Free Data-Crunching Tool Saves Investigators Time, Money

The painfully slow days of capturing data with pen and paper and manually entering it into spreadsheets are over, thanks to a software tool the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) has made available at no cost to its investigators through the Center for Research Informatics (CRI). The Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) …

ITM Investigators Repurposing Common FDA-Approved Drugs to Fight Bacterial Infections

Investigators from the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) have teamed up to repurpose generic and over-the-counter medicine to treat diseases people catch from bugs and animals. In general it can take billions of dollars and decades to make drugs and get approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and applying these …

ITM Investigators Contribute to National Study that Could Change How Blood Pressure is Managed

Two University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) investigators contributed to the largest NIH study evaluating whether lower blood pressure than previously recommended for certain patient groups reduces the risk of heart and kidney disease, stroke, and age-related memory decline. High blood pressure is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, according to …

UCMC Leadership Teach Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 101

With more than 400,000 Americans dying each year from preventable medical errors, University of Chicago Medicine leadership taught a fall translational science course addressing quality improvement and patient safety. The six-week training put participants at the forefront of patient safety with dynamic, honest discussions about how to apply the science of improvement to their work. …

Center for Research Informatics Offers Free Bioinformatics Training

While working on an epidemiology research project, Amikar Sehdev became interested in big data sets and the bioinformatics needed to manipulate them. After attending a few Center for Research Informatics (CRI) bioinformatics training sessions, he said he decided to change his career trajectory and obtain bioinformatics certification. “CRI was the catalyst,” said Sehdev, a third-year …

ITM Scholars Lunch and Learn from Renowned Doctor

Scholars enjoyed an intimate lunch with UChicago’s renowned John C. Alverdy, MD, on Monday as part of ITM’s monthly Career (K) Seminar Series that brings together junior faculty and senior experts. Alverdy, who introduced operations like bariatric and minimally invasive esophageal and biliopancreatic surgery, spends time at both the science bench and patient bedside as …

ITM Welcomes New Administrative Director

He has sung in the choir at U.S. presidents’ funerals. He has baked the best cherry pie in the state of Maryland. And he has managed the third largest Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) in the country. Now after almost a decade of growing the CTSA program at Johns Hopkins University, Gerald Moose Stacy …