Resources

Vanderbilt Human Research Protections Program (VHRPP)

Vanderbilt's Institutional Review Board (IRB).  The IRB, also known as the independent ethics committee, ethical review board or research ethics board is an administrative body that applies research ethics by reviewing the methods proposed for research projects. The IRB protects the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research activities.  The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in (to secure approval) or disapprove research.

Human Subjects & Good Clinical Practices Education (Annual IRB Training)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center IRB's website for human subjects, good clinical practices (GCP) and annual training information.

DISCOVR-E (IRB submission portal)

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center IRB's web portal for submissions, amendments, continuing reviews, and study closures.

REDCap

REDCap is a secure web platform for building and managing online databases and surveys. REDCap's streamlined process for rapidly creating and designing projects offers a vast array of tools that can be tailored to virtually any data collection strategy. All Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students, trainees & affiliates have REDCap access.

VUMC Secure File Transfer

Vanderbilt University Medical Center based cloud platform for securely sharing PHI and sensitive information. All Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students, trainees & affiliates have REDCap access.

Research Organization Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange Toolkit (ROCKET)

ROCKET is a Vanderbilt University Medical Center cloud content management platform for Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students, trainees & affiliates

VUMC BOX

Box is a Vanderbilt University Medical Center cloud content management platform for Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students, trainees & affiliates. Box offers security and controls for admins as well as sharing and collaboration capabilities for end users.

VUMC Office of Research (OOR)

Supports the Discover, Learn and Share strategic direction across the biomedical research enterprise. OOR provides shared research resources, administrative expertise and professional guidance to enable the trans-disciplinary environment and highly collaborative culture at VUMC.

ClinicalTrials.gov

Web-based resource provided by the US National Library of Medicine that provides the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions. All studies that meet the designated criteria must be registered and updated with the final study results.

PubMed

Free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the US National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. Primarily accesses the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts and is part of the Entrez system of information retrieval.

VICTR Funding Opportunities

VRR (VICTR Resource Request submission Portal)

The Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) fundable studies are clinical and translational hypothesis driven projects that involve human subjects, human tissue, human cell lines, human information (e.g. medical records), and have application to human health. Providing access to funds to generate pilot and preliminary data is a vital component of the VICTR mission. All VICTR applications should be reduced to pilot-level, with the exception of sponsored requests for access to the Clinical Research Center (CRC).

Research Derivative (RD)

Fully identified repository of clinical data drawn from the electronic medical record (Epic, StarPanel, the Enterprise Data Warehouse, HEO, and other sources). The RD is well suited for projects requiring identified information, linkage to other data sources, large cohort extraction, specialized datasets that are not easily accessible, and study recruitement.

Synthetic Derivative (SD)

Multi-source database of de-identified clinical data. The SD contains more than 2.8 million records (approximately 1 million with detailed longitudinal data).

BioVU

Vanderbilt's biobank of DNA extracted from leftover and otherwise discarded clinical blood specimens. BioVU operates as a consented biorepository; all individuals must sign the BioVU consent form here in order to donate future specimens. BioVU subjects are de-identified and linked to the Synthetic Derivative (SD) which enables researchers to access genetic data/DNA material and longitudinal electronic medical record (EMR) information.

Studios

Structured, dynamic sessions tailored for research investigators bringing together relevant research experts in a particular methodology to focus on a specific stage of research. Studios are intended to provide tools/feedback for investigators to use to enhance research quality, improve funding success, foster advances in clinical practice and improvments in patient health, increase publications and generate new hypotheses.

StarBRITE

Interactive system that provides one stop shopping for research needs. You can find a variety of different resources such as pilot funding, REDCap, ResearchMatch, BioVU, and much more.

eSMART

A VUMC research management system required for the initiation of ALL human subjects research. It provides data for eStar study set-up, including the routing of research related patient care charges. Also ties together projects submitted through other management systems.