The CRTO: Resource for Supporting Clinical Research

About CRTO

The Clinical Research and Trials Office (CRTO) has a mission to establish a collaborative and integrative environment for the design and conduct of clinical research and clinical trials to advance preventive and therapeutic interventions benefiting the health of Iowans and the nation.

The CRTO goals include:

  • Create a more complete, effective, user-friendly clinical research and trials office within the ICTS that can serve as a resource for all departments doing clinical research.
  • Create a platform infrastructure for clinical trials research to address issues across multiple stakeholders and groups so that institutional goals for clinical trials are met or exceeded and issues are more effectively addressed.

For Researchers

The CRTO supports all aspects and phases of clinical research and strives to improve access to resources and eliminate bottlenecks in processes.  Investigators have the option to leverage CRTO services for selected portions of a project as needed or as a complete resource from project conception through completion. Contact us for more information by requesting a consultation:

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A 9-month implementation process for the new Clinical Trials Management System begins March 2022. Please contact Kristy Mahan, for information.

For Research Support Units

The CRTO will collaborate with you by establishing referral processes and addressing gaps in research support. Current CRTO units that provide support include:

  • The Clinical Research Unit (CRU)
  • Regulatory Submission The Research Study Clinical Coordinator Core
  • Child Health Research Support Core
  • Biomedical Informatics Core
  • Biostatistics Epidemiology and Research Design Core
  • Community Engagement & Patient Engagement Core 
  • Mobile Technology Lab 
  • Research Academy 
  • Expanded clinical trials support units including Regulatory, budgeting and contracting
  • Pilot Grant Program for Clinical and Translational Studies
  •  Education and academic courses for clinical research - Please see the main "For Investigators" page for additional information regarding CRTO support

Future Improvements

  • Continued integration of clinical trials components: IRB, regulatory, budgeting, multiple required clinical research committees
  • Improved workflow with improvements in the efficiency of clinical trial approval, design and conduct
  • Integrated and comprehensive data management for clinical trial administration and execution
  • Participation and collaboration of health science colleges and departments
  • Increased access to clinical trial expertise and services for design, conduct and dissemination/accrual
  • Creation of platforms catering to new investigators and new interventions
  • Development of a hub and spoke model
  • A 9-month implementation process for the new Clinical Trials Management System begins March 2022. Please contact Kristy Mahan, for information

CRTO Newsfeed

5/24/22 -  Iowa OnCore Demo Video (Panopto Link)

5/17/22 - Advarra/CTMS Iowa Kick off Video (Panopto Link)

Learn more about the I-CTMS (OnCore)