Craig Beam Funded Projects
Strategic Translational Research (STAR) Intercollege Program at UIC
Funding Source: UIC Research Development Services
Dates: 1/1/06 – 12/31/06
Co-Investigators: JoEllen Wilbur
Abstract: The broad objective of our seed grant proposal is to prepare UIC to meet new opportunities by creating an inter-college program that will serve as an “Academic Home for Strategic Translational Clinical Research” at UIC. The concept of “strategic personalized clinical trials” is unique to UIC and builds on the strengths of UIC.
To accomplish this objective, the 22 co-investigators representing eight colleges and schools propose to use this 2010 Seed Grant funding to work as a team to position UIC as a leader in a new paradigm of “strategic personalized clinical trials” by developing internal resources and pursuing scholarship that will be focused on, and integrated by, the goal of competing for extramural funding so that this home will be self-sustaining after the seed grant funding ends. Our overall approach will be to leverage existing structures and resources at UIC to establish a working and dynamic “matrix” team organization operating in an inter-college program environment. The team organization will be integrated via a mutually valued mission of creating an institutional structure to nurture and conduct translational clinical research, to excel as an academic center and the very specific task of the submission of six grant applications during the first year period of this seed grant and revised submissions as needed. A top priority will be to merge electronic clinical data with genomic data and to lead the development of clinical trial protocols incorporating proteomics in collaboration with the CBC.