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The Harmony Project
October 20
10 a.m.

1050 School of Nursing
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, Kansas

Dr. Margaret Martin, founder and national director of Harmony Project Los Angeles, will discuss the neurological, academic and behavioral impact of sustained music learning on disadvantaged youth. Dr. Martin will speak about the research underpinning this Presidential award-winning program that has been recognized as one of the most effective public health youth intervention programs in the country. Nearly 50 percent of Harmony Project graduates are pursuing STEM careers at top universities.

Harmony Project KC, the program’s fifth affiliate, is based in the Northeast area of Kansas City, Missouri, at Northeast Community Center.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Steven Case, research associate professor and director of the Center for STEM Learning at the University of Kansas, at stcase@ku.edu.


4th Annual Midwest Conference on Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine
September 16-17, 2016
Sheraton Hotel, Overland Park, Kansas

The purpose of this conference is to update physicians, scientists, nurses and other healthcare professionals, trainees, and the general public in the greater Midwest region on:

1) the past, present, and future of adult stem cell therapy;
2) new developments in adult stem cell research;
3) diagnosis and treatment guidelines related to cell therapy for various medical conditions;
4) management of patients using these new cell transplantation technologies; and
5) the ethical use of regulated adult stem cells.

Various clinical trials that have contributed to the advancement of this field will be presented. The progress and hurdles toward translation of adult stem cell therapy on a broader scale will be discussed. The participants will learn about advances in therapy with adult stem cells. Participants will examine the latest trends in regenerative medicine and gain a greater understanding of adult stem cell biology, the procedures and processes for translation, and the overall potential for tissue and organ regeneration.

For more information and to register, go to https://kumc.cloud-cme.com/assets/kumc/data/Cell%20Therapy%202016%20Brochure.FINAL2.pdf


Training for USASBE Biomedical/Health Care Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate

Enrollment in the St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute Cardiology Fellows USASBE Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate Program is open to other regional biomedical and health care researchers and clinicians.

The program consists of eight two-hour workshop modules and seven one-hour videos. Workshops will feature instructors discussing technology entrepreneurship and technology commercialization as well as experienced biomedical innovators and entrepreneurs.

September 22, 2016 - Introduction to Technology Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Mindset
October 22, 2016 - Creativity/Ideation/Innovation
December 8, 2016 - Intellectual Property Strategies
January 26. 2017 - Technology Transfer
February 23, 2017 - Product/Service Development
March 23, 2017 - Financing the Tech Start-up
April 27, 2017 - Managing the Venture
May 25, 2017 - Applying Tech Entrepreneurship for the Biomedical Researcher and Physician

Location: St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri or University of Missouri-Kansas City

Registration fee: $1,700

For more information contact Anthony Luppino, USASBE Appointed Vice-president of Certificate Programs at luppinoa@umkc.edu or call (816) 235-6165.


Department of Neurology Chairman Richard Barohn, M.D., was published in the New England Journal of Medicine as an author of “Randomized Trial of Thymectomy in Myasthenia Gravis.”

“Removal of the thymus gland has been a mainstay in the treatment of myasthenia gravis, but there is no conclusive evidence of its benefit,” the authors wrote. “We conducted a multicenter, randomized trial comparing thymectomy plus prednisone with prednisone alone.”

Their clinical trial provided evidence supporting the use of thymectomy for improving clinical outcomes and reducing the need for immunosuppressive therapy in patients with myasthenia gravis. Over a period of three years, thymectomy was associated with a more favorable outcome than was prednisone alone.


Final Call to Register for Free Summer Series in Biostatistics

Four lectures on biostatistics topics relevant to clinical and translational research will be held from 9-11 a.m., July 8, 15, 22 and 29 in Clendening Auditorium. Instructor Jo A. Wick, Ph.D., will discuss topics such as designing experiments, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, linear regression and survival analysis. No knowledge of statistics is assumed.

The series is sponsored by the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Biostatistics, The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. 

For more information, click here.



Joint study with British researchers points toward first treatment for patients with muscle-wasting disease
 
A ray of hope is on the horizon for patients facing the debilitating effects of the muscle-wasting disease inclusion body myositis (IBM). University of Kansas Medical Center researchers conducting a joint study with the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at University College London are poised to take the next step in testing the drug, arimoclomol.
 

 
KU Medical Center researchers win J.R. and Inez Jay Fund awards
The Higuchi Biosciences Center (HBC) announced two projects led by University of Kansas Medical Center researchers will be funded by the J.R. and Inez Jay Fund in 2016.
 
“Bioenergetic Manipulation for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease,” was submitted by Frank Schoenen, associate research professor at the HBC and medicinal chemist at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Schoenen will conduct this project in collaboration with Russell Swerdlow, professor of neurology at KU Medical Center and director of the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center (KU ADC); Eli Michaelis, research professor at the HBC and director of the KU ADC Mitochondrial Genomics and Metabolism Core; and Paul Hanson, KU Chancellors Club teaching professor of chemistry.
 
Paul Arnold, professor of neurosurgery at KU Medical Center will collaborate on the project “Soft Pyrazine-based Gels as Antimicrobials Targeting Surgical Site Infections” submitted by Kristin Bowman-James, distinguished professor of chemistry and director of the Kansas affiliate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research ( EPSCoR). Other collaborators are Stevin Gehrke, KU professor of chemical and petroleum engineering; and Candan Tamerler, KU professor of mechanical engineering.
 
The J.R. and Inez W. Jay Research Fund was established in 1977 through an estate gift to KU Endowment from Inez W. Jay; her late husband, John R. Jay, had been a pharmacist in Wichita.

 
Frontiers neuromuscular research profiled in The Kansas City Star newspaper
May 3, 2015
 
Research led by Frontiers Director Richard J. Barohn and Frontiers KL2 scholar Jeffrey Statland was profiled in The Kansas City Star. Read the main story and the story featuring Dr. Statland. A photo gallery and several videos featuring patient stories are also available, imbedded in the text of the main article.

 
Frontiers announces recipients of TL1 trainee awards
March 17, 2015
 
Four new scholars -- two from the University of Kansas Medical Center, one from the KU School of Pharmacy and one from the University of Missouri-Kansas City -- have been awarded TL1 trainee awards from Frontiers. Read more.
Frontiers-supported research finds a possible connection between milk and a naturally-occurring antioxidant in the brain
March 12, 2015

Two KU Medical Center researchers have found a new connection between milk and an antioxidant in the brain, called glutathione. The work was supported and made possible by imaging equipment at the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center, which is part of Frontiers' Translational Technologies Resource Center. Read more
The benefits of controlling high blood pressure for patients with polycystic kidney disease
December 12, 2014
 
KU Medical Center is part of a large clinical trial that shows the benefits of rigorously controlling high blood pressure for patients with polycystic kidney disease. The study's authors used Frontiers resources to help determine the landmark findings, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more.
Frontiers 2014 Scientific Session
November 13, 2014
 
Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research recognized the work of some of its funded researchers during the 2014 Frontiers Scientific Session. Read more.
Helping children with diabetes follow their treatment program
August 27, 2014
 
Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children's Mercy are teaming up to help children with diabetes stick to their treatment. Frontiers helped the researchers form connections and get advice on submitting their proposal to the National Institutes of Health, which resulted in a $1.8 million grant. Read more.
Helping occasional smokers kick the habit
August 18, 2014
 
Nikki Nollen, Ph.D., associate professor of preventive medicine and public health at KU Medical Center, received a $2 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a smoking cessation project. She had been previously awarded pilot funding from Frontiers for similar work. Read more.
Taking it to the Pews
May 30, 2014
 
A researcher at the University of Missouri-Kansas City receives a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to assess HIV testing in African-American churches. The work expands on a previously awarded pilot grant from Frontiers.

Searching for new drugs for a rare bone cancer
April 28, 2014

Researchers at the University of Kansas, Children's Mercy and Colorado State University are searching for a new treatment that will help fight osteosarcoma in both humans and dogs alike.
Patton Trust Research Grants available for life science work
March 10, 2014
 
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Trail Blazer funding recipients announced
Feb. 28, 2014
 
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A food desert oasis
Feb. 20, 2014
 
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Researching new cures and therapies at the University of Kansas Medical Center
Feb. 19, 2014
 
Douglas A. Girod, executive vice chancellor of KU Medical Center, talks about translational medicine in the region through the efforts of the Frontiers program.

Frontiers announces recipients of pilot funds; new studies listed on Pioneers website
Feb. 10, 2014
 
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Frontiers researchers will use $10 million to pursue translational research projects
Jan. 14, 2014
 
Three researchers will use $10 million in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to help build a large data network, conduct a comparative effectiveness trial for four drugs for patients with neuropathic pain, and perform a smoking cessation study.

T32 training funds available
Jan. 10, 2014
 
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Frontiers names new component directors
Dec. 13, 2013
 
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Like Pioneers on Facebook; check out new research gateway
Dec. 6, 2013
 
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Frontiers' partnership with Swope Health Services is giving minority populations better access to trials
Dec. 3, 2013
 
KU Medical Center and Swope Health Services are expanding a long-standing partnership to give researchers better access to clinical trials.

CTSA Consortium Steering Committee Agenda
Dec. 1-2, 2013
 
 The agenda and presentations from the 2013 CTSA Consortium Steering Committee.

Translational research brings new understanding of pain; NIH funding available
November 25, 2013
 
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Frontiers announces TL1 funding available for doctoral students; BioResearch Central event scheduled for Nov. 19-20
November 1, 2013
 
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Frontiers announces seminars focused on clinical and translational research; NIH names 15 Clinical and Translational Science Awards
October 25, 2013
 
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Frontiers leaders honored; St. Luke's researchers publish new findings for diabetes patients
October 18, 2013
 
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Upcoming events and conferences; new exercise study funded
October 10, 2013
 
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Pioneers website debuts; IAMI receives award
September 26, 2013
 
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Get help on a research project; investigators earn funding for heart projects
September 18, 2013
 
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Alcohol abuse funding available; events coming soon
September 11, 2013
 
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Apply for Trail Blazer funds; ethics consultations available
August 27, 2013
 
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Frontiers pilot grants now available; register now for upcoming symposia
August 20, 2013
 
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Frontiers/KCALSI Symposium focuses on turning data into cures
July 3, 2013
 
Researchers in academic institutions and the private industry are collaborating to find new ways to turn large repositories of data into new cures and therapies.
Institute of Medicine releases report on CTSA program
June 25, 2013
 
The Institute of Medicine, tasked with assessing progress and recommending a path forward for the National Institutes of Health's Clinical and Translational Science Award program, has completed its work and has issued a report on its findings.

April/May Frontiers Newsletter
May 6, 2013
 
Get the latest news, funding updates and events from Frontiers in its latest newsletter.

Alzheimer's Disease Center appears on KCPT's "The Local Show"
May 2, 2013
 
The University of Kansas Medical Center's Alzheimer's Disease Center appeared on KCPT's "The Local Show" on May 2.

Paper from Frontiers-funded research chosen as journal's "Best of 2012"
March 29, 2013
 
Sandra Billinger, PT, Ph.D., FAHA, assistant professor in the KU Medical Center Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, and her colleagues were recognized by the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy for one of her published articles on stroke and cardiovascular health. Frontiers provided funding for the work.

Jan./Feb. Frontiers Newsletter
February 28, 2013
 
The second edition of the Frontiers e-newsletter features funding opportunities, news and events and more. Subscribe to future updates.

The benefits of medication
February 7, 2013
 
Sharon Lynch, MD, of the University of Kansas Medical Center and Jared Bruce, Ph.D., of the University of Missouri-Kansas City are collaborating on a new program to counsel multiple sclerosis patients on why they should take their medications. The research was supported by a Frontiers pilot grant.

Kansas City Business Journal highlights IAMI project
January 25, 2013
 
The Kansas City Business Journal newspaper featured Karthik Ramachandran, a fellow supported by Frontiers' Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation, in a front page article about the business he started with his co-founder, Lisa Stehno-Bittel, KUMC professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. (Subscription required to read full article).

Nov./Dec. Frontiers Newsletter
November 21, 2012
 
Check out the first edition of the Frontiers e-newsletter featuring funding opportunities, news and events and more. Subscribe to future updates.

An entrepreneur to watch
November 1, 2012
 
With the support of Frontiers' Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation, Karthik Ramachandran has helped develop a technology that has led to the formation of a new spinoff company that's gaining national and international attention. 
Frontiers director earns Chancellors Club honor
October 29, 2012
 
Richard J. Barohn, MD, the director of Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, has been named as the recipient of the 2012 Chancellors Club career research award

Research at KU Medical Center looks to find ways technology can help Alzheimer's disease caregivers
October 25, 2012

With people increasingly interacting in a digital world, researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center are looking at new ways technology can help Alzheimer’s disease caregivers provide better care in the home for the more than 5 million people with the disease.


KCPT's "The Local Show" features Frontiers research being done at KU's Clinical Research Center
October 11, 2012

KCPT's "The Local Show" took a look at some of the clinical research being done at Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and KU Medical Center's Clinical Research Center in Fairway. (story starts at about 15:30).


Patients come from across the globe for study at KU's Clinical Research Center
September 20, 2012

Patients are coming from as far away as New Zealand to participate in a clinical trial at the University of Kansas Medical Center — a study that is giving new hope to people with a rare genetic condition that attacks their muscles.


Frontiers & KCALSI 2012 Annual Symposium
Held May 31, 2012

Data-driven Systems and Personalized Medicine, Atul Butte, MD, PHD
Innovative Approaches for Conducting Efficient Lower Cost Pragmatic Clinical Trials, Gary E. Rosenthal, MD
Accelerating the Translation of Research to Improve Care, John Spertus, MD MPH FACC FAHA


Frontiers Announces New Grantees:

Pilot Studies Grants
Training Grants


Greater KC Chamber rolls out "Big 5"

September 13, 2011

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce announced plans to focus on five ideas for regional economic growth, including the KC Regional Translational Research Inititiative. The Initiative plans to raise $40 million to triple the $20 million National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) given to the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2011.


KUMC Received $20 million Clinical and Translational Science Award
June 14, 2011