News from the Nodes
On October 5, the CTN's Northeast Node held its 2016 Annual Meeting on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH for our Node partners and investigators.
Director Lisa Marsch described the Node’s current projects, resources for Node partners, as well as future directions for the Node. We were pleased to have Dr. Betty Tai provide an overview of the national CTN and how the Northeast Node fits into this national research infrastructure. Panels of expert speakers from each of our represented regions provided attendees with a "state of the state" for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Not surprisingly, each state’s health priority was on opioid abuse and models to tackle the crisis.
Speakers discussed medication-assisted treatment models; the region's opioid epidemic; an integrated obstetrics, addiction treatment, psychiatric, and pediatric care program for pregnant moms; and Manchester's innovative "Safe Station" program, which encourages people to seek help at fire stations in the city. That speaker, the program's director Christopher Hickey, will present at the Northeast Node’s next Science Series webinar on November 10.
The Node is thankful for our partners’ dedication to continued working relationships and networking capabilities within our Node. We were so pleased to hear about the work being done in each of the three states, and how aligned that work is with the mission of the CTN. We look forward to continued efforts to strengthen partnerships and bring national research opportunities to the Northeast. Read more about the meeting here. . .
The CTN-0071-Ot study team would like to extend a HUGE thank you to each node that has helped gather information to get our project started. Pilot testing is now underway! We expect to begin official study procedures by late October or early November; please let your collaborators know to be on the lookout for our emails. We look forward to working with all of you in the coming months!
As a reminder, the immediate purpose of this work is to identify electronic health record (EHR) data available today and in the near future at healthcare facilities participating in the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN). The overarching goal is to address a critical barrier to progress in substance use disorder (SUD) research and support planning on the CTN for research infrastructure to leverage EHR data for research informing SUD screening, intervention, treatment, and referral efforts. Read more about the study's aims here. . .
Pacific Northwest Node
The Pacific Northwest Node is proud to announce that one of its members, Kari Stephens, PhD, was just featured as one of nine "rising stars" in the the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology journal. The piece features a “group of early career psychologists who confronted problems and found unique ways to solve them.”
Dr. Stephens, an assistant professor in the University of Washington’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Science department, is recognized for her work on "extracting elusive health data" by leading a groundbreaking project that aims to help community health clinics gather research data using electronic health records.
That project, Data QUEST, is capable of harmonizing EHR data from multiple clinics using different platforms across the 5-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region. Both the CDC and NIDA are already using the system in their research, and the data have also been used by UW researchers studying wellness counseling for Native American women. Read more. . .
Health Systems Node
The Primary care Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) Treatment Trial is being led by Kathy Bradley of the Health Systems Node.
The trial is broken into two phases: Phase 1 will assess the current state of health care for persons with opiate use disorders (OUD) and prepare for Phase 2 -- a pragmatic trial. The pragmatic trial will test whether a collaborative care model of OUD treatment in primary care increases access to medication treatment for OUDs compared to usual care.
The PROUD study Phase 1 is pleased to announce the 11 participating health systems, selected based on data availability, size, and geographic representation. These sites will be preparing IRB applications and data use agreements this fall, and joining calls to plan for stakeholder interviews and data acquisition in January-February 2017 when funding arrives. Read more. . .
Greater New York Node
The X:BOT Lead Team would like to congratulate Turquoise Lodge Hospital for completing participant activity in CTN-0051. Our heartfelt thanks to the participants, the site staff and the research team for a job well done!