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Center aims to make research a total
Researchers have a new advocate in research support services, actually,
a whole center of supporters that will make pursuing research much less
The Success (Support Center for Clinical and Translational Science)
Center, a fully-staffed researcher support service, has opened
expressly to serve as the entry portal to the MUSC South Carolina
Clinical & Translational Research (SCTR) Institute services.
Located on the first floor of the Roper Medical Office Building, 125
Doughty St., investigators and those interested in research are urged
to drop by and meet the team established to help ease the burden and
reduce the time to conduct important research.
“The primary goal of the Success Center is to provide hands-on guidance
and training, linkages to research resources, and research tools and
templates for investigators and research staff as they navigate through
the research process,” said Royce Sampson, Success Center director.
“The center consists of experienced, certified research coordinators, a
certified research administrator, and funded researcher faculty
liaisons. A wide range of services is available and adaptable to the
The types of services include training with grant and regulatory
application preparation including budget development, information about
development of study documents and regulatory documents management in
accordance with Good Clinical Practice; recruitment strategies,
research templates and tools, linkages to MUSC research administration
services, and referrals to SCTR Institute services and other research
resources throughout the state.
The Success Center provides personal and individualized services
including navigating through the research process, completion of grant
and Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications; preparation and
management of regulatory documents, development and analysis of
research budgets, and strategies for recruitment.
“Success is one of the primary initiatives of the South Carolina
Clinical & Translational Research Institute,” said Kathleen Brady,
M.D., Ph.D., SCTR Institute director and principal investigator.
“Through Success, we hope to provide a higher level of support to
investigators and research teams throughout MUSC than has previously
been available. We want these services to be flexible and responsive to
the needs of the MUSC research community; so give us your input and
Leila Forney is the center’s research navigator. “As a navigator, I
work with Success clients to assess their service and resource needs
and develop a service plan to address those needs. This may include
providing direct service, orienting the individual to the resources
available in SCTR, or forging links and relationships between the
client and an established university resource.”
Stephanie Gentilin, the center’s regulatory coordinator, has spent the
past 13 years involved in research at MUSC, and has focused the last
few years assisting researchers with a wide array of regulatory issues.
“I have found that working one-on-one with people really provides the
opportunity to understand their needs and allows me to better address
their regulatory questions,” Gentilin said.
Ashlee Watts, the center’s recruitment coordinator, was recruited away
from the University of South Carolina to help form MUSC’s comprehensive
research incubator. In her role, she will help researchers overcome the
common dilemma of finding appropriate study participants.
“I meet with research teams to help them with short-term and long-term
recruitment strategies,” Watts said. “Ultimately, the recruitment core
will serve as the central recruitment resource for potential research
The center also is developing a Web portal to help facilitate awareness
of ongoing research projects for staff and potential study
participants, Watts said.
For information, call 792-8300, e-mail email@example.com, or drop
by the center at 125 Doughty St., Suite 100.
List of SCTR Success Center
Navigation through the research process
Individualized regulatory, IRB and grant application development
Informed consent and HIPAA development support and review
Regulatory document management guidance and templates
Study organization and study document preparation information and
Consultation for initial start up of research process
Budget analysis and development
Strategic planning for participant recruitment
Linkage with Mentors and Collaborators
Referral to SCTR Institute services
Linkages with research administration services and other MUSC research
Success Center service team
Royce Sampson, director; Stephanie Gentilin, regulatory coordinator;
Leila Forney, research navigator; Ashlee Watts, recruitment
coordinator; and Becky Hamrick, intake coordinator.
For information on SCTR, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or 792-0869.
Friday, July 18, 2008
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