In this issue
Upcoming Events
"Discovery Dialogues"
Monday, Jan. 9 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Main Hospital's Learning Center 

"SoCRA Chapter Meeting"
Friday, Jan. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Research Laboratory Building, Room 131

CCTR quick links
Community Engagement
Research Innovator
January 5, 2017


I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope your winter vacation was an enjoyable one. 

I look forward to the work ahead of us and the strides we will make towards advancing translational research in the year to come. 

Best regards,
Dr. Patrick Nana-Sinkam Joins CCTR Leadership Team

Dr. Patrick Nana-Sinkam
"On September 1, Patrick Nana-Sinkam, M.D., FCCP, joined the Department of Internal Medicine as a professor of medicine and as the chair of the Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. 

Dr. Nana-Sinkam grew up in Northern Virginia and became interested in pursuing a career in medicine while in college.

Although he seriously considered going to film school, Dr. Nana-Sinkam had several summer experiences, including shadowing physicians and working as a laboratory volunteer, that triggered his interest in medicine. 

Dr. Nana-Sinkam attended medical school at Wake Forest University and completed his residency and a year as chief resident in internal medicine at the University of Michigan. He then completed his subspecialty training at the University of Colorado where he went on to be a faculty member for two years. Most recently, he spent 10 years as a faculty member at The Ohio State University."

[Excerpt taken from the VCU Department of Internal Medicine's quarterly publication "Progress Notes"]

Updates to RealTime

As a reminder, beginning Tuesday,  January 10 VCU is making changes to  RealTime.

1. Non-exempt full-time  employees will begin using an electronic timesheet (in lieu of clocking in/out). Instructions for completing this timesheet are attached here . Managers will still be required to review and approve all  time  entries and leave.  Note you will continue to clock in/out until Tuesday, January 10.

2. Hourly/work-study employees will continue to clock in and out as per usual

3. Exempt employees will continue to report leave as per usual

As a reminder for all, supervisors are required to review/approve employees'  time entries. Email Jessica Carey ( with any questions regarding this process. 
Cite the Grant - CTSA award No. UL1TR000058

The VCU Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research reminds investigators to please cite the CTSA grant, per requirement of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), if you receive funding through the VCU Wright CCTR or use any CTSA facility, services, or tools to support your research. 

This includes the VCU Wright CCTR's Research Innovator, grant writing assistance, Clinical Research Informatics (consultations, REDCap, i2b2), Clinical Research Services (clinical trials, coordinator services), etc.

Please email with any quest ion.
Upcoming Events

"Discovery Dialogues: Discovery of Genetic Predictors for Central Nervous System Drug Response" - January 9

Please join the VCU Wright CCTR for a Discovery Dialogues seminar titled, "Discovery of genetic predictors for central nervous system drug response: the path to personalized treatment," presented by Joseph McClay, Ph.D., assistant professor for the VCU Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science, on Monday, January 9 from noon - 1 p.m. in the Main Hospital's Learning Center (first floor, across from the cafeteria). 

Faculty, staff, students, patients, and families are invited to attend.  Light refreshments will be served. 

For more information, contact Pam Dillon at
"Central Virginia SoCRA Chapter Meeting" - January 13

The VCU Wright CCTR invites you to attend the next SoCRA chapter meeting on Friday, January 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Research Laboratory Building, Room 131.

Patti Feldt, AAS, CCRP, training and education manager for VCU Massey Cancer Center's Clinical Trials Office, and Shirley Helm, MS, CCRP, manager of clinical trial administration for the VCU Wright CCTR's Clinical Research Services, will lead a presentation titled, "Exploring SoCRA as a Professional Credentialing Organization."

For more information,   contact  Shirley  Helm  at
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The CCTR is supported by CTSA Award number UL1TR000058 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.