The Division of Clinical Research (DCR) of the Mass General Research Institute works to promote science at the clinical—research interface. The division sponsors a total of 9 centers and 10 units, each of which has a specific mission to assist investigators conducting clinical research.

Our mission is to increase the quality, quantity, and efficiency of translating basic science advances into improved care for our patients. Our researchers and clinicians partner with academia, industry, governments, foundations, and philanthropists to prevent and treat disease, and improve the lives of our patients.

There are two cornerstone initiatives of the Research Institute that fall under the Division of Clinical Research. The first is the Partners Biobank at MGH, where blood and DNA samples are collected from patients who have consented for these samples to be used in research.

These patients have also consented to be re-contacted to supply additional samples or information should a researcher request it. The goal is to collect and genotype over 100,000 samples, each linked the patient’s electronic medical record. To date, over 75,000 samples have been collected and 20,000 of these have been genotyped.

The second cornerstone initiative of the DCR is the Translational Research Center. This center is a fully staffed 18-bed inpatient unit that is capable of bringing any preclinical therapeutic, device, or diagnostic into first-in-human clinical trials, all the way through phase 2B trials. In its first 12 months of operation, over 30 studies have been initiated.

For Patients For Researchers For Collaborators

Team up with the doctors and scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital and help speed the development of new medical treatments by volunteering for a clinical research study.

The Division of Clinical Research at Mass General provides study support, educational resources and consulting services to assist clinical research teams in every aspect of their studies.

Clinical research at Mass General is strengthened by partnerships with investigators from other academic institutions, as well as collaborators from foundations and industry.

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