Conducting Research at the University of Utah
What We Can Do For You
Pre- and post-award grants and contracts support--from proposal submission to annual reporting to project closeout.
Serve as a liaison with other departments, institutions, and research offices.
Serve as a source of information about institutional research resources and regulations.
Clinical research guidance, including ClinicalTrials.gov and other compliance support.
Clinical research coordinator support.
A Simplified Process for Conducting Research at the University of Utah
- Develop a research question from an idea or observation
- ensure that your question is feasible, interesting, novel, ethical and relevant
- discuss your research ideas with your colleagues
- get trained to perform research at the University of Utah
- Perform a scoping literature review to ensure novelty
- develop a search strategy
- search relevant electronic databases and websites, e.g. MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane Library etc.
- search for relevant systematic reviews.
- Refine your research question and consider the funding stream
- identify experts in field and discuss your idea with them
- Decide on the appropriate research study design
- decide on the appropriate study design and statistical analysis
- work with Dr. Pace or SDBC
- consider feasibility and ethical aspects
- think about the sampling and recruitment
- identify the additional input you may need from a statistician, health economist, methodology expert etc.
- Write the research proposal
- Confirm the costing of the project
- think through the logistics of your research
- Submit your research application
- Clinical Trials.gov (drug phase II+; device phase 0+; human non-drug, non-device intervention and/or randomization; publication)
- Obtain ethical approval
- IRB approval can take weeks to months
- Prepare for data management before collecting and collating the data
- design data collection forms and develop a database (Dr. Pace/SDBC)
- follow the protocol and guidelines
- think about the data protection and confidentiality
- follow GCP SOPs
- Analyze the data and interpret findings
- perform data analysis
- work with Dr. Pace or SDBC
- interpret findings
- compare your findings with the relevant published evidence
- clarify how your research findings can be put into clinical practice
- Reporting and dissemination
- write a research report
- follow relevant reporting guidelines
- present at conferences or seminars
- write a scientific paper for a peer-reviewed journal
- MAKE YOUR FINDINGS KNOWN!
Research Admin Team
Clinical Research Coordinator
Background: Natalie Bennion has a BS and Master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in health promotion and epidemiology. Prior to coming to the University of Utah, Natalie taught various public health courses at Utah Valley University. She has 5 years of experience as an epidemiology research assistant.
Responsibilities: Natalie serves the department as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She assists in managing and conducting ongoing research studies for the department, including assisting with clinicaltrial.gov applications.
Clinical Research Coordinator
Background: Thomas has a BS in Neuroscience and Chemistry and a BA in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to the University of Utah, he worked for three years in a Pediatric Neurosurgery and Immuno-Oncology Lab at UPMC Children's Hospital and two years at a Translational Neuro-Imaging Lab. Thomas investigated novel chemo/immunotherapeutic strategies to target chemoresistant pediatric brain tumors and plaque deposition with the cerebrovascular of Alzheimer's models.
Responsibilities: Thomas serves the department as a Clinical Research Coordinator. He assists in managing and conducting ongoing research studies for the department, including assisting with IRB submission.
Carter de la Houssaye
Background: Carter de la Houssaye joined the Department of Anesthesiology in April 2017 after being an independent contractor that worked with South Salt Lake’s mayor’s office. Before that she was the manager of a Day Spa and Salon for 11 years.
Responsibilities: Carter serves the department as an administrative assistant to Clinicians, Research faculty and PhDs. She is the coordinator for the department’s annual conference and she performs accounting, project reconciliation, project tracking, and data tracking and report creation.
Senior Biomedical Research Engineer, Technical Co-Director for Patient simulation center
Background: Robli Kennedy joined the Department of Anesthesiology in 2016 after serving as the Hospital Lodging Coordinator at the University Guest House for four years. Prior to coming to the University of Utah Robli worked in customer service and was self-employed for 16 years.
Responsibilities: Robli serves the department as an administrative assistant to clinical research faculty and the Simulation Center. She performs accounting, project reconciliation, project tracking, and data tracking and report creation.
Background: Reiko has been a research nurse for the department and Pain Research Center for the past 20 years. Before her research position had worked in the Operating Room department of the University of Utah.
Responsibility: Serves as the Senior Research Nurse for the department and Pain Research Center facilitating clinical research from design to implementation, including: IRB submission, budget review, uTRAC/OnCore.
Background: Juston Rawlings has a BS in Business information Systems from UVU and over 13 years experience in extracting data and creating reports from databases in both HR systems and the University Hospital system.
Responsibilities: Juston is in charge of the Department Pulse site, design, and hosting, and is the department contact for RedCAP and hospital LMS training. Juston is in charge of data extraction from hospital databases for research projects and performs photo editing, creates flowcharts including organizational charts, records lectures on video, edits videos and lectures, and performs apple product troubleshooting.
Background: Roy has a B.S. in Chemistry with Professional emphasis from the University of Utah. Before Joining the School of medicine, Roy worked for the Department of chemistry as a lab preparation personnel and lab safety officer. Roy has also worked for Discover Financial Services as a data analyst.
Responsibilities: Roy serves the department as a Lab technician. He assists in different research projects and is tasked to do all related lab work ranging from animal studies to human clinical trials.
Grants and Contracts Manager
Dale has BA and master’s degree in strategic communication. She has nearly 20 years of experience in grants management.
Responsibilities: Dale provides expertise and guidance related to all pre- and post-award activities for research grants.