch Hale, Ph.D.

Lisa Phipps, Ph.D., Pharm.D., online learning innovation specialist for the the VCU Academic Learning Transformation Lab, and Enoch Hale, Ph.D., director for the VCU Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, will lead this free presentation on Monday, Oct. 3 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 2-010 (second floor).

Please visit http://go.vcu.edu/_qip to register.  

 

 

Last Chance to Complete the Research Engagement and Mentoring Survey

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The VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (Wright CCTR), is seeking your input regarding your professional needs as an early career faculty member conducting any health-related research. We are interested in feedback from clinical researchers (e.g. nurses, physicians, Allied Health faculty, pharmacists, dentists), biomedical scientists, social workers, psychologists, etc., who conduct health-related research and are within the first 5 years of their careers. We want to learn about your perceptions of professional development at Virginia Commonwealth University and your satisfaction with the resources that are offered, as well as your views on mentoring. The Wright CCTR will use this information to determine how best to continue serving early career faculty members.

checklist-154274_1280The survey is designed to take less than 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will remain strictly confidential and will be reported only in the aggregate. As a token of our appreciation for your participation, you will be eligible to enter a raffle for one of ten $50 Barnes & Noble gift certificates.

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minister the survey. The survey will close on August 31, 2016. To begin, please click on the survey link below (or copy and paste into your browser):
 https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=4LLFKLKYLT

Antonio Abbate and Jennifer Economy Lead Presentations on Scientific Review Committee

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Last week, the VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (Wright CCTR) sponsored a series of Brown Bag Lunch seminars on the new VCU Scientific Review Committee (SRC) which is set to begin reviewing research projects in September 2016.

The presentations were led by Jennifer Economy, M.S.H.A., SRC executive director, and Antonio Abbate, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services, and associate chair of the SRC.

The mission of the SRC is to ensure that all research projects involving humans at VCU meet acceptable standards of scientific rigor and feasibility without obstructing institutional efficiency and timeliness. 

“The SRC leaders and members understand the challenges of getting ideas to become studies, and studies to yield results,” said Economy. “Every researcher we asked to join this team was excited about the opportunity. It’s truly a passionate group of people who have assembled for the cause.”

Economy went on to explain that VCU is on a path to becoming a premier, urban research institute. The existence of an SRC at VCU puts the University in line with other leading academic research institutions who have already adopted the SRC program.

The publication of a special reported titled, “CTSA Consortium Consensus Scientific Review Committee (SRC) Working Group Report on the SRC Processes,” in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS), the official journal of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, motivated VCU to re-start the SRC process. In the past, the former General and Clinical Research Center (GCRS) led a GCRC Advisory Committee (GAC) for many years. When VCU established the VCU Wright CCTR in 2007 and later received a $20 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the GAC was dissolved with the idea being that it would reconfigured in the future to meet the demands of translational research at VCU. 

“The SRC group believes in teaming up to do great research at VCU,” said Abbate. “We want this process to be a help, not a burden to researchers, and it is important to us that the experience be transparent for all those involved.”

To learn more about the SRC, visit www.cctr.vcu.edu/src or contact Jennifer Economy at jennifer.economy@vcuhealth.com.
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Second image: Jennifer Economy, M.S.H.A., SRC executive director

Fifth image: Antonio Abbate, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services, and associate chair of the SRC