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Acute Care Research Council


The Acute Care Research Council (ACRC) is a high impact collaboration of acute care research professionals representing the four institutions that comprise Cincinnati’s Academic Health Center. Formed in 2015 by the Center for Clinical & Translational Science & Training (CCTST), with funding from a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), the Council currently includes: 14 acute care research (ACR) units, representatives from the local institutional review boards and the investigational pharmacy.

The mission of the ACRC is to generate and execute world-class collaborative research initiatives through empowering our stakeholders, improving efficiency of the research process, training our next generation clinical and translational researcher, and developing acute care research standards of care. Acute Care Research is challenged by the:

  1. Need to interface with patients 24/7, within minutes to hours of their illness or injury,
  2. Inability to schedule/recruit patients via usual means,
  3. Frequent inability to direct-consent patients due to patient care and family considerations that surround a catastrophic health event,
  4. Movement of patients throughout the health care system (EMS, ED, Surgery, ICU),
  5. Population at higher risk of health disparities and health failure due to using EDs as a primary resource of care.

Today, the Acute Care Research Council is the most comprehensive Academic Health Center-based collaboration of acute care researchers in the nation. ACRC partners are committed to creating a community spanning the pre-hospital, emergency and critical care settings — sharing resources and best practices to eliminate systems’ barriers to the acceleration of clinical & translational research in the acute care setting. Through a common focus on process improvement, economies of scale and coordination of activities, an innovative acute care research culture is being formed that will be more impactful and encompassing than that which any institution could create individually.


The Acute Care Research Council is open to all acute care units in the collective academic health centers of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, UC Health, and the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Partnership is also extended to professional representatives from vital infrastructure including the local Institutional Review Board and investigative pharmacy. The CCTST underwrites the Council, eliminating the need for participation fees.

Partner Benefits

Collaborative research studies - Opportunity to join with other partners to conduct studies, such as the current 13-site trial to assess informed consent in acute care research
Operations consulting - Availability of support at no charge for participants that encounter a need for short term/ad hoc regulatory or project management assistance for acute care research initiatives
Streamlined administrative and regulatory processes – Access to shared regulatory and process documents, participation in review development, and a process to promote the implementation of evidence-based best practices
Networking – Expansion of acute care research professional networking through a forum where shared knowledge leads to creative problem-solving, enhanced productivity and measureable quality improvements
Infrastructure development – Ability to work with colleagues in acute care research units to create scalable infrastructure to maximize the efficiency of research conducted 24/7/365

Latest News

► Abundance of Accolades for ACRC's former Co-Director Christopher Lindsell, Ph.D. It was with a mix of appreciation, sadness and celebration that we wished farewell to Chris Lindsell at our June meeting. These sentiments were shared campus-wide, as expressed so eloquently by Dr. Arthur Pancioli, Professor and Chairman of UC's Department of Medicine (read here).

Whether he was your colleague, supervisor or mentor, you easily 'caught' his fever for collaboration as the key to accelerating research innovation. His special passion for acute care research left us more empowered to reach our ACRC vision of ‘ascending to a nationally-acclaimed best practice program recognized for its unparalleled advancement of acute care research.’

Though Chris’ leadership will be deeply missed, we wish him all the best as he shares his remarkable collaborative spirit with the fortunate folks at Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research - beginning this August. Read here about their excitement.

 ►More Millennials Are Having Strokes. Article includes research by and comments from Brett Kissela, MD, Albert Barnes Voorheis Chair and professor in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine at the UC College of Medicine and a UC Health physician. A growing body of research indicates strokes among U.S. millennials—ages 18 to 34—have soared in recent years. Scientific American—June 28, 2017.

►Self: The Truth About Whether Red Wine Actually Helps Your Heart HealthDr. Richard Becker, director and physician-in-chief of the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute, is quoted in this story on a large new meta-analysis of data examining the health benefits of red wine against coronary heart disease.

Admired Co-Director Jackie Grupp-Phelan, MD, MPH, left CCHMC this summer on a new career journey to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, San Francisco, as Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Read more 

Upcoming dates

Next meeting – Wednesday, December 6, 11:00am-12pm, Children's Hospital S-Location, room # S2.600


Acute Care Research Council partners

Lynn Babcock, MD MS CCHMC Emergency Medicine
Brett Kissela, MD MS UC Neurology, Stroke Team
Program Manager
Amy Ewing CCTST
Training Specialist
Stephanie Schuckman CCTST
Regulatory Coordinator
Cristina Spinner CCTST
Opeolu Adeoye, MD MS UC Emergency Medicine, Stroke Team
Noberto Andaluz, MD UC Neurotrauma Center
Richard Becker, MD MS UC Cardiovascular Health & Disease
Kathleen Chard, PhD VAMC/Cincinnati, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience

Richard Falcone, MD MPH

CCHMC Trauma Services
Brandon Foreman, MD UC Neurocritical Care
Robert Frenck, MD CCHMC IRB
Dina Gomaa, Clinical Research Manager UC Trauma, Critical Care
Dawn Kleindorfer, MD UC Neurology, Stroke Team
Michael Linke, PhD UC IRB
Cheryl McCullumsmith, MD PhD UC Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
Suzanne Moody, Project Manager CCHMC Trauma Services
Eric Mueller, PharmD UC Health Investigative Pharmacy
Laura Ngwenya, MD PhD UC Neurotrauma Center
David Norton, MD UC MICU
Katrina Peariso, MD PhD CCHMC Neurology
Brenda Poindexter, MD MS CCHMC Perinatal Institute
Timothy Pritts, MD UC Trauma, Critical Care
Dario Rodriguez, MSc, Clinical Research Director UC Trauma, Critical Care
Richard Ruddy, MD CCHMC Emergency Medicine
David Russell, JD CCHMC Perinatal Institute
Hector Wong, MD CCHMC Critical Care
CCHMC – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
CCTST – Center for Clinical & Translational Science & Training
UC – University of Cincinnati
VAMC – Veterans Affairs Medical Center