Open Research Office

Zoom Session.

CTSI Open Research Office sessions feature important topics that can aid those involved in the research process.

Through the Open Research Office sessions, Clinical Research Facilitators collaborate with selected guest speakers on various topics relevant to biomedical scientists and research coordinators. There will be opportunities for Q&A and open discussion and attendees are encouraged to bring their questions, concerns, and ideas. 

February 22 — Plain Language

This Open Research Office session will feature Andy Strohmeier, M.Ed., Integrating Special Populations Coordinator for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

It is now more important than ever for researchers to be “bilingual” in Plain Language. Plain Language fosters trust with the community and presents research in a non-threatening way. It also helps to promote dialogue between scientists and strengthen collaboration. This session will explore Plain Language as a tool scientists can use to better connect with the communities they serve and to develop stronger interdisciplinary science. 

Topics to be discussed include: 

  • a “usable” definition of Plain Language for Researchers,  
  • an exploration of various Readability Indexes, and  
  • writing tips for recruitment and presentation materials, including flyers, abstracts, and papers.

Upcoming Speaker:


Andy Strohmeier, M.Ed.

Integrating Special Populations Coordinator, Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Online Sessions

Sessions begin at 10:00am

Investigators and coordinators are invited to meet with our Clinical Research Facilitators and selected presenters from UB's research administrative offices for various presentations that will provide guidance for your research.

Future events may cover topics such as:

  • Contracts and agreements
  • Budgets
  • Accounts receivable
  • IRB submissions and regulatory compliance
  • Protocol development and regulatory guidance
  • Central Study Registration, OnCore and Click support
  • Issues specific to your clinical or behavioral study

Upcoming sessions will held via Zoom, with the possibility of future in-person sessions

Past Events

Naveed Shah.
Your First REDCap Project (January 18, 2023)

CTSI IT Business Analyst Naveed Shah took a deeper dive into REDCap, showing attendees how to start a new project from scratch, come up with a use scenario, build and test a project, and submit a project to be published live. (Click here to watch the session.)

CTSI IT Business Analyst Naveed Shah provided an introduction to REDCap, a secure web application for building and securely managing online surveys and databases; discussed its origins; and offered a brief tour of the interface. (Click here to watch the session.)

CTSI Clinical Recruitment Coordinator Ashley Regling, MA, discussed clinical recruitment by providing an overview of recruitment timelines, available recruitment resources, and specific recruitment resources, including online study listings.  (Click here to watch the session.)

Clinical Research Office Associate Operational Director Kimberly Brunton, RN, MSN, discussed Central Study Registration (CSR) and addressed how to access CSR, navigating through the CSR form, what research requires CSR, and the different phases of clinical research. (Click here to watch the session.)