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ICTS: Strategic Directions for a Winning CTSA Application. Gary E. Rosenthal, MD Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy Director, Institute for Clinical & Translational Science February 7, 2014. Goals of Presentation.

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icts strategic directions for a winning ctsa application

ICTS: Strategic Directions for a Winning CTSA Application

Gary E. Rosenthal, MD

Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy

Director, Institute for Clinical & Translational Science

February 7, 2014

goals of presentation
Goals of Presentation
  • Provide update on the CTSA reapplication
  • Obtain feedback on strategic directions
  • Identify areas of campus need with regard to clinical and translational research (CTR)
  • Garner thoughts on identifying strategies for engaging UI colleges and faculty and trainees
presentation overview
Presentation Overview
  • 50,000 Foot Overview  Rosenthal
      • Historical perspective of CTSA program
      • National factors shaping the CTSA program
      • Changes in funding model and implications for ICTS
      • Future directions & key areas of program emphasis
  • Review of Key Areas
    • Community Engagement  Parker
    • Child Health  Widness
    • Clinical Research Support  Kline
    • Biomedical Informatics  Knosp
    • Education & Training  Nopoulos
core goals of icts
Core Goals of ICTS
  • Provide unique resources & services that enable innovative research to improve human health
    • Education, training, & career development
    • Clinical and translational research (CTR) infrastructures
    • Methodological consultation and support
    • Pilot grants
  • Support entire T1 – T4 spectrum of CTR
      • T1  Lab discoveries to first in human studies
      • T2  Efficacy of new interventions in controlled trials
      • T3  Effectiveness of interventions in routine practice
      • T4  Impact of interventions on populations & policy
    • Promote policies to improve CTR efficiency
historical perspective of ctsa program
Historical Perspective of CTSA Program
  • 2006  CTSA initiative launched by NCATS
  • 2007  UI funded in 2nd cohort of grantees
  • 2011  NCRR disbanded & NCATS created as a home for translational research in NIH & the CTSA program
  • 2012  CTSA RFA significantly revised and IOM Committee on the Future of CTSA Program convened
  • 2013  Recommendations of IOM Committee released
major recommendations of iom report future of ctsa program
Major Recommendations of IOM Report: Future of CTSA Program
  • Build on strengths of individual institutions
  • Emphasize innovative education and training programs that are personalized to unique needs of trainees and that promote team science
  • Build engagement of community members and other key stakeholders in all phases of CTR
  • Strengthen CTR relevant to child health
  • Standardize evaluation processes that are built around clear, consistent, and innovative metrics
next steps by ncats for ctsa program
Next Steps by NCATS for CTSA Program
  • 2013  NCATS Advisory Committee established to provide recommendations for responding to IOM Committee / report anticipated in Spring 2014
  • 2013  CTSA Program governance revised
      • Creation of new Steering Committee
      • Streamlining of CTSA Consortium committee
      • Decision to not release RFA & provide additional year of funding to CTSAs with grants ending 4/14
  • 2014  New RFA anticipated by Summer with application due 6 months later (? Jan 2015)
changes in ctsa funding model and financial implications for ui
Changes in CTSA Funding Model and Financial Implications for UI
  • Initial funding formula based on funding levels of legacy clinical research programs (GCRC, K30, & K12)
      • $6.9 million / year (total costs)
  • New funding model introduced for January 2013 application  3% of total NIH funding of the partnering institutions
      • FY 2011 ($175 M)  $ 5.3 M / year (total costs)
      • FY 2013 ($145M)  $ 4.4 M / year (total costs)
key strategic directions
Key Strategic Directions

Focus resources on core areas that maximize value to UI CTR enterprise

Areas of increasing opportunity for external funding

Areas in which there are critical masses of investigators who can successfully compete for external funding

Areas of need not being addressed by other programs and centers

Closely link ICTS resource allocations to program evaluation data to maximize bang for the buck

key strategic directions1
Key Strategic Directions

Closer integration of ICTS with other UI centers & offices & major initiatives in translational science

Build on current joint initiatives with Holden Cancer Center, CV Center, and CADRE that leverage resources

Build synergies with new high-impact programs (e.g., IIHG, Pappajohn Inst, Eagles Center, Wynn Institute)

Link efforts with UIRF, Research Park, and PappajohnCenter to more effectively promote entrepreneurship

Broad buy-in for a CTSA program that meets NCATS vision of an integrated home for CTR

Next application should be story about CTR at UI!

key strategic directions2
Key Strategic Directions

Emphasize rural health as a unique strength and nurture broad range of partnerships to enable research to improve health of rural Iowans

Healthcare Providers  UI Health Alliance, UI child specialty clinics

Practice-based networks  FQHCs, CAHs, Irene, Iowa School Nurses)

Public Sector  IDH and DHS

Other CTSAs  Midwest research network, PCORnet

Patient advocacy groups  CF Foundation

key strategic directions3
Key Strategic Directions

Enhance capacity in medical informatics to:

Provide EMR data for CTR and enable investigators to successfully compete for new funding from PCORI and NIH for practice-based pragmatic trials

Promote transformation of UIHC to a Learning Health System in which ….

“science, informatics, incentives, and culture are aligned for continuous improvement &innovation, with best practices seamlessly embedded in the delivery process &new knowledge captured as an integral product of the delivery experience” (Institute of Medicine, 2006)

key strategic directions4
Key Strategic Directions

Build capacity for conducting innovative clinical trials

Work with departments and research centers to recruit experienced clinical trials

Facilitate UI applications for participation in national clinical trials networks (e.g., NINDS stroke network)

Develop regional clinical research partnerships (e.g., MOU with Mercy Des Moines, MARCH network)

Work with UIHC to incorporate ‘access to cutting-edge clinical trials’ into hospital marketing strategies

Create dedicated unit for conducting Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials of novel therapeutic

key strategic directions5
Key Strategic Directions

Position UI with NIH & industry as a preferred site for conducting clinical trials

Capitalize on capabilities in Epic EMR to identify eligible and recruit eligible subjects  Be a leader nationally in subject recruitment

Promote an efficient research environment regulatory culture  Be a leader nationally in adopting shared IRB & contract relationships & decreasing regulatory barriers

Implement the Iowa Heroes Subject Registry  Increase awareness and access of Iowans to clinical trials

key strategic directions6
Key Strategic Directions

Support the successful ‘K’ to ‘R’ transition of junior investigators (~50 NIH K, institutional K12, VA, and professional society career development awardees) through K Clubs

Professional development seminars

Workshops to guide trainees through different components of R01 type grants and to develop competitive first submissions

Mock study sections