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Other offices with whom the CRSO works closely:

Clinical Trials Financial Management

The Clinical Trials Financial Management (CTFM) office provides a range of financial management services to the research community at Children's Hospital. CTFM serves as a resource for research registration and cost management, budget preparation, sponsor invoicing, and research charge review and reconciliation.

Clinical and Translational Research Center

The purpose of the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) is to create an "academic home" for translational research, to foster collaboration and lower barriers between disciplines, and to train new generations of clinical scientists.

Institutional Review Board

The safety and well being of patients and volunteers participating in research studies is of utmost importance at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and its three Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are charged with oversight of these studies. The IRBs function under the umbrella of the Committees for the Protection of Human Subjects, which are organized under the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff. The IRB office provides administrative and technical support and regulatory expertise for the members and investigators. It also serves as the primary contact for investigative team members. Each IRB meets once a month. For more information about the IRB committees and their functions, visit the Human Subjects Research Web page.

Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs

The Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs (ORCRA) provides supportive and educational resources as a means to maintain the highest ethical standards and compliance in the conduct of clinical research at Children's Hospital, in accordance with Good Clinical Practice and/or other regulations. In order to safeguard the rights and welfare of human subjects, quality resources are available.

Investigational Drug Services

The Investigational Drug Service (IDS) pharmacy is responsible for ordering, dispensing, and returning all medications used in clinical trials throughout the Hospital network. Upon request, the IDS pharmacists may prepare pharmacy services budgets, randomization tables, study-specific prescription forms, order entry instructions, training materials, and accountability logs. In addition, IDS pharmacists serve on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) committee and review adverse events reported to the IRB.

Pediatric Research Consortium

The Pediatric Research Consortium was established in September of 2002 as the primary care practice-based research network at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Its purpose is to expand access of clinical trials throughout the Children's Hospital network.

Sponsored Projects Office

The Sponsored Projects Office assists investigators with applying for, negotiating, and financially managing sponsored project finding. The office ensures that proposals comply with institutional and sponsor requirements, provides appropriate stewardship of externally provided resources, and implements administrative practices that support and strengthen the scientific program. Sponsored Projects issues subcontracts to consortium institutions, performs all post-award modifications, and conducts grant closeout paperwork. The group also serves as a primary administrative liaison with funders and with peer institutions collaborating with Hospital researchers.

Office of Technology Transfer

The Office of Technology Transfer facilitates the commercialization of research and medical staff inventions that will improve healthcare for children. More specifically, the office manages patent prosecution and negotiates license, option, material transfer, and non-disclosure agreements. All corporate-sponsored research agreements, including clinical trial agreements, are negotiated by the office.