Clinical Research

Welcome to the Clinical Research division in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) dedicated to promoting the highest quality clinical research and clinical trial conduct through a wide range of faculty and research staff suppport, education and training and a comprehensive quality improvement initiative. 

For Faculty and Research Support Staff

  • Promote faculty research interests by serving as liaison to industry support and other funding
  • Establish institutional standards for clinical study conduct and serve as GCP (Good Clinical Practice) resource
  • Facilitate links to core clinical research support services (Clinical Trials Unit; Investigational Pharmacy)
  • Review and sign Certificates of Confidentiality
  • Provide training and education in issues regarding GCP standards and other human subjects issues
  • Serve as institutional review of Confidentiality Agreements (CDA), Clinical Study/Trial Agreements and study budgets in a thorough and timely manner
  • Provide regulatory support for IRB submissions, regulatory binders, IND/FDA communications
  • Through Quality Improvement Initiative, provide internal audit service for improved education, training and oversight of clinical research

For Industry Collaborators

  • Provide a single point of contact for investigator and site consideration
  • Liaison for identification of UMass research experts in drug and device development
  • Provide efficient review and signature to Confidentiality Agreements for potential clinical studies in the UMass system
  • Provide efficient and thorough review of Clinical Study/Trial Agreements, including budget review

For Consumers and Potential Research Subjects

  • Provide access to clinical studies through links to UMass study opportunities
  • Promote education regarding clinical trials and understanding of resources at UMass and other research centers

Clinical Research Contact Information

Meg Johnson, JD, CIP
Director, Clinical Research