May-June, 2014 Re-Envisioning Research at HHC

May-June, 2014
Re-Envisioning Research at HHC
Exciting changes are occurring at all levels of the
research endeavor that are designed to foster highquality, patient-centered research across the entire
Hartford HealthCare system. These include the newly
formed TIGER working group which is providing a
forum for investigators from many departments to
discuss how best to drive interdisciplinary research
efforts. In addition, Departmental Research Councils
will guide the research coming from each department
and encourage the development of strong, coherent
research visions. Finally, the Research Committee and
Research Department can reach across and between
departments to foster broad initiatives, and to ensure
that the best ideas have a fertile home at HHC. All of
these efforts are supported by the staff of the
Research Department.
Introducing iRIS: Our New Research Protocol Management Tool
The Research Department recognized an urgent need to update the system used to guide research proposals through
the oversight committees. In response, we are in the process of implementing a new research protocol management
system, known as iRIS, which will support clinical research including submissions to the IRB/HRPP and IACUC. The iRIS
system will replace Trintech for both clinical and pre-clinical research protocols. A number of factors were considered in
this changeover including the need for an integrated system to manage research studies from submission to HRPP for
regulatory approval to final submission to IRB. We also needed a system that could accommodate investigators from
multiple locations, is web-based, and provides investigators a central site to store research documents. There will be a
blackout period between May 23rd and June 4th. No new protocols (either IRB or IACUC) will be accepted through
Trintech after May 23; iRIS goes live June 4.
The entire Research Department is committed to providing
the resources, tools and consultations needed to
strengthen and support the clinical and pre-clinical
research that drives advances in medical care and
enhances patient safety. We anticipate that iRIS will be an
important tool in these endeavors.
In this Issue:
• Overview of Research at HHC
• Introduction to iRIS
• Request for Proposals for in-house grants
• SoCRA Exam for Clinical Research Professionals
• “Lunch & Learn” Research Administration Topics
• Recent Publications from HHC investigators
• Important Links
Learning iRIS:
In order to ensure that all users have the opportunity to become familiar with the functionality of iRIS, several types of
training are being developed. Most users will be able to learn the key elements of creating a protocol in iRIS by viewing a
webinar; the link to the webinar will be posted on the Research Administration Website as soon as it has been
completed. More in-depth, hands-on training sessions are available to all users and these sessions will be given
throughout the summer. Finally, we are working to ensure that each department has at least one member of their
administrative staff that has completed a more extensive training and thus can become a departmental resource or
“super user”. You can register for classes that cover all aspects of using iRIS at:
Additional Modules
We have purchased the eProposal Assistant (Grants Management) module for iRIS and will be merging it with the
IRB/IACUC management module in the coming months. This upgrade will allow users to track their grant applications
from application to the IRB through to the grant award. In addition, eProposal interfaces with to track the
submission status of specific grants and also allows for dynamic budget generation. We anticipate that this upgrade will
substantially streamline the grant submission and tracking process for HHC’s investigators.
Internal Research Funding Program Update
Funds for pilot studies are available again through the HHC Internal Funding Program through a gracious gift from the
Hartford Hospital Medical Staff and Research Endowment Funds. The Research Committee will provide funding for
scientifically sound research, including hypothesis-testing investigations, new pilot projects, feasibility studies and
projects that forward the institution’s quality, safety and educational goals; the maximum award will be $10,000. In
addition, funds will be set aside for small ($2,000) proposals. For all submissions, preference will be given to those
proposals that address the hospital’s priorities related to patient safety, quality of care and personalized medicine, as
well as to those demonstrating a strong potential for future external funding. More information about this funding
program can be found at:
The intent of the Research Committee is to support as many projects as possible; therefore, budgets should be
streamlined and designed to cover essentials only. The Research Committee will evaluate the budget of each proposal as
well as the scientific merit, originality, and relationship to the specific goals of the HHC research enterprise. Based on
these discussions, the Research Committee may approve funding levels lower than those requested.
All investigators must notify Dr. Ilene Staff ([email protected]) of their intent to submit a proposal by June 16
2014. The notification must be via email and must include a full letter of intent and include an estimated budget total.
The letter of intent should include a description of the problem that the project will address and the hypotheses that will
be tested, if applicable. Include a brief description of the planned project and describe its relevance to patient safety,
quality or personalized medicine. The letter of intent should be no more than two pages using 11 point font and one
inch margins. Applicants will be notified by July 15th if they are invited to submit a full 10 page proposal. These full
proposals will be due by August 18, with funding decisions made by September 30th.
Important Dates:
June 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – Letter of Intent due
June - July 2014: Research Committee members review LOIs
July 15, 2014: Investigators will be notified of whether they have been invited to submit a full proposal
August 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. – Full Application/Proposal due
September 30, 2014: Research Committee funding decisions made and funds encumbered for new proposals
SoCRA Certification Exam for Researchers and Research Administrators
Hartford Hospital will be hosting the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) certification exam on Monday
September 29th from 1:00-5:00 PM, in JB 118 (Jefferson Building). This is a wonderful opportunity to become a Certified
Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) without the usual travel expenses. The SoCRA exam is appropriate for both
investigators and research staff (i.e. coordinators, RA’s).
You must apply on-line by August 18th at in order to be eligible to take the exam at Hartford Hospital.
Coming Attractions: Quality Improvement Presents “Lunch & Learn” this Fall
We will be offering the opportunity for investigators and research staff to learn about various aspects of conducting
research at HHC in an informal setting. The majority of topics discussed will be geared for research staff and residents;
however Principal Investigators are always welcome and encouraged to attend.
The meetings will be held from 12:00-1:00 in the main Hartford Hospital cafeteria. A list of topics will be provided soon.
The 1st half of the meeting will focus on a specific topic, with the 2nd half of the meeting dedicated to answering
questions about the topic along with open discussions on any emerging issues or problems with which individuals are
grappling. Possible topics include: Details of the IRB review process; Regulatory and Source Documentation: What
documents do I need? Recruitment and Retention: Tips for finding patients and keeping them.
Please direct any questions about the SoCRA exam or the “Lunch & Learn” initiative to Pamela Johnson:
[email protected]; (860) 545-0141.
Shout Outs:
Recent Publications by Hartford HealthCare Investigators:
Dager AD, Anderson BM, Rosen R, Khadka S, Sawyer B, Jiantonio-Kelly RE, Austad CS, Raskin SA, Tennen H, Wood RM,
Fallahi CR, Pearlson GD. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) response to alcohol pictures predicts
subsequent transition to heavy drinking in college students. Addiction. 2014 Apr;109(4):585-95.
Martin ST, Cardwell SM, Nailor MD, Gabardi S. Hepatitis B reactivation and rituximab: a new boxed warning and
considerations for solid organ transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2014 Apr;14(4):788-96.
Connors KP, Housman ST, Pope JS, Russomanno J, Salerno E, Shore E, Redican S, Nicolau DP. Phase I, open-label, safety and
pharmacokinetic study to assess bronchopulmonary disposition of intravenous eravacycline in healthy men and
women. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2014 Apr;58(4):2113-8. .
Rizvi AA, Margey R. PFO and ASD Closure in Adulthood: Where Do We Stand? Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2014
Macvane SH, Tuttle LO, Nicolau DP. Impact of extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing organisms on clinical and
economic outcomes in patients with urinary tract infection. J Hosp Med. 2014 Apr;9(4):232-8.
Fears SC, Service SK, Kremeyer B, Araya C, Araya X, Bejarano J, Ramirez M, Castrillón G, Gomez-Franco J, Lopez MC,
Montoya G, Montoya P, Aldana I, Teshiba TM, Abaryan Z, Al-Sharif NB, Ericson M, Jalbrzikowski M, Luykx JJ, Navarro L,
Tishler TA, Altshuler L, Bartzokis G, Escobar J, Glahn DC, Ospina-Duque J, Risch N, Ruiz-Linares A, Thompson PM, Cantor
RM, Lopez-Jaramillo C, Macaya G, Molina J,Reus VI, Sabatti C, Freimer NB, Bearden CE. Multisystem component
phenotypes of bipolar disorder for genetic investigations of extended pedigrees. JAMA Psychiatry. 2014;71(4):375-87.
Veltmeijer MT, Pluim B, Thijssen DH, Hopman MT, Eijsvogels TM.Thermoregulatory responses in wheelchair tennis players:
a pilot study. Spinal Cord. 2014 Mar 25.
Perola E, Stamos D, Grillot AL, Ronkin S, Wang T, Letiran A, Tang Q, Deininger DD, Liao Y, Tian SK, Drumm JE, Nicolau DP,
Tessier PR, Mani N, Grossman TH, Charifson PS. Successful application of serum shift prediction models to the design of
dual targeting inhibitors of bacterial gyrase B and topoisomerase IV with improved in vivo efficacy. Bioorg Med Chem
Lett. 2014 Mar 19. pii:S0960-894X(14)00238-8.
Maglio D, Sun HK, Patel T, Banevicius MA, Nightingale CH, Arya A, Wang G, ChenZ, Phan LT, Nicolau DP. Pharmacodynamic
profiling of modithromycin: Assessment in a pneumococcal murine pneumonia model. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2014
Mar 19. pii:S0924-8579(14)00058-2.
Hammond MD, Taylor RA, Mullen MT, Ai Y, Aguila HL, Mack M, Kasner SE,McCullough LD, Sansing LH. CCR2+Ly6Chi
Inflammatory Monocyte Recruitment Exacerbates Acute Disability Following Intracerebral Hemorrhage. J Neurosci.
2014 Mar 12;34(11):3901-9. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4070-13.2014.
Fernandez AB, Thompson PD. Detection of Cardiac Abnormalities in Elite Black and White Athletes: Still Not Black and
White. Circulation. 2014 Mar 11.PubMed PMID: 24619465.
Corbera S, Ikezawa S, Bell MD, Wexler BE. Physiological evidence of a deficit to enhance the empathic response in
schizophrenia. Eur Psychiatry. 2014 Mar 11.pii: S0924-9338(14)00007-8. doi: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2014.01.005.
Herbst MK, Rosenberg G, Daniels B, Gross CP, Singh D, Molinaro AM, Luty S,Moore CL. Effect of Provider Experience on
Clinician-Performed Ultrasonography for Hydronephrosis in Patients With Suspected Renal Colic. Ann Emerg Med. 2014
Mar 10. pii: S0196-0644(14)00073-0. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.01.012.
Sankaranarayanan J, Murante LJ, Moffett LM. A Retrospective Evaluation of Remote Pharmacist Interventions in a
Telepharmacy Service Model Using a Conceptual Framework. Telemed J E Health. 2014 Mar 10.
Gipson KE, Rosinski DJ, Schonberger RB, Kubera C, Mathew ES, Nichols F, Dyckman W, Courtin F, Sherburne B, Bordey AF,
Gross JB. Elimination of gaseous microemboli from cardiopulmonary bypass using hypobaric oxygenation. Ann Thorac
Surg. 2014 Mar;97(3):879-86. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.08.074. Epub 2013 Nov 6.
Housman ST, Crandon JL, Nichols WW, Nicolau DP. Efficacies of ceftazidime-avibactam and ceftazidime against
Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a murine lung infection model. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2014 Mar;58(3):1365-71.
MacVane SH, Kuti JL, Nicolau DP. Clinical pharmacodynamics of antipseudomonal cephalosporins in patients with
ventilator-associated pneumonia. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2014 Mar;58(3):1359-64. doi: 10.1128/AAC.01463-13
Rosenfeld ES, Pearlson GD, Sweeney JA, Tamminga CA, Keshavan MS, Nonterah C, Stevens MC. Prolonged hemodynamic
response during incidental facial emotion processing in inter-episode bipolar I disorder. Brain Imaging Behav. 2014
Castelluccio BC, Meda SA, Muska CE, Stevens MC, Pearlson GD. Error processing in current and former cocaine users. Brain
Imaging Behav. 2014 Mar;8(1):87-96.doi: 10.1007/s11682-013-9247-y.
Dooley C, Kaur R, Sobieraj DM. Comparison of the
efficacy and safety of low molecular weight heparins
Research FAQs and Important Links
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Vafaii P, Digiuseppe JA. Detection of B-cell populations
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cerebrospinal fluid specimens from patients with
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Brazell HD, Patel M, O'Sullivan DM, Mellen C, LaSala CA.
The impact of pessary use on bowel symptoms: oneyear outcomes. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg.
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The HHC Research Department offers the following
services to assist investigators and research staff in
preparing their research protocols and grant proposals:
Proposal Design and Statistical Analysis
Assistance with general IRB and IACUC issues
Coordination of investigator- or industry-sponsored clinical
Database Design
Grant writing assistance
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