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October 23, 2020 | COVID-19
The Rockefeller University Hospital, IRB, and Center for Clinical and Translational Science All-Hands-On-Deck Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all members of the Rockefeller University clinical research enterprise came together to re-engineer processes and procedures to support exciting clinical and translational research to both better understand the nature of the infection and develop effective therapies

October 23, 2020 | Health Disparities
Oluwadamilola Lola Fayanju, MD Leads Off Seminars in Clinical Research Initiative Focusing on Health Disparities

Dr. Oluwadamilola "Lola" Fayanju, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology at Duke University delivered the first in a series of seminars on health disparities on August 3rd, entitled Beyond Us and Them: Eliminating Disparities among our Patients and the Doctors Who Treat Them

October 23, 2020 | U01 Grant - Participant Feedback and Drive Improvement
$2.7M Award to Streamline Collecting Participant Feedback and Drive Improvement to the Clinical Research Enterprise

In May, the National Center for Accelerating Clinical Translational Science (NCATS) granted a $2.7 Million award to Rockefeller University to develop new infrastructure facilitating collection of research participant feedback for widespread adoption: “Empowering the Participant Voice: Collaborative Infrastructure and Validated Tools for Collecting Participant Feedback to Improve the Clinical Research Enterprise (PAR-19-099, 1-U01- TR003206).

October 23, 2020 | COVID-19 Studies
The Clinical and Translational Research Facilitation Office Support of Rockefeller COVID-19 Research

The Clinical and Translational Research Facilitation Office (CTRFO) supported the development and operationalization of COVID studies under conditions of University closure. THE CTRFO assisted numerous investigators in developing both clinical and basic human research protocols and helped to guide them through rapid Advisory Committee for Clinical and Translational Science (ACCTS) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews.

October 23, 2020 | COVI-19 - Staffing
Challenges of Staffing the Nursing Department During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The great coach Vince Lombardi once said “Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence upon one another and of strength to be derived by unity.” The nursing staff of Rockefeller University Hospital has always worked as a team but the COVID pandemic and the requirements and restrictions that came with it presented new challenges to our very small team.

October 23, 2020 | COVID-19 Participant Recruitment
Recruitment of Research Participants During the Height of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Recruitment Core of the Clinical Research Support Office (CRSO) provided the strategy, services, and operations to support recruitment for COVID-19 studies at the Rockefeller University Hospital. In March, the first study was from the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology, led by Dr. Michel Nussenzweig, which required blood donations from individuals who recovered from COVID-19.

October 23, 2020 | IRB
IRB Operations in the Time of COVID-19

The Rockefeller University Institutional Review Board (RU IRB) reviews the ethical suitability of all research investigations in the University that involve human participants. The primary purpose of such review is to assure the protection of the rights and welfare of the human subjects. This includes all proposals for research as well as ongoing or long-term clinical research protocols. The RU IRB meets in person monthly to review and to approve, modify, or disapprove all research projects involving human participants.

October 23, 2020 | Electronic Health Record
Update on Implementation of the Cerner Electronic Health Record at The Rockefeller University Hospital

The Rockefeller University Hospital is continuing implementation of Cerner Community Works as our Electronic Health Record (EHR).

October 23, 2020 | Career Development
Rockefeller Clinical Scholars to Evaluate New Interactive Web-based Individual Development Plan Platform

An individual development plan (IDP) is a tool to assist trainees with establishing and achieving their career goals, both in the short and long term. By providing an opportunity for reflection and an analysis of one’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as one’s interests and aspirations, it can help build pathways to success and professional satisfaction.

October 23, 2020 | Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar
Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing Heilbrunn Scholar Symposium

Each year, the Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing hosts a symposium at Rockefeller University to showcase the research conducted by the Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar awardees. The Scholars meet virtual each month during their award period, but the symposium provides an opportunity for the Nurse Scholars to meet each other in person and share their research and professional development experiences.

October 23, 2020 | Biostatistical Education
Re-imagining Biostatistical Education – A Combined Course in Critical Thinking, Biostatistics, Scientific Writing, Leadership and Team Science, and Rigor, Reproducibility, and Reporting (R3)

For over a decade, Rockefeller has taken a novel approach to biostatistical education in the Clinical Scholars program, by presenting information “from the driver’s seat” perspective rather than through a traditional “bottom up” statistical approach. The biostatistics educational program is ready to pivot again, in content and approach, to acknowledge the simultaneous skill sets necessary to do great science.

October 23, 2020 | New Clinical Scholars
New Clinical Scholars Join the Center for Clinical and Translational Science

On July 1, 2020 five new Clinical Scholars joined the Rockefeller University Clinical Scholars Program. They are Drs. Yelina Alvarez, Charlie Buffie, Katherine Knorr, Mira Patel, and Rashid Rumah.

October 23, 2020 | Biostatistic Support
CCTS Biostatistics Group Supports a Broad Range of Rockefeller Scholarship

The mission of the Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is to support high quality, translational science, and educate outstanding translational scientists in the Clinical Scholars program.

October 23, 2020 | Clinical Scholars program Graduate
Meet the Graduate: Tukisa D. Smith, MD, MS

Dr. Tukisa Smith joined the Clinical Scholars program at the Rockefeller University in 2018. Dr. Tukisa Smith received her M.D. from Saint Louis University and completed her internal medicine residency at SUNY Downstate. She completed her Allergy and Immunology fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and is a diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

October 23, 2020 | Meet the Clinical Scholar
Meet the Scholar: Christian Gaebler, MD

Dr. Christian Gaebler joined the Clin­ical Scholars program at the Rockefeller University in 2018. He received his MD from the Charité-Universitaetsmedizin in Germany and completed his internal medicine and infectious disease resi­dency at the same distinguished institu­tion. He currently is a third year Clinical Scholar and serves as Co-chief Clinical Scholar.

October 23, 2020 | Kidney Research
How The Kidney Reacts to Nutritional Changes

Hypertension is a disease of the westernized world, as it stems from lifestyle habits: salt and alcohol consumption, lack of physical activity, smoking, and obesity. Since publication of the original Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet study in 1997 many additional controlled studies have demonstrated the clinical efficacy of the DASH diet to meaningfully lower blood pressure.

October 23, 2020 | TRIO Study
The Time-Restricted-feeding effects on Inflammation and Obesity (TRIO) Study

Time Restricted Feeding (TRF) is a form of intermittent fasting that confines food intake to active daytime hours and involves fasting for 12 to 14 hours. Circadian misalignment caused by changes in sleeping and eating behaviors has emerged as having a detrimental impact on weight, glucose metabolism, and other cardiovascular disease-related outcomes