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

 

Dr. Jamie Sturgill Leads Discovery Dialogue on New Pathways to Controlling Asthma

11x16 Brandbar HeaderJamie Sturgill, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of Biobehavioral Laboratory Services for the VCU School of Nursing, led a Discovery Dialogues presentation in the Main Hospital’s Learning Center on Monday, April 11 to a mixed audience of VCU researchers, health care professionals and staff.

In her presentation titled, “A Breath of Fresh Air – Discovering New Pathways to Control Asthma,” Sturgill reviewed the immune response in allergic asthma, such as airway hyperreactivity, eosinophil infiltration, and mucus hypersecretion, in addition to the current treatment options. 

“At this time there is no way to prevent asthma, only control or treat it,” Sturgill said. “This is largely due to the fact that asthma is a large umbrella term and it’s difficult to characterize every type of allergy people have.”

The residents of Richmond, Virginia experience, first hand, the adverse side effects of spring allergies. Last year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s yearly Asthma Capitals report listed Richmond as the second most challenging city to live in with asthma.

Sturgill explains this as Richmond being a ‘perfect storm’ for asthma triggers and cited diesel exhaust from Interstate 64 and Interstate 95, mold in the James River, a large population of dust mites due to the city’s hot and humid temperature, and an urban environment as just a few of the contributing factors.

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First image up top: Jamie Sturgill, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of Biobehavioral Laboratory Services for the VCU School of Nursing