CTR-IN Organizational Structure

The Admin KCA includes the CTR-IN investigators and staff who facilitate the activities of the elements of the organization intended to make the program responsive to the needs of its diverse stakeholders.

Organizational elements addressing the needs of stakeholders include the:

Internal Advisory Committee (IAC), comprised of the Vice Presidents for Research or their designee from each of the 13 university partners and Co-Chaired by the Deans of the UNLV School of Nursing (presiding in odd numbered years) and the University of Nevada School of Medicine (presiding in even numbered years). The IAC is charged with advising the PI on policy so that the CTR-IN addresses strategic priorities to grow clinical and translational research across the region that is responsive to the needs of the institutions and populations we serve. The IAC also advises the PI on the distribution of resources so as to provide equity in research support across the partnership. As the window into the culture and organizational structure of each partner institution, the IAC serves as a primary means of communication and access to each university in the consortium. The IAC meets twice yearly, once in-person at the CTR-IN Annual Meeting, and once by teleconference. Interim meetings may be called at the discretion of the Chair. The IAC has some shared interests and some overlapping membership with the Mountain West Research Consortium (MWRC) which is the root of the CTR-IN. Accordingly its activities are facilitated by the PI, Parvesh Kumar, and the Co-Chairs of the MWRC, Dr. Jim Kenyon, CTR-IN Project Coordinator, and Dr. Richard Larson, the CTR-IN Liaison to the Clinical Translational Science Center at the University of New Mexico. Staff assistance for the IAC is provided by the Editor/Meeting Coordinator.

External Advisory Committee (EAC), comprised of 8 to 12 well-established senior investigators from outside the 7 state region who have a strong track record in independent NIH-supported research. Its chair is elected by its members for a two year term. The EAC advises the PI on scientific direction and assists in setting the scientifc priorities for the program. Members of the EAC serve as the core of the scientific review process for pilot grants and CTR-IN Fellowships. EAC members assist in identifying mentors for researchers supported by the CTR-IN, and may serve as mentors themselves. The EAC meets twcie yearly, once by teleconference and once at the CTR-IN Annual Meeting. EAC members are active participants in the scientific activities of the Annual Meeting, interacting with investigators supported by CTR-IN awards, chairing sessions and providing presentations based on their own work. EAC activities are facilitated by senior investigator Dr. Jim Kenyon, CTR-IN Project Coordinator with staff assistance from the Editor/Meeting Coordinator.

Steering Committee (SC), which governs the program, and is comprised of the two NIH representatives in this U54 Cooperative Agreement, the two CTR-IN Project Coordinators, and the Principal Investigator who serves as Chair. The NIGMS members are Project Officer Dr. Rafael Gosospe, and Project Scientist Dr. Maria Theresa Canto. CTR-IN members are Dr. Parvesh Kumar, the Principal Investigator, Dr. Jim Kenyon, Project Coordinator for Partnerships, and Dr. John Foreyt, Project Coordinator for Tracking and Evaluation. The SC meets by teleconference quarterly in November, February, May and August, and in-person at the CTR-IN Annual Meeting. SC activities are facilitated by the PI, Dr. Kumar with staff assistance from the Administrative Coordinator.

Executive Committee (EC), comprised of the Directors of each of the Key Component Activities, the two Project Coordinators, the Associate Director of the Admin KCA, the CTSA Liaison, and the Principal Investigator who serves as Chair. The EC is charged with coordinating activities across the KCAs to address their overlapping responsibilities and with advising the PI regarding program operations. Meeting biweekly, it serves as the primary locus of communication for study leadership to facilitate day-to-day operations, as well as short- and long-term planning addressing logistical considerations.

The Tracking and Evaluation Unit (TEU) reports directly to the Steering Committee on the achievement of specific aims and milestones for each operational component of the CTR-IN. Led by Project Coordinator Dr. John Foreyt, with assistance from Associate Director Beth Tigges, and a dedicated staff member, the TEU gathers information from a wide range of sources across the program including stakeholder groups, KCA activity reports, and metrics on use obtained from the CTR-IN website. The TEU applies a Logic Model to evaluate the performance of each KCA and any sub-units. The TEU Project Coordinator participates in Executive Committee meetings, interacting with KCA Directors over operational aspects of the program.