CHA is a participating institution of the Harvard Catalyst, a consortium of Harvard hospitals and resources dedicated to advancing clinical research founded in 2008. The Harvard Catalyst provides a vast array of exceptional research resources to investigators, including the ability to network with others with common interests throughout the entire Harvard community. The Catalyst is funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).
The Catalyst has created powerful tools that facilitate clinical research and makes available education and training opportunities, pilot funding, core facilities, and numerous other services for Catalyst members.
The Catalyst Regulatory Knowledge and Support program and the Community Health Innovation and Research program have partnered to develop resources to support community-engaged research: Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) resource. In addition, Community-Based Participatory Research Consulting is available as is the Community Health Innovation and Research Program (HC-CHIRP), which offers advice and training to Harvard researchers and community organizations seeking to conduct research in community settings.
Among the other resources is the Shared Health Research Information Network (SHRINE), which is an interactive database of patients seen at the Harvard hospitals who meet clinical criteria of interest, Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap), which is a free, secure, web-based, and user-friendly electronic data capture (EDC) tools for research studies, and Pathology Specimen Locator. Pathology Specimen Locator is a distributed database developed and maintained by the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center indexing millions of archived benign and malignant human specimens that can be used for translational studies, such as biomarker discovery and validation.
In addition, Harvard Catalyst has created a variety of Research Participant Brochures (available in more than 15 languages) that provide useful information to prospective participants on a range of research topics, including:
- Should I be a research subject?
- Research Subject Bill of Rights
- Social and Behavioral Research
- CT Scans for Research
- MRI Scans for Research
- PET Scans for Research
- Surrogate Decision-Making in Health Research
Researchers are encouraged to review the brochures and consider providing them to prospective study participants. The brochures can be downloaded and printed free of charge. The IRB office has some printed copies available for distribution; please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All CHA personnel are encouraged to take advantage of the many resources, programs, and opportunities made available through the Catalyst to help support and advance the CHA and Harvard research enterprise.