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2011 HSR&D National Meeting Abstract

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2011 National Meeting

2007 — Building Successful VA HSR&D/CTSA Collaborations

Rosenthal GaryE (Iowa City VAMC), Tsevat J (Cincinnati VAMC), Hynes DM (Hines VAMC), Piette JD (Ann Arbor VAMC)

Workshop Objectives:
The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) initiative represents a major effort by the NIH to transform clinical research infrastructures and to develop an integrated home within universities for translational science. Specifically, the initiative seeks to promote innovative cross-disciplinary T1, T2, and T3 research, support training of new investigators, develop new research methods, and enhance research and regulatory support services available to investigators. To date, 55 institutions have received CTSAs. Given its focus, the CTSA initiative provides opportunities to further joint VA-university programs in health services research (HSR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER) and to leverage VA HSR&D resources. However, many VA HSR&D investigators are unfamiliar with these opportunities, and VA-CTSA collaborations remain under-developed in many medical centers. The primary goals of this proposed workshop are to: 1) build awareness among HSR&D investigators of opportunities for collaboration with CTSA programs; 2) explore the feasibility of developing a network of HSR&D research programs with strong CTSA ties to promote veteran-centric HSR and CER within CTSAs.

The workshop will consist of three segments and involve a mix of didactic and interactive discussions. The initial segment will provide an overview of the CTSA initiative, with a specific focus on activities that are most salient to VA HSR&D investigators, including: 1) education and training programs; 2) community engagement initiatives based on community-based participatory research models; 3) activities to further the nation’s agenda in CER; and 4) efforts to disseminate best practices and develop implementation science. The second segment will feature presentations from VA investigators affiliated with three research programs that have built strong collaborative ties with their CTSAs. This segment will describe the benefits of such relationships to VA HSR&D programs, as well as strategies for building collaborations and potential obstacles. The third segment will gauge interest among participants for establishing an ongoing network and/or interest group of VA investigators to promote VA-CTSA collaborations, disseminate successful models of collaboration, and enhance the presence of VA investigation within the CTSA community.

Target Audience:
Junior, mid-career, and senior HSR&D investigators and directors of HSR&D research centers and programs.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
None required

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