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Research Participant Recruitment Support & Multi-site Study Support

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Multiple barriers delay both the activation and the completion of multi-center clinical trials. In partnership with the Trial Innovation Network, a network created to leverage the expertise and resources of the CTSA program, our goal is to enhance the speed and efficiency of multi-site clinical trials across all GHUCCTS institutions.

We provide the following support:

Research Participant Recruitment Support: As the liaison to the national Recruitment Innovation Center, funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, we provide a variety of services to research teams in need of support to recruit participants. The core offers consultations with experienced bioinformaticists, research nurses, community engagement specialists, and recruitment coordinators.

Services include developing recruitment plans, reducing cost and creating timelines. Depending on the needs of the research team and the study’s target, the Recruitment Core can provide assistance with digital advertising including paid targeted social media advertising, grassroots recruitment in the community, the development and distribution of ‘Dear Provider’ and/or ‘Dear Participant' letters, and graphic design services including web page development through www.WePartner4Research.org. The core has also established a Participant Advisory Board, available to researchers who value involving current and past research participants in their proposal development.

Multi-site Study Support: As the liaison to the national Trial Innovation Center, funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, we provide support to investigators conducting multi-centered trials. This includes connecting investigators to the Trial Innovation Center, which leverages the expertise and resources of the CTSA Program. For example, connecting the central IRBs at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The University of Utah, and Vanderbilt Medical Center promotes faster, more consistent IRB determinations for multi-site studies. Additionally, the core provides access to an experienced IRB Director who can provide assistance to investigators submitting to the Trial Innovation Central IRB and Contract Facilitators who provide support during the start up phase for both single site and multi-site studies, including IRB and contract facilitation.