Upstate News

February 14, 2002
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

New SUNY Upstate center seeks to increase research funding

SUNY Upstate Medical University has created a new center designed to strengthen the institution’s research efforts and increase the amount of research grants awarded to clinical faculty and basic science faculty.

The Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, or CORE, will assist clinical faculty in developing research projects that can attract funding from a variety of sources, including the state and federal governments and private foundations.

“The competition for grant money for clinical research has increased,” said CORE Director Patricia Franklin, M.D. “So it is imperative that we provide our faculty with the resources and expertise needed to remain competitive and continue to attract funding for vital research programs.”

CORE will be especially helpful for clinical faculty who are juggling teaching and patient responsibilities. “Most clinicians do not have the staff to provide assistance in setting up a clinical study designed to improve patient care,” she said. “CORE will offer this support and help design, coordinate and analyze the results of the study.”

Franklin, who also holds an MBA and an MPH, has been involved in numerous aspects of hospital and university operations since joining SUNY Upstate in 1990. Other research methods faculty in CORE are Paula F. Rosenbaum, Ph.D., an epidemiologist, and Robert Ploutz-Snyder, Ph.D., a biostatistician.

Franklin said it’s likely that SUNY Upstate will develop and design projects that provide patients with more opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research. “One of the benefits of being a research and teaching facility in addition to caring for patients is that we have a highly accessible research participant base for a variety of studies,” she noted.

Studies that might include patient participation include:

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