The CRI is charged by the TTUHSC President with facilitating an increase in investigator-initiated
research involving full-time faculty, fellows, residents and medical students. This
research can include trials with patients, chart reviews, surveys, etc. The CRI staff
provides assistance in defining projects, developing experimental protocols, preparing
budgets, developing Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions and conducting the
study. We also provide training at each step.
The CRI study coordinators will provide assistance at all levels but will not be expected
to complete a study without involvement of the investigators. The CRI reserves the
right to discontinue studies that are not progressing for any length of time or in
which the investigators have no involvement.
Principal investigators (PIs) must be full-time faculty, but the participation of
fellows, residents and students as co-investigators are encouraged.
All the services of the CRI for investigator-initiated projects are free of charge
to the investigator. Any other expenses such as lab tests, supplies, etc. must be
borne by the investigator's department or other sources. There must be documentation
that these expenses will be covered prior to approval of the study. Seed grants may
be used as a source of such funds.
Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials
Because of the emphasis being placed on investigator-initiated clinical trials, the
number of industry-sponsored trials currently active and the number of study coordinators
at this time, new industry-sponsored clinical trials will be coordinated by the CRI
only under the following rigorous conditions:
- The required number of subjects will be available and can be enrolled in the defined
- Inclusion/exclusion criteria are not so strict as to severely restrict enrollment.
The nature of expected subject participation is not such as to discourage enrollment
- CRI study coordinators have sufficient time to take on the study
- No monetary support will come from the CRI. The budget and contract will be negotiated
as done previously. If the CRI incurs costs above that budgeted (including salary
costs for the time spent by the nurse coordinator), these must be covered and paid
immediately by the sponsoring department or CRI support will be terminated and study
completion turned over to the department
- The principal investigator agrees to meet his/her responsibilities for participation
on the study
- The application form must be submitted to the CRI with the signature of the department
chair certifying their approval of the study and agreement to assume costs when revenues
- The study must be approved by the co-directors of the CRI
When the CRI is unable to take on additional industry-sponsor trials, the CRI is willing
to hire, train and supervise a new study coordinator whose salary and training fee
will be paid up front as agreed to by the sponsoring department as defined in an internal
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
For questions regarding Industry-related Contracts, please contact:
Pam Frazier, MPA, CCRP
Contracting, Senior Director