Monday, December 29, 2014

Holiday Award Season!

It’s been another successful proposal season at MHRI with several new federal and foundation awards as well as commercial contracts all within the last quarter of the year. I would like to extend a BIG congratulation to the investigators below for their recent accomplishments. It’s wonderful to see how their science will extend from the bench to the bedside to the community and ultimately make healthcare safer, better and more accessible. From a new PCORI contact to a high profile CDC study to a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation award to an impressive AHRQ R01, the studies below all represent truly innovative and transformative research at the most elite level. To all investigators – thank you for your hard work and contributions to research across MedStar!

Suzanne Groah, MD, MPH,  director of Spinal Cord Injury Research at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network was recently awarded a prestigious research contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), titled “The Impact of Self-Management with Probiotics on Urinary Symptoms and the Urine Microbiome in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury and Spina Bifida.” As part of the three year study, with a projected budget of $1,785,883, Dr. Groah’s team will conduct a prospective study in which they will develop and assess a patient-initiated Self-Management Protocol using Probiotics (SMP-UTI) instilled directly into the bladder for UTI symptom relief, early UTI management, and urinary health.  The team will also develop a urinary symptom questionnaire for individuals with neurogenic bladder which will facilitate future research endeavors.

  Kathryn A. Walker, PharmD, will be leading a project with Abt Associates to develop a coordinated care plan for safe opioid prescribing for U.S. health systems. As part of the contract, awarded to Abt Associates by the CDC, MedStar will become the first healthcare system in the nation to develop, pilot and test a safe opioid prescribing plan which will then be available as a guide for any health care provider or system to implement in their practice.  MedStar’s subcontract is for an 18 month period.

Sarah E. Henrickson Parker, PhD, Research Scientist at the National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare was recently awarded an 18 month grant titled “Leveraging the informal social networks that exist in health care settings to improve patient safety” from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More information about the grant can be found here: 

Rollin J. "Terry" Fairbanks, MD, MS, director of the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare and director of the Simulation Training & Education Laboratory (MedStar SiTEL), emergency physician at MWHC, and associate professor of emergency medicine at Georgetown University received an AHRQ R01 award for “Cognitive Engineering for Complex Decision Making & Problem Solving in Acute Care.” This five year, $2.5 million award is being lead by Dr. Fairbanks and his co-PI Zach Hettinger, MD MS, Medical Director of the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, emergency physician at Union Memorial, and assistant professor of emergency medicine at Georgetown University, and continues a productive collaboration with the department of industrial systems engineering at the University at Buffalo. This grant is a follow-on to work the team completed as part of Dr. Fairbanks' NIH K08 career development award from the NIBIB which ended recently.

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