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► CRANI 2019 Kick-Off Event!  January 10, 12-1:30, MSB 6051

CRANI is excited to kick-off their 2019 science seminar series with Reed Skaggs, PhD, Lewis-Burke Associates, presenting "DOD 101 - How to Successfully Compete for DOD Funding." This national defense funding overview will include identification of funding agencies and engagement strategies. Come learn the 'ins & outs' of how to successfully compete for DOD research funding! Stay for the Q&A, with coffee and refreshments, from 1-1:30pm.

Click here for Registration and more information

CRANI receives COM's Team Science Award. Congratulations CRANI! The UC College of Medicine recently announced that the Collaborative for Research on Acute Neurological Injuries (CRANI) is the latest recipient of their annual Team Science Award.

Award letter, received November 27th from Drs. Melanie Cushion and Jack Kues, states, "We commend you for your ability to successfully create and sustain this multi-disciplinary group. The Collaborative for Research on Acute Neurological Injuries, nominated by Dr. Kissela, was selected by a review panel of College of Medicine peer faculty.  As a recipient of this award your team will receive a honorarium of $3,000, recognition at the FY 2019 Research Recognition Awards Program (fall of 2019) and recognition in the College of Medicine FY 2019 Annual Research Report. Congratulations and good luck with your research!" 

►Seeking Post Doc Fellow - UC Neurosurgery Department/Division of Neurotrauma  A postdoctoral position is available in the Neurotrauma Laboratory of Drs. Laura Ngwenya and Jennifer McGuire. Duties will include the experimental design, execution, and analysis of research projects focused on traumatic brain injury. Previous experience working with animal models of brain injury is preferred. For more information, click here - Post Doc Fellow UC Neurotrauma. Interested candidates may email Dr. Laura Ngwenya directly.

►ACRC parnter Rich Ruddy, MD, named Chief of Staff at Children's Liberty Campus. Dr. Ruddy has been the Liberty Campus medical director since 2015 and division director of Emergency Medicine prior to that. He holds the appointment as a Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

“The role change from medical director to being the Liberty Campus chief of staff, I anticipate, will expand my ability to fully partner internally and with our community to establish more integrated services that are convenient and deliver consistent evidence-based care. The connection of our northern strategy with our current expansion in Avondale with the Critical Care Tower is a great opportunity to anticipate the needs of all children who can have better outcomes through our best practices,” said Rich. Read more

Dr. Peter Margolis presents “Healthier Together:  Learning Health Systems of Patients, Clinicians and Researchers Working to Transform Care.”  On Friday, November 16, The Collaborative for Research on Acute Neurological Injuries (CRANI) was pleased to host speaker Peter Margolis, MD, PhD, a pioneer in the Learning Health Systems approach to clinical care and research. Traditional concepts of research – from bench to phased trials to clinical care – are often inefficient and do not address existing practical clinical problems. Acute brain injuries in particular create unique challenges both for researchers and clinicians. Attendees learned about the development of Learning Health Systems, a networked model of outcomes-based research that allows for flexibility and efficiency in hypothesis testing in order to accelerate the pace of clinical and translational research insights. 

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.


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

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, ACRC standing meeting; CHM S-Location, room # S3.100. 


Acute Care Research Council Partners


Opeolu Adeoye, MD MS

Lynn Babcock, MD MS

Timothy Pritts, MD


UC Emergency Medicine, Stroke Team

CCHMC Emergency Medicine

UC Trauma, Critical Care


Program Manager
Amy Ewing CCTST
Senior Training Specialist
Stephanie Schuckman CCTST
Regulatory Coordinator
Cristina Spinner 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
Dawn Kleindorfer, MD UC Neurology, Stroke Team
Natalie Kreitzer, MD UC Emergency Medicine
Michael Linke, PhD UC IRB
Suzanne Moody, Project Manager CCHMC Trauma Services
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
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