Relationships among the Collaborating CTSAs and Institutions
The PBRNs in COIN have access to abundant resources that support PBRN research, including the Cores and resources of 3 Clinical and Translational Science Awards that are supported by over $100M in NIH research infrastructure through the CTSA program. These institutional resources provide a deep well from which COIN draws to develop networks’ research capacity, foster relationships with a pool of investigators, and streamline the flow of information and participant protection processes. Each Ohio CTSA brings to this collaboration strong clinical and translational research support, including data management, biostatistics, epidemiology and research design, bioethics and regulatory assistance, comparative effectiveness and translational technologies. These resources, which can be ramped up quickly for specific projects, include: core staff devoted to PBRN research and development, regulatory cores that expedite IRB review within and across institutions, pilot study funds, communication vehicles, and PBRN and clinical research training programs. An Ohio Governor’s initiative is fast-tracking ongoing efforts to break down barriers to inter-institutional clinical research collaboration across the state.