The primary responsibility of the Clinical Research Facilitation Core is to facilitate the process of IRB submissions for faculty, fellows, new researchers and translational researchers who do not have a great deal of experience with human subjects research. While funding to facilities and equipment are crucial to the conduct of research, regulatory delays in the conduct of research are often overlooked. This core in itself is innovative as it provides investigators with resources not previously available to reduce delays.
The core supports new initiatives and encourages research among new faculty, young faculty and fellows. The core is fully linked into the CFAR seed grant process and allows recipients to become productive in their research far earlier than if they did not have the Core to assist them.
The Core aims to share the information learned while submitting applications and provides seminars to investigators and staff to increase knowledge of regulatory pitfalls and procedures. In reducing regulatory delays in the conduct of patient-oriented research, this Core helps to maintain UCLA investigators on the cutting edge of research in HIV.
Information and templates for UCLA IRB submissions can also be found here.
In 2012 the Core launched a second arm, the Research Study Volunteer Project (RSVP). This is a growing database of individuals who are interested in participating in research trials. Sign-up is free and confidential. Participants are contacted when a study matching their interests becomes available, but participation in each trial is entirely voluntary. RSVP links study volunteers with the research community, for the benefit of both. If you are interested in a consultation to determine how you can utilize the database of both HIV positive and HIV negative, male, female and transgender volunteers, please contact: