In this issue
Upcoming events
"Recipe for Success: Effectively Using Web of Science" 
Wednesday, Dec. 9 from noon to 1 p.m.
"Discovery Dialogues: Discovering Ways to Regenerate the Damaged Lung" 
Monday, December 14 from noon - 1 p.m.
CCTR quick links
Community Engagement
Research Incubator
December 2015


Welcome back from what I hope was an enjoyable and relaxing  holiday weekend. 

In the coming weeks, we will be hiring some new team members, so keep a look out for them and be sure to extend a warm CCTR welcome. I know we're all looking forward to the continued growth of the Center and each of our unique  contributions will help us along this path.

Finally, as you know, VCU is requesting all employees complete the 2015 Integrity & Compliance Education test by Friday. Please meet that deadline to ensure our team's non-compliance number is low.

Have an excellent week and do your best to stay dry and safe in this sudden dreary  weather we're experiencing. 
CCTR Hosts First "Student Short Talks" Presentation

The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) held it's first "Student Short Talks" session on Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Richmond Academy of Medicine's Conference Room. The event, hosted by Teraya Donaldson, Ph.D., assistant director of education programs for CCTR's Education Core, was open to first year and pre-qualifying research students who presented a 10-minute PowerPoint on their rotation or research projects. Click here to r ead more.

Fatmata Sesay, a Ph.D. student in both the Cancer and Molecular Medicine concentration (CaMM) and the VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD), presents her research.
Dr. Moeller Among Team that Advocated Change for Charge Master Rates

This past October the School of Medicine 
Executive Committee  announced VCU 
Health's approval of a revised Charge Master for  rates associated with clinical research. 

This change reflects the tireless efforts of many, including F. Gerard Moeller, M.D.,  d irector of the VCU CCTR; Jerome F. Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Medicine; and Dr. Francis Macrina, Ph.D., vice president for research and innovation for the VCU Office of Research and Innovation. They were among a team that pushed for the change to a  single standardized pricing rate based on current published rates  from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for all studies, regardless of the  funding source.  

This new approach is in line with reasonable cost recovery efforts and will positively impact future budget negotiations and study activation times. 
2015 Integrity & Compliance Education due December 4 
Please complete your integrity and Compliance Education training/test before Friday, December 4

The modules and test can be accessed through Blackboard .
The Redesigned CCTR Newsletter

Welcome to the first redesigned issue of CCTR's new 'Works Cited'
As part of a renewed effort to bring the various CCTR teams together to support one another, we've rebranded our newsletter.  Keep an eye out for this bi-weekly email and be sure to submit news and story ideas to
Upcoming Events

"Recipe for Success: Effectively Using Web of Science." 

CCTR and Tompkins-McCaw Library
present their next monthly lunch research seminar, "Recipe for Success: Effectively Using Web of Science," on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from noon - 1 p.m. in the Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 109. Drinks will be provided, but please bring your own lunch.

Karen Gau, research and education librarian for Tompkins-McCaw Library, will discuss how to effectively and efficiently use Web of Science to support research. 

Please contact Pam Dillon ( to register.
"Discovery Dialogues: Discovering Ways to Regenerate the Damaged Lung" 

CCTR will host it's next Discovery Dialogues seminar on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from noon - 1 p.m. at the Main Hospital's Learning Center. Rebecca L. Heise, Ph.D., assistant professor for VCU School of Engineering's Biomedical Engineering Department, will present on, "Discovering Ways to Regenerate the Damaged Lung."  Light refreshments will be served. 

Please contact Pam Dillon ( ) for more information.
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The CCTR is supported by CTSA Award number UL1TR000058 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.