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VICTR Clinical/Translational Research Center

The Clinical/Translational Research Center provides space, hospitalization cost, laboratories, equipment, and supplies for clinical research. The Center also serves as a resource for teaching students and a site for research in the methodology of patient care systems and apprenticeship for young clinical investigators. It is equipped and staffed to care for hospitalized patients, with special examination and procedure rooms available for outpatient studies and for scientific protocols requiring a great deal of equipment. Scientific facilities include an assay development laboratory, a body composition and energy balance laboratory, a bionutrition unit with metabolic kitchen, energy and nutrient intake assessment capabilities, a locked medicine room, a specimen procedure room, centrifuges, and freezers for temporary sample storage.

Availability: Available with a VU Collaborator. For additional information contact Jennifer Adams at 615-343-3655 or Jennifer.Adams@Vanderbilt.edu.

Community Engagement Research Core

The Community Engagement Research Core

The Community Engagement Research Core offers assistance to researchers and community partners on all phases of community engaged research including project planning, study design, implementation, data collection, data analysis, translation and dissemination. Consults available on:

  • Strategies for identifying and engaging communities in the development and implementation of a research project
  • Community needs assessment using existing data sets and planned data collection Research designs best suited for community settings
  • Measurement strategies and tools for testing hypotheses in community settings 
  • Evaluation research methods 
  • Strategies for tracking individual or systems level changes when applied in community settings 
  • Monitoring the delivery or fidelity of interventions in community settings  
  • Navigating administrative obstacles to carrying out research in community settings   
  • Translating and disseminating research findings in community settings.

Availability: To anyone. For additional information contact Yvonne Joosten at 615-936-5260 or Yvonne.joosten@vanderbilt.edu.

Community Review Board

The Community Review Board is a structured guidance session for researchers interested in working in a community setting. Community members serve as experts who will provide feedback to enhance the design, implementation, translation and dissemination of community engaged research. The benefits of the community forum include:

  • Access to community experts from various settings, without the complexity of scheduling multiple meetings   
  • Immediate feedback at various stages of the development of the project, protocol, program or application  
  • Opportunity to build a relationship with community partners and deepen the understanding of the community of interest
  • Immersion into the cultural nuances and possible historical issues 
  • Assessment of the feasibility and appropriateness of the project for the community 
  • Buy-in from key community stakeholders

Availability : To anyone. For additional information contact Leslie Boone at 615-322-6098 or Leslie.R.Boone@Vanderbilt.edu

Pilot Funding

Providing greater access to funds to help investigators generate pilot and preliminary data is a vital component of Vanderbilt's mission. The Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) provides two mechanisms for awarding funding and resources for translational research.

  • Vouchers: Micro-grants less than $2,000 designed to enable preliminary work and generation of pilot data on translational research projects. Vouchers are available for clinical and translational research involving human subjects, human information (e.g. medical records) or human records. The submission process is minimal and requests are typically reviewed within two business days.
  • Resource Request: VICTR funding is available for translational projects that involve human tissue, human information (e.g. medical records), and/or have application to human health. Translational research includes two areas of translation: T1 and T2. T1 is the process of applying discoveries generated during research in the laboratory, and in preclinical studies, to the development of trials and studies in human subjects. T2 is aimed at moving knowledge from clinical trials to clinical practice and the development and adoption of prevention and treatment strategies in clinical and community settings to improve the public's health.

Availability: Available with a VU Collaborator. For additional information contact VICTR SRC Administration at 615-322-8629 or VICTR.Resource.Request@vanderbilt.edu.

Synthetic Derivative

The Synthetic Derivative (SD) is a database containing clinical information derived from Vanderbilt's electronic medical record (EMR), labeled with a unique research ID derived from the clinical medical record, and stripped of personal identifiers. Thus, the SD is a set of records that is no longer linked to the identified medical record from which it is derived and has been altered to the point it no longer closely resembles the original record. The SD can be used as a stand-alone research resource, or can be used in conjunction with the Vanderbilt DNA Databank to identify patient sets for genome-phenome analysis. Use of the Synthetic Derivative requires appropriate IRB approval.

Availability: Available with a VU Collaborator. For additional information contact Melissa Basford at 615-343-0121 or melissa.basford@vanderbilt.edu.

Database Management

We have developed a software application, REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture), intended to collect and manage data for diverse clinical and translational research studies. The application was designed around the concept of giving research teams an easy method to specify project needs and rapidly develop secure, web-based applications for collection, management and sharing of research data. REDCap Survey was designed for studies where data are collected directly from the research participant. Both products include secure institutional data hosting and include full audit-trails in compliance with HIPAA security requirements.

Availability: REDCap and REDCap Survey (RS), as hosted by Vanderbilt, are available only to investigators from VU and Meharry, but can be used by investigators at other institutions as long as they are part of a project/group from Vanderbilt that is utilizing REDCap or RS. REDCap and RS as software applications can be used at other institutions, when installed by and hosted at those institutions, if they are willing to sign a tech transfer agreement and join the REDCap Consortium. For additional information contact Veida Elliott at 615-322-3987 or veida.elliott@vanderbilt.edu

Expert Consults

Often seasoned researchers need, for example, purely biostatistical or ethics input for their projects. We will perform individual consultations for this purpose. We have catalogued our areas of expertise for consultations on methodology, design, biostatistics, ethics, and other areas into StarBRITE. We will use StarBRITE to facilitate collaborations, promote efficient translational research, and identify best research practices that could be translated to other institutions.

Availability: To anyone. For additional information contact Research Support Services at 615-322-7343.


"Studios" are a series of structured, dynamic sessions bringing together relevant research experts in a particular methodology to focus on a specific stage of research. We offer studios for hypothesis generation, study design, implementation, analysis and interpretation, translation and manuscript development. These sessions are intended to enhance research quality, foster advances in clinical practice and improvements in patient health, increase publications, and generate new hypotheses. A studio consists of 2-6 experienced faculty selected to participate in a guidance session based on specific areas of research and needs identified by the investigator.

Availability: To anyone. For additional information contact Laura Zahn at (615) 875-1403 or laura.a.zahn@vumc.org.