Month Flat Week Day

Thu. 1 Oct, 2020

Qualitative Research 101

Thu. 1 Oct, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This online training session will provide an introduction to qualitative research methods. Topics covered will include differences between quantitative and qualitative research, qualitative research methodologies, strategies for qualitative data collection, and methods of qualitative data analysis.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences conducting qualitative research.

Presenter

MaryBeth Grewe, MPH
Project Manager / Qualitative Research Specialist, Community and Stakeholder Engagement
NC TraCS Institute

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Implementation Research on Opioid Management Interventions

Thu. 1 Oct, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

ImpSci Speaker Series - Implementation Research on Opioid Management Interventions: Insights from the Field and for the Field

Join NC TraCS and the Eshelman School of Pharmacy for this edition of the Implementation Science Speaker Series featuring Sarah Shoemaker-Hunt, PhD, PharmD. Shoemaker-Hunt, Principal Associate with Abt Associates, will discuss her research on opioid prescribing and management in the pharmacy setting.

Shoemaker-Hunt is a pharmacist, health services researcher and implementation scientist. She will discuss how implementation science can inform pharmacy research and describe the integration of quality improvement methods and measures in the pharmacy setting. Shoemaker-Hunt will share case studies and examples from her body of work around the opioid epidemic. There will be an opportunity for Q&A immediately following the talk.

Presenter

Sarah Shoemaker-Hunt, PhD, PharmD
Principal Associate, Abt Associates

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Fri. 2 Oct, 2020

Biostatistics Seminar Series: Power analysis & sample size planning

Fri. 2 Oct, 2020 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Power analysis & sample size planning: from the perspective of reviewers and statistical consultants

Presentations on power analysis often go over how power analyses work and how to conduct them. This talk proceeds from a different perspective. First, why do reviewers (e.g., grant reviewers and the IRB) care about power analyses? What is it they’re looking for? Second, what should people understand about power analyses in order to have a productive meeting with a statistical consultant and to ensure that they get the best help possible?

This seminar, the second in the NC TraCS Biostatistics Fall 2020 Seminar series, will equip you with the knowledge you need about power analyses and how to best prepare for a statistical consultation.

Presenter

Jeff Laux, PhD
Research Associate, Biostatistics
NC TraCS Institute

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The NC TraCS Biostatistics Seminar Series provides more in-depth discussion of select biostatistical topics for clinical and translational researchers who have basic quantitative training in biostatistical methods. Join us this fall for seminars on data visualization & statistical graphics, power analysis & sample size planning, and Bayesian clinical trial design.

Mon. 5 Oct, 2020

NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education - Suicide Prevention and Training

Mon. 5 Oct, 2020 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) will host a seminar about the scope of the suicide crisis in our nation and around the world. Discussion will include suicide in the biomedical research community and how the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to increase suicide risk.

In the small groups, the OITE will have the opportunity to develop and practice skills to assist participants in communicating with someone who may be experiencing suicidal ideation; how to make connections and get help for the individual. The webinar and small group discussions are open to students, fellows, staff and faculty at NIH, universities and research institutions.

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Tue. 6 Oct, 2020

Children’s Research Institute Seminar Series: The Impact of an Asthma Question Prompt List Intervention on Adolescent Involvement and Outcomes

Tue. 6 Oct, 2020 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

The Children’s Research Institute Lecture Series encourages interaction between researchers investigating childhood diseases, and stimulates new research through exposure to cutting-edge, ongoing work.

Betsy Sleath, PhD's research focuses on provider-patient communication in the areas of asthma, ADHD, diabetes, and glaucoma, engaging children and parents more in medication discussions during pediatric visits, and improving patient medication adherence and other health outcomes through interventions

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for web conferencing options to attend this seminar.

Presenter

Betsy Sleath, PhD
Director of Child and Adolescent Health Program, Cecil G Sheps Center
UNC-Chapel Hill

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Odum Institute: Stata

Tue. 6 Oct, 2020 3:30 pm - Thu. 8 Oct, 2020 5:00 pm

This is an online 3-part short course (held over three afternoons - 10/6, 10/7, and 10/8). Stata part 1 will offer an introduction to Stata basics. Part 2 will teach entering data in Stata, working with Stata do files, and will show how to append, sort, and merge data sets. Part 3 will cover how to perform basic statistical procedures and regression models in Stata..

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Become the Most Prolific Writer You Know: Tools for Sustained Productivity

Tue. 6 Oct, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writing effectively is one of the most valuable skills. It can help get you into graduate school and get through it successfully, get a job, get promoted - and it helps you share your ideas, regardless of one’s vocation. Writing can give us all of this and more, yet most of us procrastinate and avoid it. Wouldn’t it be great if there were ways to have it be less stressful, easier, and more fun and productive?

Come and learn practical tips and tactics from a master writer and mentor, who also is the editor for a major journal.

Presenter

Andres De Los Reyes, PhD
Fulbright Canada Research Chair, Mental Health
University of Regina

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Wed. 7 Oct, 2020

Odum Institute: Stata

Tue. 6 Oct, 2020 3:30 pm - Thu. 8 Oct, 2020 5:00 pm

This is an online 3-part short course (held over three afternoons - 10/6, 10/7, and 10/8). Stata part 1 will offer an introduction to Stata basics. Part 2 will teach entering data in Stata, working with Stata do files, and will show how to append, sort, and merge data sets. Part 3 will cover how to perform basic statistical procedures and regression models in Stata..

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Orientation for New Clinical Research Personnel: Week 4

Wed. 7 Oct, 2020 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

This six-part orientation is strongly recommended for all clinical research personnel who are new to UNC or new to research. The series will introduce research personnel to the UNC offices involved in clinical trials, discuss the federal and local regulations governing conduct of research, and provide an overview of best practices utilized in the implementation of clinical research. It is recommended that registrants complete both the CITI Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and CITI Human Subjects Protection (IRB/Ethics) modules prior to attending the orientation.

Each session of the orientation will be held on Wednesday afternoons,1:30 to 4:00 pm. Research personnel are encouraged to attend all 6 modules, but may choose to attend only those of particular interest or relevance. The topics to be covered this week include:

  • Contracts and Clinical Trial Agreements (Vonzell Jones) - 1:30 - 2:10 pm
  • Billing Coverage Analysis overview (Andrea Eiring ) - 2:10 - 2:50 pm
  • Budgeting for Clinical Research, Accounting of Funds (Jill Cunnup) - 2:55 - 3:15 pm
  • Preparing and Executing NIH Grant Budgets (Sandy Barnhart) - 3:15 - 4:00 pm

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Thu. 8 Oct, 2020

Odum Institute: Stata

Tue. 6 Oct, 2020 3:30 pm - Thu. 8 Oct, 2020 5:00 pm

This is an online 3-part short course (held over three afternoons - 10/6, 10/7, and 10/8). Stata part 1 will offer an introduction to Stata basics. Part 2 will teach entering data in Stata, working with Stata do files, and will show how to append, sort, and merge data sets. Part 3 will cover how to perform basic statistical procedures and regression models in Stata..

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REDCap Basic Form Building Training Session

Thu. 8 Oct, 2020 9:00 am - 10:30 am
REDCap logo

The REDCap Forms Training Session will teach users to build forms using the online designer or data dictionary (lecture/demo).

Our current REDCap trainings are offered as webinar-only.

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About REDCap

REDCap is a secure web application that can be used to build and manage case report forms, surveys and other data capture mechanisms for clinical research. NC TraCS provides training classes to assist you in getting started with building REDCap data collection forms for your research projects.

Current REDCap training offerings include:

  1. Forms (beginner)
  2. Forms: Hands On (beginner)
  3. Functions (advanced)
  4. Open Session (Surveys and general questions)
  5. Clinical Data Management (3-day)

For more information, please visit our REDCap webpage.

Semi-Structured Interviewing

Thu. 8 Oct, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This interactive online workshop will focus on semi-structured interviewing, a data collection method used in qualitative research. Topics covered will include basics of semi-structured interviews, development of interview questions and probes, interviewing skills, considerations for conducting virtual interviews, and trauma-informed interviewing.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice developing interview questions and using interviewing skills.

Presenter

MaryBeth Grewe, MPH
Project Manager / Qualitative Research Specialist, Community and Stakeholder Engagement
NC TraCS Institute

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Duke Project Management Seminar - Handling Mistakes, Problem Solving, and Six Sigma

Thu. 8 Oct, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

As a result of showing up every day and performing your role to the best of your ability, mistakes will happen. Everyone makes them. They may be a sign your systems and processes are flawed, or they may identify the limits of your established norms.

This seminar covers ways to problem solve, communicate, learn from and prevent mistakes, and along the way demonstrate the importance that a compassionate approach can have in empowering your team when navigating these challenges. Use of Lean Six Sigma techniques can assist you in designing, measuring and evaluating key performance indicators to help keep your projects operating in a state of control, and identify when they are not so that you can intervene early and move on.

Presenter

Julie Eckstrand, RPh
Director of Operations
Duke CTSI

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Latinx Heritage Month with Keynote Speaker - Shereen Marisol Meraji

Thu. 8 Oct, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Come join the Carolina LatinX Center for an evening with Co-host and Senior producer of Code Switch, NPR's highest rated podcast, Shereen Marisol Meraji.

The theme of this year's LatinX Heritage Month, La Nueva Era, aims to recognize the changes of current realities. We are living in times unlike any other and students are the new voices and the new leaders for the future. Carolina LatinX Center has invited two incredible examples of this new era to campus and invites you to join them this October.

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Fri. 9 Oct, 2020

CRSO Town Hall

Fri. 9 Oct, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The School of Medicine Clinical Research Support Office (CRSO) will host a town hall meeting to share updates on the continuing development and specific initiatives of the new office established to support human subjects research studies and teams across the SOM. John Buse, MD, PhD, Andrea Carnegie, PhD, and Laura Viera, MA, CCRP will present general information and answer questions. Attendees are asked to submit questions in advance via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to October 8. Additional questions may be addressed during the meeting if time allows.

Registration is not required; Zoom link is below. Please mark your calendars.

Presenters

John Buse, MD, PhD
Director
NC TraCS Institute

Andrea Carnegie, PhD
Director, Administrative Operations
NC TraCS Institute

Laura Viera, MA, CCRP
Director, Clinical Research Operation
NC TraCS Institute

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Mon. 12 Oct, 2020

Latinx Heritage Month with Keynote Speaker - Julissa Arce

Mon. 12 Oct, 2020 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Come join the Carolina LatinX Center for an evening with best-selling author, Julissa Arce. Her book "My Underground American Dream" is currently being developed as a television series with producer and actor America Ferrera.

The theme of this year's LatinX Heritage Month, La Nueva Era, aims to recognize the changes of current realities. We are living in times unlike any other and students are the new voices and the new leaders for the future. Carolina LatinX Center has invited two incredible examples of this new era to campus and invites you to join them this October.

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Tue. 13 Oct, 2020

NIH @ NC State Grantsmanship Series - NIH Review Process

Tue. 13 Oct, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This session will walk through the NIH Peer Review Process. Topics covered include: incorporating the review criteria into your writing; understanding the dynamics of the peer review meeting; and interpreting a summary statement after the review.

The NC State Research Development Office invites everyone to the NIH @ NC State Fall Grantsmanship Series. These seminars will acquaint you with the basics of NIH. Registration is required to receive an appointment with zoom details.

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Wed. 14 Oct, 2020

REDCap Hands-On Form Building Training Session

Wed. 14 Oct, 2020 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
REDCap logo

The REDCap Hands-On Form Building Training Session will teach users to build forms using the online designer or data dictionary. This session will be a click along hands-on/lecture/demo.

Our current REDCap trainings are offered as webinar-only.

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About REDCap

REDCap is a secure web application that can be used to build and manage case report forms, surveys and other data capture mechanisms for clinical research. NC TraCS provides training classes to assist you in getting started with building REDCap data collection forms for your research projects.

Current REDCap training offerings include:

  1. Forms (beginner)
  2. Forms: Hands On (beginner)
  3. Functions (advanced)
  4. Open Session (Surveys and general questions)
  5. Clinical Data Management (3-day)

For more information, please visit our REDCap webpage.

Orientation for New Clinical Research Personnel: Week 5

Wed. 14 Oct, 2020 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

This six-part orientation is strongly recommended for all clinical research personnel who are new to UNC or new to research. The series will introduce research personnel to the UNC offices involved in clinical trials, discuss the federal and local regulations governing conduct of research, and provide an overview of best practices utilized in the implementation of clinical research. It is recommended that registrants complete both the CITI Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and CITI Human Subjects Protection (IRB/Ethics) modules prior to attending the orientation.

Each session of the orientation will be held on Wednesday afternoons,1:30 to 4:00 pm. Research personnel are encouraged to attend all 6 modules, but may choose to attend only those of particular interest or relevance. The topics to be covered this week include:

  • Study Start Up and Roles of Research Personnel (Laura Viera) - 1:30 - 2:25 pm
  • Recruitment Services / Carolina Data Warehouse (Emily Olsson) - 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Hospital Device Management Policy (Amanda Wood) - 3:30 - 4:00 pm

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Thu. 15 Oct, 2020

Introduction to Focus Groups

Thu. 15 Oct, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This interactive online workshop will provide an introduction to focus groups, a data collection method used in qualitative research. Topics covered will include focus group methodology, considerations for planning a focus group, development of focus group discussion guides, focus group facilitation skills, and tips for conducting virtual focus groups.

Attendees will also participate in a mini "mock" virtual focus group session.

Presenter

MaryBeth Grewe, MPH
Project Manager / Qualitative Research Specialist, Community and Stakeholder Engagement
NC TraCS Institute

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NRP Education Session: Building A Bridge To Network Entity (NE) Research Collaborations

Thu. 15 Oct, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the NRP for their latest education session. Presentation topics include:

  • Learn about the ORSC – Mission, Roles and Responsibilities
  • Learn about UNC Health Network Entities (NE) – Profiles and Unique Characteristics
  • Develop a basic understanding of the steps to research collaboration with NE sites across the state
  • Identify areas to consider when exploring research collaborations with NE sites

Attendance at this event is pending approval for 1 contact hour of clinical research education on applications for Maintenance of ACRP's CCRC®, CCRA®, CPI® or ACRP-CP® certification designations.

Presenters

Diane Powers, MPH, CHRC, CCRP
System Director, Office of Research Support & Compliance

Kerry Finch, RN, BSN, CCRC
Program Manager, Office of Research Support & Compliance

Andrew Thorne, PharmD, MS
System Clinical Manager, Investigational Drug Services

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You can also dial in to the meeting. Call the number 1-929-205-6099 and enter the access code: 978 6825 9172 when prompted.

Mon. 19 Oct, 2020

University Research Week

Mon. 19 Oct, 2020 8:00 am - Fri. 23 Oct, 2020 8:00 pm

University Research Week is an annual celebration of Carolina’s research excellence and an effort to increase participation by students, of all levels, in research activity. Through multiple unique virtual events, the campus community will become more familiar with our world-class research and the strategic initiatives that make Carolina one of the top research institutions in the world.

TraCS will be hosting a number of events during this year's University Research Week. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions regarding University Research Week.

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Introduction to NIH R Awards

Mon. 19 Oct, 2020 8:30 am - 10:15 am

This session is an introduction to NIH R grant mechanisms. The information presented will include examples of different types of R awards, the structure of the application, assessing readiness to apply, and grant preparation strategies, and resources.

The session will be recorded. Individuals who want to view the recording but cannot attend the event should still register.

Presenters

David Carroll, PhD
Director, Research Funding Development
NC TraCS Institute

Susan Pusek, DrSc
Director, Education Programs
NC TraCS Institute

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Introduction to Career Development Awards for Biomedical Researchers

Mon. 19 Oct, 2020 10:30 am - 12:15 pm

This session is an introduction to NIH and foundation career development awards. The information presented will include examples of different types of awards, the structure of the application, assessing readiness to apply, grant preparation strategies, and resources.

The session will be recorded. Individuals who want to view the recording but cannot attend the event should still register.

Presenter
Susan Pusek, DrSc, Director, Education Programs
NC TraCS Institute

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TraCS be nimble, TraCS be quick - UNC CTSA enables rapid response to COVID-19

Mon. 19 Oct, 2020 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely upended our lives, disrupting the way we live, work, and interact with each other, and killing more than 210,000 Americans to date. Because any hope of a return to "normal" depends on antivirals, therapeutics, and vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, the importance of scientific research has never been more clear. Even before the pandemic, TraCS was helping researchers overcome hurdles in translating basic discoveries into clinical solutions with speed and efficiency.

Now, TraCS experts and researchers are working together to quickly and adeptly address the biggest public health crisis of our lifetimes:

  • Clare Harrop, PhD secured funding from TraCS to study how families affected by autism spectrum disorders are coping during the pandemic
  • Andy Kant, MS and Nicole Wiley, MS harnessed the expertise of the FastTraCS program to address the need for smaller masks to fit patients at the NC Children's Hospital
  • Amanda Wood, BS, RAC is helping researchers overcome the hurdles associated with FDA processes and regulations during the pandemic while maintaining the safety and integrity of the scientific process
  • Erica Brenner, MD co-created SECURE-IBD – the first database of its kind of people with chronic diseases who also have SARS-CoV-2 to help track symptoms and find solutions

Join TraCS for an informative discussion with these experts about how one of the nation's leading CTSAs has accelerated the research response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and learn how the institute could elevate your own research program.

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Odum Institute: SPSS

Mon. 19 Oct, 2020 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This online 3-day (10/19, 10/22, and 10/23) course will offer an introduction to SPSS and will demonstrate how to work with data saved in SPSS format. It will demonstrate how to work with SPSS syntax, how to create your own SPSS data files, and how to convert data in other formats to SPSS. The course will also teach how to append and merge SPSS files, demonstrate basic analytical procedures, and show how to work with SPSS graphics.

For the course handouts, click here:

Presenter

Cathy Zimmer, PhD

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Application Deadline: Building Resources for the Basic Biology of Aging in Health Disparities Research

All day

This FOA will use the NIH Resource-Related Research Project (R24) mechanism to facilitate the development of research networks that will advance research in the basic biology of aging in health disparities.

Applicants should include researchers from, at minimum, the following four disciplines (or some variation of these disciplines, but not limited to those identified here):

  • Basic biology of aging
  • Epidemiology
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Computational biology and/or artificial intelligence

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Tue. 20 Oct, 2020

University Research Week

Mon. 19 Oct, 2020 8:00 am - Fri. 23 Oct, 2020 8:00 pm

University Research Week is an annual celebration of Carolina’s research excellence and an effort to increase participation by students, of all levels, in research activity. Through multiple unique virtual events, the campus community will become more familiar with our world-class research and the strategic initiatives that make Carolina one of the top research institutions in the world.

TraCS will be hosting a number of events during this year's University Research Week. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions regarding University Research Week.

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NC Project Management Institute: Beyond the PMBOoK

Tue. 20 Oct, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Beyond the PMBOoK: Journey to the Secret Sauce - A Discussion of COVID-19: A 7-Step Response Plan for Project Managers by Michael Clayton

In 2020, we have experienced unprecedented impacts to the workforce in our lifetimes due to COVID-19 and political/cultural unrest. As we continue to manage and plan to emerge from our COVID-19 lockdown, what do you need to be thinking about as a Project Manager? This ten-minute video will spark you to consider if/how you may need to reframe your project, protect your greatest resources, and do what is right for your organization.

Join the North Carolina Project Management Institute for a discussion on how to protect your people during a time of crisis; the importance of conducting an impact analysis and using a risk register; and how to inform and influence organizational decision.

Presenter
Terri West, PMP, IT Strategic Engagement Consultant/Project Manager
Duke School of Medicine

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Interdisciplinary Seminar in Health Disparities: Direct Care Workforce Job Quality and the Impact of COVID-19

Tue. 20 Oct, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Interdisciplinary Seminar in Health Disparities - Healthcare Delivery in the Age of COVID-19: Direct Care Workforce Job Quality and the Impact of COVID-19

This interdisciplinary Seminar will hold intensive and collaborative sessions focused on health outcome and health delivery problems resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The main research topic is health disparities in healthcare delivery and how the COVID-19 pandemic shapes systems and impacts resources, including human resources.

The main product from these collaborative interdisciplinary and multi-organizational work groups of health disparities researchers and students will be a focused grant proposal aimed at examining the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on care delivery and home health caregivers’ own health outcomes.

Presenter

Robert Espinoza
Vice President of Policy, PHI

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REDCap Functions Training Session

Tue. 20 Oct, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
REDCap logo

REDCap Functions is advanced training in using functions with your project such as Surveys, Randomization, Calendar/Scheduling, etc.

The session will cover Imports, Reusing Forms, Exports, Surveys, Data Quality Checks, Collecting Data Offline (REDCap Mobile), Subject App (MyCap), Pulling Epic Data, Special layouts (Shazam), Multiple Languages, and more.

Our current REDCap trainings are offered as webinar-only.

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* NOTE: There are no prerequisites for taking the Functions class. Previous attendees advise that you should take one of the Forms classes prior. As a minimum, it will help if you are familiar with building forms, field types, and the options/parameters that belong to those field types.


About REDCap

REDCap is a secure web application that can be used to build and manage case report forms, surveys and other data capture mechanisms for clinical research. NC TraCS provides training classes to assist you in getting started with building REDCap data collection forms for your research projects.

Current REDCap training offerings include:

  1. Forms (beginner)
  2. Forms: Hands On (beginner)
  3. Functions (advanced*)
  4. Open Session (Surveys and general questions)
  5. Clinical Data Management (3-day)

For more information, please visit our REDCap webpage.

Wed. 21 Oct, 2020

University Research Week

Mon. 19 Oct, 2020 8:00 am - Fri. 23 Oct, 2020 8:00 pm

University Research Week is an annual celebration of Carolina’s research excellence and an effort to increase participation by students, of all levels, in research activity. Through multiple unique virtual events, the campus community will become more familiar with our world-class research and the strategic initiatives that make Carolina one of the top research institutions in the world.

TraCS will be hosting a number of events during this year's University Research Week. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions regarding University Research Week.

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Odum Institute: Hybrid Surveys and Estimation

Wed. 21 Oct, 2020 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Odum Institute Short Course - Hybrid Surveys and Estimation: An Introduction to the Issues and Methods

Probability-based samples backed by theory and literature on best practices are becoming more difficult to implement with higher costs and lower response rates. Meanwhile, “Big Data” (e.g., administrative records, social media data) are more accessible than ever. A two-step hybrid design offers promise by allowing estimation from a combined set of probability and nonprobability samples. First, the weighted probability sample is used to calibrate the nonprobability sample to improve representativeness of the nonprobability sample. Second, the probability and nonprobability samples are blended to reduce sampling and nonsampling errors. Open questions remain on the best practices for both of these steps.

In this course, Berzofsky, the instructor, will briefly discuss the current issues researchers face with probability samples and Big Data; define hybrid or blended sample surveys in the context of a few examples; and, through review of the current literature, discuss the estimation challenges and solutions currently in use.The course will consider the practical implications of hybrid sampling on survey estimates including sampling precision, nonresponse bias, coverage bias, measurement error, processing error and specification errors in the integration process. The instructor will use examples from his research to help illustrate and demonstrate each of the methods discussed in the course.

Presenter

Marcus Berzofsky, DrPH
Senior Research Statistician
RTI International

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Orientation for New Clinical Research Personnel: Week 6

Wed. 21 Oct, 2020 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

This six-part orientation is strongly recommended for all clinical research personnel who are new to UNC or new to research. The series will introduce research personnel to the UNC offices involved in clinical trials, discuss the federal and local regulations governing conduct of research, and provide an overview of best practices utilized in the implementation of clinical research. It is recommended that registrants complete both the CITI Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and CITI Human Subjects Protection (IRB/Ethics) modules prior to attending the orientation.

Each session of the orientation will be held on Wednesday afternoons,1:30 to 4:00 pm. Research personnel are encouraged to attend all 6 modules, but may choose to attend only those of particular interest or relevance. The topics to be covered this week include:

  • UNC Hospitals Investigational Drug Services (Andrew Thorne) - 1:30 - 2:05 pm
  • Investigator-Initiated Study Processes (Valorie Buchholz) - 2:05 - 2:35 pm
  • ClinicalTrials.gov and ICMJE requirements (Monica Coudurier) - 2:40 - 3:20 pm
  • Adverse Event Evaluation and Documentation (Marie Rape) - 3:20 - 3:50 pm
  • IND and IDE Studies at UNC (Amanda Wood) - 3:50 - 4:00 pm

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Thu. 22 Oct, 2020

University Research Week

Mon. 19 Oct, 2020 8:00 am - Fri. 23 Oct, 2020 8:00 pm

University Research Week is an annual celebration of Carolina’s research excellence and an effort to increase participation by students, of all levels, in research activity. Through multiple unique virtual events, the campus community will become more familiar with our world-class research and the strategic initiatives that make Carolina one of the top research institutions in the world.

TraCS will be hosting a number of events during this year's University Research Week. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions regarding University Research Week.

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CANCELLED - MURAL Series: How to Obtain Latino Population Integrated Data Sets from Epic@UNC

Thu. 22 Oct, 2020 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This event has been cancelled.

This presentation provides ideas on how to obtain, from Epic@UNC data, an integrated data set for the Latino population at UNC Health using a proven strategy for Perinatal data. This strategy includes:

  • The use of Business Objects/SQL to extract and derive data elements
  • Contextual design to improve data capture, data snapshots – rather than databases as sources for integrated data sets
  • A council of representatives of OB areas at UNC Health hospitals to approve OB changes to Epic@UNC
  • Multidisciplinary teams of data analysts and clinicians for data management and criteria definition for derived data elements

The Perinatal Integrated Data Set is currently used at the Department of OB/GYN at UNC SOM to provide information for improvement of patient care, quality/process improvement, and research.

Join the Multilingual Research Advancement for Health (MURAL) program and Randall Blanco, MSCE, MBA, PMP for the first edition of the Fall 2020 MURAL Multilingual Research Capacity Building Lecture Series. Blanco is a data scientist specializing in health care data management with emphasis in data extraction from Electronic Health Record Systems to obtain information and data insights to help with decision-making for patient care, quality/process improvement, and research. He is the Director of Health Information for the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health, Director of the Perinatal Research Center, and an Honest Data Broker between NC TraCS and the Department of OB/GYN at UNC SOM.

Presenter

Randall Blanco, MSCE, MBA, PMP
Director of Health Information, UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health
Director, Perinatal Research Center

Odum Institute: SPSS

Thu. 22 Oct, 2020 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This online 3-day (10/19, 10/22, and 10/23) course will offer an introduction to SPSS and will demonstrate how to work with data saved in SPSS format. It will demonstrate how to work with SPSS syntax, how to create your own SPSS data files, and how to convert data in other formats to SPSS. The course will also teach how to append and merge SPSS files, demonstrate basic analytical procedures, and show how to work with SPSS graphics.

For the course handouts, click here:

Presenter

Cathy Zimmer, PhD

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Fri. 23 Oct, 2020

University Research Week

Mon. 19 Oct, 2020 8:00 am - Fri. 23 Oct, 2020 8:00 pm

University Research Week is an annual celebration of Carolina’s research excellence and an effort to increase participation by students, of all levels, in research activity. Through multiple unique virtual events, the campus community will become more familiar with our world-class research and the strategic initiatives that make Carolina one of the top research institutions in the world.

TraCS will be hosting a number of events during this year's University Research Week. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions regarding University Research Week.

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DCRI Grand Rounds: Outpatient Clinical Decision Support

Fri. 23 Oct, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Outpatient Clinical Decision Support – An Evidence-Based Implementation Framework

This Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) NIH "Rethinking Clinical Trials" Grand Rounds features Patrick O’Connor, MD, MA, MPH and JoAnn Sperl-Hillen, MD, Senior Clinical Investigators at the HealthPartners Institute. O'Connor and Sperl-Hillen will discuss "Outpatient Clinical Decision Support – An Evidence-Based Implementation Framework."

Presenters:

Patrick O’Connor, MD, MA, MPH, Senior Clinical Investigator
HealthPartners Institute

JoAnn Sperl-Hillen, MD, Senior Clinical Investigator
HealthPartners Institute


At the time of the event, use the following information to join:
Meeting ID: 120 711 6379
Passcode: 1234
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Dial in: 1-650-479-3207

Odum Institute: SPSS

Fri. 23 Oct, 2020 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This online 3-day (10/19, 10/22, and 10/23) course will offer an introduction to SPSS and will demonstrate how to work with data saved in SPSS format. It will demonstrate how to work with SPSS syntax, how to create your own SPSS data files, and how to convert data in other formats to SPSS. The course will also teach how to append and merge SPSS files, demonstrate basic analytical procedures, and show how to work with SPSS graphics.

For the course handouts, click here:

Presenter

Cathy Zimmer, PhD

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Mon. 26 Oct, 2020

OHRE: Transmission of Sensitive Information Standard Information Session

Mon. 26 Oct, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Office for Human Research Ethics (OHRE) has been working with UNC Information Technology Services (ITS), ITS Policy Office, Privacy Office, Office of Clinical Trials (OCT), and IT-School of Medicine (SOM), regarding the upcoming revision to the “Transmission of Sensitive Information” standard and how this will affect human subject research. Although the standard is broader than communication with research subjects, it is inclusive of them as well. This revision will allow for an exception to the current process to permit texting or email with an individual through an exception process that involves obtaining the individual’s consent for certain types of messages.

The standard is set to be released on October 26. In preparation, updates are being made to IRBIS, consent templates, SOP’s and a FAQ is being completed. OHRE is also hosting an information session where presenters will review the standard FAQ and answer questions those in attendance may have.

Presenters

Dennis Schmidt, Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Privacy and CISO

Kim Stahl, Senior Policy and Process Lead, ITS Policy Office

Brian Penders, Chief Information Security Officer, IT-SOM

Chris Nelson, Director, Office of Clinical Trials

Cassandra Myers, Director Office of Human Research Ethics


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Tue. 27 Oct, 2020

Odum Institute: Introduction to Survey Management

Tue. 27 Oct, 2020 9:00 am - Wed. 28 Oct, 2020 1:00 pm

This online 2-day (10/27 and 10/28) course will focus on the application of project management principles and techniques to the management of survey research projects. At the conclusion of the course participants will have a basic understanding of:

  • The principles of project management as applied to survey research
  • How to plan a survey project
  • How to implement the plan and manage the work
  • How to manage the project budget
  • How to manage the project contract

The course will cover a broad range of survey management topics, including: proposal preparation, Work Breakdown Structures, Gantt charts, organization charts, staffing, budgeting, management tools to monitor the work, and types of survey contracts. Course participants will receive a workbook containing all material presented in class.

Presenter
Lisa Thalji, RTI International

Registration Fees:

  • UNC CH Students – $65
  • Others – $90

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Sheps Center: Transportation Equity, the Disabled, and Health Disparities

Tue. 27 Oct, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Interdisciplinary Seminar in Health Equity: Transportation Equity, the Disabled, and Health Disparities

This is the second academic year of funding for this seminar. The Sheps Center's previous year goals will carry forward this year with some additions and improvements. The Center still aims to become acquainted with researchers and students who are involved in or interested in health disparities; to understand how to build and refine the Program in Health Disparities Research at the Sheps Center based on interaction with seminar attendees and their identified needs; and to provide a space for researchers and students to present (and solicit feedback) on past and current research to a group of peers.

The general theme of this academic year’s seminar is on the impact structures have on health disparities.

Presenter
Abigail Cochran, PhD
Post Doctoral Research Associate
UNC-Chapel Hill

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Wed. 28 Oct, 2020

Odum Institute: Introduction to Survey Management

Tue. 27 Oct, 2020 9:00 am - Wed. 28 Oct, 2020 1:00 pm

This online 2-day (10/27 and 10/28) course will focus on the application of project management principles and techniques to the management of survey research projects. At the conclusion of the course participants will have a basic understanding of:

  • The principles of project management as applied to survey research
  • How to plan a survey project
  • How to implement the plan and manage the work
  • How to manage the project budget
  • How to manage the project contract

The course will cover a broad range of survey management topics, including: proposal preparation, Work Breakdown Structures, Gantt charts, organization charts, staffing, budgeting, management tools to monitor the work, and types of survey contracts. Course participants will receive a workbook containing all material presented in class.

Presenter
Lisa Thalji, RTI International

Registration Fees:

  • UNC CH Students – $65
  • Others – $90

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Department of Allied Health Sciences: Marginalized, stigmatized and vulnerable

Wed. 28 Oct, 2020 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Marginalized, stigmatized and vulnerable: Addressing the intersection of homelessness, mental illness and atypical sensory processing in the age of COVID-19

Antoine Bailliard will present an overview of 3 current research projects involving adults with serious mental illness in community settings:

  1. HomeLink – a SAMHSA funded project addressing homelessness in the triangle area
  2. Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement – a project funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Health and Human Services
  3. Lived Sensory Experiences of Adults with Psychotic Disorders – a project funded by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program.

Presenter
Antoine Bailliard, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Department of Allied Health Sciences

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REDCap Open Training Session

Wed. 28 Oct, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
REDCap logo

The REDCap Open Training Session will review using surveys and provide ample time to answer any questions REDCap users might have.

Our current REDCap trainings are offered as webinar-only.

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About REDCap

REDCap is a secure web application that can be used to build and manage case report forms, surveys and other data capture mechanisms for clinical research. NC TraCS provides training classes to assist you in getting started with building REDCap data collection forms for your research projects.

Current REDCap training offerings include:

  1. Forms (beginner)
  2. Forms: Hands On (beginner)
  3. Functions (advanced)
  4. Open Session (Surveys and general questions)
  5. Clinical Data Management (3-day)

For more information, please visit our REDCap webpage.

COVID-19 Journal Club: Cardiovascular Disease, Drug Therapy, and Mortality in Covid-19

Wed. 28 Oct, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In the first session of a new monthly COVID-19 Journal Club, the TraCS CER team will lead a discussion on one of the now retracted articles using the Surgisphere data.

What were the signs that led some to question the data source, and what should we look for in terms of study design in non-randomized studies of treatment effects? Join us for a deep dive into the issues that determine how much we can trust Real World Evidence.

Presenters

Michele Jonsson-Funk, PhD
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Gillings School of Public Health

Sara Dejene
Doctoral Candidate, Epidemiology
Gillings School of Public Health

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Thu. 29 Oct, 2020

MURAL Series: Translating Research Instruments

Thu. 29 Oct, 2020 10:00 am - 11:30 am

MURAL Multilingual Research Capacity Building Lecture Series - Translating Research Instruments: Is the Forward-Back Approach Enough?

Including non-English speaking participants in research requires us to translate our instruments. How we translate these tools can influence our results.

Join the Multilingual Research Advancement for Health (MURAL) program and Michaela DuBay, PhD, CCC-SLP, for the second edition of the Fall 2020 MURAL Multilingual Research Capacity Building Lecture Series. We will discuss a cultural adaptation approach to translation using a parent-report autism screening tool as a test case. We’ll describe how we translated and adapted this tool for a US-Based Spanish-speaking population, including fostering community collaborations to ensure an appropriate translation was developed. We’ll also highlight specific areas found to be particularly ripe for cultural adaptation and provide specific recommendations for researchers interested in translating their own tools.

Presenter
Michaela DuBay, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, School of Education and Human Development
University of Virginia

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Fri. 30 Oct, 2020

Wisdom in the Room - A Conversation: Race & Police Violence

Fri. 30 Oct, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Each month, the Community and Stakeholder Engagement (CaSE) Program at NC TraCS at UNC-Chapel Hill hosts "Wisdom in the Room," a conference call series that provides a forum for information and resource sharing among research stakeholders, community partners, and others interested in community engaged research.

Please join us for this month's call led by Professor Dana Rice and community leader Melvin Jackson. As unrest continues around the country, this discussion will provide a foundation for consideration of the intersection of race and police brutality, and provide local resources to stay connected and informed.

Presenters

Dana Rice, DrPH
Assistant Professor, Public Health Leadership Program
Gillings School of Public Health

Melvin Jackson, MSPH
Public Health Advocacy Coordinator
YMCA SCALE Program

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DCRI Grand Rounds: Lessons from Virtual Trials in Time of a Pandemic

Fri. 30 Oct, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lessons from Virtual Trials in Time of a Pandemic: Minnesota Hydroxychloroquine Experience

This Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) NIH "Rethinking Clinical Trials" Grand Rounds features David R. Boulware MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Boulware will discuss "Lessons from Virtual Trials in Time of a Pandemic: Minnesota Hydroxychloroquine Experience."

Presenter:
David R. Boulware MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease & International Medicine
University of Minnesota


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