In this issue
Upcoming Events
"Monthly Staff Meeting"
Thursday, September 8  at 10:00   a.m.  in the RAM building, 2nd Floor

Friday, September 9 from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Monday, September 12 from noon to 1:00 p.m.  in the Main Hospital's Learning Center

"Central Virginia SoCRA Chapter Meeting"
Monday, September 12 from noon to 1:00 p.m.  at the McGlothlin Medical Education Center, Room 11-102

"Show Me the Money"
Wednesday, September 14 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the  Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 109  

"CCTR Brown Bag Seminar: Clinical Trial Recruitment"
Thursday, September 15  from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Kontos Medical Sciences Center, Room 104 

CCTR quick links
Community Engagement
Research Incubator
September 7, 2016


August was a great month for training initiatives for the CCTR. Thanks to all who participated in the Mentor Workshop, which was a great success. Several training seminars and workshops are on tap for September as well. 

CCTR Hosts Inaugural Research Mentor Training Workshop

On Wednesday, August 24, the  VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (Wright CCTR) hosted the inaugural Research Mentor Training Workshop at the VCU Rice Rivers Center. 

Through a process-based approach, 36 workshop participants explored an intellectual framework for research mentoring, which included reflecting on mentoring skills, participating in case studies to solve mentoring dilemmas, and sharing strategies for success. 

Visit the Wright CCTR website to read the full story write up. 
Company Launched at VCU Selected for 'Best University Startups' Event at Congress

Congratulations to Arun Sanyal, M.D., professor of medicine at VCU, director of the Wright CCTR's Education Core, and president, chair and chief medical officer of Sanyal Biotechnology.

Sanyal Biotechnology has been selected for "Best University Startups 2016" by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2).

VCU Establishes First Biostatistics Consulting Laboratory

The Wright CCTR is proud to support the creation of the Biostatistics Consulting Laboratory (BCL) at VCU.

The BCL offers assistance with study design, data analysis, and biostatistical education services free of charge to members of  VCU and  VCU Health System

It will complement the biostatistics services already offered by the Center by allowing Wright CCTR biostatisticians more flexibility to keep up with the ever-growing demand for their services.

2017 NIH Loan Payment Program Applications Accepted through Nov. 15, 2016
The 2017 application cycle for the National Institutes of Health's Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) is now open! To begin your application online,  go to

Visit Elizabeth Fortune's blog Research Matters! to learn more. 

VCU College Colors Day

A few members of the Wright CCTR team were captured wearing their  VCU gear on National College Colors Day.

Thanks to all who participated!
Upcoming Events

Monthly Staff Meeting - Sept. 8

The September staff meeting will take place  Thursday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m. in  the RAM building, 2nd Floor.

Rose O'Toole, VCU's regional CommonHealth ambassador, will lead a presentation titled "Get a Grip on Joint Pain," where she will offer strategies for protecting your joints.
The NIH Big Data to Knowledge program has announced the BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science, a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science. 

This course is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science. The series starts Friday, September 9 and will run once per week all year from noon to 1:00 p.m.

To join the meeting online visit
To join by phone only:  +1 (872) 240-3311 ; Access Code: 786-506-213
Discovery Dialogues: Discoveries that Target Cancer Cells
- Sept. 12

Please join the Wright CCTR for our Discovery Dialogues seminar titled, "Discoveries that Target Cancer Cells." Eun Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the VCU School of Medicine, will present the seminar on Monday, September 12 from noon to 1:00 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
- Sept.

The Wright CCTR invites you to attend the next chapter meeting on Monday, September 12 from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the McGlothlin Medical Education Center, Room 11-102. 

Mark Hochhauser, Ph.D., readability consultant and IRB member, will present a webinar on e-consents and usability issues from the 2015 SoCRA 24th Annual Conference. The presentation will be followed by a discussion of the subject matter.

For more information, contact  Shirley Helm, MS, CCRP, manager of clinical trial administration for the Wright CCTR's Clinical Research Services, at  or  804-628-2942 .

Show Me the Money - Sept. 14

The Wright CCTR and Tompkins-McCaw Library present the first of their 2016-2017 lunch research seminars titled, "Show Me the Money," on Wednesday, September 14, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 109. 

Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison for the Wright CCTR's Research Innovator, will discuss how to position yourself to be competitive for funding and identify appropriate research funding for your career and research interests. 

Participants may bring their lunch. Drinks will be provided. 

For more information or to register, contact Dr. Dillon at
"CCTR Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Clinical Trial Recruitment" (session two) - Sept. 15 

Bring your lunch to the  Kontos Medical Sciences Center (Room 104) on Thursday, September 15 and learn about best practices and support services for effective clinical trial recruitment at VCU.   

Mary Madu, CCRC, and Kimberly Bradley, EMT, CCRP, will lead this presentation.

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