The Research Development (RD) core serves as the research engine for the SC CTSI. RD provides support in various aspects of faculty and research development to help investigators conduct innovative research projects that test the feasibility of novel technologies, methodologies and approaches to address challenges in clinical research and health problems of diverse communities.

RD draws team members from multiple academic disciplines, research staff, clinical providers, health system staff members, and community members.  RD provides crucial catalytic resources such as biostatistics workshops, pilot funding, education and training in specific aspects of clinical research, regulatory advice, engagement of specific community or health system partners, and identification of scientific collaborators and core resources.

To keep top-quality researchers engaged in clinical research, RD also works with University leaders to assure that clinical and translational research is rewarded through promotion and academic evaluation.

Pilot Funding
RD oversees the SC CTSI Pilot Funding Program, which has a strong track record of productive investments in early-stage clinical and translational research.

Each year, pilot funding of up to $40,000 from individual investigators or small research teams are offered for two pilot funding mechanisms: clinical and community research and improving research methods and processes.  Learn more.

Team Science
Team science will be a standard and effective way of addressing problems in health through clinical research.  RD is also charged with catalyzing and assembling new interdisciplinary research teams, both in response to needs identified with clinical and community partners, and in response to opportunities emanating from the CTSA network. RD offers team building seminars and workshops and provide direct support for collaborative cross-disciplinary teams and projects across, USC, CHLA, LAC DHS and with other CTSA hubs. Learn more.

Consultations
RD also offers consultations for all faculty who are interested in applying for the SC CTSI pilot funding program or in facilitating and developing team-based research.

Directors

Sarah Hamm-Alvarez Sarah Hamm-Alvarez, PhD Director, Research Development Details
Amytis "Amy" Towfighi Amytis "Amy" Towfighi, MD Co-Director, Research Development Details

Team Members

Aileen Dinkjian Aileen Orlino Dinkjian, MPH Research Project Manager, Research Development (RD) and Team Building Details
Juli Wu Juli Wu, PhD Senior Program Administrator, Research Development (RD) and Team Building Details

Core Groups

ADMIN Administration Details
BERD Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Details
CRI Clinical Research Informatics Details
CRS Clinical Research Support Details
CE Community Engagement Details
DIC Digital Innovation & Communication Details
EI Evaluation & Improvement Details
RKS Regulatory Knowledge & Support Details
RD Research Development Details
WD Workforce Development Details

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.