August 26, 2010

New Consultative Services Being Developed for Translational Research

The Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) is developing resource cores to support health research aimed at improving public health outcomes.

VICTR is seeking potential consultants and collaborators from across the University with expertise that can contribute to the research methodologies available to translational researchers at VUMC and Meharry Medical College.

Please follow this link ( to take a brief survey to indicate how your expertise in research methodologies aligns with the work of the cores.

Note: If you are a Vanderbilt or Meharry researcher and ready to request consultations or other services needed to support translational research, you can do so by accessing the StarBRITE Resource Request portal at

The information on this page explains how to prepare a funding request to VICTR and provides listings of resources available. Costs associated with these services can be covered through VICTR for investigators following an on-line proposal submission and a review and approval process that is also explained on the Resource Request pages.

The new VICTR Methodological Resource Cores include:

Behavioral Measurement Core: Assists clinical researchers in the selection, deployment and analysis of quantifiable patient-reported scales and surveys of health, illness, attitudes, behaviors and quality-of-life measures. Directed by Tom Elasy, M.D., MPH.

Community Engaged Research Core: provides an infrastructure for bringing community and academic partners together to design, implement, evaluate and disseminate health-related research studies and offers educational and consultative services to support these efforts. Co-directed by Velma McBride Murry, Ph.D., Paul Juarez, Ph.D., and Russell Rothman, M.D., MPH.

Cost Effectiveness and Decision Analysis Core: provides education and consultation about appropriate application of decision analysis, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility and cost-impact analyses to promote health economics and policy research, and offers conceptual support in preparing grant applications on these topics. Co-directed by Ted Speroff, Ph.D., and Robert Dittus, M.D.

Database Analysis Core: offers education and programming support on capabilities, access and appropriate use of large publicly available health-related datasets for secondary analysis related to health services, clinical epidemiology or health policy issues. Co-directed by David Penson, M.D., and Melissa McPheeters, Ph.D.

Implementation Sciences Core: provides education and consultation about quality improvement and patient safety research design, action research implementation and related statistical analysis techniques and offers conceptual support in preparing grant applications on these topics. Director, Ted Speroff, Ph.D.

Qualitative Research Core: offers consultative services, equipment and facilitation to support investigators planning to conduct qualitative studies. Assistance is available for design, implementation and analysis with a particular focus on use of structured and semi-structured interviews, web-based collection of qualitative data, direct observation of behavior and focus groups. Directed by David Schlundt, Ph.D.

For more information about the new cores, click on the link below and then on the Research on Practice and Policy tab at the top of the page. (