Ramsey_Bonnie_220x180Dear CCTR Members,

I hope everyone has had a restful summer and is ready for the fall. I would like acknowledge the incredible success of our center members in obtaining federal funding. We all know that it has become increasingly difficult to compete for federal grant funds. Yet, in the past year CCTR members have increased NIH funding by 54%, and CCTR receives 28% of all NIH grant money awarded to Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Three of our faculty received their first R01: Tamara Simon, Margaret Shnorhavorian and David Nichols (recruited from National Jewish Medical Center). Naaniba Garrison received a K01 award (recruited from Vanderbilt School of Medicine). Doug Opel received his first R21 and Janet Englund and Eileen Klein received a U01 and supplement from Center for Disease Control. Please join me in congratulating them on their successes! See our Members News page for more awards and publications.

It is a pleasure to feature two new CCTR members in this issue of the newsletter, David Nichols and Andrew Mullinex. Dave is a pulmonologist recently recruited from National Jewish Medical Center in Denver to serve as medical director of the Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Network. He is a successful translational scientist who is initiating a large multicenter trial called TEACH to evaluate the interaction between oral azithromycin and inhaled tobramycin in patients with CF. Andrew Mullenix is the new director of the Pediatric Clinical Research Center and Research Nursing Services. This newly established position will play a critical role as the hospital and research institute move forward with integration of care and research. Welcome, Dave and Andrew! 

Dedra Schendzielos, Debra Ridling and I continue to work on the strategic planning initiative focused on integration of care and research. As many of you are aware, the first year (2016–2017) will be focused on developing infrastructure. For integration, we will be looking at training, competencies and growth opportunities for research staff. Much of this work is being led by Deb Ridling and Andrew Mullinex. In addition, we are working closely with Chief Research Information Officer Eric Tham to establish the necessary IT infrastructure to support the growing clinical data needs of clinical researchers. They are continuing to grow the Clinical Data Repository (CDR) program. So far, the CDR team has trained almost 100 researchers and staff to perform self-service cohort queries on CIS and EPIC data. Research staff have given feedback that they have been able to develop cohort counts for their IRB applications quickly using the CDR. If your research group or division would like in-person training, please email the CDR team. You can learn more about the CDR program on CHILD. 

As we go through this process, Dedra and I are eager to get your input. Please send us an email if you have questions, concerns or want to get involved.

Finally, I would like to congratulate our new pilot project recipients, Drs. Sujatha Buddhe, Xuan Qin, Jonna Clark and Demet Toprak! They represent the innovative spirit of our membership and diversity of research being conducted by CCTR members.

Best Regards,


In This Issue

Nichols_David_90x90Welcome New Medical Director of the Therapeutics Development Network Coordinating Center

Dr. Dave Nichols, a pediatric pulmonologist, has focused his career on cystic fibrosis. Before starting at Seattle Children’s in July of this year, he was division head of pediatric pulmonary medicine and co-director of translational research for the adult cystic fibrosis program at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. Read more.

Mullenix_Andrew_125x125Staff Spotlight: Andrew Mullenix, MHA, BSN, New Director of the PCRC and Research Nursing Service

Andrew Mullenix applies his background as a triathlete to his job: What else can I do? How can I do things more efficiently? How can I meet my goals? For now, that means taking on the challenge of shaping a newly created position, director of the Pediatric Clinical Research Center and Research Nursing Service. Read more

Burman, Bridgett_70x70Welcome Bridgett Burman to the CCTR Business Office

We would like to welcome Bridgett Burman to the CCTR as a grant and contract administrator! Bridgett joined the CCTR Business Office team in August. Read a little about Bridgett below:

Where are you from? 

Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Where did you work before coming to Seattle Children’s? 

Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason and prior to that, Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

What got you interested in the grant administration profession? 

I have a background in the legal profession and was initially drawn to the compliance aspect of grant administration. The work is challenging and varied, and that appealed to me. I also liked the idea that I could play a part in research that could benefit society in some way. 

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

Since I’m relatively new to Seattle, I’ve been enjoying exploring the city and all it has to offer. I especially like being out on the water and hitting the local dog parks with my Spanish greyhound Maxie (who traveled with me to Seattle from Virginia). I also like to foster dogs waiting for permanent homes.  

Post Your Study on the Clinical Research and Research Studies Web Hub

Now there’s a way to search for studies we’re enrolling for on the Research Studies and Clinical Trials Web Hub, a new resource on the Seattle Children’s website for faculty, staff, patient families and referring providers to learn about clinical research.

This feature offers researchers a centralized location to connect with potential study participants. The process to post enrolling research studies is open to any Seattle Children’s research team with an IRB approved study. Visit the IRB Participant Recruitment page to learn more about posting a study.

Save the Date: SEA for the Future 

The Tailgaters Anonymous Guild for Children’s will hold their third annual “SEA for the Future” cocktail party benefiting the CCTR. The evening included a silent and live auction, music, drinks and appetizers.    

  • When: Nov. 5, 2016
  • Where: Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N 

More information to come! 

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