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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 trial to study 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 - read more
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

Acute Care Research Symposium April 9

Register here. Leadership & Innovation award nominations due March 23.  Keynote speaker is Neal Dickert, MD, PhD, Emory University.

 Opeolu Adeoye, MD MS, takes on new role as Vice Chairman for Research in UC Emergency Medicine.

► Brett Kissela, MD MS, named to Clinical Research Leadership positions.

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► Upcoming Dates

Next meeting – Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00pm, Children's Hospital S-Location, room # S2.600. Featured topic - Innovating Integration with AHC Clinical Research Offices. Twila Rogers/OCTR and Justin Osborne/OCR will provide important changes on the horizon in areas of impact to acute care researchers.


Acute Care Research Council partners


Opeolu Adeoye, MD MS

Lynn Babcock, MD MS

Brett Kissela, MD MS

Timothy Pritts, MD

UC Emergency Medicine, Stroke Team

CCHMC Emergency Medicine

UC Neurology, Stroke Team

UC Trauma, Critical Care

Program Manager
Amy Ewing CCTST
Training Specialist
Stephanie Schuckman CCTST
Regulatory Coordinator
Cristina Spinner CCTST
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
Natalie Kreitzer, MD UC Emergency Medicine
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
Dario Rodriguez, MSc, Clinical Research Director UC Trauma, Critical Care
Richard Ruddy, MD CCHMC Emergency Medicine
David Russell, JD CCHMC Perinatal Institute
Misty Troutt, Clin Research Mgr CCHMC Trauma Services
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