As an integrated health care system, researchers throughout Partners are at the forefront of ongoing research activities involving experiments and studies that occur in a laboratory setting. Scientists from a spectrum of disciplines collaborate and interact on research efforts focused on pure science intended to increase our scientific knowledge base and understanding of fundamental principles and theories related to medical advancements and patient care.
Both Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have established clinical research support programs to enhance translational (bench to bedside) research, train clinical investigators and clinical research coordinators, increase clinical trial activity, and coordinate with the clinical research programs of the Harvard-Dana Farber Cancer Institute Joint Venture, and Harvard CATALYST, the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.
Through academic enrichment programs and direct support services, the MGH Clinical Research Program (CRP) and the BWH Center for Clinical Investigation (CCI) are contributing to a culture in which all forms of clinical research can flourish.
Services for Clinical Researchers
Both MGH’s Clinical Research Program and BWH’s Center for Clinical Investigation provide direct services and resources to facilitate the performance of quality clinical research, including:
- Advice and support to beginning investigators to help them design a study, locate a mentor, obtain funding, and proceed through the regulatory approval process
- Direct support services for investigators (biostatistical consultation, links to sponsors, study start-up and subject recruitment services, access to a pool of experienced study coordinators who can manage day-to-day protocol activities, and access to project management services for large or multicenter studies.)
- Advocacy for clinical investigators within our hospital systems, serving on committees and managing special projects
Our programs also serve as an interface between clinical investigators and sponsors. These programs provide the first point of contact for an investigator seeking a commercial sponsor or source of a novel therapy. Our educational programs strive to improve the quality and increase the quantity of clinical research of clinical research by educating current and future investigators, research nurses and study coordinators.
Advancing Health Care: Research Ethics
Partners HealthCare is home to thousands of research studies each year. Pearl O'Rourke, Director of Human Research Affairs at Partners HealthCare, explains how the Partners Ethics Review Committee works to ensure that the research community understands the importance of carrying out research in an ethical manner and respects current regulations.
Clinical Trials & Studies
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