Informatics Research Seminar: School of Nursing Research Management Team

January 27 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Cory Ennis, MS & Denise Snyder, MS, RD, CSO, LDN
Presented from Duke University



In this seminar, Denise Snyder will detail the service catalog available to researchers at Duke by the School of Nursing’s Research Management Team (RTM). She will focus on her group’s expertise in electronic data capture and the tools utilized by the RMT’s data managers. She will also provide examples of recent projects in which the RMT has added value to a current research study. In addition, Cory Ennis will deliver a presentation on the DTMI implementation of REDCap (an electronic data capture system) including background information, current status and remaining challenges.


Cory Ennis, MS, joined the Duke Translational Medicine Institute (DTMI) as an IT Project Manager in January 2008. Prior to joining the DTMI, Mr. Ennis managed the IT Customer Services group at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). Within the DTMI, he is responsible for the implementation of IT systems that support and improve clinical research at Duke by supplying researchers with tools to facilitate the collection and management of research data.

Denise Snyder, MS, RD, CSO, LDN, joined the Duke University School of Nursing in 2006 as a clinical trials manager after previously working in the Department of Surgery as a research coordinator since 2000. Currently, Denise directs the Research Management Team and is the Research Practices Manager for the School of Nursing’s Site Based Research (SBR) group. Denise has played a key role in data management and transfer, and all other logistical processes involved in planning and implementing operations of large-scale home-based intervention trials, as well as recruitment for clinical dietary and survey studies in cancer survivors. Examples of her research support include: DAMES: Daughters And MothErs Against Breast Cancer, PROMIS: Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System – Cancer Supplement, RENEW: Reach-out to ENhancE Wellness in Older Survivors and Fresh Start: Promoting Health in Prostate & Breast Cancer Survivors. Denise’s research focus has been on recruitment challenges faced when eligibility criteria dictate narrow illness parameters.

Denise’s publications include:

Reach Out to Enhance Wellness in Older Cancer Survivors (RENEW): Design, Methods and Recruitment Challenges of a Home-Based Exercise and Diet Intervention to Improve Physical Function among Long-term Survivors of Breast, Prostate, and Colorectal Cancer. Psycho-oncology 2009; 18(4): 429-439. NIHMS#110478

Effects of Home-Based Diet and Exercise on Functional Outcomes Among Older, Overweight Long-Term Cancer Survivors: The RENEW: Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2009; 301(18)1883-1891.

Comparing the 7-Day PAR with a Triaxial Accelerometer for Measuring Time in Exercise. Medicine Science Sports and Exercise 2009;41(6):1334-1340.

Differences in Baseline Characteristics and Performance at One-and Two-Year Follow-up of Cancer Survivors Accrued via Self-Referral versus Cancer Registry in the FRESH START Diet and Exercise Trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2008;17(5):1288-1294.