Research Support/Clinical Trials Innovation Unit (CTIU)

TRI’s CTIU provides support for all types of human-based research studies including investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored studies. The purpose of the CTIU is to support high quality multi-site research studies and streamline the trial start-up processes.

The CTIU serves as a liaison between TRI hub researchers, researchers from other institutions, and industry sponsors to guide researchers throughout the clinical trial process to accelerate approvals, contract execution, and study implementation.

Consisting of two teams, the Research Finance Team (RFT) and the Clinical Research Team (CRT), 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 research contracts and institutional compliance offices. The CTIU coordinates protocol submissions to central and local IRBs, providing a single contact point of contact to enhance communication and reduce redundancy.

Pediatric research is conducted in the Pediatric Clinical Research Unit (PCRU) within the Arkansas Children’s Hospital main hospital building. The PCRU supports phases I-IV clinical trials in multiple therapeutic areas. The Regulatory Compliance Team focuses on day-to-day management and overall coordination of the human research regulatory compliance environment.

Clinical Research Services

Research Finance Services 

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


Program Leadership

david avery
David Avery, BS, CCRP
Senior Director of Clinical Research Operations
Laura Wilson
Jonathan Young, MA
Director, Research Administration
Cynthia Witkowski
Cynthia Witkowski, BSN, RN