The OCTR Provides an Essential One-Stop Shop to Assist Clinicians and Scientists with Every Stage of Clinical Research

The Office for Clinical and Translational Research (OCTR) provides a crucial support system for clinical research investigators and industry sponsors for their clinical trials.

The OCTR staff works with research teams to ensure quality study conduct and participant safety during clinical trials, and to promote compliance with all regulatory and accreditation agencies.

Cincinnati Children's is one of the few pediatric institutions in the U.S. with such a comprehensive infrastructure.

One highly successful example of the OCTR's involvement is the ongoing five-year, $32.5 million award from the National Institutes of Health for the Bench-to-Bassinet program (B2B), a project designed to determine why children are born with heart problems and find effective treatments. It is the largest grant ever awarded to Cincinnati Children’s.

B2B is led by researcher Eileen King, PhD, of the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. The OCTR has aided her at every step, from preparing submission to current project management.

“I very much appreciate and value all that the OCTR team does for B2B,” King says. “I could not do it without them.”

In the past year, the OCTR established a successful partnership with the James M. Anderson Center for Health System Excellence to improve regulatory compliance and efficiency within its Learning Networks program.

The office also helped advance sickle cell disease research through key collaborations with pharmaceutical partners, receiving a number of protocols on study projects.

It also partnered with Boston Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to transform child health with our collaborative culture of discovery, translation and learning, through the Genomics Research and Innovation Network (GRIN) project.