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Division of Clinical Research Established

Division of Clinical Research Established

The Creighton University Department of Medicine is establishing a Division of Clinical Research and Evaluative Sciences (CRES), effective August 3, 2009.

The mission of the new division will be to provide the expertise and support needed to expand Creighton’s interdisciplinary clinical, translational and evaluative research. The division’s services will include:

  • Coordinating research design, data collection, analyses and interpretation of clinical, laboratory, health care policy and evaluative research that has a direct and positive impact on local and national health care
  • Providing educational training and coordination of mentoring for students, residents, fellows and faculty interested in pursuing clinical and evaluative research
  • Assisting in the development of a master’s level program in clinical research that would support the needs of all of Creighton University’s health science students

“This division will be an important resource for clinical faculty and assist faculty in developing cooperative programs with other School of Medicine departments and Health Sciences schools,” said Syed Mohiuddin, M.D., Creighton chair of medicine.

CRES will be physically and administratively located in the Department of Medicine at Creighton University Medical Center. Initially, the division will be staffed by a .8 FTE director and a fulltime research analyst.

The School of Pharmacy and Health Professions (SPAHP) will help fund the division.

“CRES will play a key role in increasing fruitful collaborations among the Health Sciences schools, particularly between the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions and the School of Medicine,” predicted J. Chris Bradberry, SPAHP dean.

Paul Turner, Ph.D., will serve as acting director of the division. Turner rejoined Creighton University in 2007 as associate professor and director of assessment for the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. He will continue a .2 FTE appointment with the school. Dr. Turner previously served as the Director of Biostatistics for the Creighton University Center for Practice Improvement and Outcomes Research.

Turner holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in quantitative and qualitative research methods from the Department of Educational Psychology at University of Nebraska, Lincoln; and a master’s degree in educational administration from Creighton University.

From 2001 through 2006, he was an assistant professor at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, where he conducted and consulted on translational and outcomes research. He also served as director of evaluative services for the Vermont Program for Quality Health Care, Inc., in Montpelier.

Joining Turner will be Ryan Walters as the division’s research analyst. Turner holds a Master’s of Science degree in experimental psychology from Missouri State University. Since 2007, Ryan has worked as a programmatic assessment specialist with the Creighton School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

For more information, contact Luann Miller at 402.280.4570.