Multi-site Study Support

CTSI offers multiple resources to assist University of Minnesota investigators and study teams conduct multi-site clinical trials.

Developed by NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and powered by CTSA award site clinical data, the ACT Network enables investigators to query nearly 40 million patient records for discovery, exploration, and validation of patient cohorts for investigator-initiated multi-site or single-site clinical trials.

Combines seven regional Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) infrastructures and resources to offer investigators a streamlined infrastructure for undertaking studies that are better served collectively, at multiple sites.

A collaborative initiative within the CTSA Program, composed of three partners—CTSA Program Hubs, the Trial Innovation Centers (TICs), and the Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC)—TIN helps develop, demonstrate effectiveness of, and disseminate scientific and operational innovations that dramatically increase the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical studies.

Contact us

CTSI's Research Navigator is your first point of contact with questions:
Melissa Hansen
ctsi@umn.edu
612-625-CTSI (2874)

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SMART IRB
The University of Minnesota, along with the other Clinical and Translational Science Award Program Hub sites, signed the Streamlined, Multisite, Accelerated Resources for Trials (SMART) IRB agreement in 2017 to facilitate rapid IRB approval times for multi-site trials. 

As part of SMART IRB, institutions may choose to rely on another IRB to review, approve, and oversee a research study. The Reviewing IRB takes on IRB oversight responsibilities associated with that study throughout its duration. Because of our participation in SMART IRB, University of Minnesota investigators will see a reduction in multisite collaboration hurdles, support for studies regardless of funding source or size of study, and faster obtainment of trial results.