LA CaTS Cores & Resources

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;

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:

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.