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Single IRB Policy to Streamline Reviews of Multi-Site Research

Accelerating clinical research studies benefits researchers, research participants, and all who stand to gain from research results. Today, the time it takes to go from a sound research idea to the launch of a new, multi-site clinical research study is too long. A major contributor to the delay is that too many institutional review boards (IRBs) are reviewing the protocol and consent documents for the same study, often with no added benefit in terms of the protections for research participants. To address this bottleneck, NIH has issued a new policy to streamline the review process for NIH-funded, multi-site clinical research studies in the United States. The NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Multi-Site Research (pdf) sets the expectation that multi-site studies conducting the same protocol use a single IRB to carry out the ethical review of the proposed research.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Institutes of Health

This information was originally posted on the NIH website: https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/statements/single-irb-policy-streamline-reviews-multi-site-research

Science Education Resources from the NIH

The 27 Institutes and Centers of the NIH fund the development of extensive science education materials for use in K-12 classrooms. Teacher and student manuals are available for many of the resources.

Examples of resources that may be integrated into the curriculum include:

The Brain: Our Sense of Self

 

The Brain: Our Sense of Self
(Grades 7-8)

A Curriculum Supplement from the National Institute
of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

This resource describes the brain functions, regional differences,
impact of spinal damage, and how the nervous system processes
information.

Activities:
1. A Difference of Mind
2. Regional Differences
3. Inside Information
4. Outside Influence
5. Our Sense of Self

 

 

Open Wide and Trek Inside!

 

Open Wide and Trek Inside!
(Grades 1-2)

A Curriculum Supplement from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

This resource goes beyond the traditional “brushing and flossing” curriculum and
focuses on the science of the oral environment,
and major scientific concepts relating to oral health.

Activities:
1. What Do Mouths Do?
2. Open Wide! What’s Inside?
3. Let’s Investigate Tooth Decay
4. What Lives Inside Your Mouth?
5. What Keeps Your Mouth Healthy?
6. What Have You Learned About the Mouth?

 

View more resources on the NIH website at https://www.nih.gov/research-training/science-education, or visit each NIH Institute or Center’s website at https://www.nih.gov/institutes-nih/list-nih-institutes-centers-offices.

 

Speaking to Diverse Communities Through HealthReach

HealthReach LogoThe National Library of Medicine continues to provide access to health information to underserved communities through HealthReach. HealthReach is a national partnership that offers access to patient education materials in multiple languages, as well as helpful information for providers who offer services to individuals for whom English is not their native language. On the patient materials tab, users are able to search by topic, language, format, and authors. Providers are able to search by countries, populations, and authors. Materials for both audiences include audio, videos, and documents.

Resources include:

  • Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
  • Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
  • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health

HealthReach provides free access to high quality, culturally relevant health information. Visit https://healthreach.nlm.nih.gov/ for more information.

A portion of this entry was adapted from https://healthreach.nlm.nih.gov/

Oncology Data Sharing Resource CancerLinQ™ Nearing 1 Million Records

ASCO CancerLinQOne million unique patient records from approximately 50 oncology practices are expected to be part of the CancerLinQ network by this summer. It is a benchmark indicating the broad and growing acceptance within the oncology community for an initiative that is compiling a robust database of real-world information that will be searchable, usable, and specifically designed to improve patient care. By late 2016 or early 2017, enough anonymous and aggregated data will be entered into CancerLinQ to allow searches of the entire system. Physicians will be able to compare a patient’s data against national quality standards and the experiences and outcomes of patients across the country.

Dr. Allen Lichter explained the advantages of utilizing the CancerLinQ system to physicians attending the American Society of Clinical Oncology this week in Chicago. “If, for example, you are seeing a patient that for you and your practice is an unusual presentation or in an unusual setting, you will have the ability to query the database and rapidly see 50 or 100 similar cases to gain insight about what has been done by others and what happened when certain techniques or treatments were employed,” Dr. Lichter said.

Physicians attending the ASCO meeting will have the opportunity to view a demonstration of the database which now contains real world data.

Learn more about this big data initiative at: http://cancerlinq.org/

Story reprinted from ASCO Daily News 6.5.16:  http://am.asco.org/cancerlinq-gaining-participants-enthusiasm, author: Kathy Holliman, MEd

Focus on NLM Resources

Focus on NLM Resources bi-monthly webinars are hosted by the NN/LM Mid-Atlantic Region. Sessions feature NLM resources and offer 1 MLA CE credit for online attendance.

Sessions begin at noon Eastern Time and registration is required. The full schedule is available at: http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/focus_schedule

HealthReach / June 9, 2016 noon – 1pm ET Register

Presenter: Laura Bartlett / Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine

Description: HealthReach is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency. In Spring 2016, the site was redesigned.

Resources include:

  • Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
  • Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
  • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health

Genetics Home Reference / August 4, 2016 noon – 1pm ET Register

Presenter: Stephanie Morrison, MPH / National Library of Medicine

Description: Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions. A recent redesign of the website introduced a completely new look and feel, improved navigation, and hundreds of educational images. This presentation will cover the development and use of this NLM resource, with a focus on the recent changes.

 

Many NIH Initiatives Featured at MLA 2016 in Toronto

bioCADDIEKevin B. Read shared updates on the bioCADDIE project sponsored by an NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) grant. This award is allowing a research team at UC San Diego to develop the first data discovery index that will index data stored at disparate locales. The repository is intended to ultimately serve as the ‘PubMed of data.’

Visit the bioCADDIE website for more information about the project and to view research team presentations. The upcoming bioCADDIE Workshop: Data Indexing for Data Providers will be held on June 23, 2016 in La Jolla, California.

 

NN/LM SCR Introduces Our Research Administrator: Bethany Livingston

bethany-livingston

The NN/LM SCR would like to welcome our newest addition to the RML team. Bethany Livingston, BS, will serve as the Research Administrator for the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Bethany comes to UNTHSC from the University of Florida’s College of Medicine and Institute for Child Health Policy.  She has extensive expertise in coordinating clinical, basic, and applied research trials.  She has managed multi-million dollar budgets for federally funded research projects and has experience coordinating a large staff and multiple project aims.  She has been a core member of grant teams, coordinating project management activities across prime and sub award institutions, including budget, survey administration, and process evaluation.

Bethany will serve an invaluable role as we develop and offer funding mechanisms throughout the region!

Contact Bethany at Bethany.Livingston@unthsc.edu or 817-735-2370.

 

 

 

NLM Pill Image Recognition Challenge Submission Ends May 31

NLM Pill Image Recognition Challenge The NLM Pill Image Recognition Challenge submission period, which began April 4, will end at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday May 31, 2016.

A Federal Register Notice and Submission Instructions provide further information about the Challenge. As stated in the Federal Register Notice, individuals, private entities, and teams interested in submitting must first register.

  • An individual who registers as an individual (not as part of a team) must be either a US citizen or a permanent resident of the US.
  • A private entity (for example, a company or a university) that registers must be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the US.
  • If a team registers, then at least one team member must be either an individual who is a US citizen or a permanent resident of the US or a private entity that is incorporated in and maintains a primary place of business in the US.

Additional restrictions, such as for Federal employees, are in the Federal Register Notice. Only US citizens, permanent residents of the US, and entities that are incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the US can be eligible to win a monetary prize (in whole or in part).

There is no deadline for registering, but an individual, private entity, or team must register before making a Challenge submission.

A submission shall be a USB drive containing a Virtual Machine (VM) that arrives no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at:

Pill Image Recognition Challenge
Computational Photography Project for Pill Identification (C3PI)
National Library of Medicine
Building 38A, Room B1-N30
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894

The NLM Pill Image Recognition Challenge is a National Institutes of Health Challenge under the America COMPETES (Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science) Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-358).

This information was originally posted in NLM in Focus: A Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine, https://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2016/05/03/four-weeks-left-nlm-pill-image-recognition-challenge-submission-ends-may-31/

NN/LM SCR Introduces Our Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator: Myriam Martinez-Banuelos

Myriam Martinez-Banuelos

Myriam Martinez-Banuelos, NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, has been instrumental in helping establish the new office in Fort Worth.  Prior to transferring to the RML, she served as the Outreach Librarian for the UNT Health Science Center and has been developing outreach programming and services within the designated Lewis Library 24 county outreach region.

In this role, Myriam coordinated Lewis Library’s NN/LM Resource Library Outreach subcontract award and was able to develop new partnerships that allowed Lewis Library to extend its programming to reach Hispanic communities. Some examples of successful partnerships are: Fort Worth Public Library, Haltom City Public Library, Hispanic Wellness Coalition, and Northside Inter-Community Agency.

Myriam was able to establish a new partnership with Dia de la Mujer Latina, a community based organization that primarily serves Hispanics, for the first time to reach community health workers and provided training sessions in Spanish for this audience. She also has developed programs focused on health topics for children and their parents at the Fort Worth Library.

Myriam has provided instruction services to consumers, English learners, community health workers, nurses, English as a second language instructors, public librarians, public library staff members, academic librarians, seniors, teenage parents, and high school students.

Myriam has also been teaching adult education classes since 2012. She was a volunteer ESL instructor at the Fort Worth Public Library for almost two years where she started exploring strategies to integrate health literacy into ESL instruction. She was also a volunteer instructor and assisted in developing an ESL program for Facilities Management Employees at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Her outreach efforts have also been extended to international audiences. Myriam has provided online instructional sessions for library students in Costa Rica and medical librarians in Colombia. She recently coordinated a professional exchange program funded by NN/LM SCR where Lewis Library was able to host a medical librarian from Mexico during the MLA/SCC Annual Meeting.

Myriam is a past recipient of the NN/LM SCR Library Student Outreach Award and was selected for the 2016 Emerging Leader Class by the American Library Association. Myriam received her Consumer Health Information Specialization, Level II, from the Medical Library Association in 2015.

Contact Myriam at Myriam.Martinez-Banuelos@unthsc.edu or 817-735-2469.

Upcoming Disaster Information Specialist CE Course Announcement

Thursday May 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm ET.

CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives) Response Efforts and Information Training

John Koerner, MPH, CIH, Chief of the CBRNE Branch at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will discuss how ASPR and other HHS agencies prepare for and respond to CBRNE incidents. The webinar will also include an introduction and demonstration of the new online CBRNE information training class developed by NLM Disaster Health.

Visit https://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html for upcoming and past CE event listings

This information was originally posted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Disaster Information Management Research Center.