support for clinical research
The Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) at Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA provides support and resources for studies on human research participants. The CTRC is a high-functioning collaborative research environment enabled with state-of-the-art video conferencing to facilitate participation of remote participants across the proposed project. All protocols requesting use of CTSI resources are independently reviewed for scientific merit, research participant safety, valid justification for resource utilization by the CTSI Scientific Advisory Committee at Harbor, the Human Subjects Committee or the Institution Animal Use and Care Committee as appropriate, and the Research Committee. Research nursing within the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) integrates high-quality patient care, patient-oriented research, and education. CTRC nurses support protocol implementation and the research subject’s participation in clinical trials. The CTSI also provides consultation and support in biostatistics, study design, data management, and biomedical informatics, and supports community engagement and research. In addition, the UCLA CTSI supports a large number of Translational Research Cores. The nurses provide skillful nursing care, as well as expertise in protocol implementation and data collection. Nurses are all certified in the conduct of clinical trials, good clinical practice, the protection of human subjects, and HIPAA regulations to assure compliance with regulatory requirements. They are also trained to ensure research participants are fully informed about the details of their research protocol visits, protection of private medical health information, and the Research Subject’s Bill of Rights.