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Andrew Reimer, PhD, RN, CFRN, Assistant Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, CWRU Case Western Reserve University
KL2 Scholar Alum Uses Data to Decide when to Transfer Patients by Medical Helicopter

Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland

The ability to quickly move patients by medical helicopter is especially vital in what is known as the golden hour – that first hour after a traumatic injury, considered the most critical for successful emergency treatment. "For true emergencies, it is quicker and better to transport someone by air, but that's not the majority of the transfers being made," said researcher Andrew Reimer, an assistant professor and KL2 scholar alum from the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland. Andrew is a longtime flight nurse who has made hundreds of emergency flights before and during his nursing career at Case Western Reserve University. As a KL2 scholar, Dr. Reimer developed the Medical Transport Data Repository that consists of linked electronic health records. Long term, this research aims to develop data-driven clinical decision support that will guide the transfer of patients by helicopter and ambulance, and ultimately improve outcomes and reduce costs.

July 17, 2019

Dr. Buckley stands smiling with the three scholars and Mr. Wright in a ballroom. All are wearing suits.
Wright Center Welcomes Three Inaugural C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Physician-Scientist Scholars

Virginia Commonwealth University C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research

A new program made possible by a $4 million endowment established by longtime Virginia Commonwealth University benefactor C. Kenneth Wright is connecting the next generation of health sciences researchers with the resources and training they need to support their work.

The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Physician-Scientist Scholars Program welcomed its inaugural class earlier this year. The program that is open to VCU School of Medicine M.D.-Ph.D. students in their second year or further of graduate school training offsets the students’ tuition, fees, and stipends during medical school years. It also provides the students with up to $3,000 each year, which can be applied toward travel to a meeting to present results of their clinical or translational research, defraying the cost of a United States Medical Licensing Examination, or defraying the cost of residency program interviews. Additionally, it can be applied to partially defer medical school tuition and stipend costs for each scholar.

July 15, 2019

Female cancer patient looks out a window. White cat lounges next to her. Mayo Clinic
Clinical Trials Key to Lung Cancer Patient’s Survival

Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science

In 2014, Katherine Bensen — a young, healthy non-smoker — learned her persistent cough was caused by stage IV lung cancer. By the time she was diagnosed, the disease had already spread to her lymph nodes, chest and spine. Katherine was a young, healthy non-smoker.  She's found one key to successfully fighting it when standard treatments fail: clinical trials.

Through clinical trials, doctors hope to discover effective treatments that lead to improved survival rates. But they need more patients like Katherine to help them make those discoveries. Thanks to clinical trials, doctors at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus have had something new to offer her each time a therapy has failed. And that has allowed Katherine to beat the odds. 

July 15, 2019

Wright Center Director Dr. Gerry Moeller stands in front of an MRI
With NIH Grant, UVA and VCU Now Part of Elite Group of Institutions

Virginia Commonwealth University C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research

The University of Virginia (UVA) has received a multi-million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond first received the same grant a year ago, paving the way for more medical research in Virginia. 

Winners of the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards are an elite group of research institutions. And now UVA and VCU are both part of the bunch. The $21.5 million award goes to what Gerry Moeller, a physician and researcher at VCU, calls research that makes things real. “The easiest way to explain it is research that translates basic science into having a positive impact on health for the community,” says Moeller.  

July 12, 2019

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