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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
Regulatory assistance - Availability of support at no charge for participants that encounter a need for short term/ad hoc regulatory assistance or consulting 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

Co-Director Jackie Grupp-Phelan, MD, MPH, who will be leaving CCHMC this month, took a few minutes to share her Acute Care Research Council (ACRC) experience with us and the exciting opportunities that await following her cross-country trek.

Tell us about your new adventure.

I have accepted a position as Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.  I am planning to begin my work in San Francisco  full-time June 1st.

What excites you about this opportunity?

The footprint of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in the Bay area is still in the developmental stage.  It will be a fun challenge to educate families and the community about the advantages of seeking care at a hospital with this expertise.  In addition,  we have an opportunity to standardize emergency care and training across the two Benioff Children’s Hospitals (SF and Oakland) and that really excites me.

What is difficult for you to leave behind?

Everything!!  I love the people at CCHMC, the division of emergency medicine and my colleagues at UCCOM.  The vast resources and talent at Cincinnati Children’s will be very difficult to leave.  I am quintessentially Midwestern so I will miss being in this friendly and open environment.

Any parting 'words of wisdom' for the ACRC as we seek to    ‘ . . . become a nationally-acclaimed best practice program recognized for its unparalleled advancement of acute care research’?

I am so impressed with what we have accomplished in just a year with the ACRC.  We are bridging the UC College of Medicine and CCHMC community of acute care researchers, bringing down barriers to doing research collaboratively and learning as we solve problems.  There is no question that we are stronger together.

Jackie, we thank you for your significant contributions to the ACRC and wish you the best of everything in your new adventure!

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Upcoming dates

Next meeting – June 7, 2017, 11am - noon, 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
Christopher Lindsell, PhD UC Emergency Medicine
Program Manager
Amy Ewing CCTST
Training Specialist
Stephanie Schuckman 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
Cristina Spinner, Regulatory Coordinator CCTST
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