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NIH resubmission policy changes

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced a change in policy affecting previously unfunded grant applications. As of April 16, 2014, proposals that have been denied funding can be resubmitted without changes to the existing application. Although review panels will not refer to original applications when reviewing a resubmission, researchers are encouraged to review their proposals to possibly strengthen or refine their plan, specific aims, science or budget requests. Restrictions apply and resubmissions must occur within 37 months of the initial application. See notice NOT-OD-14 and the April 22, 2014 clarification statement NOT-OD-14-082 for details.
~April 17, 2014 blog post by Sally Rockey, NIH Rock Talk Blog
~April 17, 2014 blog post by Ann Hagan, NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog

USDA creates nutrition resource

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March is National Nutrition Month and to commemorate the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created, a new nutrition resource with tips on healthy food groups, "portion distortion," recipes and other tools.

Medline Plus: Free, quarterly, bilingual

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in conjunction with the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) publish a free, quarterly magazine -- NIH Medline Plus -- which you can download or read online. The current edition focuses on Parkinson's disease, fall prevention among the elderly, and women's heart disease. The magazine is also published in Spanish.
~National Library of Medicine (NLM) Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC)

See data seminar roundup

Under the direction of Dr. Ann Garwick, the Office of Nursing and Research Scholarship (ONRS) has organized seminars to help researchers learn about data capture, access, use and preservation. Presentations are simulcast in audio/PowerPoint format and have been recorded during the past two years.

Topic: Big Data Research Using Electronic Health Record Data from the Academic Health Center-Information Exchange (AHC-IE)
Presenters: Drs. Connie Delaney and Bonnie Westra
Description: The AHC Information Exchange (AHC-IE) is a strategic initiative incorporating a fully automated platform of systems, applications, databases and analytical tools to support interdisciplinary health research and clinical care.
Topic: Creating a Data Management Plan for Your Grant Application
Presenters: Lisa Johnston and Liz Weinfurter, UMN Libraries
Description: The presentation focuses on factors to consider in creating a data management plan with a focus on data preservation issues and tools for sharing data, such as subject-based repositories.
Topic: CTSI Services for Accessing Clinical Data
Presenters: Drs. Zohara Cohen, UMN Institute for Health Informatics and Bonnie Westra, School of Nursing/Center for Nursing Informatics
Description: Seminar provides an overview of tools and resources such as the Informatics Consulting Service and i2b2, a cohort discovery tool.
Topic: Examples of How to Use REDCap for Research and Administration
Presenters: Susan Lowry, BDAC and Dr. Jayne Fulkerson School of Nursing
Description: REDCap (or Research Electronic Data Capture) is a free, secure web application used to build and manage online surveys and databases. This open source data capture software was developed by Vanderbilt University and is used extensively by clinical and translational science researchers. Currently nearly 200 UMN staff and faculty use REDCap on more than 100 projects. Sue Lowry, of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center (BDAC) will describe its functionality for data capture, scheduling, ad hoc reporting and advanced features such as branching logic and calculated fields. Dr. Jayne Fulkerson, director of the School of Nursing's Center for Child and Family Health Promotion and principal investigator of HOME Plus, will discuss how her team uses REDCap in both an administrative and clinical trial capacity.
Link: Part 1: Description and Function of RedCAP --- Part 2: Application and Use in a Research Project

NHLBI releases Hispanic-Latino health data

On Feb. 24, 2014 the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) published a landmark study that provides a comprehensive analysis of the health and lifestyle of the Hispanic-Latino population. The research enrolled more than 16,000 Hispanic-Latino adults in various regions. Considering that Hispanics represent 1 out of every 6 people in the U.S., the findings are significant and highlights include:

  • Percentage of people eating five or more servings of fruits/vegetables daily ranged from 19.2 (Puerto Rican origin) to 55.0 (Cuban origin). Also, men reported consuming more fruit and vegetables than women.
  • Women reported a much lower consumption of sodium than men among all Hispanic groups represented in the study.
  • About 1 in 3 individuals had pre-diabetes, also fairly evenly distributed among Hispanic groups.
  • Only about half of individuals with diabetes among all Hispanic groups had it under control.

Traveling abroad?

The UMN Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS) is reminding students, staff and faculty about program abroad policy and international travel requirements. If traveling to countries on the U.S. State Department's location warning list, you must first register and obtain approval from the UMN International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee (ITRAAC) before departure. This includes internships, field experiences, coursework, capstones, conferences and research. The process to register, complete paperwork, obtain approval and apply for insurance can take up to eight weeks, so plan accordingly. Contact Kaoru Nunn with questions.

AHC hub offers research resources

Check out the AHC Resource Hub with helpful information on funding, training, education and more. Also, February 2014 marks 50 years of observing American Heart Health Month. You can download a free calendar for your desktop, tablet or phone.

DHS 2013 health statistics available

On Jan. 27, 2014 the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) published a 34-page Family Self Sufficiency and Health Care Program Statistics report that includes payments and projections for state programs related to emergency food, shelter and healthcare assistance. Learn more about these programs and DHS agency goals for 2014.

NIH offers new tools to search projects

Thumbnail image for NIHRePORTER.pngThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) has enhanced its Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) website so users can submit abstracts or other scientific text to find similar projects.

The Matchmaker query also enables users to creates charts of the most common peer review study sections, funding institutes and centers (ICs). In addition, Matchmaker has activity codes of similar projects to help narrow which study sections reviewed projects, so you can understand which NIH ICs fund similar work. Learn more in the Dec. 18 issue of The Resource newsletter.

AHRQ adds tools and resources

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has commissioned a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) research method series that has comprehensive care, patient-centered, coordinated care and quality/safety resources. Information on the PCMH resource center site includes webinars, and a research methods section.

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