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Clinical & Translational Science Institute Research Support

Experts at NYU Langone’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute provide research support to investigators at all career levels across our academic medical center and affiliated NYC Health + Hospitals locations.

Research Concierge

Our Research Concierge service assists researchers who are navigating the process of starting a study. We address questions about registering your study with NYU Langone’s Office of Science and Research and submitting your study to the institutional review board (IRB) using MyStudies, a module within our Research Navigator program.

We also provide guidance on how to request other resources available through NYU Grossman School of Medicine, determine which funding mechanism is appropriate for your project, and secure referrals for study protocol development with experts at the Applied Bioinformatics Laboratories, Institute for Computational Medicine, Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science, Technology Ventures and Partnerships, and the appropriate regulatory and compliance committees.

Multisite Study Support Unit

The Multisite Study Support Unit provides infrastructure support, including evidence about the most effective methods for completing research studies, to the national network of Clinical and Translational Science Institutes funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

We expedite the process of launching a study by providing standard clinical trial agreements, confidentiality disclosure agreement templates, and protocol and grant templates that follow NIH and U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines and by upholding institutional standards of practice to support clinical research operations.

We also guide you through the process of using external IRBs and facilitate collaboration with the Office of Science and Research’s Center for Large Scale Clinical Studies.

Expanded Scientific Review Committee

The Expanded Scientific Review Committee (eSRC) assesses single-site, interventional, investigator-initiated research studies that are funded by a department, foundation, or grant but have not yet received in-depth peer review as part of the IRB process.

For more information about the Expanded Scientific Review Committee process, contact Stuart D. Katz, MD, program director, at or Keith Brown, program coordinator, at

Research Consultation Services

We offer investigators consultation services for biomedical and clinical research informatics; biostatistics, epidemiology, and study design; community engagement and population health; research team building; study recruitment; and research in special populations.

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Consultations

Faculty and staff from the Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Population Health lend investigators their expertise on the methodology, theory, and application of biostatistical methods across the spectrum of biomedical research.

We offer support and consultation services in experimental design, protocol development, data analysis and interpretation of results, model fitting, design and analysis of microarray experiments, survival analysis, clinical trials, classification and prediction, and the design and analysis of observational and screening studies. Our experts also offer assistance with statistical consultations and are available for collaboration at all stages of the clinical research process.

Community Engagement and Population Health Consultations

Faculty and staff from the Community Engagement and Population Health Research Program provide consultations on study design and methods and approaches in community-oriented and population health research to investigators across the translational spectrum. We help you identify community and academic collaborators and provide tips on how to build research relationships to improve meaningful recruitment and data collection. Consultations can be provided in collaboration with consultations from our Recruitment and Retention Unit and Integrating Special Populations Unit.

We can also connect you to researchers who are experts in the following research approaches and methodologies: community engagement, community-based participatory research, comparative effectiveness research, cost-effectiveness analysis, population health, practice-based research, behavioral economics, and implementation and dissemination.

To learn more about the services from our Community Engagement and Population Health Research consultations services, contact program manager Smiti Nadkarni, MPH, at

Clinical and Translational Research Ethics Consultation Program

The Clinical and Translational Research Ethics Consultation (CTREC) Program provides private consultations for NYU Grossman School of Medicine–affiliated faculty, residents, postdoctoral scholars, students, and staff to promote ethical research. Researchers may request a free consultation to address ethical issues that arise at any stage of research, including during study development, conduct, analysis, and publication.

Commonly discussed ethical topics include animal–human chimera or hybrid research, human embryonic stem cells, genetic research, research on vulnerable populations, research on stigmatizing conditions (for example, mental illness), and research on illegal activities (such as illicit substance use or sex work). We provide the following services:

  • listening to and discussing questions, concerns, and complaints
  • identifying and evaluating possible options
  • explaining applicable NYU Grossman School of Medicine policies and procedures
  • referral to appropriate individuals or NYU Langone offices or departments
  • information gathering on an informal basis
  • coaching for individuals and research teams to address ethical issues on their own

The CTREC Program is not intended to be a replacement for review and oversight by an institutional review board, data safety monitoring board, conflict of interest or compliance personnel, etc.

To learn more or request a research ethics consultation, please contact us at

Research Team–Building Consultations

We assist investigators with building productive research teams and developing tools for mentoring and training the next generation of scholars. Our consultation services help investigators, ranging from postdocs to faculty, to build research laboratories, design research teams, and recruit personnel.

We conduct interviews with prospective research assistants; provide orientation for new team members to establish team goals and expectations; and offer basic training on topics ranging from submitting studies to the IRB, to independent problem solving, to using research information technology and informatics services.

To learn more about research team–building consultations, email

Research Studios

We assist investigators interested in enhancing the quality of their research project, increasing their number of publications, and generating new hypotheses for research in Research Studio sessions.

During these one- to two-hour sessions, we provide expert advice and feedback on your research protocols and grant applications to help you develop research projects that are collaborative and responsive to the sponsor.

To learn more about our Research Concierge, research consultation, and Research Studio services, contact Keith Brown, program coordinator, at

Support for Study Recruitment

Established in 2015 to assist study teams with the assessment of study recruitment feasibility and ways to maximize participant retention, the Recruitment and Retention Core covers all stages of clinical trial and health research study design. The team is composed of PhD and MD investigators, a nurse manager, an administration and finance professional, and research coordinators.

We have expertise in recruiting patients across the age spectrum, including populations representing minorities and health disparities. Our resources for investigators include patient and community advisory groups, and message templates for contacting study participants. We also train investigators to use Epic and the ResearchMatch volunteer registry to find study participants and perform feasibility research to generate study hypotheses.

The unit is co-directed by Scott E. Sherman, MD, MPH, Shonna Yin, MD, and Aisha Langford, MPH, PhD. Program coordinator Celina Rodriguez manages the daily operations of the core. For more information or questions about these services, contact Celina Rodriguez at

Support for Research in Special Populations

The Integrating Special Populations Unit provides resources for conducting research in special populations, specifically pediatric and geriatric cohorts, racial and ethnic minorities, and other hard-to-reach populations. Our goal is to enhance understanding of the needs of these populations, as well as to promote and disseminate best practices for clinical and translational research in these population groups. Learn more about the Integrating Special Populations Unit.

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