Discussion Forums

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 support@ctsa.io.

Name About
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.
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.
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)