December 2012 Archives

Meet CTSI recruitment specialist Melissa Mueller, whose expertise and experience make her a critical member of research teams at UMN. Her work with ResearchMatch is connecting University of Minnesota researchers with volunteers who have expressed interesting in participating in research studies.Thumbnail image for head shot.jpg

Why do you work in clinical and translational research?
I chose to pursue a job in clinical and translational research because I recognize its importance in simple everyday things we often take for granted, as well as its role in developing cutting edge methods that change how we view health and disease.

What does your typical work day at CTSI look like?
Since this is a new position for me as well as for the University, my "typical" workday is still in development. As each day passes, however, it becomes clearer that my position will likely not have "typical" workdays, which makes me really excited! Some days I meet with researchers to discuss recruitment goals for their study and develop targeted strategies. Other days I give presentations to different groups on campus, teach researchers how to use ResearchMatch, work with the IRB to streamline certain procedures for our researchers, attend community outreach and networking events, participate in discussions on various health topics across the Academic Health Center schools, help develop training materials, host internal meetings, collaborate on nation-wide efforts to promote research volunteer participation, and continue to learn about the dynamic world of research at the University. I am lucky to work on such a wide variety of projects and with very intelligent and diverse people!

What do you like to do when you're not at CTSI?
When I am not at CTSI, I enjoy outdoor activities (especially running!), traveling, exploring the nooks and crannies of the Twin Cities, and spending time with my family and friends.

What is your favorite or current read?
I just finished reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. It was great! Next, I'm starting No Time To Lose: A life in pursuit of deadly viruses by Peter Piot.

Favorite quote?
Many of my favorite quotes come from my friends and family so I'll share one that is a bit more recognizable: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." -Oscar Wilde

Congratulations to the recipients of CTSI's Fall 2012 Translational Grant Awards! This round of awards, designed to facilitate the highest quality translational research, was dedicated to junior investigators at the University of Minnesota.

Funded investigators will partner with a Project Development Team from the CTSI Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) that will provide project mapping and translational research expertise to facilitate the achievement of specific metrics and endpoints.

Peter Dosa, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development
Development of novel therapeutics for glaucoma

Michael Linden, MD, PhD,
Medical School, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Identifying immunophenotypic markers suitable for clinical laboratory testing for early identification of bortezomib resistance in human multiple myeloma

Ann Parr, MD, PhD, Medical School, Neurosurgery Department
Autologous OPCs for transplantation into human spinal cord injury

Valerie Pierre, PhD, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry
Siderophore aptasensors for immediate point-of-care diagnosis of urinary tract infection

Visit the CTSI website to learn about current and future funding opportunities.

We would like to congratulate the individuals from the 11 organizations that participated in the inaugural cycle of the Community Research Institute! Everyone who participated received a certificate and was recognized for all of their hard work. The following is a list of organizations that participated in this year's institute.

Becker County Human Services
Canvas Health
Capernaum Pediatric Therapy Inc
Children's Defense Fund
Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
Family Tree Clinic
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota AIDS Project
SoLaHmo Partnership for Health and Wellness

The CRI is a 6 week workshop series aimed at enhancing the capacity of community organizations to partner and conduct health related research. Participants develop their skills in relevant research methodologies, develop an understanding of appropriate resources available to assist them with carrying out health research, apply these skills and knowledge to a real-world project, and network with other community-based and university-based researchers.To learn more about upcoming cycles of the CRI, please contact