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

 

Researchers Participate in Speed Networking Event

11x16 Brandbar HeaderOn Thursday, Jan. 14, the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) at VCU and Tompkins-McCaw Library co-hosted a research speed networking lunch event.

This program was just one of the more than 40 activities that made up “Ready, Set, Grant!,” a four-day event aimed at helping researchers learn competitive grant writing skills.

More than twenty individuals from across a variety of VCU disciplines attended the event. Representation included the CCTR, the School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, VCU Life Sciences, the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, among many others.

Participants were assigned a designated color (red, green or blue) and asked to sit at any of the corresponding colored seats. They were then given three minutes to talk about their research and background before an alarm sounded, signaling either the green or red-designated researchers to move to the next table. Participants were provided lunch and a list of fellow attendees to keep notes on as they rotated.

“After participating in the speed-networking event, I was amazed at the breadth of research that is being conducted across VCU,” said Adam Sima, assistant professor for the VCU School of Medicine’s Department of Biostatistics, and CCTR faculty. “It was fantastic to hear of such diverse research areas and what each researcher was seeking in terms of collaborators. Judging from my own conversations as well as the engaged conversations that raged around me, I have no doubt that most of the researchers found a fellow researcher with shared interests or compatible expertise.”

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VCU to Host Four-Day Event on Competitive Grant Writing

The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the VCU Office of Research and Innovation are sponsoring “Ready, Set, Grant!,” a four-day event with more than 40 workshops aimed at helping researchers learn competitive grant writing skills. “Ready, Set, Grant!” will take place Tuesday, Jan. 12 through Friday, Jan. 15 at various on-campus locations.

Please see below for the schedule of events taking place at the MCV campus.

Click here to view the full schedule and register by Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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