Center for Clinical and Translational Services Advisory Committee on Clinical and Translational Science

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The Advisory Committee on Clinical and Translational Science (ACCTS) is responsible to the Principal Investigator of the CTSA grant and provides the overall governance of the Center. The ACCTS supervises and reviews the operations of all aspects of the Center, setting general policies, delineating common needs of Center investigators, and evaluating projects for Center use. No studies are undertaken without ACCTS approval, except for urgent studies created by an unexpected research opportunity. In these cases, temporary approval can be authorized by the IRB and Center Program Director. The role of the ACCTS includes:

  • Prioritizing projects to assist the Program Director and Co-Director in allocating Center resources (NIH-funded clinical research receives first priority);
  • Assuring implementation of NIH policy, including gender/minority diversity in study subjects;
  • Reviewing Center operations to ensure that resources are used for the most scientifically worthy projects.
  • Provides oversight of the Center budget

The ACCTS meets monthly, on the first Wednesday of each month. The membership includes six senior faculty investigators, five junior faculty investigators, six Center staff members, and two University representatives. The Center Director and Co-Director serve as ex-officio members.

To assist the ACCTS in fulfilling its role and function, a Resource Utilization form has been developed, indicating the service(s) required for Nursing (patient illness severity and/or special needs, specimen collection, invasive procedures, and laboratory tests); Bionutrition (type/frequency of patient meals, anthropometric measurements, nutrient intake assessments, special requirements); Pharmacy (types of medications, dispensing requirements, compounding and randomization/blinding); Biostatistics (experimental design, sample size determination, data analysis); and Informatics (investigators' operating system needs, data analysis software requirements, informatics consulting services). These forms are used by the ACCTS in determining project priority (NIH-funded clinical research receives first priority), and operational review to assure that ACCTS resources are used for the most scientifically worthy projects.

Membership of the ACCTS
Peter Holt, MD (Chair) Senior Research Associate, Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism
Edward Barbour, MS Manager, Hospital Informatics Core
Jon Blumenfeld, MD Attending Physician; Director, Susan R. Knafel Polycystic Kidney Disease Center at The Rogosin Institute
Jan Breslow, MD Professor & Laboratory Head, Biochemical Genetics & Metabolism
Gila Budescu, PhD Director, Sponsored Research and Program Development
Barry S. Coller, MD Director CCTS, Principal Investigator CTSA; Physician-in-Chief, Rockefeller University Hospital; Professor & Laboratory Head, Blood and Vascular Disease
Rita Devine, RN, MPA Acting Director of Nursing
Lynn Dustin, PhD Research Associate Professor, Laboratory of Virology and Infectious Disease
Emil C. Gotschlich, MD Professor Emeritus, Bacterial Pathogenesis
Lisa C. Hudgins, MD Attending Physician, Associate Professor, The Rogosin Institute/Weill Cornell Medical College
Rhonda Kost, MD Clinical Research Support Officer
Florian Klein, MD Instructor in Clinical Investigation, Laboratory of Molecular Immunology
James Krueger, MD PhD Rockefeller University Hospital Chief Operating Officer (C.E.O.); Co-Director CCTS, Co-Principal Investigator CTSA; Professor & Laboratory Head, Investigative Dermatology
Michelle Lowes, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Clinical Investigation, Laboratory of Investigative Dermatology
Martin Markowitz, MD Aaron Diamond Professor; Clinical Director, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
Barbara O'Sullivan, MD, MPH Rockefeller University Hospital Medical Director; Hospitalist
Neil Renwick, MD, PhD Clinical Scholar, Laboratory of RNA Molecular Biology
Charles Rice, PhD Professor and Laboratory Head, Virology and Infectious Diseases
Andrea Ronning, MA, RD Director, Bionutrition Research
Sarah Schlesinger, MD Research Associate Professor, Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology
Teresa Solomon, Esq Assistant Counsel, University Office of General Counsel
Mayte Suárez-Fariñas, PhD Biostatistician
Maija Williams, BA, MPH Administrative Director
Knut Wittkowski, PhD DSc Biostatistician