Acute Care Research Council

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► New CCTST Acute Care Research Council member featured in UC Health Q&A.  Click here to get to know one of the newest CCTST Acute Care Research Council members, R. Duncan Hite, MD, through a special Q&A interview with UC Health. 

► 2019 Acute Care Research Symposium: Cutting Edge Research in Acute Care – Sepsis, ARDS, and Other Life-Threatening Conditions

  • Monday, November 25, 2019, 8:00 am – 12 noon, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Sabin Auditorium
  • Theme: Highlight leadership & innovation in the challenging acute care research* setting, with a focus on Sepsis, ARDS, and other Life-Threatening Conditions - to promote awareness and foster collaboration regarding cutting edge research being conducted at Cincinnati’s Academic Health Center.
  • Register now!

Call for Nominations! The CCTST’s Acute Care Research Leadership & Innovations Awards honor leadership, innovation, and engagement in acute care research that advances the mission of the Acute Care Research Council. Nominations are due by November 12, 2019. Winners and nominators will be notified the week of November 18th. Awardees will be recognized at the Acute Care Research Symposium. Award categories include:

  • Acute Care Research Innovation Award
  • Acute Care Research Partner Award
  • Acute Care Research CRP Champion Award
  • Acute Care Research Student Award
  • Acute Care Research Excellent Investigator Award

For questions, contact Amy Ewing -  or 513-803-8365.

► Dr. Timothy Pritts receives 2019 UC Office of Research Service Award. Our congratulations goes out to ACRC Co-Director, Timothy Pritts, MD, PhD! Professor in the Department of Surgery, Dr. Pritts was recently announced as the recipient of the College of Medicine Office of Research Service Award 2019. A general and trauma surgeon and chief of the Section of General Surgery, Pritts has mentored more than 30 medical students, surgical residents and post-doctoral fellows. Also, he has published more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, chapters and reviews, and he and his team have given more 200 presentations and invited talks globally. Read more. 

► ACRC Partner receives 2019 Excellence in Mentoring Award. Congratulations to ACRC partner, Stacey Ishman, MD, co-recipient of the College of Medicine’s “2019 Excellence in Mentoring Award”.  This award is an honor presented for the third year by the UC COM’s Office of Student Affairs to recognize faculty who provide outstanding mentoring for medical students. Ishman is a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and surgical director of the Upper Airway Center at Cincinnati Children’s. Her research is centered on outcomes in adults and children after treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Nominations from medical students noted her dedication to providing research opportunities and career guidance.

► ACRC News Archive 


ACRC Overview

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.

*Acute Care Research (ACR) is defined as research that occurs within 24 hours of a visit to an emergency department or an unscheduled admission, or within 24 hours of identification of a new or worsening condition characterized by sudden onset requiring immediate care.


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

Upcoming Dates

ACRC standing meeting - next date TBD 
CCHMC S-Location, room # S3.110. 

Monday, November 25, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm, Acute Care Research Symposium;  Cincinnati Children's Hospital Sabin Auditorium 


Acute Care Research Council Steering Committee Partners


Opeolu Adeoye, MD MS

Lynn Babcock, MD MS

Timothy Pritts, MD, PhD


UC Emergency Medicine, Stroke Team

CCHMC Emergency Medicine

UC Trauma, Critical Care


Program Manager
Amy Ewing CCTST
Senior Training Specialist
Stephanie Schuckman CCTST
Patrick Brady, MD MSc CCHMC Hospital Medicine
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
Stuart L. Goldstein, MD CCHMC Center for Acute Care Nephrology 
Dina Gomaa, Clinical Research Manager UC Trauma, Critical Care
R. Duncan Hite, MD UC Medical Intensive Care
Stacey Ishman, MD, MPH CCHMC Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Dawn Kleindorfer, MD UC Neurology, Stroke Team
Natalie Kreitzer, MD UC Emergency Medicine
Michael Linke, PhD UC IRB
Eric Mueller, PharmD UC Health Investigative Pharmacy
Laura Ngwenya, MD PhD UC Neurotrauma Center
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
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