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Academic or Community Partnership Assistance

Helping researchers identify partners and foster relationships across academic and community settings

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Access Los Angeles Countywide Patient Data

LADR is an integration of medical records and clinical research data across all participating networks. Investigators are able to find sets of aggregated patient information through a web-based application all while preserving patient privacy.

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Autism Promotor Manual

This manual was developed with the intent to address access the disparities and access to care for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental delays among Latino children in Los Angeles, California

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Budget Development Support

Provides consultations and guidance on preparation of study budgets for investigator-initiated studies

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Building A Multidisciplinary Research Team

Helping investigators develop multi-disciplinary research teams to tackle complex scientific questions and clinical challenges.

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Cerner Health Facts

The CERNER Health Facts® database captures and stores de-identified, longitudinal electronic health record (EHR) patient data, and then aggregates and organizes these data into consumable data sets to facilitate analysis and reporting.

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CHLA Clinical Research Support Office

A highly productive, cost-effective research service program that provides support across the lifecycle of a clinical research study

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Clinical Research Coordinators

Experienced fee-for-service clinical research coordinators for hire who provide study-related services

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Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS)

USC’s Clinical Trial Management System, OnCore, is a jointly sponsored, web-based software system for managing clinical trials

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Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) at USC

Provides a broad range of services to assist in the initiation and conduct of human services

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Collaboration Success Wizard

An online diagnostic survey for collaborations that probes factors which may strengthen or weaken the collaboration. It provides personal reports to help evaluate and improve collaborative project.

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Community-Based Study Design

Providing assistance in adapting traditional research methods to the community setting

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Community-Engaged Research Support

Offering new pathways to address the health and social needs across communities in Southern California and beyond

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Crowdfunding Support

Expert consulting on crowdfunding strategies, content development, crowdfunding platforms, digital storytelling, and video production

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Custom Data Requests and Clinical Data Services

The SC CTSI provides services enabling complete access and analysis of patient data from the electronic medical records of Keck Medicine of USC, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Department of Health Services.

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Data Extraction Support from Digital Platforms

Assistance with extracting de-identifiable and identifiable user-generated (community-generated) data from digital platforms such as blogs, websites, and other social media

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Data Retrieval from Electronic Medical Records for CHLA Researchers

USC, CHLA and DHS research teams can use the research data warehouse for study planning (feasibility assessments, power analyses) through their respective i2b2 portals

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Data Retrieval from Electronic Medical Records for DHS Researchers

USC, CHLA and DHS research teams can use the research data warehouse for study planning (feasibility assessments, power analyses) through their respective i2b2 portals

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Data Retrieval from Electronic Medical Records for USC Researchers

USC, CHLA and DHS research teams can use the research data warehouse for study planning (feasibility assessments, power analyses) through their respective i2b2 portals

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Developing a Community Advisory Board for Research Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to assist researchers in navigating the processes of developing and establishing a community advisory board (CAB) for their research studies. Practical tips and step-by-step guidelines are provided

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Digital & Traditional Tools for Recruitment Toolkit

This toolkit contains proven strategies and tips to help researchers develop a solid plan to recruit and retain study participants.

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Digital Communication Tool Development

Technical and development support for digital projects with a clear focus on digital communication to assist investigators with clinical and community research projects

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Digital Research Dissemination Support

Expert consulting on content development, disseminating research online, benefits of different digital and social media platforms, established practices, outcome measurement

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Digital Research Profile Building & Online Reputation Management

Expert consulting on building a research profile online including content development, platforms, managing one’s online reputation, suppression, removal of content

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Engaging Latino Communities in Research: A Training Manual for Promotores

This research promotor curriculum is designed to train Promotores to increase community knowledge about research, advocate for research and help community members understand and appreciate research

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First-time NIH R01 Application Submission Counseling

This service is offered to investigators who are submitting their first research project grant (R01) to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Grant Mock Review

Provides junior investigators and graduate students, who may have limited or no grant-writing experience, with feedback on proposals intended for submission to NIH K-series.

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IRB Applications for Community-Based Studies

Helping ensure that your research protocol is IRB compliant with consults from community-based researchers

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K12 Program Development Support

Research-related training programs are essential in developing a qualified research workforce at USC and beyond.

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Mentored Career Development in Clinical and Translational Science Program (KL2) Advisement

The Mentored Career Development in Clinical and Translational Science (KL2) is a three-year program created to support research career development for health professionals or individuals with research doctoral degrees who wish to pursue formal training and a career in clinical and translational research.

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Mobile and Connected Health Research Support

Helping investigators, research team members, and clinicians take advantage of new technologies at the bedside, in the clinic or in the field, with real-time observations and interventions, and new research designs.

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National Study Participant and Data Analysis Systems

The SC CSI facilitates access to de-identified data in national study participant and data analysis systems called pSCANNER, the Patient-Centered National Network for Effectiveness Research and PCORNET, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network.

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Participant Recruitment for Community-Based Studies

Connect with community members and organizations

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Qualitative Research Support

Providing expertise in designing and conducting qualitative research

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Regulatory Knowledge Support

Expert support for faculty with new grants, small business innovative research grants, and start-up companies

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Research Career Development Educational Counseling

The SC CTSI provides educational offering advisement to those clinicians, post-doctoral fellows, residents, students and research staff who are seeking research education.

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Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap)

REDCap is a free, secure, web-based application designed for rapidly developing databases and surveys for research studies

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Research Ethics Support

SC CTSI provides research ethics support to help investigators, research team members, and clinicians anticipate, identify, and respond to relevant ethical issues and adopt and share best practices.

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Research Match

Research Match is a useful tool that connects volunteers with studies (not just clinical trials).

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Research Navigation

Obtain assistance with any aspect of planning or conducting a human study

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Research Nurses

Research nurses balance standard of care and protocol-specific requirements in order to provide and ensure the highest level of care

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Scientific Protocol Review

All investigator-initiated clinical trials that have not undergone prior scientific review are routed to CRS to undergo scientific review as a part of the HSC IRB review process

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Specimen Processing

A one-stop unit for processing, storing, and shipping research samples collected from research patients

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Study Participant Recruitment Support

Obtain customized recruitment and retention strategies that fit your study’s needs, timeline, and budget

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Successful Research Recruitment: A Toolkit for a Community-Based Approach

This toolkit aims to develop greater capacity and success in research participant recruitment, particularly in the recruitment of underrepresented populations such as ethnic minorities

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Support for NIH Research Career Development Awards (K-series)

The SC CTSI provides support to those faculty or post-doctoral candidates who intend to submit k-series grants to NIH.

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Taking Innovation from Bench to Bedside

Helping investigators develop plans to translate innovations to the bedside.

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Team Science Workshops

Custom workshops for USC research teams with any size to help strengthen your team collaboration.

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Toolkit for Developing Community Partnerships

This community partnership toolkit outlines the process and approach needed during every phase of community-engaged research including: relationship building, proposal development, project execution and dissemination

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TriNetX

Available to USC researchers is the web-based application TriNetX, a real-world data network of providers and pharma companies that enhances clinical trial design and accelerates patient, site and principal investigator recruitment.

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USC Health Sciences Profiles

A public search tool to find research collaborators and strengthen your online presence

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USC Training Finder

Fostering research compliance at USC

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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.