Suzanne Rivera named new VP for research

Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III announced, on November 4th, the appointment of Suzanne M. Rivera as Case Western Reserve´s new vice president for research, effective this month. Rivera, the university´s associate vice president for research since January 2011, emerged as the top choice after an extensive process involving campuswide nominations of internal university candidates. Since coming to CWRU, Rivera has distinguished herself through a commitment to collaboration and a focus on systems and processes.
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December 9, 2014  

Avoiding Problems with Suspension and Debarment

Federal regulations require Case Western Reserve University to conduct business only with vendors, subcontractors, subawardees and individuals who are in good standing with the federal government. Anyone who is not in good standing with federal agencies cannot work on or provide services for government grants or contracts. People and entities who are subject to these restrictions are generally described as having been "debarred," "suspended" or "excluded."

To avoid inadvertent problems, visit http://www.sam.gov and verify that study staff, collaborators and vendors are not debarred, suspended or otherwise ineligible to receive federal funds.

 
New Policy on Individual Developmnet Plans for NIH-Funded Students and Postdocs

The NIH is strongly encouraging institutions to develop institutional policies that employ an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for every graduate student and postdoctoral researcher supported by NIH awards. Beginning on October 1, 2014, the vast majority of NIH funding mechanisms will require that PIs include a description in their annual progress reports of whether the institution uses IDPs or not and how they are employed to help manage the training and career development of those individuals.

A suggested CWRU SOM IDP template will be available shortly. A CWRU SOM on-line IDP submission site will be available by mid-October. The initial submission deadline will be December 1, 2014. It is important to note that the CWRU SOM IDP is a professional development and career planning document for trainees. It is not meant to be or to replace any annual trainee review process that is occurring within your programs.

Please see the document explaining the new CWRU SOM IDP policy. It is written so that PIs, T32 Directors, and others can incorporate aspects of this document into their progress reports. The document can be found here: https://research.case.edu/files/T32_IDP_template.docx

See the Notice here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-113.html.

 
The Ohio Clinical Trial Collaborative (OCTC)

The Ohio Clinical Trial Collaborative OCTC is developing partnerships with the drug industry to include Biotech and Pharmaceutical industries to perform clinical drug trials phase I-4. The OCTC is a network of Ohio based hospitals led by working groups in areas such as neuro oncology, pediatrics, infectious disease, and neuroscience. The OCTC was launched at the BIO2014 which was attended by 15,000 biotech and pharmaceutical executives in San Diego resulting in numerous leads for potential drug trials.

The OCTC has plans to attend additional biotech and pharmaceuticals shows. The OCTC is looking for additional working groups interested in developing a sell sheet that can then be searched on the World Wide Web and will begin sales and marketing activities to identify opportunities with industry. If there are companies that individuals would like OCTC to target, the group welcomes that feedback.

Review the OCTC working website at: http://ohioclintrials.org.

Contact Joe Peter at 216-702-5314 for more information.

 
Can Individual Researchers Sign Data Use Agreements at CWRU?

Non-public data transferred into and out of Case Western Reserve University require Data Use Agreements (DUA). Data Use Agreements are used for electronic or hardcopy data (including Protected Health Information, de-identified patient data, limited data sets, HIPAA-protected data, and Proprietary Data), and when transferring non-public data that is subject to restrictions on its use.

Individual researchers are not authorized to sign Data Use Agreements on behalf of the University. The Technology Transfer Office is responsible for working with investigators and outside entities to create DUAs with acceptable and consistent terms and conditions. DUAs must be signed by an Institutional Official of the University.

All questions and requests for DUAs should be routed through Andrew Jarrell in the Technology Transfer Office at andrew.jarrell@case.edu.

 
Readability Toolkit Available for Researchers

The Program for Readability In Science & Medicine (PRISM) has made a free plain language handbook for researchers illustrating why health literacy is important and how to improve the readability of consent forms and other participant materials.

The handbook is available online and can be accessed at http://www.grouphealthresearch.org/capabilities/readability/ghchs_readability_toolkit.pdf.

 

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