Clinical-Translational Research Advisory Committee (CTRAC) membership represents the research leadership of the entities that make up the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI): SOM, CON, SOP, SOD, UCD downtown campus, National Jewish, both University and Children’s Hospitals, and the Regulatory Compliance/Clinical Research Support Center.
It meets quarterly and advises the Dean and the Vice Chancellor for Research on matters related to the conduct of patient-related and community-based research. Its other major mission is to educate members and their constituencies about activities, opportunities, and needs across the programs of the CCTSI and the AMC and to promote collaboration and exchange of ideas.
Over the last academic year CTRAC efforts have included framing possible responses to changes in NIH funding of the CCTSI, priorities for strengthening campus infrastructure for patient- and population-directed research, and improved collaborations across all components of the Anschutz Medical Campus and University of Colorado Denver.
CTRAC Initiatives in 2009-2016:
- Decided on a campus-wide database of researchers and their interests.
- Worked to improve Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB) response time.
- Led campus faculty in discussion of whether the School of Medicine should partner with DaVita Inc. as it develops a Phase 1 inpatient unit in the neighboring bioscience park.
- Reviewed evaluation component of Colorado Clinial and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), monitored social networking of CCTSI and principal investigators as a model for all Clinical and Translational Science Awards nationally.
- Endorsed $2 million for Positron Emission Tomography - Computed Tomography (PET-CT ), $200,000 for genome sequencer and $150,000 for Standard Operation Procedures.
- Supported initiation of REDCap Database for CCTSI.
- Reviewed Research Retreat presentations/initiatives for the Dean, emphasizing those that would support translational research.
- Reviewed access to library and on-line journals that are not available to Denver Health and Hospitals faculty or volunteer faculty.
- Reviewed research activities of faculty in College of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, VA, and downtown UCD, and research support activities of University of Colorado Health and Children's Hospital Colorado, 2012-13.
In September 2015, Dean Reilly
asked the committee to focus on several key issues. These include improving the
research and administrative infrastructure on campus and developing regional
collaboration for data sharing and integrate activities that require broad
participation in support.
Over the past several years the
committee has provided oversight in critical input into the CTSA grant under
the direction of Dr. Ron Sokol. The five-year renewal was recently submitted.
At the end of 2015, the committee was
involved in efforts to better integrate UCH and UCD which resulted in Tom
Flaig appointed in the role of associate Dean for clinical research;
representing a consolidated effort by the hospital and university to improve
the research infrastructure.
In 2016 the committee workn 2016 the committee worked
closely with the office of grants and contracts to provide investigator input
on streamlining their activities.
The committee also was involved
in the evaluation of OnCore, the research module of EPIC, COMPASS, and tissue
Also in 2016 the committee
evaluated proposal from the LITeS (Leadership in Team Science) group on
Envisioning the Clinical/Translational Campus.
Research Advisory Committee (CTRAC) / Colorado Clinical and Translational
Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Internal Advisory Committee
William Hiatt, MD – Committee Chair
Peter Buttrick, MD
David Badesch, MD
Robert (Bob) Damrauer, PhD
Greg Downey, MD
Anthony Elias, MD
Thomas (Tom) Flaig, MD
William (Bill) Hay Jr., MD
Lynn Heasley, PhD
Michael Kahn, MD, PhD
Wendy Kohrt, PhD
Alison Lakin, RN, PhD
Tim Lockie, MS, MBA
Daniel (Dan) Matlock, MD
Meredith Mealer, PhD
Peter Mourani, MD
David Ross, PhD
Jeanelle Sheeder, MSPH, PhD
Ron Sokol, MD
Karen Sousa, PhD
Fred Suchy, MD
Richard Traystman, PhD
Susan Martinez –
Agenda, Minutes, Scheduling