BEFORE A STUDY CAN BEGIN

Starting a research study is like starting a business, the work begins long before you’re ready to open the doors to customers. Making sure that your protocol, statistical analysis plan, and data collection instruments are complete before you start recruiting will help you ensure that your data can be replicated. Complying with legal requirements (Institutional Review Board, Investigational New Drug application/Investigational Device Exception, ClinicalTrials.gov) protects you and VCU. The Wright Center can help you dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s.

ServicesTools and Facilities

Develop Your Protocol

Protocol Builder provides 11 unique protocol templates to help you write your protocol

A biostatistician can help with study design and provide a statistical analysis plan

Request a consultation with a study design expert

Work with a community engagement expert to design an inclusive study

The Scientific Review Committee can review unfunded studies (requires Institutional Review Board submission)

Develop Your Protocol

Use Protocol Builder to write your protocol and share it with collaborators and internal reviewers (link may require VCU login credentials)

Legal and Policies

If your study involves cancer (in any way) it must be reviewed by the VCU Massey Cancer Center Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC) before submission to Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission

If your study is a clinical trial, register it at ClinicalTrials.gov

You may need to request a faculty-held Investigational New Drug application (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE)

Legal and Policies

Submit your cancer related application to the VCU Massey Cancer Center Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC) for review

Submit your application to obtain approval from for your human subjects (Institutional Review Board) or animal care (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) research (link may require VCU login credentials)

Register your trial at ClinicalTrials.gov Protocol Registration and Results System

Collecting and Managing Data

An informatics specialist can help with data collection and management

Request a consultation with a data collection and management expert

Work with a community engagement expert to gain access to diverse populations

Learn how the clinical trial management system OnCore can help you manage your study and collect your data

Collecting and Managing Data

VCU’s Clinical Research Standard Operating Procedures are available to guide you in conducting your research (link may require VCU login credentials)

The VCU Medical Center Clinical Research Unit provides physical space and support for conducting clinical research

Request VCU Health System clinical, nursing and ancillary services

The Wright Center’s Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging (CARI) facility provides access to a research-dedicated MRI scanner and other imaging research support

Use the clinical trial management system OnCore to manage your study and collect your data (link may require VCU login credentials)

Use a HIPAA compliant online data capture REDCap for data collection (link requires VPN login if off campus)

Get Unstuck

Come to the Wright Center Consulting Hours for one-on-one help – contact the research navigator for details

Recruiting Participants

Create a record for your study at ResearchMatch

Cite & Submit: UL1TR002649

Publications supported by the Wright Center must cite the CTSA Grant number (UL1TR002649) and comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. We rely on these citations as a critical performance measure when reporting annual productivity to the NIH.