The Discussion Forums(DF) advance CTSA Program objectives in high priority areas in clinical and translational science through the following activities:
- Discuss more specific, focused topics in depth
- May develop plans for projects that fill identified gaps and/or further the program objectives through a work group proposal
- As with other program activities you cannot use a DF to develop a grant application or for discussion of funding.
To learn about or to submit a request to create a new discussion forum, visit the New Discussion Forum Request form. For any questions about DFs or the application process, please contact NCATS at email@example.com.
|Community Engagement Discussion Group||The goal of this discussion forum is to share ideas and models for developing community engagement metrics and assessment approaches, with the hope of developing collaborative activities and practices across the CTSA hubs.|
|Education & Career Development||The Education and Career Development Discussion Forum is a space to discuss and share learning and training resources, discuss career development opportunities and pathways, and request assistance from experts and colleagues from around the CTSA Program. The main goal of this group is to create an inclusive and collaborative CTSA education community that helps to facilitate and amplify opportunities for the sharing of learning and career development resources.|
|Expanded Access Group||Expanded Access is the FDA process to obtain permission to use investigational drugs or devices for the clinical care of a patient who has no other approved therapies and cannot access a clinical trial. This forum is for discussion about Expanded Access process, policy, and infrastructure.|
|IND-IDE Workgroup||Regulatory staff from academic medical centers can use this forum to discuss general regulatory science and the FDA issues unique to investigator initiated Investigational New Drug (IND) and Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) research.|
|Pharmacy and Research Pharmacy||The forum will include CTSA pharmacists with experience and expertise in supporting clinical research, especially in the areas of early phase clinical trials, and sterile/non-sterile investigational product formulation and manufacturing. The group will develop objectives aimed at improving quality and compliance, and also, broadening the pharmacy-based research support services available at CTSA institutions.|
|Pod (Hess) Discussion Forum||Discussion forum for UofU, UCI, Scripps, UCSD, UCLA, OHSU Pod|
|Research Unit Network (RUN)||The Research Unit Network (RUN) was created with the purpose to enable direct communication, sharing, and collaboration among CRUs. The short and intermediate goal of RUN is to identify best practices that units are establishing, implementing, and following with the goal of sharing these experiences and try to adopt them in the different CRUs. The network’s long-term goal is to establish standard benchmarks that can be used for evaluating the performance of an individual CRU as well as comparing the performance of units around the nation. This network consists of 25 sites (23 CTSA and 2 IDeA)|