The UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) offers a wide variety of services to assist investigators develop and conduct clinical research. In a highly regulated environment, it is necessary to have access to expertise and resources that can mitigate the hurdles and streamline the processes required to conduct clinical research, especially clinical trials.
The CTSC is staffed by a proficient team who provide guidance and support through the entire continuum of clinical research, including logistical planning, budgeting and billing, contract negotiation, regulatory review, study coordination, monitoring, and participant management. We also serve the UC Davis research community with resources to advance education and training, participant recruitment, and regulatory compliance. Whether engaging with us through the Clinical Trials Office or the CTSC Clinical Research Center (CCRC), our team is poised to advance the conduct of studies to promote success.
The last several months have presented unprecedented challenges for clinical and translational research and research teams. CTSC services and resources adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by moving consultative office hours and training to a virtual environment. Existing online tools to facilitate participant recruitment became even more valuable as a large number of new studies emerged to investigate this novel virus. The CCRC expeditiously adapted to continue seeing participants safely and added new procedures to safely accommodate COVID-19 study subjects into the clinic. CTSC formed an efficient Tiger Team to assist investigators and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research in research ramp up/ramp down guidance. And, although slightly delayed, we completed the first cohort of clinical skills training for unlicensed staff to perform limited clinical testing that enhance coordinator skills.
The CTSC is pleased to contribute to research in collaboration with our partners – the scientists, physicians, and staff who have dedicated their professional life to advancing human health.