Research Services

Services and Expertise

The CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) provides a national and Core-based infrastructure to facilitate clinical trials in HIV and related health conditions. Our Core Research teams can help you to develop a clinical trial, from first concept to final protocol. Our managers, statisticians, data methodologists, communications officers and others can also assist you in managing all aspects of a trial. For forms, submission dates, and more details, please see the Study Submission page.

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to further discuss how we may assist in your clinical trial.

Listed below are the services we provide to our investigators.

Study Planning

  • Study methodology (pre-trial study design)
  • Protocol development
  • Development of informed consent forms
  • Pre-final peer protocol review and comment by our Scientific Review Committee (SRC) and by our Community Advisory Committee (CAC) re: consent letters, study proposals/protocols, participant rights
  • Final review of protocols and consent letters by SRC and CAC
  • Local and national regulatory assistance or consultation
  • Recruitment of study sites

Study Implementation

  • Clinical trial and project management
  • Clinical trial registration
  • Case report form design and distribution
  • Study manual production
  • Database design and programming
  • Data entry
  • Data management (post-entry edit checks, queries to sites, processing of corrections, etc.)
  • Site monitoring (contracted out)
  • Data Safety Monitoring Committee
  • Statistical analysis
  • Pharmacoeconomics analysis

Liaison and Communications

  • Liaison with sites/investigators and industry
  • Communication strategies for trials/publications: editing and writing support/research support
  • Communications – bilingual website listing and “Connections” publication, community publications, development of trial blogs and recruitment materials, posters, etc.
  • Meeting coordination (tied to our semi-annual meetings)
  • Training (e.g., investigator meetings, continuing education for research coordinators and additional clinical research educational topics as necessary)
  • Medical writing (e.g., study manuals, informed consent forms, scientific manuscripts, posters)

Finding Support

  • Funding support (through CIHR core infrastructure grant) possibly including:
  • Principal Investigator support payments
  • Principal Investigator start-up funds
  • Enrolment (unit) funding
  • Site funds distribution (from primary funding sources)
  • Report writing (reports of results, scientific manuscripts, abstracts, posters, etc.)

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