In 2010, a newly centralized group of SIU educators and staff began focusing their efforts on clinical, translational and outcomes research. The SIU Center for Clinical Research (CCR) provides shared services that are difficult to maintain by individual investigators. "Concentrated research support and resources can save costs, produce economy of effort, and it promotes safety and compliance," said Sandra Puczynski, Ph.D., administrative director of the center. "Bringing everyone together made sense."
CCR personnel are organized around four cores that provide support for the administrative, financial and regulatory complexities often associated with patient-oriented research.
Within the past two years, the center has grown to include more than 28 faculty and staff with expertise in clinical research and grant development, statistics and research informatics and clinical trials coordination. Eight study coordinators from the Clinical Trial (CT) Core provide support for industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical trials. Each coordinator has passed competence and skills assessment exams administered by a national clinical research organization. Currently, the CT Core is providing support for more than 45 industry-sponsored clinical trials being conducted by faculty in surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and neurology/CADRD.
The CCR is located on the refurbished first floor of 801 N. Rutledge. It also includes the Statistics and Research Informatics Core, the Administrative Core, a clinical lab and the SCRIHS Office. If you have any questions about the CCR or need assistance with your research, visit www.siumed.edu/ccr or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org, 545-9700.
"The expertise of the Center's staff has been invaluable to the Division of Vascular Surgery for all facets of our clinical trial research, from conception to consenting and, most importantly, patient follow-up and maintenance of regulatory compliance in our trials."
Kim J. Hodgson, M.D., vascular and endovascular surgery