October 6, 2015

‘Spirit of Teamwork’ Led to Strong CTSA Grant Renewal Submission

Submitted on Sept. 25, TRI’s 1,263-page renewal application for a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) was made possible thanks to the dedication of faculty and staff across UAMS and its affiliated institutions, said TRI Director Laura James, M.D.

“Faculty reviewers and writers from across all colleges tackled this project in a spirit of teamwork that allowed us to develop the strongest possible application,” James said. “This was a cross-college, cross-department, cross-institution effort that involved basic scientists, clinical researchers, community engagement researchers, etc.”

Reviewers were Larry Cornett, Ph.D., Charlotte Hobbs, M.D., Ph.D., Donald Mock, M.D. Ph.D., Mike Owens, Ph.D., Paula Roberson, Ph.D., and Nancy Rusch, Ph.D. This group’s work included nine two-hour meetings. Other major contributors to the review group were DeAnn Hubberd and Peggy Brenner from the UAMS Office of Grants and Scientific Publications (OGSP).

Meanwhile, Mary Aitken, M.D., Pedro Delgado, M.D., and Rusch spent countless hours writing the application’s two training components, James said.

Other primary writers were Beatrice Boateng, Ph.D., Barry Brady, Mathias Brochhausen, Ph.D., Cornett, Geoff Curran, Ph.D., Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D., Ellen Fischer, Ph.D., Kristie Hadden, Ph.D., Hobbs, Laura Hutchins, M.D., Greg Kearns, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Brad Martin, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., R.N., Mock, Pope L. Moseley, M.D., Alison Oliveto, Ph.D., Owens, Tamara Perry, M.D., Fred Prior, Ph.D., James Raczynski, Ph.D., Paula Roberson, Ph.D., Kate Stewart, M.D., M.P.H., Dennis Sullivan, M.D., Billy Thomas, M.D., and Pam Williams, Ph.D.

Valuable expertise was contributed by Hari Eswaran, Ph.D., as well as Barry Brady and Phaedra Yount from the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI), and OGSP staff. TRI’s staff was critical to the process, James said, including Pamela Christie, Amy Jo Jenkins, Donna Mattingly, Anthony McGuire, and Laura Wilson, and many others who provided information for the grant.

If the application is successful, UAMS will receive about $24.4 million over five years. The CTSA Award is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).