Winter 2013 Newsletter

Director's Corner

Sherwin Johnson
Facilitating the translation of disease related discoveries from the bench to the bedside and from the clinic to the community is the heart of YCCI’s mission. This issue of our newsletter explores the ways we seek to foster collaboration, both internally at Yale and with the community, in order to create an environment that allows that to happen.

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YCCI Collaborates with Other Centers to Transform Clinical and Translational Research

YCCI Dean Group
The Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) has had a history of collaboration from its inception. This approach began during the planning stages of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) application and has led to the integration and growth of a number of programs and centers.

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Working with OCR to Move Discoveries Forward

Kurt Roberts
Translating academic research into products and services that benefit patients is a timeconsuming and complex undertaking; however, YCCI and the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) are collaborating to speed the translation of research discoveries in order to make them widely available to clinicians and patients around the world.

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Second Annual YCCI Scholar Day Retreat

Ray Dolan
Open to all students, trainees, scholars and faculty at Yale who are participating or interested in clinical or translational research, this half-day event begins with poster presentations from Scholars in the lobby of The Anlyan Center.

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T3 Translational Research Core Expands to Support Investigators

Margaret Grey
YCCI’s T3 Translational Research Core has undergone a transformation over the last year under the leadership of Margaret Grey, Dr. P.H., RN, FAAN, dean of the Yale School of Nursing. Grey has worked to implement her vision of working with investigators across the institution to improve health in local communities by promoting research that supports rapid dissemination, implementation, and sustained use of effective interventions to prevent and treat such common health problems as asthma, obesity, diabetes, violence-related trauma, and addictions.

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New Opportunities for NetHaven

NetHaven, which grew out of the School of Nursing’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurses’ Research Network (APRNet), has become a large interdisciplinary practice-based research network with a membership that includes about 800 health care providers. APRNet was the first practice-based research network for advanced practice nurses to be funded by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; it served as a model for engaging community-based health care practitioners in research and facilitating the translation of research findings into clinical practice. NetHaven merges APRNet’s infrastructure and community practices with YCCI resources and expertise in study design, analysis, and regulatory support, paving the way for larger and more sophisticated clinical research studies within the community.

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Cultural Ambassadors: Collaborating with the Community

Marsha Guess
Involving the New Haven community in Yale’s clinical and translational research is critical to improving health outcomes and was the impetus for YCCI’s Cultural Ambassadors program. A joint undertaking with Junta for Progressive Action and the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church, the program is designed to ensure that clinical Cultural Ambassadors are committed to increasing awareness within in clinical trials; the ambassadors serve as expert resources to Yale investigators regarding the best ways to engage these populations.

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Research Highlight: A New Approach to Advance Care Planning

Traditionally, advance care planning (ACP) involves filling out a form that specifies one’s wishes in the event of catastrophic illness or injury; however Terri Fried, M.D., professor of medicine (geriatrics), has a different idea. Her goal is to develop an intervention that improves communication with loved ones and can be widely disseminated. 

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