Clinical Research Office launches CTSI Research Round Table series


Published March 7, 2017

The University at Buffalo Clinical Research Office (CRO) and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will begin hosting a bimonthly Research Round Table series at the end of March.

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Organized by Jennifer Delmerico and Jami Radtke, the CTSI’s two clinical research facilitators in the CRO, each round table discussion will focus on a topic germane to the research interests of Buffalo Translational Consortium (BTC) investigators while providing an opportunity for open-ended conversation between the guest speaker and attendees.

The first round table, i2b2 for Feasibility and Recruitment, is scheduled for Thursday, March 23 at 3 p.m. in Room 5002 of the CTRC. The guest speaker is Senior Institute for Healthcare Informatics Database Architect Jonathan Blaisure who will be talking about the i2b2 database and dashboard that he helped design.

Register here for the first Research Round Table on March 23.

“The idea is to present important information in an informal setting,” says Delmerico. “We’re hoping to start conversations and help people from across the BTC learn new things and make new connections.”

The round table discussions revive a popular series administered by the CRO that was discontinued several years ago.

Said Radtke: “The hour-long format will be divided between a brief presentation by an invited guest speaker on the topic at hand, followed by a free-form, question-and-answer discussion period.”

Topics under consideration for future round tables include clinical trial recruitment strategies, IRB compliance, Click Basics and registration. (Email us below with your requests.)

The i2b2 database provides a powerful new tool to clinical research teams in the BTC for accessing the de-identified electronic health records (EHRs) of some 700,000 UBMD patients. The IHI’s Jon Blaisure will provide a demonstration of how to use the i2b2 dashboard for feasibility studies and recruitment at the inaugural CTSI Research Round Table on March 23. Delmerico and Radtke will be on hand to show researchers how to incorporate i2b2 data into study protocols and IRB submissions, and how to adhere to recruitment policy and best practices.

The remainder of the session will be given over to participants: answering their questions and discussing the issues they want to talk about.

If you can’t make it to the first Round Table at the CTRC in March, don’t worry. They will be presenting follow-up i2b2 demonstrations in May and July at locations to be determined on both the north and south campuses.

CTSI Research Round Table

Selected topics relevant to biomedical investigators and research coordinators
Opportunity for Q&A and open discussion
Meets the last Thursday of the month, every other month
Bring your questions, concerns and ideas

March 23 Round Table Session: i2b2 for Feasibility and Recruitment, CTRC room 5002, from 3 to 4 p.m.

Questions or suggestions for future round table topics? Email

Research reported in this program was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number UL1TR001412 to the University at Buffalo. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

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