UCLA research staff, investigators, university partners and study participants can now utilize an online tool called ResearchGo to guide them through the often confusing process of pursuing and maintaining research studies and clinical trials.
“ResearchGo is a web portal that brings together clinical trial resources and services in one location,” explains Marlene Berro, director of Food and Drug Administration affairs and clinical research navigation for the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute. “It streamlines the information-gathering process and makes it easier for UCLA investigators and staff to conduct clinical research.”
Offering up-to-date information on trial management and regulatory issues, as well as reference materials on topics, ranging from contracts and grants to ethics and compliance, the site also provides links to OnCore, UCLA’s clinical trials management system, and ResearchConnect, the research component of UCLA’s electronic health records system, CareConnect.
Users can search the site based on their role as investigators and faculty, study staff, university partners and affiliates, or study participants.
Research staff can click on the stage of their study to find helpful information tailored to their needs. Readily available protocols and a variety of regulatory templates also ensure that researchers don’t spend time recreating the same documents. There’s even a section for individuals interested in joining a study or learning more about their rights as research participants.
More information regarding the website can be found online.