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How can the Institute help you?

  • Data Storage and Collection

    The institute offers a tool called REDCap that is a secure, HIPAA-compliant, web-based application for databases and online surveys for research purposes. Request an institute consultation to learn more.

  • Research Populations

    The institute has several tools available to search the electronic health record for research population discovery and study feasibility.

    Three options are Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2), TriNetX or Penn State PaTH to Health. All three use the same data, but with different interfaces or data models.

    A fourth option is Accrual to Clinical Trials (ACT) Network, which accesses data across the Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium.

  • Study Design

    The institute offers several resources for study design.

    Request a consultation

  • Study Operation and Recruitment

    The institute offers human subjects research infrastructure through its Clinical Research Centers, located in both Hershey and University Park. Both centers include research nursing staff and dedicated clinic space and equipment.

    Learn more about the CRC

    Study recruitment help is available through consultations with the institute’s study recruitment project manager. The institute also sponsors Studyfinder, the University’s tool for the public to search for actively recruiting studies; and ResearchMatch, a national tool to help connect willing participants with studies they might be qualified to volunteer for.

    Clinical research guidebooks are available that detail the clinical research process and available support resources at Penn State University Park and Penn State College of Medicine.

    Explore clinical research guidebooks

    Request a consultation

  • Informatics

    The institute offers consultations with its informatics project manager to aid in the integration of informatics in translational research activities; integration of electronic health records with genomic, contextual (environmental and socioeconomic) and wearable sensor data, etc.; and design, implementation and deployment of advanced data analytics.

    In addition, it has several tools and data sets available to search the electronic health record for cohort discovery and study feasibility.

  • Biostatistics

    The institute offers biostatistics consultations and education through its Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design core, including design and analysis strategies for research proposals, sample size and power calculations for research proposals, advice on the selection and implementation of appropriate statistical methods for research data, statistical review of grant proposals, protocols and manuscripts, and advice on data management and REDCap database development for research studies.

    Request a consultation

  • Training

    The institute offers several training programs including an Early-Stage Investigator Program (KL2); a Graduate Student Training Program (TL1); a Medical/Graduate Student Translational Science Fellowship; a Community-Engaged Research Faculty Fellowship; and a dual-title graduate degree in clinical and translational science.

    The institute supports the Staffing, Mentorship and Research Training (SMaRT) Program at Penn State College of Medicine, which facilitates the navigation of College of Medicine resources for researchers and research support staff. The program team is available to work with investigators and staff at each stage of the research process, creating alignment to necessary skills and resources when they are most needed.

    In addition, educational seminars are held throughout the year for the Penn State community about practical information for clinical and translational science, about biostatistical research topics and about novel research methods.

Data Storage and Collection

The institute offers a tool called REDCap that is a secure, HIPAA-compliant, web-based application for databases and online surveys for research purposes. Request an institute consultation to learn more.

Research Populations

The institute has several tools available to search the electronic health record for research population discovery and study feasibility.

Three options are Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2), TriNetX or Penn State PaTH to Health. All three use the same data, but with different interfaces or data models.

A fourth option is Accrual to Clinical Trials (ACT) Network, which accesses data across the Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium.

Study Design

The institute offers several resources for study design.

Request a consultation

Study Operation and Recruitment

The institute offers human subjects research infrastructure through its Clinical Research Centers, located in both Hershey and University Park. Both centers include research nursing staff and dedicated clinic space and equipment.

Learn more about the CRC

Study recruitment help is available through consultations with the institute’s study recruitment project manager. The institute also sponsors Studyfinder, the University’s tool for the public to search for actively recruiting studies; and ResearchMatch, a national tool to help connect willing participants with studies they might be qualified to volunteer for.

Clinical research guidebooks are available that detail the clinical research process and available support resources at Penn State University Park and Penn State College of Medicine.

Explore clinical research guidebooks

Request a consultation

Informatics

The institute offers consultations with its informatics project manager to aid in the integration of informatics in translational research activities; integration of electronic health records with genomic, contextual (environmental and socioeconomic) and wearable sensor data, etc.; and design, implementation and deployment of advanced data analytics.

In addition, it has several tools and data sets available to search the electronic health record for cohort discovery and study feasibility.

Biostatistics

The institute offers biostatistics consultations and education through its Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design core, including design and analysis strategies for research proposals, sample size and power calculations for research proposals, advice on the selection and implementation of appropriate statistical methods for research data, statistical review of grant proposals, protocols and manuscripts, and advice on data management and REDCap database development for research studies.

Request a consultation

Training

The institute offers several training programs including an Early-Stage Investigator Program (KL2); a Graduate Student Training Program (TL1); a Medical/Graduate Student Translational Science Fellowship; a Community-Engaged Research Faculty Fellowship; and a dual-title graduate degree in clinical and translational science.

The institute supports the Staffing, Mentorship and Research Training (SMaRT) Program at Penn State College of Medicine, which facilitates the navigation of College of Medicine resources for researchers and research support staff. The program team is available to work with investigators and staff at each stage of the research process, creating alignment to necessary skills and resources when they are most needed.

In addition, educational seminars are held throughout the year for the Penn State community about practical information for clinical and translational science, about biostatistical research topics and about novel research methods.

The background image is A promotional image for Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute shows a number of pamphlets, cards and other items advertising CTSI services spread out on a table.

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute accelerates discoveries to benefit human health.

It is a bridge between basic scientists and clinical researchers and promotes collaboration to discover new treatments, medical procedures and ways to diagnose disease. It helps the Penn State community move its health research more efficiently and effectively out of the science laboratories and into use by the people who need it.

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