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SCTR Institute introduces Research Nexus for MUSC investigators

By Ashley Barker
Public Relations

The South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute is launching the new SCTR Research Nexus, a comprehensive clinical research service line for MUSC investigators.

The SCTR Research Nexus enables and enhances translational and patient-oriented research through funding, infrastructure and expert clinical research staffing, serving as an extended partner for medical discoveries.

An open house for the new Nexus will be held from 4 until 6 p.m., May 14 in suite 214 of the Clinical Sciences Building.

The SCTR Research Nexus laboratory processes biological specimens, provides nucleic acid extraction services, offers a variety of ELISA protocols and has the ability to develop and customize protocols to fit individual investigator needs.
The SCTR Research Nexus laboratory processes biological specimens, provides nucleic acid extraction services, offers a variety of ELISA protocols and has the ability to develop and customize protocols to fit individual investigator needs.

"We have met with investigators across the campus to see how we can meet their clinical and translational science research needs,” said Patrick Flume, M.D., program director of SCTR Research Nexus. “Changes have been made in response to what we learned, and so the SCTR Research Nexus will be the home of patient-oriented innovation and discoveries that help secure a healthier future for South Carolina.”

A new service offered through the Nexus is the Research Opportunities & Collaborations program to assist in establishing an industry-sponsored portfolio with a value-added revenue stream. MUSC investigators can access new funding for research opportunities, obtain assistance with the research site selection process, feasibility assessments, site visits, and budget development and agreements.

For investigator-initiated research, in addition to the SCTR Pilot Project and Voucher programs, SCTR Research Nexus Translational Awards are available to provide up to 50 percent of the cost of clinical research nursing, laboratory, bone density and pulmonary function testing services.

“In these difficult economic times of state and NIH funding cuts, the SCTR Institute is working hard to fill gaps and support researchers at MUSC by continuing to provide and expand research support services,” said Royce Sampson, R.N., SCTR chief operating officer and director of the SCTR Success Center.

The Imaging and Body Evaluation suite includes a BodPod, which performs body composition measurements.
The Imaging and Body Evaluation suite includes a BodPod, which performs body composition measurements.

Available on a fee-for-service basis to fully support investigators or complement existing personnel are clinical research nurses, nutritionists, grant managers, and coordinators for research, recruitment and data.

The 9,200-square-foot SCTR Research Nexus Research Center, located on the second floor of the Clinical Sciences Building, includes eight examination rooms, three procedure rooms and a dental suite. Also available are a pulmonary function testing suite, which contains a Carefusion Vmax system, and a specialized imaging and body evaluation suite designed to limit radiation exposure, making studies available to pregnant women, infants and neonates.

For the convenience of the research teams and their patients, the Nexus Research Center includes registration personnel, free patient parking, a phlebotomy and blood processing station, computer access in each room, study personnel access to phones and copiers, dry ice, medical gases, vital sign and electrocardiogram machines, and stock supplies.

The 9,200-square-foot facility located on the second floor of the Clinical Sciences Building includes eight examination rooms, similar to the one pictured here, in addition to a dental suite and three procedure rooms.

The Nexus also has a fully equipped research laboratory for processing biological specimens and extracting nucleic acids in addition to a biorepository to store samples of plasma, DNA and urine.

The laboratory includes nine work benches, a biological safety cabinet, nine freezers and an automated temperature monitoring system.

“We’re bringing a higher level of functionality to what we do,” said Colleen Corish, R.N., Nexus administrator.

In addition to the open house, more information about the SCTR Research Nexus can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/sctr/nexus/ or by calling the SCTR Success Center at 792-8300.

May 2, 2013
 
 
 

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