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Scientific Session Will Promote Partnerships between Primary Care Physicians and Health Researchers

UNYTE Translational Research Network

Registration is now open for the UNYTE Scientific Session on Accelerating Health Research Innovation through Primary Care Partnerships, which will be held on Monday, November 7 at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York’s new Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC). The Scientific Session will bring together researchers, clinical leaders, and data scientists from the UNYTE Translational Research Network, a consortium of 18 biomedical research institutions across NY State, led by the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UR CTSI).

The Session is designed to foster interdisciplinary collaborations in practice-based research, clinical innovation, patient engagement, and research recruitment. It will explore what research brings to the clinical enterprise, what clinical insights bring to research, and the power of partnerships to inspire and focus health research for maximum impact.

“Primary care has a number of researchable questions, and is also an important setting for translating basic science discoveries into every day care. Partnering with community clinicians early in the research life cycle accelerates our potential for improving health”, said Gary Noronha, M.D., director of UNYTE, and clinical co-director of the Greater Rochester Practice-Based Research Network (GR-PBRN).

Chester H. Fox, M.D., professor of Family Medicine at UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will deliver the keynote address, “Research that Matters: Engaging Primary Care Clinicians in Translational Research”. There will also be panel presentations from skilled researchers and practice transformation experts from SUNY Upstate Medical, Cornell University’s Institute for Translational Research in Aging, and the University of Rochester Medical Center. Afternoon break-out groups will give participants an opportunity to explore innovative methods and recent successes in recruitment and practice-based research, learn more about clinician and patient priorities for health improvements, and share their personal expertise as active participants.

Noronha is hoping this Scientific Session will spark research collaborations across institutions that play to each institution’s strengths, like the new collaboration between the UR CTSI and the recently-funded Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center. The fact that this is the first UNYTE Scientific Session to be held outside the University of Rochester highlights the importance of this collaboration.

UNYTE has issued a call for poster abstracts for presentation at the Scientific Session, in two categories: research or practice change posters by faculty/staff and trainees/students – which are eligible for awards, and descriptive posters that advertise institutional programs, laboratories, services, or resources related to the session theme.  

The event is co-sponsored by the UNYTE Translational Research Network, the Clinical & Translational Science Institute, the University of Rochester Medical Center, the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, the Buffalo Clinical & Translational Research Center, and the Clinical and Translational Science Award.

Register information and the Call for Poster Abstracts can be found, here.

Susanne Pritchard Pallo | 10/13/2016

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