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Last year, the Advocate Research and Innovation Forum 2012 was a success, with over 500 attendees, and 160 posters summarizing scholarly works including case reports, case series, quality, safety, clinical trials, and population studies. We in the Department of Research are proud of the accomplishments of the Investigators for their insight and quest for knowledge. We also thank the Hospitals, Departments, Programs and all Advocate physicians, nurses and associates that directly or indirectly support the amazing research endeavors within Advocate. As we continue to focus on research we serve our patients by not only practicing Evidence Based Medicine, but creating it.

In continuing the recognition of these endeavors The Department of Research is proud to announce The Advocate Research and Innovation Forum 2013. The forum will continue as an opportunity for all Advocate affiliated physicians, nurses and associates to present the research that they have conducted over the last year, as well as share ideas for future research projects. Akin to last year, it will be a collegial setting where sharing and discussion occurs within and between a host of disciplines.

Forum Dates and Locations:

Lutheran General Hospital:  Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - Grainger Atrium / Olson Auditorium

From Design to Dissemination

Let Michael Berbaum, PhD, and Karl Keller, MBA, give you the tools and tips to design and write a successful research protocol / grant and how to bring it full circle to manuscript development.

Dr Berbaum will coach you on how best to prepare to work with and maximize your partnership with a research coordinator to prepare a well designed protocol or grant. He will highlight the tools you need to address study design, sample size calculation, statistical plans, and procedures.

Karl Keller will follow Dr. Berbaum and examine the key principles successful researchers use to write grants.  He will demonstrate these key principles using actual winning grants, including examples with biostatistics.  He will reveal the 5 most important techniques for writing paragraphs and sentences that clearly communicate complex medical information and discuss relevant agencies to request funding that matches our clinical environment in today’s competitive grant marketplace.


 Time  Speaker
 Poster Hanging (Presenters)  7:00 – 8:00  ---
 Registration / Breakfast  7:30 – 8:00  ---
 Opening Remarks  8:00 – 8:30  Tom Summerfelt, PhD, VP Research AHC and
 Thomas Hansen, MD, Chief Academic Officer, AHC
 Advocate Research Enhancement
 and Russell Institute Overview
 8:30 – 9:00  Tom Summerfelt, PhD, VP Research AHC and
 Nancy Cipparrone, Director Russell Institute
 Education Session 1  9:00 – 10:00  Michael Berbaum, PhD
 Director, Design and Analysis Core, UIC
 Poster Awards  10:00 – 10:30  ---
 Break  10:30 – 10:45  ---
 Education Session 2  10:45 – 12:00  Karl Keller, MBA
 Communications Specialist
 Northwestern University
 Poster Viewing / Lunch  12:00 – 1:30  ---

Please register now:
Web registration is the preferred method: or call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Continental Breakfast & Lunch will be served to all registrants (Lunch cannot be guaranteed unless you pre-register).

This event is open to all Advocate associates.

For questions contact the Advocate Department of Research at 630.929.6129 or via e-mail at 

Abstract Deadline:

Friday, August 16th, 2013
by 5:00 p.m.

Abstract Submission:

To submit your abstract, follow the link below and complete the form.

When submitting your entry, you will be asked to choose a research site. Please choose the site which is most appropriate or most convenient for the presenter(s) to attend.

2013 Abstract Submission Form


We strongly encourage the participation of all Advocate Health Care associates including but not limited to administration, allied health professionals, nurses, students, fellows, residents, and attending physicians. 

Abstracts that were recently presented or accepted at national and international meetings, as well as more recent findings, are welcome at this internal celebration of Research.  As an internal conference, presentations at the Advocate Research and Innovation Forum 2013 will not preclude you from participating in other research conferences or peer reviewed publications.  Also, unfinished research at the time of abstract submission can be submitted.


Best Overall Poster: The Department of Research will present the Best Overall Poster Award. This award will be chosen by a panel of judges. The winner of this award will receive $500.00. Other awards may also be presented.


Breakfast, Lunch and Beverages will be available throughout the event.

Institutional Review Board (IRB): 

We require IRB approval and that the data has not been previously presented at the Advocate Research and Innovation Forum.

Please contact the Department of Research with any questions or comments: or 630.929.6129

The Mission of the Research Department is to enhance the quality of care and improve outcomes for our patients, their families, and our communities through the tools and products of research and by promoting multidisciplinary, lifelong learning.

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