Trial Innovation

Launching a clinical trial, or just participating as a site, can be a complex process. Researchers often encounter administrative and regulatory delays. The CTSI Trial Innovation Unit (TIU) is designed to help with these issues, improve quality, and facilitate faster, more efficient implementation of clinical trials. CTSI is also a member of the Trial Innovation Network (TIN), which provides support for multi-site clinical trials within the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) network.

Clinical Trial Innovation Core Services

Accrual to Clinical Trials Network (ACT)

ACT is web-based multi-site cohort discovery tool that helps researchers assess the availability of patient populations at participating sites across the NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) network via self-directed electronic health record searches.  

The Trial Innovation Network (TIN)

The goal of the national Trial Innovation Network is to improve the speed, efficiency, and quality of multi-site clinical trial implementation. It features a single IRB system, master contracting agreements, and a focus on evidence-based strategies for recruitment and patient engagement.  

Facilitator Meetings

CTSI has a group of experienced research facilitators who are available to meet with investigators to discuss issues related to clinical trial implementation. Our team consults with investigators on a broad array of study related issues including regulatory and study design questions, identifying collaborators, and protocol development.


Access interactive playbooks that provide guidance regarding regulatory and recruitment issues in clinical trials.

Team & Contact Info

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Dr. John Kellum
Director, Trial Innovation Unit
Phone: 412 383 4223
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Sue Clifton
Administrator, Trial Innovation Unit
Phone: 412 648 4258