Letter from the Director

Ramsey_Bonnie_180x220Dear CCTR Members, 

As 2016 winds down, it’s time to reflect on another successful year for CCTR. This newsletter is a chance to share some of the exciting work happening across the center. We hope that this information will provide new opportunities for each of you. Perhaps you will read about a research area or support program that could help your work or inspire you to learn more about someone else’s research. 

In this issue we recognize several individuals and programs. As I am now retired from leadership of the Therapeutics Development Network, I am pleased to see the current leaders, Nicole Mayer Hamblett and Christopher Goss, as well as staff member Missy Cianciola, acknowledged for their hard work and ongoing success. I am also excited that our new Clinical Research Scholars Awards (CRSP) and Research Nursing Award recipients are all featured. CCTR has had a 10-year mission to support junior faculty through the CRSP program. This year we have four new scholars: Laurie Eldridge, Lusine Ambartsumyan, Aaron Wightman and Dan Zhao with projects bridging translational research from animal studies to clinical outcomes. The Research Nursing program has also expanded with five excellent projects funded. Congratulations to recipients Erin Alving, Amy Howells, Connie Mantel, Coral Ringer and Rebecca Engberg, and Megan Stimpson.

I would like to acknowledge a very special person for receiving an important and well-deserved award. My colleague of many years, Ron Gibson, received the Bruce Gilliland Award for outstanding teacher of fellows and residents. This UW award is highly competitive and has not previously been awarded to a pediatrics faculty member. We all know Ron and his commitment to teaching so it is nice to see this wonderful recognition across the university.

I would also like to thank the Children’s Guild for Tailgaters Anonymous for raising $23,000 for CCTR programs. They organize an annual fundraiser for our center. We really appreciate their efforts!

Please mark Tuesday, May 16, 2017, on your calendars for CCTR Science Day! Our guest speaker will be Stephen Joffe, a professor of Bioethics and Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The theme of Science Day will be focus on bioethical issues in pediatric clinical research.

Have a wonderful holiday season,


In this Issue

Hamblett_and_Goss_365x180Spotlight on Drs. Nicole Mayer Hamblett and Chris Goss, Co-Directors of the TDN-CC

Meet the Therapeutics Development Network Coordinating Center (TDN-CC) co-directors Dr. Christopher Goss and Dr. Nicole Mayer Hamblett and learn about their roles within the TDN-CC. Read more.

Cianciola_Missy_180x180Staff Spotlight: Missy Cianciola, Manager, Clinical Data Management and Programming

The research studies run by the Therapeutics Development Network (TDN), the largest clinical trials network in the world devoted to cystic fibrosis (CF) research, generate a lot of data. Missy Cianciola, manager, Clinical Data Management and Programming, is one of the people tasked with managing all of this information. Read more.    

Gibson_Ron_89x89Ron Gibson Receives Bruce Gilliland Award

UW School of Medicine awarded Ron Gibson, MD, PhD the 2016 Bruce C. Gilliland Award for Excellence in Teaching of Residents and Fellows. This award recognizes outstanding teaching in graduate medical education in any specialty at any training site in the UW system.

The award is named for the late Dr. Bruce Gilliland, professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology and professor of laboratory medicine. He was known for his skills and compassion as a clinician, his many contributions to the field of rheumatology, his service as an administrator in the School of Medicine, and his dedication to teaching residents and fellows.

Congratulations Ron!

Children’s Guild Raises $23,000 for CCTR

On November 5, the Tailgaters Anonymous for Children's held its third annual “SEA for the Future,” cocktail party benefiting the CCTR. The night was filled with locally crafted drinks, delicious food, live music, dancing, and silent & live auctions with terrific items. The event raised $23,000 for the CCTR. 

Stephen Howey and his friends and family who cheer on the Seahawks as “Tailgaters Anonymous” formed the Tailgater’s Anonymous for Children’s Guild as a way to channel their passion for football into benefiting the community. In the last three years, the guild as raised over $110,000 supporting Seattle Children’s.

Save the Date! CCTR Science Day Is May 16, 2017

Please save the date for our seventh annual CCTR Science Day! This special event brings together center members to celebrate clinical and translational research and to encourage collaborations.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street

Keynote Speaker: Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, associate professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

An official invitation will be sent out to CCTR members later this month.  

Revisions to Research Participant Payment and Tracking (ORF-004) Have Begun

Revisions to the Research Participant Payment and Tracking (ORF-004) policy have been made to using the ClinCard System as the preferred method of research participant payment and reimbursement. ClinCard was chosen as the preferred method of payment due to its enhanced security features, ease of use, and effective internal controls to manage and track participant payments. 

Center Business Offices (CBO) are working with study teams and research institute leadership to develop a strategy to move existing studies into compliance. This includes an assessment of current gift card inventories, identification of studies that require IRB modifications, and fiscal impact of the change to ongoing study budgets. Investigators and study teams will receive information from their CBO during week of December 5 with the necessary steps required to bring their studies into compliance. Learn more about ClinCard on CHILD.  

Tool Library and Workshop Has a New Name: Seattle Children’s Imagination Lab

Seattle Children’s tool library and workshop has a new name: Seattle Children’s Imagination Lab. Do you want to repair, adapt, design and create new products that support or provide healthcare for children? Check out the Imagination Lab for access to hand and basic power tools, electrical repair tools, assorted equipment and materials that are available for repairs, tinkering, creating and inventing. Computer applications like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere are also available, along with machining tools and 3-D printing technology. These resources are based at Seattle Children’s Research Institute but are available to all staff members. Contact Chris Howard for more information or visit the Imagination Lab page on CHILD.  

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