Welcome to our first edition of Emissions, UK Department of Radiology’s Research Newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to let faculty, fellows and residents in our department know about news and events pertaining to research. The articles below contain news of our own success, upcoming events and announcements about research coming from the University of Kentucky. It is our intention to publish this newsletter four times per year. Should you have any news, happy or sad, good or bad send it our way and we will see if we can get it in the next issue. The format for the newsletter is simple. We will publish links to articles which are stored elsewhere. Keeping this e-mail in an accessible folder in Outlook will allow you to go back and search for a link when you might be working  on an IRB protocol or a grant.

Peter Hardy, VC Research

FINDERS Alliance

Approximately a year ago the College of Medicine announced a competition to form Alliances of researchers from different departments and, possibly even different colleges. Dr. Flavius Raslau had an idea that some advanced MR imaging techniques might be helpful for patients being evaluated for neurosurgical resection. He organized an Alliance for Epilepsy which quickly grew into a formidable collection of talented researchers. Read about his success here. Read about the FINDERS Team here.

Visit of editors of RSNA Journals

The RSNA, as part of their visiting editors program, on September 18th we will host David Bluemke and Jeffrey Klein, editors of Radiology and Radiographics respectively. To read more about their visit click here.

Access for Statistics Consulting

Statistics support is essential for many research, quality assurance and education projects. We have secured access to statisticians in the department of Biostatistics who have experience analyzing the type of data generated in Radiology projects. Click here to learn more. RSNA Warning about Protected Health Information (PHI) in PowerPoint Presentations RSNA sent out a warning to medical educators to be mindful of eliminating PHI in their Radiological presentations. Should you need to de-identify a large number of images good tools are available from the RSNA. Feel free to contact Peter Hardy for advice and help. Read their advice here.


The following list contains links to a variety of web sites and tools helpful to anyone developing a research project and needing IRB approval or writing a grant. This list is also available on the Research section of Radiology’s SharePoint.

Radiology Research on SharePoint

Office of Research Integrity (ORI)

This office manages the review of all IRB protocols. It also managing site reviews and any research integrity concerns.

E-IRB login: Starting point for developing, submitting and managing all Institutional Review Board protocols.

Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (OSPA): Help in preparing and submitting grants, managing budgets, etc.

Human Subject Protection training CITI training: Human Subject Protection Training (HSP) renewed every 3 years Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) renewed each year Good Clinical Practice (GCP) renewed every 3 years

Freely Downloadable Software

SigmaPlot excellent plotting package Statistical software such as JMP, SAS and SPSS for calculating ROC curves, etc.

EndNote:  A reference manager which works seamlessly with MS WORD CCTS Resources

REDCap [Research Electronic Data Capture] contact Brent Seeders: Tools to explore patient cohorts

Shrine ACT The ACT Network is a secure, HIPAA-compliant, IRB-approved, real-time platform that allows researchers to explore and validate feasibility for clinical studies across the NCATS

Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium, helping them design and complete clinical studies.

I2b2 – Informatics for integrating biology and bedside query tool allows one to retrieve de-identified, aggregate counts of patient populations that match a given criteria.

TriNetX - a global health research network to optimize clinical trial design and advance clinical research for UK programs. TriNetX is a graphical user interface tool to explore and define potential patient cohorts from UKHC and a few other medical centers according to freely-defined criteria e.g. age, CPT code, etc.

Funding Opportunities:

Grant Writing Resources Sponsored by the RSNA: Internal grants are available and coordinated through the CCTS; review funding opportunities

RSNA R&E Foundation Grants and Awards: Offers both research and education awards and grants for physicians and scientists at all levels (medical students, residents, fellows and faculty. American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) (The Roentgen Fund): Funding available for scholarship, fellowship and other awards.

American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR): Multiple grants are available for trainees, research scientist, women leaders, research scholars and others.

Pew Charitable Trusts: This charitable organization is providing grants to new faculty members to help them launch a research career. Eligibility is limited but the support is considerable. Consider checking out their opportunity