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Research Tools

 Grant Writing

Specific Aims

  • "Specific Aims 101," slides from a presentation by Dr. Leena Sharma MD
  • Aims Review Committee, led by Dr. Leena Sharma MD and comprised of a core group of investigators and invited investigators who are closely matched to your field, all with a strong track record of NIH funding success. At the meeting, we will identify strengths and weaknesses, in a format similar to a study section – the big difference is that we will help you to improve the application. After the meeting, we will prepare a summary of comments for you.

Significance and Innovation

Reproducibility

Writing Guides

Sample Text

NIH Plans and Policies

  • NIH-Wide Strategic Plan
    • The Strategic Plan outlines NIH’s vision for biomedical research direction, capacity, and stewardship, by articulating the highest priorities of NIH over the next 5 years. In addition, it provides illustrative examples of accomplishments under the last plan and new initiatives under this one. Read all about the plan.
  • NIH Early Stage Investigator Policies
    • This page provides information on the NIH Next Generation Researchers Initiative policies that support early-stage investigators (ESIs). See the policies.

 Research Methods

Capturing and Analyzing Race, Ethnicity, & Gender Data

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

Instrumental Variables

Challenges and Opportunities in Observational Studies

Implementation Methodology

Visit these sites for implementation methodology resources

NUCATS (CTSA) Resources

  • NUCATS Faculty & Staff Directory
  • NUCATS On-Demand is a new digital tool that allows research staff and faculty to find training and other educational resources whenever they need them. Not able to attend a NUCATS hosted workshop like "CReWE" or "Navigating the Research Enterprise?" We've got you covered with bookmarked recordings, so you can jump to the section of the presentation that is most relevant to you. This easy-to-navigate resource will be continually updated with tools and guidance for you and your team, so we recommend bookmarking the landing page and making NUCATS On-Demand a part of your onboarding toolkit.

Coordination of Multi-Site Studies

Recruitment

  • The Center for Clinical Research has launched a Recruitment Toolkit to provide resources for research recruitment. View their list of resources.

Appropriateness Research

  • Hassan Ghomrawi, Ph.D./MPH - "Unpacking the Black Box of Appropriateness Criteria: The Case of Total Knee Replacement"

 Statistical Resources

Statistical Analysis

Analysis Plans

Other Statistical Issues

 Assessment

Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs)

American College of Rheumatology Recommendations

Assessment Software

Additional Resources

  • Publicly available datasets that include PROMIS, Neuro-QoL, and NIH Toolbox
  • Online community for PRO researchers and users
  • Network of measurement scientists with wide ranging expertise in specific conditions
  • ASSIST-DailyLife Resource Core Webinar
    • Watch this 1-hour webinar to learn more about assessment resources at Northwestern to use in your research including accelerometry, wearables, patient-reported outcome measures, and performance tests. Learn strategies for navigating assessment and behavioral intervention technology. Presented by the ASSIST-DailyLife Resource Core team. Watch HERE.

Professional Development and Team Building

 Team Science

 Mentorship, Collaboration and Career Development

  • NUCATS On-Demand
    • NUCATS On-Demand is a new digital tool that allows research staff and faculty to find training and other educational resources whenever they need them. Not able to attend a NUCATS hosted workshop like "CReWE" or "Navigating the Research Enterprise?" We've got you covered with bookmarked recordings, so you can jump to the section of the presentation that is most relevant to you. This easy-to-navigate resource will be continually updated with tools and guidance for you and your team, so we recommend bookmarking the landing page and making NUCATS On-Demand a part of your onboarding toolkit.
  • NUCATS Series on Developing and Enhancing Mentoring Relationships
    • The NUCATS series on Developing and Enhancing Mentoring Relationships is a monthly set of 90-minute workshops for faculty that rely on an open-discussion format, breakout groups, and hypothetical case scenarios as the impetus for participants to reflect on their own experiences in mentoring — as a mentee and/or as a mentor. For more information or to sign up to participate, click HERE.

  • NUCATS Mentor Training Certificate Program
    • The Mentor Training Certificate Program consists of in-person and online workshops designed to train faculty in becoming effective clinical and translational research mentors. This program is open to faculty who hold appointments in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Faculty in other colleges may participate if they are engaged in biomedical research. See more details or to enroll in this program.
  • Health Equity Footprint
    • The Center for Health Equity Transformation has collected information from Northwestern faculty to highlight the depth and breadth of their health equity-related work, programming, and research. This "Health Equity Footprint" is an online catalog intended to raise visibility and collaboration among Northwestern scholars, trainees, students, community members, and other interested stakeholders to help catalyze further work that lifts health for all. This catalog may also help students, trainees, and researchers identify potential mentors and collaborators with shared experiences or research interests.
    • For more information or to sign up to participate, click HERE.
  • Northwestern Scientific Careers Research and Development Group led by Dr. Richard McGee PhD
  • Navigating the Research Enterprise (First Mondays)
    • Navigating the Research Enterprise (First Mondays). This seminar series is a training activity, available to all NU K scholars, that occurs monthly and is required during the initial year on a KL2 award.  This series is led by Richard McGee, PhD, Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment and Professional Development, and William Lowe, MD, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs.  The program sessions are 1 hour in length and feature presentations from experts from across the institution.  The sessions cover issues involved in developing the key skills early-stage investigators require in order to progress.  Over 540 faculty and post-doctoral fellows have participated in this series since tracking began in 2010.  Formal evaluations from participants are reviewed periodically to determine how the program can best meet needs.  This series provides an introduction to FSM research resources and tools, potential sources of research funding, strategies for writing effective grants, and building a professional network.  After the 1st year, participants are invited to joint one of several grant-writing collaboratives supervised by Dr. McGee.
  • Tools for Better Mentoring: A Career Advancement Plan
  • Career Advancement Plan for Research Team Members
  • Career Advancement Plan for Junior Faculty
  • NUCATS Assistance
    • There is a new navigator portal to request help from NUCATS in a variety of different areas, which include NUCATS membership, grant development, letter of support from the director, access to updated facilities and resources, communications highlights, and other general inquiries.
    • Access the navigator portal
  • Zeeshan Butt, PhD - "Successful Early Career Development in an Academic Health Center"

  • NIH Loan Repayment Programs Accepting Applications
    • To help relieve some of the financial burden on scientists and researchers, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Programs repay up to $50,000/year of debt, for two years, in exchange for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Applicants can apply for renewal awards until all educational debt is repaid. For more information or to apply, click HERE.
  • Northwestern Faculty Wellness Program
  • DigitalHub
    • DigitalHub is an institutional repository for the research and scholarly output of Northwestern Medicine. DigitalHub preserves intellectual works created by the Northwestern Medicine scholarly community, enhances the visibility of Northwestern Medicine scholarship, and promotes authors by enabling discovery and accessibility of works by the international scientific community. For more details or to access the repository.

Community and Stakeholder Engagement

Presentation Archive

 Clinical and Translational Research Incubator Seminar

See video recordings of presentations by our CCCR-CTRIS speakers.

To view any of the following presentations, please contact Micah Rahman-Enyart

1/14/2020: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Prediction: Lessons for Arthritis, slides from a presentation by Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD/ScM

8/19/2020: Dr. Faraz Ahmad and Kristina Davis from the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital delivered presentation on their launch of an AI program to help diagnose and treat cardiac illnesses. To see the presentation slides, use the following links: 9/8/2020: David Conroy, PhD - "Person-Specific Messaging Algorithms to Promote Physical Activity"12/8/2020: Peter Grayson, MD/MSc - "Discovering VEXAS: The Science of Team Science

1/12/2021: Whitney Welch, PhD - "Factors Influencing Physical Activity Participation: Implications for Intervention Development"


2/9/2021: Madhu Reddy, PhD/FACMI - "Designing Health Technologies: A User-Centered Approach

3/9/2021: Lucia Petito, Ph.D. - "Target Trials: A Gentle Introduction to Causal Inference Concepts for Clinicians"

4/13/2021: Hassan Ghomrawi, Ph.D./MPH - "Unpacking the Black Box of Appropriateness Criteria: The Case of Total Knee Replacement"

5/11/2021: Patricia Franklin, MD/MPH/MBA - "Implementing a Complex Health Intervention in Health Systems: Lessons from the Arthritis Care through Shared Knowledge (A.S.K.) Study

6/8/2021: Zeeshan Butt, PhD - "Successful Early Career Development in an Academic Health Center"

10/19/2021: Mike Bass, MS - "Recruiting and Consenting through the EDW in REDCap"

11/16/2021: Lutfiyya Muhammad, PhD - "Repeated Measures Survival Analysis: Comparison of Intraarticular Therapies for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis"

12/21/2021: Kichul Ko, MD - "Tubulointerstitial Inflammation in Lupus Nephritis: How Does this Affect Our Patients?"

1/18/2022: Kathy Reid, PhD & Yvonne Lee, MD/MMSc - "Assessment of Sleep/Wake Patterns in Rheumatic Disease"

2/15/2022: Darius Tandon, PhD - "Community-Engaged Research: Key Considerations for Involving Patients and Stakeholders"

3/15/2022: Yuan Luo, PhD - "Natural Language Processing to Identify Lupus Nephritis Phenotype in Electronic Health Records"

4/19/2022: Carla Cuda, PhD & Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD - "Neuropsychiatric Lupus, from Mouse to Human: A Success Story of P30 Support for Clinical Aims Proposed by Translational Scientists"

 Methodology Work at Partner Core Centers

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