Management Core: Research Development and Operations
The Management Core (MC) for the CTBScience provides oversight, management, and coordination of all research and core-related activities. Specifically, the MC is responsible for fiscal management, institutional review processes, data safety monitoring, and community involvement, as well as for recruitment, enrollment, retention, and data management.
The MC also oversees the center's research assistants and facilitates the center's involvement with undergraduate and graduate students at FSU. Although center faculty work independently on research projects, the MC is available to assist in project development and regulatory aspects of research projects. A primary goal of the MC is to promote cohesiveness in the development of new center projects and to provide oversight to existing projects.
The Methods Core will be responsible for research data management and analysis. We will provide biomedical informatics and big data expertise including machine learning, data mining, natural language processing, and biomedical ontologies/standards. We will also provide support to investigators to develop cohort identification queries over OneFlorida Data Trust, a state-level database with fine-grained clinical data for over 15 million Floridians.
The Methods Core will also collaborate with researchers from the Quantitative Methodology and Innovation Division of FCRR for work related to clinical trials analyses, power calculations, and related methodological applications.
Advances in information and communication technologies have led to the creation of increasingly innovative and interactive platforms to support the delivery of behavior change interventions. Despite these exciting developments, there is still limited evidence about the efficacy of these approaches and whether the benefits of these applications can trickle down to those who need the most assistance (i.e., the chronically ill, and those who have limited means, education, and access to healthcare services).
The Tech Core is responsible for supporting collaborations in eHealth intervention research by exploring potential partnerships with academic researchers, information technology designers and developers. It will also help identify resources to support the development and evaluation of eHealth interventions including technology to aid in assessment in behavioral trials.
NIH Methods Workshop Agenda
Specific Aims: The National Institutes of Health sponsored a cross-institute, two-day "Workshop on Innovative Study Designs and Methods for Developing, Testing and Implementing Behavioral Interventions to Improve Health" to review, evaluate, and disseminate a selection of innovative designs and analytic strategies for use in behavioral intervention studies. Experts from the behavioral, biostatistical and clinical communities reviewed the utility of new, innovative and potentially more efficient study designs and methods to develop, optimize, test and implement behavioral interventions across the translational targeting multiple behavioral risk factors (e.g., adherence, diet, physical activity, smoking). Presentations and discussions focused mainly on the development and preliminary testing of behavioral interventions on Day 1, with an emphasis on later-stages of development, including testing and implementation of interventions within clinical and community contexts, on Day 2.