Liason to Recruitment Innovation Centers

Mission: To provide a platform, an infrastructure, and the know-how for collaborating investigators to successfully enroll the desired number and type of research participants from Memphis and the mid-South region.

LRICS will provide a platform to facilitate successful recruitment of research participants, in underserved populations, in a manner that promotes the overarching goals of the CTSA program. The LRICs unit will house a research specialist/recruiter, a data analyst and a research compliance officer. In addition to the core staff, LRICs will also work closely with personnel from mSHARE, BERD, PCI, LTICs and CBMI to capitalize on their relevantexperience in clinical trial management, research informatics, health information technology, communications,ethics and regulatory knowledge.


The Liaison to Recruitment Innovation Centers (LRICs) module has the following goals:

  1. Liaise with RICs, community outreach organizations, and local clinical partners.

    The LRICs team will provide feedback about proposed recruitment methods for each individual study they support and supply other relevant resources (e.g. sample recruitment materials, information about concrete recruitment procedures such as local newspapers, websites, information about established clinical or research registries available for patient recruitment etc.) as needed. Along with this, this unit will also facilitate contact with the appropriate community entities through mSHARE and connect investigators with other iRISE resources, such as the RKS for assistance with regulatory steps, the CBMI for data management and other biomedical informatics resources, and the BERD for study design and data analyses.

  2. Provide access to participant data and facilitate recruitment.

    Through LRICS we intend to effectively reach the intended audiences and implement studies in a culturally sensitive manner through established community networks that have the means and the knowledge to communicate with specific population segments. iRISE’s collaboration with these community partners will provide UTHSC investigators with a well-established network that can be leveraged in various recruitment related efforts (e.g. general education about research, assessment of feasibility, recruitment for specific protocols, or dissemination of study results in the community). These partners can also provide invaluable input for study-specific tailoring of outreach efforts to better reach intended research participants, such as adjustments to format (i.e. electronic, print, or mobile media) or messaging of recruitment materials

  3. Facilitate regulatory procedures and platforms for data management.

    In collaboration with RKS, the LRICs will provide details about required regulatory procedures for each participating institution, tailored to each individual proposed study, including an initial assessment of whether a central IRB or an individual institutional IRB is required and what specific information is necessary. With the help of CBMI, the LRICs will also provide consultations to determine safe, effective data collection and management procedures which conform with HIPAA requirements, as well as specific biomedical informatics resources required.

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Professor of Nephrology Dr. Kovesdy is a Professor of Nephrology in the College of Medicine and Chief of Nephrology at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
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