BU CTSI Research Navigator Team (RNT)
Members of the BU CTSI Research Navigator Team (RNT) can provide guidance, linkages, resources, and concierge services to all investigators and their research teams for every stage of their translational research from planning to dissemination of findings. The RNT also helps to educate research teams about the many CTSI resources which include tools and services for clinical investigators to maximize the impact of discoveries and speed the translation of research into improved patient care and population health. Departments, sections and research forums can request a presentation from the RNT to provide an overview of the many CTSI services.
The RNT works collaboratively across all CTSI Programs, and with the General Clinical Research Clinic (GCRU). The GCRU provides assistance with protocol implementation and as part of the RNT, the GCRU provides experienced research staff (RNs, research assistants, phlebotomists) to conduct research activities in clinical settings within and outside of GCRU. The RNT also works with the BU/BMC regulatory and compliance offices, such as the OHRA, CRRO, CTO, and IRB, to ensure that tailored consultations for translational researchers and their teams are provided from professional development opportunities to research planning; assistance with recruitment; study implementation and dissemination of results. Examples of services provided by the BU CTSI’s RNT include:
- Assistance with IRB applications and submissions
- Biostatistics and data management & study design
- Recruitment retention assistance including consultations to optimize recruitment plans, staff training to enhance recruitment success, and help integrating Special Populations into research studies.
- Identification of experienced research staff to facilitate rapid study start-up, drawing on GCRU staff, the RNT, and the Research Job Connection
- Guidance with mandatory regulatory requirements for clinical studies
- Development of Data Safety Monitoring Plans (DSMP)
- Help with FDA Interactions and submissions
- Assistance with research laboratory testing
- Advocate for researchers and study coordinators
- Identify resources for the timely and successful completion of research projects
- Refer investigators to appropriate clinical research services/cores and tools
- Promote institutional policies and best practices
As the RNT works with researchers and their teams, additional CTSI resources will be created and new collaborative opportunities within the BU CTSI and also with other CTSI hubs in the Boston area and throughout the nation.
Meet the BU CTSI Research Navigator Team (RNT)
The RNT is led by a Senior Research Navigator (SRN), an experienced clinical research professional who provides direction and mentorship to the Research Navigator Team. The team specializes in the needs of Investigators and their teams conducting translational research at BU/BMC and who use the services of the General and Clinical Research Unit (GCRU).
Leadership and Administration
Myriam Castagne, MD – Senior Research Navigator (SRN)
The first point of contact who will respond to your queries about BU CTSI services, resources or consultations is the SRN. The SRN Develops collaborative relationships with the BU/BMC clinical research community and advocates for researchers and study coordinators, identifies resources for the timely & successful completion of research projects, refers investigators to appropriate clinical research services/cores, promotes institutional polices and best practices. The SRN identifies, develops, and maintains relationships with key contacts with BU/BMC offices; CTSI Leadership; Program Directors and Program Staff. In addition, SRN may provide short term assistance for study start up to include completion of sponsor regulatory documents, IRB applications, proving oversight of study binders and preparation of study documentation. Provide training to GCRU Clinical Practice Assistants and Study Teams.
Ridiane Denis, BS, RN, MD – Director of Clinical Research and Operations, General Clinical Research Unit (GCRU)
Works collaboratively with the RNT and offers guidance regarding services provided by the GCRU and the CTSI Research Job Connection (RJC). In her role as the Director of Clinical Research and Operations, Ridiane will work closely with the SRN to review requests received from Investigators and study teams interested in using the GCRU. She, along with the SRN, will determine when a request needs to be referred to regulatory or compliance office; or another CTSI program, such as Community Engagement, Recruitment or Special Populations. She will make suggestions for matching research staff to study teams through the RJC and provide guidance during the hiring process. The SRN will help to assess the specific needs and the viability of the “match” and make suggestions for training and required certifications. Brief Bio For Ridiane Denis.
Daniel Mompoint, MA – Research Navigator (RN)
Provides clinical research support for BU’s Department of Medicine (DOM) and the CTSI. Assists in connecting with experts and understanding processes and best practices for conducting research at BMC/BU. Provides operational support to these studies including EPIC screening and data entry. Assists in the development of SOP’s, INSPIR submissions and all other aspects of clinical studies. The RN is deployed to work with clinical studies based on request and the needs of the BU/BMC research community.
Abigail Gingrande MPH, CPH – Research Navigator (RN)
Provides clinical research support for BU’s Department of Medicine (DOM) and the CTSI. Assists in connecting with experts, understanding processes and best practices for conducting research at BMC/BU, and providing operational support to these studies to include EPIC screening and data entry. Also assists in the development of SOP’s, INSPIR submissions and all other aspects of clinical studies. The RN is deployed to work with clinical studies based on request and the needs of the BU/BMC research community.
Lea Bele – Research Navigator Assistant (RNA)
The RNA reviews requests received through CTSI Services from BU/BMC for Regulatory, Study Design & Feasibility, and Statistical consults, and inquiries about Pilot awards and the availability of other funding. Working closely with and guided by the Sr. Research Navigator to prioritize requests, the RNA will appropriately channel and monitor requests to ensure timely responses. Serves as the Velos lesion for billing purposes.
Clinical Practice Assistants
Provide support for the SRN and RNs as needed and based on specific study needs. Work with and assists the GCRU Registered Nurses and Nurse Manager on a per-diem basis with protocol specific clinical trials. Ensure a compliant, safe and welcoming environment for the GCRU study participants, Principal Investigators and Study Coordinators. Maintain medical equipment and logs to ensure that safety standards are followed. Have responsibility for data entry for trials managed by the GCRU and the Navigator Team.
Request a CTSI Service or Information
The RNT is looking forward to hearing from you. To receive a CTSI service or consult or to just ask a question, please click on the Contact the CTSI box below. Within 2 business days, the RNT will review the request and get back to you.
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