The CTSU provides clinical research infrastructure for investigators in the design, initiation, conduct and reporting of clinical research with the goal of translating scientific knowledge into new therapies for pediatric conditions. Funding for the CTSU services is from the Harvard Catalyst which is an affiliate-wide effort to facilitate laboratory-to-bedside translational research and to encourage researcher collaboration.
In 2006 the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of NIH announced the initiation of a new program to transform the clinical research enterprise, the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). The CTSA program aims to create a definable academic home for the discipline of clinical and translational science at institutions across the country. Harvard Medical School was among the 14 CTSA institutions named in 2008. For additional information about the Harvard Catalyst, please visit their web site.
The physical space and staff of the CTSU provide a safe and friendly environment for outpatient care of the clinical research volunteer. The program is committed to excellence by way of its mission to provide state-of-the-art clinical research facilities and expertise to faculty who conduct human studies. The CTSU creates value for the BCH investigator community by providing expert protocol implementation and design consultation, creating access and flexibility to meet study and patient needs, partnering with investigators to guide and facilitate study coordination and creating sustainable, customer-focused centers in Boston and Waltham.
Program Mission and Goal
The mission of the Clinical & Translational Study Unit (CTSU) is to provide state-of-the-art clinical research facilities and expertise to faculty who conduct human studies. The goal of the CTSU is to create a "value-added" service to the Children's clinical research community in the following ways:
- Offer expert protocol consultation and implementation.
- Improve access and flexibility of clinical research expert services and facilities to meet study and patient needs.
- Partner with investigators to guide and facilitate study coordination.
- Create a sustainable yet customer-focused center at Boston and Waltham to meet both patient and researcher needs.