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CTRU 2021 Year in Review

CTRU 2021 Year in Review


CTRU participates in Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation AWARE for All-Midwest Event - July 2021

CISCRP Aware event (CTRU)

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

Dr. Yuanjie Mao

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

Dr. Todd Fredricks

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!

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