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.
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.
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.
- Biomedical Informatics and Data Access
- Biospecimen Support
- Biostatistical Support
- Budgets and Finances
- Community-engaged Research
- Multi-site Study Support
- Recruitment Support
- Regulatory Support
- Study Start-up Guidance