Research Support/Clinical Trials Innovation Unit (CTIU)

The Translational Research Institute’s (TRI) Clinical Trials Innovation Unit (CTIU) provides services and support for all types of human-based research studies including grant-supported investigator initiated studies and industry sponsored studies. The purpose of the CTIU is to support high quality multi-site clinical research studies and streamline the clinical trial start-up processes.

The CTIU serves as a liaison between TRI hub researchers and outside entities, including the CTSA Trial Innovation Centers, researchers from other institutions, and industry sponsors to facilitate relationships and identify investigators across a wide range of disease specific expertise. The CTIU staff will guide investigators throughout the clinical trial process, as necessary and appropriate, to accelerate approvals and contract execution.

Consisting of two teams, the Research Finance Team (RFT) and the Clinical Research Team (CRT), the CTIU staff have expertise in feasibility analyses, protocol development management, Medicare coverage analyses, budget development and negotiations, regulatory management, study coordinator and nursing support. The CTIU also works collaboratively with other groups on campus, such as attorneys for the contract unit and institutional compliance offices. This ensures efficient processing and implementation of all clinical trial research studies conducted at UAMS. The CTIU also coordinates protocol submissions to central and local IRBs, providing a single contact point to enhance communication and reduce redundancy.

Learn more at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

If you would like to implement a multi-site clinical research study, please make your request through the TRI Services Portal.

CTIU Mailing Address
Translational Research Institute
Attn: Clinical Trials Innovation Unit
Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, 5th Floor
501 Jack Stephens Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

Contact Information
TRI Request Services email 
CTIU Phone: 501-526-7665
TRI Phone: 501-614-2287

TRI’s Clinical Trials Innovation Unit is on the 5th floor of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute on the UAMS campus. To reach the unit from I-630, take the Pine/Cedar Street exit and go north on Pine Street. Turn left at Entrance 3 onto Capitol Avenue. Parking 3 is the nearest parking deck to the unit and is located on Capitol Avenue. Level 3A of this parking deck leads directly into the 2nd floor of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute building. Take the elevators to the 5th floor. Please bring your parking ticket to your appointment for validation.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

CTIU Services

Program Leadership

Laura Hutchins, M.D
Alison Oliveto, Ph.D.
Jonathan Young
Senior Project Manager