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The Division of Clinical Research provides support, education and consultation services to the vast clinical research community at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The DCR Biostatistics Unit provides consultations to those seeking study design advice, analysis support for manuscript preparation, help with handling statistical considerations during IRB submissions and education on special statistical method topics. All Mass General K-awardees are welcome to submit a request to consult with one of Mass General's biostatisticians as well as to develop a plan and then receive ongoing grant/research paper preparation support and guidance throughout the duration of their K awards. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR's CARE consult help's with community engagement, participation and partnership. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR's Comparative Effectiveness Research Unit (CERU) seeks to address second translational block issues (i.e. translating evidence from clinical studies into clinical practice) and provides mentoring and consultation on career development, hypothesis generation, study design and data analysis/data management for clinical effectiveness researchers. Click here to request a consult.
Via its Drug Discovery Rounds, the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Clinical Research provides the opportunity for individual meetings between investigators at Mass General and leaders in the pharma and biotech world. During these face-to-face meetings, a clinical investigator and/or a basic science investigator from Mass General will brainstorm about drug discovery opportunities in their field of interest with key advisors in pharma and biotech. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR’s Global Health Research Unit offers consultations on a wide variety of topics for individuals and teams conducting global health research. Examples include development of cross-cultural partnerships, identification of global health mentorship, study design, grant writing, study implementation, grants management, and positioning of findings within the larger global health context. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR's Imaging Biomarker Unit provides consultations for investigators who are considering studies making use of the wealth of imaging technologies and expertise at Mass General and beyond. Assistance is available for study design, IRB submission, feedback on draft research proposals, and identification of potential co-investigators and collaborators. Requests are triaged and assigned to specific consultants depending on expertise and availability. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR offers assistance for mentees and mentors. Consultations are available, for example, to assist mentees in identifying appropriate mentors, and to provide mentorship tools. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR's Experts Nursing Research will provide support to those seeking assistance with understanding nursing science, areas of nursing research concentration and related methodological approaches. Specifically: individual/family responses to health and illness (i.e. clinical reasoning and decision-making), the experience of living with illness and the journey of the healing process. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR's Omics Unit provides consultation and triage for the Mass General clinical research community. Assistance is provided in genetic study design and execution, human subject protection, career advice and/or identification of particular resources. Requests are triaged by the Omics Unit and assigned to specific consultants depending on expertise and availability. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) consultations provide support for investigators who are navigating the waters of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Assistance is available for PCOR proposal preparation, identification and incorporation of patient reported outcomes measures into clinical research settings, and linkage with other clinical datasets as well as stakeholder engagement. Click here to request a consult.
Via its Philanthropy Education Unit, the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Clinical Research provides the opportunity for individual meetings between investigators and leaders—past and present—at Mass General. During these face-to-face meetings, investigators will brainstorm about how to raise philanthropic support for their research with key advisors in the field. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR’s qualitative research consultations advise investigators on qualitative research design, data collection, interpretation and publication of study findings, consensus methods, and health communications. Requests are triaged and assigned to consultants depending on expertise and availability.*Please note consults with the QRU are only available to MGH faculty and staff. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR's Quantitative Health consult helps with utilizing large data sets to develop strategies for probabilistic medicine and quantitative health. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR Research Ethics Consultation Unit provides MGH investigators in considering and resolving ethical and IRB review issues and can work with MGH faculty to improve quality of IRB submissions. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR's Study Design and Implementation consultations provide support for new clinical research studies and research networks, as well as resubmissions of federal grants. Consultations assist junior faculty in preparing new Career Development (K) grant applications, and support current K award recipients applying for independent funding. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR's Survey Research support program provides survey consultations and advice for all aspects of study design, execution and interpretation of survey data. Click here to request a consult.
The DCR's Translational Medicine Unit provides support to those seeking help with translating basic science discoveries into clinically applicable tools for the diagnosis or treatment of human diseases and/or exploiting clinical discoveries that require greater elucidation in basic science laboratories. Click here to request a consult.
Services from the Division of Clinical Research:
Project Managers (PMs) from the Department of Clinical Research (DCR) at Massachusetts General Hospital provide administrative support includes budget creation and management for new clinical research studies, study start-up support, monthly research fund review, study conduct and regulatory assistance, and oversight of study close out.
In addition, project managers work with investigators to respond to sponsor and internal audits, develop and implement corrective action plans and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
The first six hours of service are free of charge. Thereafter, the scope of services is negotiated with the investigator based on a rate of $50/hour.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Support
The Department of Clinical Research (DCR) also provides Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission and regulatory support to clinical investigators. Our clinical research coordinators can prepare IRB applications, work with investigators to respond to the IRB's queries, and edit consent forms and other documents to support full and continued IRB approval of the study.
Full IRB Board Review: $3,500 plus applicable overhead. An IRB expedited review, continuing review applications and other regulatory submissions are negotiated based on a rate of $50/hr.
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