TRI Functions

The Translational Research Institute (TRI) is comprised of integrated functions that work in concert to address barriers to translational research, invest in promising translational scientists, and fund innovative translational research projects. TRI is also continually improving and expanding the research infrastructure by facilitating and promoting research education, fostering collaboration across the five University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) colleges, its Graduate School, clinical departments and research divisions, and by increasing the involvement of community partners and citizens.

AdministrationTRI’s Administrative Core aims to efficiently allocate resources by assessing and identifying needs and being responsive to those needs that most closely align with the mission of TRI and the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) /National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). This is done in close collaboration with institutional leaders across the TRI hub sites and the CTSA consortium.
Biomedical InformaticsThis function provides enterprise-wide informatics resources for clinical and translational research through the invention and application of advanced data science techniques for extracting new knowledge from data.
Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research DesignThis function provides research design assistance to investigators to ensure the use of statistically sound practices, thereby facilitating properly designed and scientifically valid clinical and translational research studies.
Clinical Trials Innovation UnitThe purpose of this function is to provide services for all types of human-based research studies, to support high quality multi-site clinical research studies, and streamline the clinical trial start-up processes to expedite implementation. The CTIU serves as a liaison to the CTSA Trial Innovation Centers (LTICs), researchers from other institutions, and industry sponsors to facilitate relationships and identify investigators across a wide range of disease specific expertise.
Implementation ScienceThe goal of this function is to build capacity and a network to enable pilot research on implementation strategies for rural primary care.
Integrating Special PopulationsThe goal of this function is to expand opportunities for research participation to diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups using an innovative combination of TRI resources.
Participant and Clinical InteractionsThis function aims to support adherence to the highest quality research standards, proactively monitor progress, and rapidly disseminate new research findings to our communities and the nation via the CTSA network.
Pilot Translational and Clinical StudiesThis function supports the translational research workforce by providing seed funds for feasibility testing and generation of preliminary data to support extramural grant funding proposals and future research efforts.
Recruitment UnitThis function provides practical and adaptable approaches to overcome participant recruitment challenges. The group also serves as a Liaison to the CTSA Recruitment Innovation Centers (LRIC’s) to support rapid identification and recruitment of research participants into consortium-wide multisite clinical trials.
Regulatory Knowledge and SupportThe goal of this function is to promote human-subject-centered research practices by supporting translational researchers to ensure compliance with institutional policies and federal regulations designed to protect research participants.
Translational Workforce DevelopmentThis function aims to establish new and expand existing interdisciplinary and career-spanning training opportunities in translational research.