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By receiving the Clinical and Translational Science Award, the University of Minnesota is now required by NCATS and NIH to ensure an acknowledgment of the CTSA in any publications that result from UMN CTSI assistance with a project.

How to acknowledge CTSA support

All publications resulting from the use of CTSI resources are required to credit CTSA by using the text below.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR000114. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

When to acknowledge CTSA support
Please note that assistance is not limited to monetary support (e.g., pilot grant funds), but also includes use of CTSI space, consultation with CTSI faculty or staff, and use of any CTSI Internal Service Organization services (Project Management, Clinical Research Coordinators, Nursing and Nutritional Services, Biostatistical support, and Regulatory assistance such as IND/IDE support, clinical trial monitoring, or support).

CTSI's Clinical and Translational Research Services (CTRS) is announcing the appointment of an IRB Specialist who will serve as the primary contact in CTRS for providing IRB application and communication advice to clinical and translational research investigators (including community partners), clinical research coordinators, and CTRS colleagues. This service does not supplant the full-service IRB application and communication work available to investigators who request Research Project Management (RPM) services for CTSI project development. Rather, this IRB specialist service will be available to researchers who may benefit solely from advice on completing biomedical IRB applications, writing consent forms, and communicating effectively with the IRB. The IRB Specialist will provide guidance for projects with all types of funding sources.

The IRB Specialist will aid the researcher in determining which University of Minnesota approvals are required to conduct the research study. The IRB Specialist RPM may also provide advice regarding the preparation of applications for approval, responses to stipulations to approval, and other advisory assistance throughout the processes until approvals are obtained.

The IRB Specialist acts as a liaison between the IRB and CTSI. The IRB specialist has an established relationship with the University of Minnesota IRB and can assist in the resolution of problematic applications noted after first IRB review. The IRB specialist RPM will provide consultations with the PI and/or staff to rectify the problems and enable the investigators to submit an application that meets or surpasses the expectations of the IRB.

All IRB Specialist consultations and services are without charge to the PI. Contact Melissa Hansen, Research Navigator, at or 612-626-2318 to request a consultation with the IRB Specialist.