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Mayo Researcher Challenges Her Team to Develop Solution for DRC Health Crisis

Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Marina Walther-Antonio, Ph.D., is heading the development of a home-based test for human papillomavirus to address high cervical cancer rates linked to widespread sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The team has been at it for three years and they’re getting ready to start phase 1 clinical trials.

Realistically, within a few years, a woman in the DRC could be handed a test kit from a worker in a humanitarian aid mobile unit and shown how to use the kit in the privacy of her home — without having to make an often-dangerous trip to a medical facility. The test strip will indicate whether or not she needs to seek lifesaving medical care.

“I feel if I can help, it’s my responsibility to do so,” she says. “You never know when a problem could go unsolved if you do not help.”

Dr. Walther-Antonio is a current Mayo Clinic KL2 Mentored Career Developement Scholar. 

August 19, 2019

"The SMART IRB Platform: A National Resource for IRB Review for Multisite Studies," published in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science

Harvard Catalyst

The SMART IRB team has published a new paper that provides background and updates on the platform and Agreement.

Excerpt from abstract:

Single institutional review board (IRB) review of multisite research increased in frequency over a decade ago with a proliferation of master IRB reliance agreements supporting statewide and regional consortia and disease- and population-specific networks. Although successful, the increasing number of agreements presented significant challenges and illuminated potential benefits of a single, nationwide agreement. Anticipated changes in federal regulations highlighted the need to systematize and simplify IRB reliance. 

August 15, 2019

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VCU Wright Center-funded Study Finds Family Medicine Physicians Often Inaccurately Estimate Patients’ Geographic Footprint

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

A study funded through the Virginia Commonwealth University C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research found that family medicine physicians often overestimate the geographic footprint of their practice. “It is important for a doctor to know where their patient comes from,” said study co-investigator Alex Krist, M.D. Krist serves as the co-director of community-engaged research at the Wright Center. “This study revealed that doctors don’t understand the footprint of where their patients came from as well as they thought.”

August 14, 2019

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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

Supporting cross-disciplinary research is one of the primary goals of Virginia Commonwealth University’s C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Established in 2007, the center provides resources to encourage collaboration among VCU investigators and students, community partners and government organizations to advance the scientific study of human health.

Last fall, VCU College of Engineering assistant professor Rene Olivares-Navarrete, D.D.S., Ph.D., received a grant from the Wright Center to fund his research to pinpoint how e-cigarette vapor causes craniofacial defects. Olivares-Navarrete has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health for some of his e-cigarette research, but federal funding is increasingly difficult to secure. “NIH funding is extremely competitive,” he said. “Sometimes the difference between your proposal and another is the amount of institutional support you have behind you.”

August 14, 2019

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