News and Noteworthy
CTRU participates in Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation AWARE for All-Midwest Event - July 2021
The Clinical & Translational Research Unit participated in an online webinar and information exhibit to educate the public, medical and research communities about clinical trials. The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation AWARE for All Midwest event was held on July 22. If you were unable to attend, you can still access the webinar recording and informational exhibit center here and the program handbook here.
Founded in 2003, the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation is a first-of-its-kind nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, informing and engaging the public, patients, medical/research communities, media and policymakers about clinical research and the role each party plays in the process.
Heritage College Researcher focuses on obesity - June 2021
Yuanjie Mao, assistant clinical professor in endocrinology, joined OhioHealth and the Heritage College in 2019. Obesity is just one of the areas of research in which he has focused. The rates of overweight and obesity continue to grow: In the U.S. from 1999–2000 through 2017–2018, the prevalence of obesity increased from 30.5% to 42.4%, and the prevalence of severe obesity increased from 4.7% to 9.2%. Dr. Mao has also conducted clinical and translational research projects such as hormonal therapies for cardioprotection, stem cell therapies for diabetes, statin therapy in diabetes and diabetic nephropathy.
CTRU medical director, state surgeon of the West Virginia National Guard - May 2021
It’s 8 p.m. on Monday, and Todd Fredricks, associate professor of primary care and CTRU medical director, is logging on to the weekly CTRU meeting from Kuwait. Dr. Fredricks is a colonel and the state surgeon of the West Virginia National Guard, juggling multiple military duties for U.S. troops involving health protection and finding ways to improve efficiencies that prevent illness and injury. In addition to serving as a medical advisor for the 111th Engineer Brigade commander (who oversees all engineering operations in the Middle East) and being a senior coordinator for COVID testing in theater for units returning home from deployment and a physician in one of several clinics helping to provide care for a population of 6,000 soldiers, he and his physician assistant provide training for the combat medics of the brigade. Thank you for your service, Dr. Fredricks!
COVID-19 vaccine clinics - April 2021
When we work together, we can accomplish more. This has proven especially true with recent COVID-19 vaccine rollouts in Athens County. Through a partnership with the university and our college, the Athens City-County Health Department offered vaccine clinics at the newly opened Heritage Hall, providing vaccines to frontline workers, educators and the public. Along with many other volunteers from the university and college, including students and faculty, CTRU nurses Rachel Clift (pictured right) and Lynn Petrik (pictured left) helped with the monumental effort to quickly and efficiently administer the vaccine. We would like to thank ACCHD, OhioHealth and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine for this combined effort to serve our communities. Every clinic is one step closer to normalcy, and we appreciate the hard work to make this progress possible. Learn more here.
Year in Review
As we looked at our efforts in 2020, two themes emerged: collaboration and service. Even though the pandemic caused many changes and delays affecting clinical research, the work at the CTRU and Primary Care Research didn’t stop. We collaborated with over half of OHIO colleges, 12 partners and 31 principal investigators. At times, the services we provided looked different than other years, yet we still assisted with 127 requests for statistical, nursing, recruitment and other project services, leading to over 1,130 hours of direct services provided. Primary Care worked with researchers to conduct survey-based research, sending surveys to 3,600 potential participants. As we reflect on the past year, we are grateful to all of those with whom we’ve had the honor to work.
CTRU working remotely, effective March 16, 2020
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