New Center Aims to Streamline Clinical Research Support
Researchers preparing to launch a clinical trial at the University of Minnesota will soon have access to a more collaborative, streamlined system to support the process.
The newly established Clinical Research Support Center (CRSC), located on the third floor of Diehl Hall, opens on September 4. The CRSC will give U of M investigators and study teams an easier way to navigate the complex clinical research environment and advance research projects through the process more quickly. Expediting clinical studies can help promising diagnostics, treatments, and cures found to be successful in studies reach the market earlier—and benefit patients sooner.
The CRSC is a partnership between the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Fairview Health Services, and University of Minnesota Physicians.
The new center brings together experts from more than 20 clinical research service groups in a single physical location, providing a team-based approach to guiding and supporting clinical researchers and study teams. Center staff will help reduce the time it takes to get studies off the ground by assisting with budgets, contracts, Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidance, and other administrative tasks.
More than 140 individuals across the U of M clinical research community, supported by institutional leadership and a steering committee, contributed to the planning of the CRSC. Their input highlighted the importance of reducing the time and hurdles involved in launching a clinical study at the U—a challenge that could only be addressed through leadership and administrative collaboration.
During a pilot phase this summer, CRSC staff worked with researchers to refine the center’s processes and workflows in preparation for the full opening. Starting September 4, the center will welcome researchers and clinical research staff during its regular hours, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary.
Attend the Open House
Researchers and clinical research staff are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Clinical Research Support Center in 330 Diehl Hall (the Bio-Medical Library) on Tuesday, September 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. Stop by to enjoy refreshments, network with colleagues and learn more about the support and resources available to U of M clinical researchers and study teams.
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