LA CaTS Cores & Resources
Judd Shellito, MD
Clinical Research Resources Director
LSUHSC New Orleans
Vivian Fonseca, MD
Frank Greenway, MD
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Ricardo Sorensen, MD
Pediatrics Site Leader
LSUHSC New Orleans
Paul Fidel, Jr., PhD
Dental School Site Leader
LSU School of Dentistry
Clinical Research Resources
The overall vision of this Key Component is to utilize and add to the existing clinical research infrastructure at Louisiana institutions, so as to provide a seamless approach to support for clinical research across the LA CaTS Center. By “seamless support” and “clinical research infrastructure”, we refer to a uniform and systematic approach to clinical research deployed across all institutions of LA CaTS [i.e. Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC), Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO), and Tulane University Health Sciences Center (TUHSC)] with a rational allocation of facilities, equipment, trained personnel and uniform systems (standard operating procedures, electronic applications and good clinical practices). This standardization and uniform approach has several important advantages to investigators:
allows for efficiency in multisite clinical research projects;
- It makes it possible for knowledge on conducting clinical research to be more easily disseminated across multiple institutions;
- It facilitates collaboration;
- It makes it easier for PhDs (especially COBRE and INBRE mentees) to engage in clinical research;
- It makes it possible for community-based clinics and community physicians to be part of the clinical research enterprise; and
- It is more feasible to share resources and avoid duplication of effort.
The end result of our efforts will be an environment that is more translational and more competitive for grant awards. Specifically, the Clinical Research Resources Key Component will transform the clinical and translational (CT) research infrastructure and environment in Louisiana to allow multidisciplinary research teams to apply new knowledge and techniques to patient care and improve outcomes. As such, this activity will allow us to achieve the overall goal of the LA CaTS Center.
The vision for Clinical Research Resources consists of implementing the following key components:
- Establish a uniform approach to clinical and translational research, by assembling and linking existing infrastructure elements across the lead and collaborating institutions. Our linked resources will operate under identical standard operating procedures, will be governed by a single administrative body, and will facilitate interactions with all LA CaTS Center resources and cores.
- Establish a Recruitment Core that operates across Louisiana to facilitate identification, recruitment, and retention of subjects participating in ongoing and planned research programs.
- Deliver the resources of LA CaTS Center to existing COBRE and INBRE programs of the State.
- Use this resource to interface with the Community Engagement and Outreach Resource, providing LA CaTS Center Members funded through our Pilot Grants Program and our Roadmap Scholars with a direct inter-face with the Community Advisory Boards, thereby training those individuals in community-based participatory research, particularly in underserved populations.
The Research Facilitators will be assigned to work one-on-one with investigators to carry a research project through from the planning stage to study completion. This will be particularly important to enhance the translational direction of COBRE/INBRE mentees. The Clinical Research Offices will serve as a point of contact for sponsors as well as investigators, and enhance and facilitate high-quality clinical and translational studies with a specific emphasis on recruitment of underserved populations.