Art Imitates Life

Clinical and translatioImagenal research at the University of Rochester Medical Center is a multidisciplinary, collaborative team process. The “sociogram” at left illustrates the many and varied team connections among medical center researchers. Each circle represents a specific researcher; the size of the circle represents the number of collaborations reported for that investigator; colors represent departments; and lines represent reported collaborations among investigators. The diagram is a dramatic, if overwhelming, representation of the dense webs of relationships among research teams.

This work was done by the CTSI Evaluation Team, led by Dr. Ann Dozier. The team developed a method to document emerging research networks and collaborations in our medical center in order to describe their productivity and viability over time. Using an e-mail survey, sent to faculty members, respondents identified their research collaborators. Nearly 400 respondents identified 1,594 collaborations across 28 medical center departments, resulting in 309 networks with 5 or more collaborators.

Initial analyses, using Pajek software, assessed the feasibility of using social network analysis (SNA) methods with these data. This low-burden approach yielded a rich data set useful for evaluation using SNA to: (a) assess networks at several levels of the organization, including intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational/institutional, and physical/environmental; and (b) link with other data to assess the evolution of these networks.

The results from this pilot evaluation were published in the September 23rd, 2013 edition of the Journal of Evaluation & the Health Professions. To read the complete article, please click here.

Research Coordinators Wind-up and SCORE!

SCORE– Nancy Needler, BS, CCRC, Research Subject Advocate

It takes a team to conduct research and UR research coordinators are on the field. Did you know that research coordinators meet every month to share information, collaborate, and learn about University processes related to human subject research? SCORE – the Study Coordinators Organization for Research & Education – is a CTSI-sponsored group which supports research coordinators.

SCORE attendees gain firsthand knowledge of University regulatory updates and best practices. Importantly, participants have a voice in what they want to learn from meetings and from each other.  Here are a few examples:

  • The December 12th meeting in the Saunders Research Building, room 1.416 at noon, is a special one. Christopher Hoolihan, Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian from the Edward G. Miner Library, will present, “A Photographic History of Research at the Medical Center, 1925-45.”
  • In 2014, SCORE will team up with the Office for Human Subject Protection to present a two-part mini-series entitled, “Building a Coordinator Tool Kit for Research Quality,”  in which University quality improvement teams will share their processes and pearls of wisdom.  Attendees will learn from the best.
  • SCORE offers mentoring services – one-on-one support and encouragement to new coordinators or those who have new responsibilities. SCORE’s mentors are experienced coordinators who share their expertise with others for one particular task or for an extended period. To request a mentor, please e-mail SCORE.

Take a time out to network with research staff and have some fun at our December meeting. To receive event notices and other news, email SCORE or subscribe to the CTSI Weekly Update. Research coordinators don’t need to play soccer or even hockey to SCORE!