Research Center Profile:
West Virginia University - Clinical Trials Research Unit
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West Virginia University's Clinical Trials Research Unit
(CTRU) is dedicated to providing the services and expertise that
investigators need to conduct clinical trials and expand the
growing body of biomedical knowledge. We offer a wide range of
administrative and budgetary services to both clinical
investigators and private industry.
Because West Virginia University is the state's primary
research institution, the CTRU physicians represent a comprehensive
range of specializations. Our staff has a sterling reputation for
excellent patient care as well as timely delivery of valid and
Unlike many other academic health centers, West Virginia
University provides primary care services to a large, stable
population of rural patients. WVU also provides secondary and
tertiary care. Our patient population ensures a high degree of
follow-up care and study completion that many other clinical trials
facilities cannot offer.
WVU clinical investigators have a long history of conducting
both industry sponsored and investigator initialized research. The
CTRU was created nearly 10 years ago to help further the clinical
research efforts in all therapeutic areas at WVU hospitals and the
Health Sciences Center.
Since the CTRU represents the entire WVU Health Sciences Center,
the CTRU is the only administrative unit you need to communicate
with during the clinical trial process. With a single phone call or
e-mail to the CTRU, you can request information about our
investigators, programs, and resources and initiate the process of
formalizing a clinical trial agreement.
The CTRU provides our industry clients with services throughout
the entire clinical trial process. Some of our offerings are:
Establishment of cost centers
Oversight of the receipt and disbursement of funds
Compilation of retrospective information on patient
Computer-based reconciliation of clinical expenses
Computerized event monitoring to identify potential study
participants as they are admitted to the hospital or seen in the
"Standard Contract Template" The template allows the
modification and customization to fit the needs of a particular
Examples of Sponsors/CROs with which the CTRU is currently or
has worked with in the past:
Johnson and Johnson
Merck & Co.
ICON Clinical Research
And many more
The CTRU is a part of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center
(MBRCC) at West Virginia University's Robert C. Byrd Health
Sciences Center (HSC) and serves all of the HSC. With more than one
million square feet of classroom, laboratory, library, clinical,
and office space, the HSC is West Virginia's flagship
institution for health care, education, and research. The HSC has
won national recognition for its innovative programs and commitment
to raising the quality of health statewide.
Our Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy offer
a comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional
degrees in health care and biosciences. The degree programs offered
by the HSC have developed a strong group of professionals prepared
to meet the varied health care needs of the state and nation.
Clinical trials are conducted at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer
Center (MBRCC) and the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center (HSC)
at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Located
in northern West Virginia, Morgantown is easily accessible from
Pittsburgh, PA (77 miles) and Washington, DC (218 miles).
WVU clinical investigators represent the thought leaders in many
specialized areas. Examples include: Oncology, Surgery,
Cardiovascular Specialties, Neurology, Pulmonary, Critical Care,
Pediatrics, Neonatology, Infectious Diseases, Behavioral Medicine,
Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacogenomics.
With over 100 years of combined nursing experience, all of our
study coordinators are screened for a high commitment to quality
clinical practice. These registered nurses work closely with West
Virginia University's diverse faculty to ensure consistent,
reliable care. They also handle submissions to the University's
Institutional Review Board (IRB), a highly respected organization
that ensures adherence to Federal standards and guidelines.
West Virginia University provides primary, secondary and
tertiary care services to over 600,000 patients. Most of these
patients are from rural communities and represent a stable
population. Our patient population ensures a high degree of patient
compliance that many other clinical trials facilities cannot
The CTRU is adept at helping clinical researchers understand and
navigate WVU's clinical trials system. The three tracks that
comprise the Health Sciences protocol, contract, and budget
approval processes are:
Institutional Review Board (IRB)- WVU maintains 2 local IRBs
and each meets 1 time per month.
Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)- works closely with the CTRU
in contract development, budget negotiations and seeking all
necessary administrative approvals
If you are interested in contacting this center to discuss placing a clinical
trial there, please complete and send the email form below. A representative from
the research center will then follow up with you.