CTSI and Children's Hospitals and Clinics launch Minnesota Children's Health Research Collaborative

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota have formed a first-of-its-kind group dedicated to improving the health of Minnesota's children.

On November 16, the group will host the first in a series of Research in Child Health Dinner Forums.

The purpose of the dinner forum series, made possible through a $51 million CTSA-NIH Grant, is to gather pediatric research leaders and practitioners from Children's and the University of Minnesota as well as community-based child-health partners.

Together, the partnership, known as the Minnesota Children's Health Research Collaborative, will serve as focal point for broader collaborations to bring cutting-edge information to community practitioners and make them aware of clinical research opportunities.

First event: Childhood Obesity
The first of these forums will have a special focus on childhood obesity. The University of Minnesota's Aaron Kelly, PhD, a member of the Divisions of Epidemiology and Cardiology from the Department of Pediatrics at the UMN Medical School, and Jennifer Abuzzahab, MD, a Children's Endocrinologist will share updates on their collaborative obesity research.

Topic:         Childhood obesity (additional topics to follow in the coming months)
When:         Wed., Nov. 16, 2011, 6 p.m.
Where:        Children's Hospital and Clinics of MN - Minneapolis Education Center
Who:           Anyone interested in collaborative work on important child health topics
Why:           It is an opportunity to hear from your peers and learn about potential   opportunities to participate in clinical research.

RSVP:         Please contact Andrea Leinberger-Jabari at lein0072@umn.edu or (612) 624-4247 by Fri., Nov. 11 if you plan to participate in this important event.

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