The Center for Applied Research Services (CARS) has been established within the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) to increase access to specialized clinical research units where investigators can access state-of-the-art resources for conducting efficient, safe, and ethical studies in research volunteers. The CARS clinical research units coordinate and integrate research services that share resources and enable leading-edge clinical and translational research activities to be conducted across a spectrum of study populations, research designs, and physical sites. In addition, the CARS serves as an important training site for young investigators and allied health professionals who are pursuing careers in clinical research.
The CARS combines part of the Center for Clinical Studies (CCS), the Clinical Research Unit (CRU), and the Pediatric Clinical Research Center (PCRU) to enhance services and efficiencies. The CARS venues for research are the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), Clinical Research Unit, and the Pediatric Clinical Research Unit.
Principles, Standards, and Guidance
- Protect the rights and welfare of human research participants.
- Promotes a culture of compliance and adherence to federal regulations, university and sponsoring agency policies and procedures.
Education and Awareness
- Requires that CARS personnel involved in clinical studies research and related activities complete all required education in accordance with federal regulations and university and sponsoring agency policies and procedures.
- Coordinates with other offices and programs to present educational offerings for research faculty and staff.
Administration and Management
- Acts as liaison between the Principal Investigator, research team, and research participant for clinical study.
- Offers experienced and qualified clinical research coordinators and nurses to assist the Principal Investigator.
- Supports and cooperates with University and sponsor monitoring efforts.
- Supports and endorses cooperation with university compliance efforts and reports instances of noncompliance to the appropriate compliance office.
Coordination Among Entities
- Adheres to implementation of HRPO approved protocols.
- Complies with university and sponsoring agency policies and procedures, and regulations to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants.
Records and Reporting
- Coordinates with the Principal Investigator/research team to ensure that the CARS-supported clinical study remains in compliance.