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Investigators discuss expectations, share resources

by Cindy Abole
Public Relations
About 25 MUSC researchers and their business managers spent an afternoon learning new requirements as research award recipients in a first-ever meeting with South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR) administrators and campuswide supporters.    
The group gathered Sept. 16 to share resources, discuss expectations and review procedures for managing research connected with their new SCTR pilot project awards. The effort was part of the SCTR Institute Pilot Project Program (PPP) Orientation for New Awardees event held at MUSC.
SCTR co-principal investigator and Pilot Project Program director Perry V. Halushka, M.D., Ph.D., dean, College of Graduate Studies, greeted participants, reviewed materials and acknowledged other SCTR staff and on-campus research support speakers.
“This meeting was held to help SCTR pilot project investigators and their support staff get to know each other and help them understand what’s expected of them and communicate resources that will help them at every stage of their research progress,” said  Dayan Ranwala, Ph.D., SCTR Institute’s Science Program manager, who along with colleagues spoke to the group about the SCTR PPP and SCTR Success Center services and support.
The event was open to the 15 new Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) PPP investigators chosen from SCTR’s 11 statewide institutions that recently were named as part of the award’s fourth grant cycle (2010-2011).
Through SCTR’s PPP, awardees may receive up to $50,000 per year in project funding and other research support through the SCTR Success Center.  During the year-long program, pilot project investigators follow specific guidelines and are expected to conduct their research and generate preliminary data supporting investigator-initiated extramural clinical or translational research grant applications and peer-reviewed publications.
Additionally, PPP investigators are required to provide written notification of any project changes, submit progress reports every six months for the initial year and throughout a five-year period. Investigators must also meet other specific evaluation criteria related to their projects in the categories of discovery, early career investigator and novel methodologies and technologies. 
SCTR Success Center staff is available for assistance and consultations via the SCTR Translational Assistance and Review (STAR) program. Investigators are introduced to research-related resources such as scientific retreats and collaboration with the SCTR Biotechnology Interest Group, which provides a mechanism for intellectual property and tech transfer resources.
“We like to see that these investigators become successful in their proposed research and will be able to gather  preliminary data that is valuable for applying extramural grant application to further support their research work,” Ranwala said.
Each year, PPP investigators are chosen from SCTR’s 11 participating institutions or among MUSC partners including MUSC, the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, South Carolina State University, Claflin University, Greenwood Genetic Center, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, South Carolina Research Authority, Health Sciences South Carolina and other organizations.
In July 2009, MUSC joined 39 funded academic medical research institutions committed to promoting clinical and translational research in South Carolina and beyond through scientific discoveries and collaboration.
MUSC was awarded a $20 million grant supporting this to develop new technologies and train and prepare promising trainees and junior faculty as medical researchers. Since 2007, SCTR has funded more than 40 collaborative projects involving investigators and scientists from different disciplines and institutions.
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2010-2011 SCTR Pilot Project Awardees
Heather Boniha, (Health  Sciences & Research) MUSC; Jeffrey Bockardt, (Psychiatry & Anesthesiology) MUSC; Heather Brandt, (Health Promotion, Education & Behavior) MUSC; Ernest Camp, (Surgery) MUSC; James Chou, (Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences) MUSC; Laura Goetzl, (Obstetrics & Gynecology) MUSC; Karen Hartwell, (Psychiatry), MUSC; Joshua Mann, (Family & Preventive Medicine) USC; Eric Muth, (Psychology) Clemson; Besim Ogretmen, (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) MUSC; Chris Parsons, (Medicine)MUSC; Michael Rosol, (Radiology & Radiological Sciences) MUSC; Ida Spruill, (Nursing) MUSC; Dana Stafkey-Mailey, (Clinical Pharmacy & Outcomes Sciences) USC; and James Thrasher, (Health Promotion, Education & Behavior) USC.

Friday, Oct. 8, 2010

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