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Tools and Consults
BERD: Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design
BERD program provides researchers with comprehensive support in designing and carrying out research at the design, implementation and analysis stages. As biostatistics assistance ranks among the top requests for CTSA services, BERD has generated a portfolio of solutions for the most common needs to ensure participation in the earliest stages of study development.
Boston University Profiles
CTSI created BU Profiles, a software tool that supports research networking and expertise searches. It enables individuals (either internal or external to BU) to locate researchers by subject matter, name, institution, department, division, faculty, etc.
Center for Regenerative Medicine
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) generated by forced overexpression of defined transcription factors in somatic cells hold great promise for human disease research and personalized medicine. The Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM) iPSC Core was created to expedite the use of iPSC technology by providing essential services and support to on-campus investigators and the broader scientific community.
Clinical Research Resources Office
The CRRO provides regulatory consultations for PIs and research staff at any point during the life of a research study. We can help with IRB applications before and after submission to the IRB and advise on FDA regulations and the IND and IDE applications. We also provide a number of trainings on the conduct of human research.
The BU CTSI Community Engagement program offers assistance and advice to researchers around 1) forming patient and community advisory groups; 2) communicating about science in everyday language; 3) hosting Science Cafés, or small discussion events to deliver research results back to the community; and 4) consultation on a variety of community engagement topics. We also offer Connecting Community to Research trainings – one-time, 2-hour trainings that introduce community members and patients to opportunities to basic research concepts and opportunities to partner with researchers around community health.
CRITIC: Clinical Research Informatics & Technology Consults
The CRITIC consultations help BU/BMC researchers identify, develop, and implement the effective and efficient use of information technology and informatics in their clinical studies. For a free One-on-One consultation contact Christopher Shanahan, MD, MPH
General Clinic Research Unit
The GCRU provides resources for protocol implementation across BUMC, BMC, BU and CRC. For information on all services offered, please visit our site
Grant Writing & Editing Services for BUSM and Non-BUSM Investigators
Non-BUSM Investigators: Grant writing, editing and formatting services for NIH and other federal applications are provided as part of a CTSI collaboration with Boston Medical Center’s Development Department. To request services, please go here to complete a short form
BUSM: The OPD (Office of Proposal Development) is pleased to offer grant writing and editing assistance. In addition to providing copyediting services for investigators, they will guide new and non-native English-speaking principal investigators in developing and writing grant submissions. In addition to technical assistance in all aspects of the writing process, from conceptualizing specific aims, to developing successful submission strategies, and guiding investigators in building compelling scientific narratives. To request one or all of these services, please go here to complete a short form
Pivot Funding Database Provides researchers and administrators with a comprehensive, user-friendly database of funding sources and opportunities as well as an expertise database to help users identify potential collaborators within BU and around the world. This website also allows users to set up automated customized funding alerts based on keywords and areas of interest.
REDCap: Research Electronic Data Capture
REDCap is a secure web-based application for building and managing online surveys and databases for research. Using REDCap’s streamlined process for rapidly developing projects, users can create and design projects applying:
the online method from your web browser via the Online Designer; and/or the offline method by constructing a “data dictionary” template file in Microsoft Excel, which can be later uploaded into REDCap.
Research Recruitment and Retention Program (R3)
Delays in recruiting participants are a major barrier to progress in clinical and translational research. BU CTSI’s Research Recruitment and Retention Program (R3) exists to help researchers succeed in efficiently meeting participant recruitment goals for clinical and translational research studies, including randomized clinical trials. We assist both investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored research at BU, BMC, and our partner institutions. Services offered: Initial consultation, recruitment strategies, and monthly roundtable speakers.
The BUMC StudyFinder is a medical campus website that lists research studies for public view, both for purposes of recruitment and/or general publicity/collaboration. Study listings for general publicity/non-recruitment purposes only include the title, study summary from INSPIR, and the investigator name and e-mail address.
Study listings for recruitment purposes include the title, purpose, summary from INSPIR (optional),
main inclusion criteria, whether there is payment, and the contact information.
Trial Innovation Network
(TIN) is a new collaborative initiative within the CTSA Program and is composed of three key organizational partners – the CTSA Program Hubs, the Trial Innovation Centers (TICs), and the Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC) that seeks to address critical roadblocks in clinical trials and accelerate the translation of novel interventions into life-saving therapies. Please visit our site