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Liaisons to the Trial Innovation Network


Facilitating multi-site clinical trials

Director: Sean Savitz, MD - - 713-500-7083

Contact person: Susan Alderman, PhD - - 713-500-9942

The national CTSA program’s Trial Innovation Network (TIN) exists to streamline the design, recruitment, and conduct of multisite clinical trials funded by NIH grants.  The TIN offers NIH-funded investigators help in all stages of their trials, including initial planning and subject and local PI recruitment.  Through the TIN, investigators can consult with experts in trial design and conduct.  The TIN also contacts CTSAs across the country to identify local PIs who can recruit subjects for multisite trials being conducted with the assistance of the TIN. 

 Each CTSA has Liaisons to the TIN, who oversee both these interactions with the TIN.  Accordingly, our CCTS Liaisons to the TIN:

  1. Assist CCTS investigators who would like to apply to consult with the TIN on their NIH-funded multisite trials. 
  2. Respond to TIN requests for potential site PIs at the CCTS who could accrue subjects for multisite trials originating at other CTSAs.  

 CCTS investigators interested in these interactions with the TIN can contact Susan Alderman.

For assistance with multisite trials not funded by NIH, the CCTS has other resources, including the Clinical Research Units and the Clinical Trial Resource Center. Our CCTS institutions are part of a University of Texas System—wide IRB reciprocity agreement, which we use for multisite trials, along with several commercial IRBs and CTSA common IRBs. Please consult the Clinical Trial Resource Center for advice on which system would best suit your trial.


Dr. Sean Savitz