Friday, December 2, 2016

KU Medical Center professor, Dr. Russell McCulloh, awarded $1.7 million grant

Rusty McCulloh, M.D., clinical assistant professor in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, has been awarded
a $1.7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for the Sunflower Pediatric Clinical Trials
Research Extension (SPeCTRE) for the newly formed IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials
Network (ISPCTN).


The University of Kansas Medical Center, Area Health Education Centers and Children's Mercy will all collaborate to identify and recruit clinical trial sites across Kansas, increase participation through telemedicine technologies and engage patients and families through a community advisory board, participation registries and social media.

Coinvestigators are Drs. Mark Clements of Children's Mercy, Ann Davis and Mary Beth Warren, both from KU Medical Center.

“We have an exciting opportunity to extend clinical trials opportunities to thousands of Kansas
children,” Dr. McCulloh said. “Participating in clinical trials helps children and their families better
understand their health and medical conditions, and engaging families and communities in research
will help us as investigators design clinical trials in ways that better addresses patient and family
concerns while still finding the answers to critically important clinical questions.”

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