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Core Facilities

mcctr.pngThe Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) is a partnership involving the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Tougaloo College. In addition, the CCTR pursues extensive collaboration with the IDeA-funded Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center and Mayo Clinic's Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. CCTR functions are divided among five cores in addition to an Administrative Core: the Professional Development Core, BERD Core, Pilot Projects Program, Research Service Center, and Tracking and Evaluation Core.

Administrative Core

The Administrative Core is responsible for overseeing all CCTR activities and for aligning its resources and activities to maximize success. The Administrative Core has a flexible and responsive governance structure with mechanisms to monitor progress toward goals and milestones and a capacity to re-direct resources as needed.

Professional Development Core

The Professional Development Core supports promising investigators and promotes multi-institutional, transdisciplinary obesity research through mentorship, training, protected time, and structured interaction among investigators of the CCTR partner institutions. The Professional Development Core oversees the Investigator Development Program and Mentor Academy.

Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Core (BERD)

The BERD Core provides training and assistance with research design, epidemiology, and biostatistics, including implementation of data collection tools and methods, data management and monitoring, and data analysis for manuscripts and grants, and it works with the Research Service Center to ensure that CCTR investigators are thoroughly trained in regulatory principles and management. It assists applicants for CCTR resources and CCTR awardees through the Investigator Development Program and Pilot Projects Program with study design and execution, including instrument, protocol, and Manual of Procedure development, data coordination, analytics and reporting.

Research Service Center

The Research Service Center (RSC) offers training and support to develop a cadre of investigators who are well versed in regulatory principles, research ethics, and best practices for research compliance and the Responsible Conduct of Research. The RSC also provides administrative and logistical assistance to lower the barriers to research implementation and enhance the success of the CCTR's clinical, translational, and community engaged research.

Tracking and Evaluation Core

The Tracking and Evaluation Core ensures that the CCTR's Cores and Program meet milestones and satisfy deliverables. It provides accurate and timely information to CCTR leaders and advisory committees to guide resource allocation and for reporting to the CCTR institutions and NIGMS.

Pilot Projects Program

The Pilot Projects Program supports pilot projects that are most likely to lead to extramural funding and sustained independent research. In addition, it seeks to increase the diversity of Mississippi faculty members who can compete successfully for extramural funding. Finally, it will support projects that are considered most likely to lead to obesity and obesity-related disorders.

Community Engaged Research (CEnR) Core

In recognition of the importance of community engaged research and intervention, the Community Engaged Research (CEnR) Core has been created. The CEnR Core oversees the Community Engaged Research (CEnR) Institute, an annual two-week residential Summer Institute that trains selected junior faculty members from all major Mississippi universities in the principles and practice of CEnR, and the CEnR Working Group.