Drs. Cathy Bodine and Bethany Kwan take on new leadership roles at CCTSICristine Schmidt | Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Mar 18, 2020
The CCTSI is pleased to announce a change in two key leadership roles: Bethany Kwan, PhD, MSPH will assume the role of Director of Dissemination & Implementation Research. Cathy Bodine, PhD will serve as the Director of the Innovation Ecosystem Core. We extend our congratulations and appreciation to Elaine Morrato, DrPH, who was leading both of these programs up until February, 2020 when she was appointed as the founding Dean of Loyola University Chicago’s new Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health.
Dissemination and Implementation Research
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to engage with investigators across the clinical and translational research spectrum,” says Dr. Bethany Kwan. “Dissemination and implementation can and should be considered at every phase of research and need not wait until the project end to think about audiences and messages for the evidence being generated.”
Dr. Kwan is associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the CU School of Medicine. She has been at the university since 2002 and a faculty member since 2013.
Dr. Kwan has an emphasis on stakeholder engagement and Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) methods. Her work addresses the incorporation of physical and behavioral health and chronic disease self-management. It examines pragmatic trials using electronic health data and enhancing the quality of life for patients and care partners. “Working with patients and other stakeholders in research is incredibly rewarding. It makes research fun, and having someone involved that can remind me that all the hard work is meant to benefit real people with real health challenges keeps me moving forward,” says Dr. Kwan.
She also mentors and teaches students and fellow faculty on Designing for Dissemination to ensure that research innovations are efficiently and effectively adopted, used and sustained in real-world settings to improve health and well-being.
“I am excited about our new dissemination consultation services that we will be offering to CCTSI members beginning later in 2020. We will be helping investigators package up their evidence and target key audiences for translation, using multimedia approaches and channels,” says Dr. Kwan.
Partnering for Innovation Value Optimization and Accelerated Translation (PIVOT)
As part of the CCTSI, PIVOT (our Innovation Ecosystem Core) aims to help develop the clinical and translational workforce by catalyzing an academic entrepreneur culture and skillset through the I-Corps@CCTSI training program and sponsoring entrepreneur networking events. The program also seeks to help develop discoveries and accelerate the development of commercializable innovation. PIVOT collaborates with both CU Innovations (including the SPARK program and new REACH hub) and CSU Ventures (which accelerates the translation of research into meaningful products and services).
“I am looking forward to continuing the excellent work begun by Dr. Morrato,” said Dr. Bodine. “CU is already positioned as a leader in clinical translational innovations. Facilitating the continued growth and development of this culture is exciting. Creating new opportunities and harnessing available resources to support faculty and staff to move ideas and potential products to the market means we have the potential to improve the lives of those we serve.”
Dr. Bodine currently holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics and Pediatrics at CU Anschutz. She directs the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering and has been the Principal Investigator for multiple research and development projects.
Her background is in medical and mainstream technology for people with disabilities and those experiencing increasing disability with age. She is currently developing an interdisciplinary PhD and undergraduate program in the Department of Bioengineering focused on technology, disability, and aging.
If you would like to learn more about the programs that Drs. Kwan and Bodine are leading, go to Dissemination and Implementation or I-Corps@CCTSI on the CCTSI website.