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“Study data were collected and managed using REDCap electronic data capture tools hosted at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.1 REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web-based application designed to support data capture for research studies, providing: (1) an intuitive interface for validated data entry; (2) audit trails for tracking data manipulation and export procedures; and (3) automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to common statistical packages procedures for importing data from external sources.”
1 Paul A. Harris, Robert Taylor, Robert Thielke, Jonathon Payne, Nathaniel Gonzalez, Jose G. Conde, “Research electronic data capture (REDCap) – A metadata-driven methodology and workflow process for providing translational research informatics support,” J Biomed Inform. 2009 Apr; 42(2):377-81.
“Recruitment for the study [included/was done via] ResearchMatch, a national health volunteer registry that was created by several academic institutions and supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health as part of the Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. ResearchMatch has a large population of volunteers who have consented to be contacted by researchers about health studies for which they may be eligible. Review and approval for this study and all procedures was obtained from [IRB name].”
Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute provides the tools, resources and training to help the Penn State community move its health research more efficiently and effectively out of science laboratories and into use by the people and communities who need it. National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and its Clinical and Translational Science Award (Grant: UL1 TR002014) fund the institute.
Penn State is one of three National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award Network members in Pennsylvania and focuses on the health needs of the rural communities that surround Penn State and its academic health system, Penn State Health.
Through its cores, the institute provides research tools, advanced biostatistical expertise, funding programs for exploration of unique ideas and a dedicated team for partnering with the community more effectively in research. The institute trains the next generation of translational and clinical scientists with several opportunities for Penn State’s medical and graduate students, including a dual degree in clinical and translational science. A scholar program invests in early-career faculty by providing dedicated research time while promoting collaboration and presenting translational research basics.
The institute leverages resources from numerous colleges and departments across two Penn State locations – Hershey and University Park. The institute is a member of a consortium of institutions that is using the NIH funding to increase its infrastructure to support translational research. Penn State’s commitment to the institute includes a 14,000-square-foot Clinical Research Center at University Park, a 6,800-square-foot Clinical Research Center at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, and a 1,900-square-foot office suite at Penn State College of Medicine that functions as the administrative core.
Through its Community-Engaged Research Core, the institute offers several opportunities for community input in research studies and collaboration with Penn State researchers. It builds strategic partnerships with community organizations to align Penn State research with the issues that matter most to communities.
Through a growing informatics program, Penn State researchers have access to electronic health record data and tools to conduct cohort discovery and study feasibility. It continually looks for new ways to manage the increasing amount of available data in ways that benefit Penn State researchers.
Through its Clinical and Translational Science Award, Penn State is a member of the Trial Innovation Network, which provides study investigators with a broad range of services and consultations to optimize multi-site clinical trials and studies. These services and consultations are designed to help investigators develop proposals into protocols, optimize study operations, and enhance recruitment and enrollment. The Trial Innovation Network is a rapidly developing and evolving collaborative initiative that leverages the expertise, skills, and knowledge of the entire CTSA Consortium. Penn State investigators can utilize the Trial Innovation Network by working with the institute’s Trial Innovation Network Hub Liaison Team.
Established in 2007, the institute received a $20 million NIH award in 2016 to support its mission for an additional four years.