In this issue
Upcoming Events
"Discovery Dialogues: Exploring Gambling Concerns in Fantasy Sports Participation"

  Monday, May 9 from noon to 1     p.m. in the Main Hospital's             Learning Center
"BIC Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Cohort Discovery and Data Extracts"

  Thursday, May 12 from noon to     1 p.m. in the Main Hospital's         Learning Center
"Community Engagement Institute"

  May 17-19, Richmond, Va.
CCTR quick links
Community Engagement
Research Incubator
May 4, 2016

We have just twenty more days until we officially submit our CTSA grant application, though the deadline for our internal processing is Friday, May 6. 

Thank you all for your dedication and work excellence in this busy time. 

Hopefully our hard work will eventually be rewarded with a couple sunny days and a break from this rain.  
Dr. Benjamin Van Tassell Utilizes CCTR Resources, Earns Prestigious Grants
The CCTR has published the first in our new Featured Researcher series where we highlight our remarkable translational scientists. 

Former CCTR KL2 Scholar, Dr. Benjamin Van Tassell, describes a "textbook example" of what the right mentor can do for someone.  His involvement with the CTSA KL2 mentoring program led him down the path of earning three NIH grants in addition to a grant from the American Heart Association. 
CCTR Recognizes Clinical Trials Awareness Week (May 2-6, 2016)

During Clinical Trials Awareness Week, we recognize the individuals who have made new, innovative treatments a reality for patients worldwide - clinical trial researchers and participants.

Let us celebrate the medical innovations of today and the treatments of tomorrow.

Tim Aro and Michael Tran Lead Second BIC Brown Bag Lunch Seminar
Tim Aro (top) and Michael Tran

The second seminar in the three-part BIC Brown Bag Lunch series took place last Friday. 

Tim Aro, information systems manager for the CCTR's Biomedical Informatics Core (BIC), and Michael Tran, IT specialist for BIC, reviewed the benefits of REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture), the basics of building a project, advanced features, and the available data management support services offered by the CCTR.

VCU Community Engagement and Dr. Moeller Mentioned in Forte Article

VCU's emphasis on community engagement in clinical research was applauded in a recent article published by Forte Research Systems, Inc.  

The article discusses how clinical research institutions can become more relevant to the priorities and practices of their patient communities.

CRS Team Honors Colleagues on Administrative Professionals Day

Sherry Bremer (left) and Joyce Pegeas
The Clinical Research Services (CRS) Unit honored Sherry Bremer and Joyce Pegeas on Wednesday, April 27 for Administrative Professionals Day. 

"We wanted to show our appreciation for all Joyce and Sherry do to keep the CRSU running smoothly. We are grateful to have them supporting our team!" said Lydia Klinger.
Students Present Their Work During CaMM Short Talk Event

The CCTR's Education Core held a "Student Short Talks" session on Thursday, April 28 in the Richmond Academy of Medicine's main conference room. 

The event, hosted by Teraya Donaldson, Ph.D., assistant director of education programs for CCTR's Education Core, encouraged students to present a 10-minute PowerPoint on their rotation or research projects.

Upcoming Events

"Discovery Dialogues: Exploring Gambling Concerns in Fantasy Sports Participation" - May 9

The CCTR invites faculty, staff, students, patients, and families to attend a Discovery Dialogues presentation on Monday, May 9.  

Brendan Dwyer, Ph.D., director of research and distance learning for the VCU Center for Sport Leadership, will lead a presentation titled, "Exploring Gambling Concerns in Fantasy Sports Participation," in the Main Hospital's Learning Center from noon to 1 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Pam Dillon (

"BIC Brown Bag Lunch: Cohort Discovery and Data Extracts" (session three) - May 12

Bring your lunch to the Main Hospital's Learning Center on Thursday, May 12 and learn everything there is to know about Cohort Discovery (i2b2) and clinical data reporting. 

Cohort Discovery is a self-service, Web-based tool used to discover de-identified patient cohorts. It allows researchers to query several sources of patient data, including EMRs, lab results, clinical data warehouse and demographic data. Data extracts and reporting tools will also be reviewed in this final, two-part session.

"Community Engagement Institute" - May 17-19

Each year, the VCU Division of Community Engagement and the CCTR host an annual Community Engagement Institute.

The event is free, but seats are limited.  Be sure to  register  by
Saturday April 30 to reserve your space.

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