Utah Trial Innovation Center
Innovation in Clinical Research
What is the Utah Trial Innovation Center?
The Utah Trial Innovation Center, or Utah TIC, was funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) in July 2016, and is part of the larger Trial Innovation Network. The seven-year, $25 million grant plus a $3 million supplement for data management services was awarded to Dr. J. Michael Dean, M.D., M.B.A, professor and vice chairman for research in the Department of Pediatrics. Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MPH, Catherine Sherwin, PhD, BN, MSCI, Katherine Sward, PhD, RN, and Bernie LaSalle, BS, are co-investigators on the Utah TIC Grant.
The Trial Innovation Network is an exciting opportunity and combines three TICs (Utah, Johns Hopkins/Tufts, Duke/Vanderbilt) with one Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC) (Vanderbilt) and approximately 60 existing CTSA Program Hubs, including the Utah Center for Clinical & Translational Science (CCTS).
The Trial Innovation Network vision is to address critical roadblocks in clinical trials and to accelerate the translation of novel interventions into life-saving therapies while implementing innovation every step of the way. Operational innovation, operational excellence and collaboration are the network cornerstones.
To achieve the vision of the Trial Innovation Network, the Utah Trial Innovation Center is a multi-disciplinary collaborative effort involving the University of Utah Data Coordinating Center (DCC), Institutional Review Board (IRB) Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), Clinical Trials Office (CTO), and Center for Clinical and Translation Science (CCTS). Our area of expertise includes project management, data management, biostatistics, contracting, budgeting, regulatory, and research informatics.
How to Get Involved?
The Trial Innovation Network is open to all faculty at the University. Investigators who have a good idea for a clinical trial should contact the University of Utah CCTS Liaison Team to discuss how they might bring their multicenter clinical trials to the Trial Innovation Network for potential implementation. This will provide investigators with access to the entire CTSA consortium, with approximately 60 Hub institutions and 500 affiliated hospitals around the country. For further information about this process, please contact Dixie Thompson from the CCTS Liaison Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-213-1359.
For more information about guidelines, checklists and instructions on submitting a proposal to the Trial Innovation Network, please find additional information on the website here.
For additional information about the Utah Trial Innovation Center, read the 2016 Press Release “Data Center Wins $25 Million NIH Grant to Find Ways to Improve Clinical Trials.”