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GP IDeA – CTR Annual Scientific Meeting

October 10 - October 11



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The Great Plains IDeA-CTR Second Annual Scientific Meeting will feature:

  • information about GP IDeA-CTR’s mission to build infrastructure for clinical and translational research (CTR),
  • CTR presentations and resources from across the network,
  • presentations about translating research across the clinical and translational spectrum,
  • information about team science,
  • community engagement presentations,
  • breakout sessions to identify unmet research needs and to develop action plans to address these needs,
  • mock study section, and
  • optional facility tours

We will also feature a high-stakes CTR Superstar Competition during lunch on Wednesday, October 10, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., where a panel of distinguished judges will award $20,000 to a winning CTR pilot project pitch.

Public voting is now open for the GP IDeA-CTR Network’s Collaborator of the Year Award. The Community Engagement and Outreach Core has developed the award in an effort to recognize the time and dedication that special individuals put into improving the lives within their community through research. This award is our way of recognizing and awarding one such individual without whom community-based research simply would not be possible. Voting is open to anyone and will close on Wednesday, October 3rd. Click HERE to see all 4 nominees and vote!


Potential attendees include all with interests in the growing field of Clinical and Translational Research (CTR). This includes researchers (spanning basic, translational and clinical work), university or collegiate educators, administrators, healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses), public health experts, government officials, and community members at large or from a variety of organizations including not-for-profits, faith-based institutions, employer groups, school systems, and other interested parties.


During the breakout sessions, we will characterize unmet research needs identified within the recent Needs Assessment and develop action plans for improvement. Each Session will hold 2 meetings and focus on 1 topic. During Day 1, participants will describe and characterize the issue from multiple perspectives (e.g., at each site, for researchers in multiple disciplines and with differing levels of experience, among other) and begin to identify potential solutions. During Day 2, the same group will continue to identify potential solutions and recommend an action plan to be followed over the subsequent 6 months:

Data Analysis –  Data analysis accessibility and support were identified as a limiting factor for clinical and translational research. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches were all identified as areas potentially needing support. Participants in this breakout and action planning area will flesh out the issues and identify ways to improve access and support for Network members.

Movement of research across the spectrum of clinical and translational research – The Great Plains IDeA-CTR is charged with the responsibility to enhance our research partners’ success in moving research ideas and findings more efficiently through the research spectrum from bench science through clinical and comparative effectiveness research to population studies (T0 – T4). We recognize this as a non-linear process that requires collaboration with researchers and clinicians, patient and community stakeholders, among others.

Recruitment and Retention of Research Subjects – There have been many recent advances in techniques for recruiting and retaining research subjects. These include use of social media and electronic health records, among others. Resources to support such novel recruitment options are limited and highly variable across CTR partner sites. Participants in this breakout and action planning area will flesh out the issues and identify ways to share effective recruitment and retention strategies.

Support for researchers who have submitted grants but not had them funded – We will look to understand what strategies have worked and ascertain what potential applicants think would be helpful to them.  We will try to identify deficits that have caused poor scores on grant applications and determine how best to support these researchers going forward.

Data Sharing and Access – CTR members have requested options for sharing and accessing many types of data including population-level databases, electronic health records (identified and de-identified), registries, and biobanks. Within this Session, we will identify those data sharing and access options with the most value to CTR members, identify mechanisms for accessing those sources that currently exist, and develop an action plan for moving forward.

Database Design and Management – Within the Needs Assessment, database design and management were identified as an issue requiring support.  What are the major issues regarding technical / functional database design, ease of using the database, availability of tools, or achieving required security within available dataset? Participants in this breakout and action planning area will flesh out the issues and identify ways to improve access and support for Network members.

Mentoring Needs – Mentoring activities were identified as an area of need for the network. Specifically, research, career, institutional, peer to peer mentoring, and mentoring best practices were identified as areas that could be improved upon.  Within this Brainstorming Session, we will further characterize the issue(s) and importance for each of these mentoring activities.


CME/CNE Learning Objectives include:

  1. Define Team Science
  2. Identify available resources of the GP IDeA-CTR aimed at facilitating new ideas and existing work
  3. Describe techniques to move research across the translational spectrum.
  4. Articulate how to effectively engage the community for ideas and support related to participant recruitment and retention.


The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is provided for 4.0 contact hours under ANCC criteria.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) through the joint providership of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education (UNMC CON CNE) (provider), University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education and Great Plains IDeA CTR.


The meeting is sponsored by the Great Plains IDeA-CTR in conjunction with the UNMC Center for Continuing Education and UNMC College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education.

Registration Information

There is no fee to attend the two-day Great Plains IDeA-CTR Second Annual Scientific Meeting (October 10-11th). Pre-registration is required.

Registration Deadline: October 3, 2018

Cancellation Policy:
If you register for this meeting and later need to cancel, please send an email as soon as possible so your registration may be cancelled.

Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

Hotel Accommodation

A special rate of $145 per night (plus tax) is available to attendees at the Element Omaha Midtown Crossing.

Make your reservations online or call the hotel directly at 877-353-6368 and mention you are requesting the Great Plains IDeA CTR Annual Scientific Meeting block.The block is available until October 1st, 2018 or until the group block of 30 rooms is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Parking and Shuttle:
Complimentary parking for campus visitors is available in Lot 62 and 63 at 40th and Marcy Street (Marcy is one block south of Leavenworth). Shuttle service will be provided on both days of the meeting. The shuttle schedule is as follows: October 10th from 7:00 am – 8:15 am and from 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm and on October 11th from 7:00 am – 8:15 am and from 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm.

Employees of UNMC and Nebraska Medicine should park in their regularly assigned parking areas.

For More Information
Contact Heather Braddock
GP IDeA-CTR Education Coordinator


October 10
October 11


Great Plains IDeA-CTR
UNMC Center for Continuing Education
UNMC College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education


Michael F.Sorrell Center
619 S 42nd St
Omaha, NE United States
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