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Clinical Research Support

Clinical Research Center 
Penn State University has two Clinical Research Centers (CRCs) that provide research infrastructure for investigators who conduct research with human subjects. Investigations carried out can include studies of normal and abnormal human function and studies of cause, progression and cure of diseases.
Clinical Trials Office 
The Clinical Trials Office, located at the College of Medicine and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, enhances, fosters and promotes organized, high quality clinical research.
Clinical Trial Grant Writing Support 
The Division of Population Health Research and Development, located within the Department of Medicine at Penn State Hershey campus, seeks to increase research funding for investigator-initiated clinical trials by providing hands-on mentorship/guidance along with an individual to write the proposal and an individual to submit the grant. This process limits the efforts required for Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials allowing the team to become specialized, creating efficiencies and expertise while increasing the number of grants submitted. Interested individuals should contact Christopher Sciamanna, M.D., M.P.H, Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Population Health Research and Development, csciamanna@hmc.psu.edu. 
Human Subjects Protection Office + Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Institutional Review Board at Penn State consists of independent committees established to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research at Penn State. The Human Subjects Protection Office administers the institutional program to protect research subjects, provide administrative support to the IRB and assist faculty/staff with the requirements to meet ethical and regulatory standards for human research.
Penn State Ambulatory Care Network
The Penn State Ambulatory Care Network (PSARN) develops infrastructure to conduct primary care research.
Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST)
Researchers at the Penn State Methodology Center are developing the multiphase optimization strategy to provide a framework for engineering efficacious and effective behavioral interventions. Conceptually rooted in engineering, MOST emphasizes efficiency and careful management of resources to move intervention science forward systematically. MOST can be used to guide the evaluation of research evidence, develop optimized interventions, and enhance Type I and Type II translational research.
Special Populations
 The Clinical + Translational Science Institute, working with subject matter experts across the institution and throughout the community, provide researchers with access to special populations, mentor junior faculty and provide consultation lifespan research. Areas of expertise include; childhood overweight/obesity, childhood trauma, women’s prenatal health, aging populations, military service members, veterans and their children/families, rural populations and unique patient populations including nicotine addiction, infertility, ALS, Cystic Fibrosis, sleep disorders and end of life care. To connect with a special population liaison, please complete the service request form and a member of our team will be in contact with you.
Studyfinder
A website to quickly and easily identify Penn State research studies that are seeking volunteers, both health volunteers and individuals with a specific condition. Individuals can create filters to help find studies that are a fit. Researchers are encouraged to periodically review their studies on Studyfinder and update the description and contact information as appropriate.  Additional information about updating your study can be found at: https://studyfinder.psu.edu/researchers
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