LA CaTS Cores & Resources

Email: CareerDevel@lacats.org
Phone: (504) 988-6061

SPOTLIGHT: Meet the LA CaTS Center Navigator Ines Alamo, MD, MPH, Tulane University

Are you a new investigator and not sure where to begin with a research idea? Are you a seasoned researcher and would like to expand your project? Do you need help navigating the LA CaTS Center world of resources available to you? Meet Ines Alamo. Ines is the current LA CaTS Center Research Navigator. Clinical and translational research faculty and trainees at the LA CaTS Center member institutions have a partner to assist in the development of innovative, investigator-initiated clinical trials. The LA CaTS Research Navigator serves as a resource for principal investigators (PIs) for institutions to help enrich and facilitate the progress of clinical research protocols from conception to analysis and publication of data.

The LA CaTS Research Navigator is the first point of contact for trainees and junior faculty interested in pursuing investigator-initiated clinical research. She will help guide the clinical investigator throughout the life of the study.

Our Research Navigator will meet with the PIs as they draft their study and become familiar with the needs for their protocol. The Navigator will then facilitate the PI’s use of biostatistics, bioinformatics, clinical research resources, and other services available at the LA CaTS Center institutions through the established cores. She will also assist the PIs in negotiating the administrative and regulatory pathway in order to accelerate a protocol's implementation. Once a study begins to recruit patients, she will help the PIs troubleshoot a variety of protocol issues, including accrual, compliance, data management, and the eventual publication of the study's findings. Additionally, the Navigator is a critical link to the established clinical and translational investigators who serve as mentors at the three primary collaborating LA CaTS Center institutions.

The access to the Research Navigator help is prioritized. LA CaTS Center Meritorious and Roadmap Scholars and the PIs of the LA CaTS Pilot Grants Program and their mentors have preferred access, but investigators from LSUHSC New Orleans, Tulane University or Pennington Biomedical Research Center can request assistance. Faculty can apply for Research Navigator assistance by making a request on SPARC. For questions or inquiries, contact CareerDevel@LACaTS.org.