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Catching up with Jennifer Villwock, M.D., FAAOA, with KU Medical Center

Catching up with Jennifer Villwock, M.D., FAAOA, with KU Medical Center

Former KL2 Scholar working on multiple research projects and mentoring a TL1 trainee

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Broderick Crawford Community Partnership Award: Bringing Lupus Survivors and Physician Researchers Together to Develop, Foster Understanding and Improve Outcomes

Broderick Crawford Community Partnership Award: Bringing Lupus Survivors and Physician Researchers Together to Develop, Foster Understanding and Improve Outcomes

Learn more about the work LaTanya Lipprand is doing to help lupus survivors.

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Broderick Crawford Community-Partnership Award: Dola Williams with ICanSir!

Broderick Crawford Community-Partnership Award: Dola Williams with ICanSir!

About the Organization: ICan.Sir!, a grassroots organization is seeking to become a non-profit with these goals in mind: 1) provide holistic non-medical support to African American women diagnosed with breast cancer; 2) collaborate with organizations addressing breast cancer among African American women in Wyandotte County, 3) increase awareness and education about the specific issues that African American women experience related to risk for and experiences of breast cancer (systemic racism, increased morbidity and mortality), and 4) provide education, training, and activities around holistic prevention strategies that foster health and wellbeing.

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Catching up with Jennifer Villwock, M.D., FAAOA, with KU Medical Center

Former KL2 Scholar working on multiple research projects and mentoring a TL1 trainee

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Broderick Crawford Community Partnership Award: Bringing Lupus Survivors and Physician Researchers Together to Develop, Foster Understanding and Improve Outcomes

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Broderick Crawford Community-Partnership Award: Dola Williams with ICanSir!

About the Organization: ICan.Sir!, a grassroots organization is seeking to become a non-profit with these goals in mind: 1) provide holistic non-medical support to African American women diagnosed with breast cancer; 2) collaborate with organizations addressing breast cancer among African American women in Wyandotte County, 3) increase awareness and education about the specific issues that African American women experience related to risk for and experiences of breast cancer (systemic racism, increased morbidity and mortality), and 4) provide education, training, and activities around holistic prevention strategies that foster health and wellbeing.

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Frontiers Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) catalyzes innovations in health care by connecting clinical researchers to resources, training the biomedical workforce of today and tomorrow, and facilitating collaboration among scientists, patients, and community organizations. Supported by a five-year, $25 million grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Frontiers is part of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program, a national network of approximately 60 medical research institutions that work together to translate scientific discoveries into advances in patient care.

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Aaronson Frontiers Pilot Awardee - Marion Leaman, Ph.D. CCC-SLP Photo of Ashley Shaw News Feb 09, 2024 Catching Up with Ashley Shaw, Ph.D., MPH photo of Rong TL1 Trainee  ·  News Feb 08, 2024 Spotlight on Rong Xin Liu, TL1 Pre-Doctoral Trainee Frontiers logo News  ·  In the Community  ·  Funded Projects Feb 06, 2024 Integrating Special Populations Pilot Award Image of Kelsie Forbush Funded Projects  ·  News Jan 09, 2024 Catching Up with Kelsie Forbush, Ph.D., past Trailblazer Pilot Awardee Amy Smith KL2 Scholar  ·  News Jan 09, 2024 Spotlight on TL1 Program's Amy Smith, Ph.D., Children's Mercy Kansas City Image of Alexandra Prosser TL1 Trainee  ·  News Dec 07, 2023 Spotlight on Alexandra Prosser, M.D., TL1 Postdoctoral Trainee Image of Frontiers logo News Nov 30, 2023 Learn More About the Implementation Science Core Image of Frontiers logo News Nov 30, 2023 Broderick Crawford Community-Partnership Awardees Frontiers logo News Nov 27, 2023 Frontiers Annual Impact Report 2023 Image of McNeill-Johnson KL2 Scholar  ·  News Nov 06, 2023 Spotlight on KL2 scholar April McNeill-Johnson, M.D. Photo of Sarah Weinsztok TL1 Trainee  ·  News Nov 02, 2023 Spotlight on TL1 Postdoctoral Trainee Sarah Weinsztok, Ph.D. logos News Oct 24, 2023 Frontiers Annual Member Survey Image of JUNTOS with Gov Kelly News Oct 05, 2023 Congratulations! Image of Shelby Williams News Oct 03, 2023 Meet Shelby Williams, Administrative Director, Clinical and Translational Science Units at Rainbow, Fairway and Swope (University of Kansas Medical Center) Image of Diego Mazzotti Funded Projects  ·  News Oct 03, 2023 Catching Up with Diego Mazzotti, Ph.D., a past Pilot Awardee Photo of Kathryn Unruh Events  ·  News Oct 03, 2023 KL2 Spotlight: Kathryn Unruh, Ph.D., University of Kansas – Lawrence Photo of Stephani Stancil Sep 22, 2023 Former Frontiers KL2 Scholar Stephani Stancil, PhD, APRN Presenting at K-CART Research Seminar Photo of Rebecca Lepping KL2 Scholar  ·  News Sep 07, 2023 KL2 Spotlight: Rebecca Lepping, Ph.D., University of Kansas Medical Center Photo of Matthew Mosconi News Sep 05, 2023 Getting to Know Matthew Mosconi, Ph.D. New Co-Lead for Frontiers KL2 Scholars program Frontiers circle logo Aug 29, 2023 KU Center for Community Access, Rehabilitation Research, Education and Service (KU CARES) Image of Anthony Fehr Funded Projects  ·  News Aug 29, 2023 Catching Up with Anthony Fehr, Ph.D. Frontiers logo image News Aug 08, 2023 Informatics Collaboration Frontiers logo with all partners Partner News  ·  News Jul 28, 2023 T32 Post-doc Fellowship in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Photo of back to school event News  ·  In the Community Jul 26, 2023 Juntos Back to School Event Photo of Nicole Nuckolls Jul 18, 2023 10 Questions with Nicole Nuckolls, Ph.D. News Article placeholder 0 Video Title Goes Here Jul 17, 2023 Garold Minns, M.D., Dean, School of Medicine, Wichita Hear Dr. Minns discuss the importance of diversity in clinical trials Image of Jingxin Wang Funded Projects  ·  News Jul 10, 2023 Catching Up with Jingxin Wang, Ph.D., past Frontiers Pilot Awardee Photo of Shyam Funded Projects  ·  News Jul 05, 2023 Catching up with Shyam Sathyamoorthi, M.D., Ph.D. picture of Tina V News Jul 03, 2023 Catching up with Valentina (Tina) Shakhnovich, M.D. Photo of Jonathan Wagner with patient Funded Projects  ·  News Jul 01, 2023 Catching up with Jonathan Wagner, D.O., FAAP, Children’s Mercy Kansas City Frontiers and partners logos Funded Projects  ·  News Jun 27, 2023 Frontiers Integrating Special Populations Pilot Award pic of maggie K News Jun 27, 2023 10 Questions with Maggie Padek Kalman Image of Stephani Stancil Events  ·  News Jun 27, 2023 Congratulations to Stephani Stancil, Ph.D., APRN on her K23 Award! 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Jun 25 12:00 PM • Beller Conference Center, 1005/1007, Hemenway Life Sciences Innovation Center 10x Genomics Spatial Launch Party at KUMC Integrated Imaging and Genomics Cores This event is sponsored by the Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Research and in coordination with the Integrative Imaging and Genomics Cores. Join us to celebrate the launch of the 10x Genomics Xenium In Situ and Visium CytAssist platforms at the Integrative Imaging and Genomics Cores! We will highlight how 10x Genomics Single Cell and Spatial platforms can help you expand the boundaries of your research. Dissect cell-type differences, investigate the innate and adaptive immune system, detect novel subtypes and biomarkers, and map the epigenetic landscape cell by cell. Uncover molecular insights from fresh or fixed samples, including FFPE, with robust, flexible workflows that simplify experimental logistics. Unravel highly complex biological systems, while bringing into focus the details that matter most. You’ll see presentations from 10x technical experts and learn how you can get started with your own Single Cell, Visium Spatial, or Xenium projects through the core. Lunch will be provided with advanced registration, see link below. A special pilot program will be announced at the end of the event. Jun 27 10:00 AM • Virtual Building Your Translational Research Portfolio: Best Practices for CV and Biosketch Management Features Ronald Chen, M.D.; Lisa M. Harlan-Williams, Ph.D.; Heather Fielding-Gebhardt, Ph.D.; and Kirsten Tharp.  For additional information, email Holly Zink, Ph.D. Jun 27 12:00 PM • Virtual Research & Discovery Grand Rounds- Research Informatics Support for Cohort Identification and Recruitment Please join Frontiers Clinical & Translational Science Institute for Research & Discovery Grand Rounds. This monthly series highlights information, resources and advancements in clinical and translational research. Thursday, June 27, 12:00-1:00PM CT via Zoom Research Informatics Support for Cohort Identification and Recruitment In this session, join Sravani Chandaka, Ph.D., Director of Research IT and Megan Kelly, Clinical Application Specialist at KU Medical Center to learn more about Heron, SlicerDicer, Epic recruitment tools and new rules governing contact information for potential participants. Join here. 
Jul 01 11:00 AM • Virtual Trial Innovation Network Webinar Innovations in action: Leveraging the Epic platform to accelerate patient-centric recruitment and improve representation nnovations in action: Leveraging the Epic platform to accelerate patient-centric recruitment and improve representation Nancy Smider  &  Tom Yosick Electronic health records (EHRs) are a ubiquitous component of the technology landscape for healthcare. Epic is an EHR platform that has a strong commitment to innovation through iterative collaboration with our community of stakeholders. This community includes organizations using our software, patient/participant/consumer advisory groups, consortia and workgroups focused on a range of aspects of clinical research and trials, as well as our own teams. In this presentation we’ll share some of the ways our platform has effectively accelerated recruitment and enhanced representation and retention in clinical trials. Both past successes and new opportunities to impact the trial landscape will be discussed. Jul 12 08:00 AM • Lied Auditorium, KU Medical Center Campus, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas. Introduction to Biostatistics for Clinical & Translational Research - July 12 The KUMC Department of Biostatistics & Data Science, with support from the University of Kansas Cancer Center and Frontiers, offers this free four-day program in biostatistical methods for clinical and translational researchers. Biostatistics plays a critical role in clinical and translational research, influencing everything from study design to results interpretation. Clinicians and scientists should have a basic understanding of biostatistics to support critical appraisal of research, collaboration, communication, and evidence-based practice.  Biostatistical skills can empower researchers to participate more actively in shaping study design and analysis to ensure clinically relevant and feasible research questions, reduce the risk of bias, and improve research efficiency. Topics include: Scientific Rigor and Reproducibility Hierarchy of Study Design and Scientific Evidence Hypothesis Testing and Estimation Common Statistical Methods (Student’s t, Chi-square, ANOVA, Linear regression, Logistic regression, Survival analysis) Jul 17 11:00 AM • Virtual Trial Innovation Network Webinar: Striking the Balance: Integrating Innovative Technology and Personalized Engagement in Clinical Trials Recruitment Striking the Balance: Integrating Innovative Technology and Personalized Engagement in Clinical Trials Recruitment Siobhan Vasquez, BS, CCRP,  Fred Stevenson, RN, MSN, FNP & Tiffany Norris, BS Are you tired of recruiting in an inefficient way? Have you used an exorbitant amount of platforms to do your job? Too many steps to the process? Supercharge your clinical trials recruitment efforts! This webinar will discuss ways to overcome challenges using the UC Davis Clinical Trials Recruitment Program model. Learn about personalized consultations and creating an all-inclusive environment for study teams and PIs. Explore Studypages, a powerful platform to streamline recruitment and participant management. Our goal is that attendees will gain practical strategies, toolkits, and fresh ideas for participant identification and engagement. 
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