Clinical Research Navigator


Under the general direction of the Director, Office of Clinical Research or designee, the Clinical Research Navigator will provide day-to-day support and guidance for clinical investigators and research staff on operational issues and study execution; support and inform initiatives related to electronic information resources such as the Clinical Trial Management System and Electronic Medical Records, inform and support the connection of study sponsors to potential Principal Investigators, serve as the liaison between UMass Medical School (UMMS) and UMass Memorial Medical Center, and the principal point of contact for UMMS in the NIH-sponsored Trial Innovation Network.


    Ensure Investigators and study teams are able to identify and connect with required resources within UMMS or UMMHC to accomplish research goals Facilitate the connection to core services and develop and maintain standardized processes and guidance information on resource navigation necessary for implementation and performance of clinical research Develop resources for and assist in connection of industry initiated study opportunities to appropriate Principal Investigator and study teams Be the principal point of contact for the NIH Trial Innovation Network, assisting investigators in the conduct of multi-site NIH sponsored clinical trials; Define key strategies for optimizing cross-system efficiencies and shared policy development priorities, including research billing compliance Collaborate with Director on assessment of existing Standard Operating Procedures and development of needed SOPs, including Good Clinical Practice; Serve as key resource and subject matter expert on the clinical trial management system and electronic medical records systems as related to research; Represent UMMS clinical research initiatives in cross-team and cross-institution working groups related to clinical research implementation in the UMMHC environment and inform parties regarding standard research practices; Advise and consult with clinical investigators and clinical research staff on individual study projects, focusing on feasibility, initiation issues and best practices; Support education and awareness on clinical research billing requirements for appropriate research billing; Advise investigators on navigation of the Investigational New Drug/Investigational New Device application process; Serve as a resource for OCR staff and study teams related to assessment of clinical costs in clinical research budgets; Perform other duties as required.


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