Orientation to Research Fundamentals

Orientation to Research Fundamentals. Basics for Research Coordinators.

CTSI Orientation to Research Fundamentals (ORF) Program is an intensive and interactive workshop consisting of three half-day sessions that cover the basic concepts (and beyond) required to successfully coordinate a research study. It provides an overview of the resources and regulatory requirements for conducting clinical research at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. Our speakers are experts in their fields and share their wealth of knowledge and experience with attendees.

Mark your calendar!

The next session of ORF will be held May 7-9, 2024.
Registration will open April 1, 2024.


Planning to attend? Here’s what to expect:

Biannual, virtual 3 half-day program
No cost
Over 20 presenters
Resources available for attendees
Continuing Education Credits offered

Have questions? 
Contact the RCR Center at ctsircr@pitt.edu.

Research Blueprint


  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Role of a Research Coordinator              
  • Recruitment
  • Study Documentation
  • COI Management
  • Clinical Research Process

Nuts & Bolts


  • Audits & Inspections
  • Developmental Landmarks
  • Regulations (HRP, sIRB, IBC)
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Diversity & Inclusion in the Clinical Research Workforce
  • Informed Consent Process

Tools & Services


  • Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
  • Payments
  • Community Engagement & Trust
  • Costs & Billing in Clinical Trials
  • Contracts & Grants
  • Devices, Drugs, & Biologics
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Import/Export of Biological Agents
  • Dangerous Goods Shipping
  • Clinical Trials Billing Compliance
  • Pitt+Me
  • Health Record Research Request (R3)