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Archive for June, 2016

Single IRB Policy to Streamline Reviews of Multi-Site Research

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

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

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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

Monday, June 6th, 2016

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