What is this service?
Through MICHR, the University of Michigan belongs to two clinical trial networks, a regional network called the Midwest Area Research Consortium for Health (MARCH) and a national network called the Trial Innovation Network (TIN). These networks provide an infrastructure that can help U-M investigators interested in conducting or collaborating in multisite clinical research in larger, more diverse patient populations.
Collectively, the networks cover about 50 academic medical institutions that are dedicated to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical research.
Network benefits include:
- Access to investigators with multidisciplinary research interests
- Good Clinical Practice-trained personnel at each participating site
- Simplified fiscal management: one contract, one budget, one contact
- Streamlined regulatory approval process using a centralized Institutional Review Board
- Recruitment across multiple sites, optimizing accrual success, particularly in studies of rare disease states or those that require a large sample size
- Geographic reach of ethnic and socioeconomic representation, enabling study of the differences in causes, occurrence, and characteristics of diseases across populations
- Access to more than 22 million residents across member sites
To make participation as easy as possible, pre- and post-award support is provided by MICHR, MARCH, and TIN. Multisite study support can include the following:
- feasibility review
- project management
- protocol design
- budget preparation
- contracting support
- participant recruitment
- site initiation support
- milestone tracking and invoicing
- regulatory and IRB support
- study monitoring
- study coordination
Who can use this service?
This service may be used by any U-M investigator who is interested in leading or collaborating in multisite clinical research.
At what stage in my research should I contact MICHR about this service?
You may contact MICHR as soon as you are interested in leading or collaborating in multisite research.
How much does this service cost?
The MICHR consultation and support for working with MARCH and TIN are free, but there may be fees associated with the use of specific network services. The cost pricing/recharge rates for other MICHR services are available here.