Clinical and Translational
Research Center

HELP and Frequently Asked Questions

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The CTRC serves as an educational resource for the academic community. Graduate students, post-doctoral trainees and fellows are encouraged to utilize CTRC services and interact with Core directors to enhance their research training experience. The CTRC Council will assist trainees and junior investigators in developing their research plan. Protocols are submitted for IRB and CTRC review by trainees or junior investigators with the assistance of a PI and/or mentor. IRB and CTRC approval must be obtained prior to beginning the research study.
You can apply for CTRC services online via the eResearch system . CTRC services can be applied for at the same time the IRB electronic protocol is submitted.
Investigators planning to use the CTRC are encouraged to discuss their research plans with CTRC Core directors to discuss feasibility and availability of resources. Also, CTRC Core directors provide professional guidance on issues related to the use of their cores, and investigators are encouraged to utilize their expertise while planning a study. When planning the budget for a research project, investigators should contact the CTRC administrator to obtain information about costs associated with CTRC services.
Investigators must submit an amendment to their CTRC application to reflect the change in CTRC services requested. Amendments should be made through eResearch.

It is extremely important for investigators to contact the CTRC Administration when preparing grant budgets and submissions. The CTRC charges for services and these costs must be included in all budgets.  Price requests via the eTRACK system are required when submitting for external funding.  The CTRC Administrative Director, John Krall, (267-425-1790) can assist you in this process.

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The CTSA grant now has a new grant number that is officially awarded with National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) funds starting on 7/1/2012.
A list of services can be found on the CTRC Services and Facilities page and on Penn's ITMAT website. ITMAT is The Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics and is the academic home of the CTSA Clinical and Translational Science Award which supports the CTRCs at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS).
The CTRC provides the resources, environment, operations, and training to support and promote the highest quality clinical and translational research by qualified investigators. These include inpatient and outpatient services for research activities, as well as a range of other research services and expertise.