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Research Center for Transforming Health

We provide opportunities for positive inquiry, facilitate a highly collaborative program and foster engagement within and across disciplines. Our goal is to to improve health by asking important questions and creating new knowledge through research.

Our Goals

The center serves as a collaborative focal point for accelerating translational research intended to improve public health and enable optimal health outcomes for our diverse community. We aim to bridge the disconnect between how we're advancing science and how we apply it for diagnosis and treatment by changing the way faculty, physicians and medical students think about research. 

 

We want to engage scientists and physicians in a new way. We are a relatively small medical school, but we have world-class researchers and clinicians.

Frank Spinale, associate dean for research & graduate education

 

The center is dedicated to building a path to better health in South Carolina and beyond by strengthening people, infrastructure and programs to support a culture of collaboration around programs that support research on high priority topics.


Our Programs

Clinical Research Coordinator Discussion

Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) are the engines that make research possible at the USC School of Medicine. Our bi-monthly seminar series brings them together in order to create a community of interest. The series focuses on improving clinical research skills and building a network of support by enabling discussion on trends like management issues and best practices.

Education Series

Educational opportunities are available for students, investigators and all members of the research community to gain state-of-the-art research skills while engaging with peers, colleagues and facilitators to foster positive inquiry and enable interdisciplinary collaboration.

Educational topics range from performing literature reviews and project feasibility assessments to submitting successful grant applications and publishing scientific findings. 

Emerging Physician Scientists Program

This program is designed to enhance translational research skills for new physician faculty researchers and guide them through the complexities of local and federal funding mechanisms. Support is offered by our team of experts and through pilot grants to explore preliminary research in your area of expertise.

View and download the 2018-2019 Request for Applications

Grant Support

Maximize your prospect for funding success by engaging with the center on your next grant application. Our team of experts can offer guidance in all facets of grant development, including biostatistics, data sciences and financial reporting.

Research Program for Medical Students

The Research Program for Medical Students is sponsored by the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and allows USC SOM medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist.

This 8-week research experience constitutes an important element of a well-rounded medical education where students will learn how basic research integrates with clinical practice, moving science from “bench-to-bedside."

TRANSFORM SC

TRANSFORM SCis a statewide pediatric clinical trials network funded by a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant to boost participation in research for children and families across South Carolina.

The grant places particular emphasis on clinical research to better understand and improve health outcomes for children and families living in rural and medically underserved areas of the state, which is critically important to states like South Carolina.

 Our Tools

eIRB

eIRB manages the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process for human subjects research by providing a single platform to unify and streamline the IRB operations of participating organizations.

This web-based, paperless system supports initial applications, tracking and routing of all submission types through the approval process and documents information required for the review of human subjects’ research. This includes the initial application, amendments, reportable events and continuing renewal submissions.

i2b2

i2b2 (Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside) is an NIH-funded National Center for Biomedical Computing based at Partners HealthCare System. It is a query tool that is designed to prepare investigators for research, whether that be writing a grant or submitting a data request, by providing an indication of sample size and study feasibility using data from the South Carolina Clinical Data Warehouse. It is meant for exploratory research and can help you design research questions or make a case on a grant proposal.

REDCap

REDcap is a self-service tool available for surveys as well as data acquisition, capture and management, and is provided to all USC students, staff and faculty. The survey tool allows for various survey scenarios, including conditional logic, data uploads and advanced formatting. All data is stored on a secure server and can be exported to researchers for statistical analysis.

 

Our Vision and Mission


Vision

To serve as a collaborative focal point for accelerating translational research intended to improve the future health of populations and enable optimal health outcomes for our diverse population.

Mission

To support investigators and their teams as they pursue discoveries, improvements and innovations through transformative research, creating a positive culture of possibility.