August 2012 Archives

Meet CTSI database programmer and analyst Sue Lowry, whose expertise and experience make her a critical member of research teams at UMN. As one client stated, "Sue's responsiveness and effective problem solution are outstanding - far in excess of expectation."

Thank you for your hard work Sue!

Why do you work in clinical and translational research?

I love helping people with their programming and database needs. It's thrilling to me that the databases I'm building are contributing to the science that can make a difference in people's lives by helping them become and/or stay healthier.

What does your typical work day at CTSI look like?
Most of my days include a combination of meetings, creating and maintaining databases and database applications for departments or researchers, and helping people learn how to create their own databases using REDCap. I also offer REDCap demonstrations and answer questions from research teams.

What do you like to do when you're not at CTSI?
I spend a lot of time with our 5 month old puppy, my husband and our two sons. I enjoy reading, knitting and crocheting. I also enjoy helping with the audio and video at my church.

What is your favorite or current read?
I'm currently doing a lot of reading about dog training because we recently got our first puppy. Otherwise I mostly read mysteries, especially ones with cats and/or crafts involved, and adventure and suspense novels. One of my favorite authors is Joel Rosenberg.

The American Society of Hematology will honor Bruce R. Blazar, MD with the 2012 Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize for his significant advances in the field of bone marrow transplantation and adoptive immunotherapy.

The Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize, named for the late Ernest Beutler, MD, a past president of ASH and physician-scientist for more than 50 years, is a two-part lectureship that recognizes major translational advances related to a single topic. This award honors two individuals, one who has enabled advances in basic science and another for achievements in clinical science or translational research.

Dr. Blazar will present the lecture, "T-Cell Infusions: A New Tool for Transfusion Medicine That Has Come of Age," at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 10. Read more in the ASH press release.

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is pleased to announce the 2012 Novel Methods Pilot awardees. This funding provides support for investigators to incorporate novel methods into their translational research programs.

Please join us in congratulating them!

Scott Dehm, PhD
Genome Engineering to Model Prostate Cancer Therapy Resistance

Melissa Geller, MD & Dan Kaufman, MD, PhD
Transposon-Mediated Gene Transfer for Gene Therapy or as a Discovery Tool for Medically Relevant Genes and Pathways

Susanta Hui, PhD
Quantitative 3D MR Imaging for Assessing Bone Marrow Composition and Perfusion in Leukemia Patients Receiving Marrow Transplant

Samir Khariwala, MD
SWIFT MRI for Evaluation of Mandibular Invasion in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma

The first Scientific Writing Series was a success with every session full. Registrants had an opportunity to learn scientific writing techniques. Topics included writing for medical journals, overcoming writer's block, and how to respond to peer reviewer's comments and conducting peer review.

These first three sessions were all full within two weeks of opening registration to the public. Watch for future Writing Series opportunities and register right away to reserve a spot in these high-demand sessions! image002.png

Thursday, July 12th
Overcoming Writer's Block; Or, How I Learned to Stop Cleaning the Bathroom and Get to Work
Katie Levin, PhD, Assistant Director, Center for Writing
Writer's block, or resistance to writing, is a natural part of the writing process. No writer is immune from blocking. Just as all writers have their own voices, ideas, and writing processes, all writers also have particular factors that contribute to their own varieties of writer's block. In this workshop, participants will learn about what contributes to writer's block, develop an understanding of their own sources of resistance to writing, and learn about resources and strategies to help them move forward. All participants will write during this workshop.

Thursday, July 19th
Writing for Medical Journals
Michael Franklin, MS, Medical Writer and Editor, Department of Medicine
This seminar will provide an introduction to the writing and publication skills needed to excel as an author in academic medicine. It will primarily focus on the purpose and organization of each part of an empirical manuscript, including its four main sections (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion), as well as titles, abstracts, and figure legends. The seminar will also briefly cover strategies for selecting an appropriate journal and current ethical issues related to scientific publication.

Thursday, July 26th

Responding to Peer Reviewer's Comments and Conducting Peer Review
Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, MS, Executive Director, Center for Health Equity
Associate Director, Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
The audience will learn tips on responding to reviewer's comments, followed by tips for carrying out peer-reviews for journals. These two topics have a natural pairing as understanding one will help you improve on the other.

The CTSI Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) announces a new pilot funding opportunity for junior investigators conducting early stage translational research, which is defined as research focused on transitioning a basic science discovery to the clinical setting. Awardees will partner with a Project Development Team (PDT) that will provide project mapping and translational research expertise to facilitate the achievement of specific metrics and endpoints.

Applications are due September 17.

View the Request for Applications (RFA) to learn more.

Questions? Contact Sandra Wells, PhD, Assistant Director, CTSI Office of Discovery and Translation at (612) 625-3073 or