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Division of Clinical Research

The Division of Clinical Research (DCR) was established in July of 2001. The goal of the DCR is to increase the number of clinical trials, whether industry sponsored or investigator initiated, conducted at TTUHSC. DCR staff is available as a resource to TTUHSC faculty beginning with pre-study activities and contract negotiation until study completion and close out. We are here to offer information about research contracts, preparation of budgets and IRB regulatory documents. In addition, the DCR actively markets the Institution's clinical trial capabilities and networks with all four TTUHSC campuses to inform faculty of potential clinical trials. The DCR also provides opportunities for education in clinical research through a Clinical Research Coordinator training course, as well as collaborating with the Research Integrity Office to provide Principal Investigator training.

Functions of the Division of Clinical Research include:

Contract Negotiation

The DCR reviews and negotiates all industry sponsored clinical trial agreements and confidentiality agreements between TTUHSC researchers and pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, or clinical research organizations to ensure compliance with TTUHSC policy.

Budget Review and Negotiation

DCR staff is available to assist with development and negotiation of research budgets. We will also review the budget to ensure all necessary institutional fees are covered such as indirect costs and IRB fees.

Project Coordination

The DCR currently has a staff of five full-time clinical research nurse coordinators available to assist with the coordination of in-patient and out-patient clinical trials beginning with pre-study activities until the completion of the trial. Our coordinators have experience in pharmaceutical and device industry sponsored trials, as well as investigator initiated research protocols.

Study Accounting & Financial Services

DCR staff will manage or teach you to manage all accounting aspects of clinical research. If the DCR coordinates your trial, this service is automatic.