Advanced Therapeutic Cluster
The mission of the ATC is to apply the knowledge flowing from the latest biomedical discoveries to develop new ways to treat disease and then drive those therapies into clinical trials.
Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD)
High quality translational research requires expertise in the design, analysis, and conduct of observational studies, randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental designs, and complex laboratory studies. A key element of the BERD component is the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, which fosters collaboration among existing clinical and basic science entities with the goal of shortening the time between laboratory breakthroughs and clinical applications.
Clinical Research Center
Our Clinical Research Center is dedicated to efficient, reliable, and high-quality study support for UMass clinical investigators.
As the health care consulting division of UMass Medical School, Commonwealth Medicine uses academic research to make evidence-based recommendations. With our help, government agencies, nonprofits, and managed care organizations are able to meet today's health care challenges - and are prepared for what's to come.
Conquering Diseases Biorepository
The aim of the Conquering Diseases Biorepository of the University of Massachusetts Medical School is to obtain patient consented high-quality biospecimens that are linked to de-identified medical information.
Conquering Diseases Clinical Research Volunteer Registry
The Conquering Diseases Clinical Research Volunteer Registry is a partnership between community members, the patients being cared for by the health professionals of UMassMemorial Health Care, and the research community at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. People can learn more about research, donate blood samples to the Biorepository, enroll in the Clinical Research Volunteer Database, and participate in clinical research studies.
The UMCCTS Informatics Core is comprised of the Clinical Research Informatics Core and the Bioinformatics Core, both of which work closely with the Research Computing Division of UMass Medical School Information Services. Directed by faculty informatics leaders, the Cores innovate, develop new tools, provide consultations to invetigators, share resources with the national CTSA community, and teach in our educational programs. Research Computing integrates with the clinical system; supports data management and informatics tools; serves as the access hub for services, storage, and high-performance computing; and conducts training in information technology (IT) security and use of common tools.
Investigational Drug Service
The investigational pharmacists in the Investigational Drug Service (IDS) play a key role in facilitating subject safety for clinical trials being conducted at UMass Medical School (UMMS) and UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC). The IDS provides the following services:
- Consultation with investigators pre-study and throughout conduct of trial, including assessment of appropriate charges for investigational services;
- Preparation of IDDF (drug data form);
- Aiding in procurement of investigational drugs;
- Receipt, storage, accountability, dispensing and return/destruction of all investigational drugs;
- Monitoring of all ongoing investigational drug activity by clinical researchers in the UMMS or on the campuses of UMMMC;
- Control and accountability of investigational drugs according to state and federal regulatory requirements, sponsor specifications and hospital pharmacy practice.