Dr. Moeller Discusses Clinical Research with Visiting Italian Medical Students

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The VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research proudly welcomed nine medical students from the Università Campus Bio-Medico in Roma, Italy to VCU for a two and a half week program titled, “A Primer on Clinical and Translational Research.”

The program took place from Monday, Sept. 5 to Saturday, Sept. 24, during which time the Italian students attended lectures on clinical and translational research with Antonio Abbate, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services, and associate chair of the VCU Scientific Review Committee, and other esteemed VCU scientists and researchers. 

The students also visited the Richmond Academy of Medicine (RAM) building to meet with F. Gerard Moeller, M.D., director of the VCU Wright CCTR, who sat down with the group to discuss the value of clinical research and the paths to a research career. 

“As a medical professional, there is always a pull to just do clinical work because the career path of a researcher is difficult,” Moeller said. “But the work done by researchers is a vital component of the scientific field and there are many funding opportunities, fellowships, and mentors available to support you along your path.”

Dr. Moeller also stressed the importance of young scientists finding a good team and supportive institution. He explained the functions and services of the various programs offered to researchers by the VCU Wright CCTR, including protected time in the form of the KL2 (formerly known as K12) scholar program. The KL2 provides substantial salary support and $25,000 in start-up funds for faculty-level clinical and translational scientists near the beginning of their investigative careers. 

The Italian medical students’ visit to VCU was made possible by a cooperative partnership between VCU and the Università Campus Bio-Medico. This past June, five American students in their 3rd and 4th years of VCU’s medical program visited Italy for three weeks as part of an intensive training program dedicated to generating enthusiasm for research and exposing VCU students to medical practices abroad. 



First image up top: F Gerard Moeller, M.D., director of the VCU Wright CCTR , presents a lecture on the value of clinical research

Poster Opportunity at Johns Hopkins Research Participant Recruitment & Retention Conference

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The VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (Wright CCTR) encourages the VCU community to share news of their successful research and recruitment endeavors by taking advantage of a poster display opportunity at the upcoming Johns Hopkins ICTR conference titled, “Research Participant Recruitment & Retention: What is working across the nation?
Share your recruitment ideas, success tips, experiences of overcoming challenges, etc. through this poster session which is open to all, including clinical research coordinators, administration, support staff, study teams and PIs. 
Poster details:
  • You do not have to attend the conference in order to submit a poster description/abstract. A Wright CCTR representative will be attending and can set up your poster materials on site
  • Posters do not have to be scientific. Topics like case studies and best practices are encouraged!
  • VCU Libraries can assist with poster printing (learn more)
  • Submit poster descriptions or abstracts to clewis4@jhmi.edu by Tuesday, July 26 
Poster categories:
* Community Engagement * Digital Approaches Using Social Media * Strategies for Success in recruitment and retention * Overcoming Challenges (personal beliefs, education, income, culture, history, physical environment) * Measuring Recruitment Efforts * Usage of Electronic Health Records for Recruitment
Click here to read full poster submission details. 
A conference registration announcement with more information will follow soon. Please email Shirley Helm (shirley.helm@vcuhealth.org) with questions.

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First Annual Quality in Clinical Research Conference – April 18

The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research is proud to support the First Annual Quality in Clinical Research Conference taking place Monday, April 18.

Though the conference is currently full, a limited number of seats have been set aside specifically for investigators or those working on a VCU faculty sponsored IND or IDE. To RSVP as an investigator, please click here.

All other individuals wishing to be placed on the wait list may register here.

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