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Upcoming Events
"Monthly Staff Meeting"

Thursday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  in the RAM Conference Room
CCTR quick links
Community Engagement
Research Incubator
June 29, 2016

I hope each of you have a chance to enjoy the three day holiday ahead of us. 

Stay safe and well ,
Wright CCTR and VCU Library Co-Host Seminar on Research Participant Strategies
 Megan Blumenthal (left) and Jonathan P. DeShazo, Ph.D.

T he CCTR  and  Tompkins-
McCaw Library  recently partnered to host a seminar at the library titled, "Strategies and Tools for Research Participant Recruitment."

Jonathan P. DeShazo, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate director for the Wright CCTR's Enterprise Informatics and co-director of the Biomedical Informatics Core, and Megan Blumenthal, lab manager for the VCU School of Medicine's Department of Health Behavior and Policy, led the discussion on strategies and tools for designing an effective research participant recruitment plan.

NCATS SMART IRB Reliance Platform to Serve as Roadmap for New NIH Policy
Through its  CTSA program , NCATS is developing a single IRB reliance platform for multisite clinical studies: the NCATS Streamlined, Multisite, Accelerated Resources for Trials (SMART) IRB Reliance Platform. 

The goal is to provide flexible resources that investigators nationwide can use to harmonize and streamline IRB review for their own multisite studies.

VCU Massey Cancer Researchers Slow Cancer Growth in Clinical Trial on CCTR'S CRS Unit 

Paul Dent, Ph.D. (left) and Andrew Poklepovic, M.D.
The CCTR's Clinical Research Services Unit facility, located in VCU Health's North Hospital (8th floor), is home to incredible clinical research. 
VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers are conducting a combination drug therapy clinical trial on the  unit. T his phase 1 trial has slowed the growth of cancer in the majority of trial participants who were patients with advanced solid tumors. 

New Mandatory Timekeeping System at VCU

VCU HR is offering classes for managers, exempt and non-exempt employees on how to use the new RealTime system. 

Class options can be found at  (search by Sponsor - Human Resources). Please familiarize yourself with this system prior to Thursday,  August 25  in order to ensure proper usage of the system.

Note that this system will replace the CCTR's internal REDCap Leave Request process and will be mandatory for all employees in order to get paid properly. 
Upcoming Events

Monthly Staff Meeting - July 14

The CCTR will hold its July monthly staff meeting on Thursday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the RAM Conference Room. 

Jessica Bryant, project manager for the HR Redesign Project, will lead a presentation on the redesign and answer questions.

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The CCTR is supported by CTSA Award number UL1TR000058 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.