Zablocki VA Medical Center Translational Research Unit

Zablocki VA Medical Center Translational Research Unit

The Zablocki VA Medical Center Translational Research Unit (V-TRU) is a resource for clinical investigators working with both veterans and non-veterans. Located on the fifth floor of the Veteran’s Medical Center, the unit consists of three fully equipped exam rooms and a laboratory specimen processing room.

The V-TRU Team is available to assist with services such as nursing support, study coordination, consenting, lab services and processing, manual muscle testing, medication administration, filling out case report forms and IRB assistance. Research nurses are able to assist investigators with research specific needs across multiple disciplines. The V-TRU can also connect you to cores within the Veteran’s Medical Center, including the Biomechanics Research Core, the Crystal ID Laboratory, the Imaging Station Core and the Keck Animal Imaging Core.

The V-TRU is currently participating in multiple studies including the Million Veteran Program (MVP). The MVP is a national study that aims to enroll one million Veteran volunteers from across the country to study how genes affect health. Researchers will collect blood samples and health information from the participants to create the world’s largest medical database that will be used to answer research questions and lead to new treatments.

Services

Services

The V-TRU team is available to assist with a variety of services:

  • Nursing support and dedicated nursing time
  • Study coordination
  • Use of exam rooms and equipment
  • Laboratory sample preparation and processing
  • Data management and consultations
  • IRB asssistance
  • Access to VA national databases

Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

If your study requires special accommodations, please contact the Nurse Manager.

  • Nursing support and dedicated nursing time
  • Study coordination
  • Use of exam rooms and equipment
  • Laboratory sample preparation and processing
  • Data management and consultations
  • IRB asssistance
  • Access to VA national databases

TRU Terms & Attestations

TRU Terms & Attestations

Terms

  • The TRU requires a fully signed Letter of Agreement (LOA) and a copy of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval letter before the study may begin.
  • Cancellation of Requested Services: Please provide notice of at least 48 hours for cancellation of requested services. Should short-notice or no-notice cancellations become frequent or habitual we reserve the right to charge for such scheduled services.
  • Scheduling of Requested Services: Availability is to the best of our ability with variables including but not limited to: already scheduled services for this or any other study, availability of appropriate staff, and availability of appropriate physical space.
  • The TRU fees are subject to change. Every effort will be made to minimize the amount and frequency of such changes.
  • Pass through fees from external contractors (ex. external laboratory fees) are subject to change should the external contractor fees change.
  • As a practice, the TRU will keep and maintain copies of all study related documents which will be turned over to the Principal Investigator at the time of study closure.
  • As a CTSI Investigator, you agree to participate in the TRU’s annual satisfaction survey process.
  • Should additional services be requested, a new proposal may be created to outline the scope of the request and associated cost-sharing fees. This LOA will be amended as necessary.
  • If any changes are made in your protocol, it is the study team’s responsibility to provide any updated IRB approved forms and review any procedural changes with the A-TRU Nurse Manager prior to the next participant’s scheduled visit.
  • The TRU will bill on a monthly basis for all services rendered.
  • Payment for services performed will be expected upon receipt of a billing statement. Statements for ongoing services will be submitted on a monthly basis. Payment instructions will be included on the statements. Our Program Associate will be in touch with you to obtain contact information for invoicing.

Attestations

  • On behalf of the department/division/institute or other professional jurisdiction that you represent, you attest that all of the following conditions have been satisfied:
    • The Principal Investigator is a faculty member, credentialed physician, licensed nurse or licensed pharmacist (as applicable) in good standing;
    • The Principal Investigator is approved to devote the proposed time and effort to this project;
    • If the Principal Investigator’s application identifies Department/Division/Institute funds to support this project, this Department/Division/Institute endorses this commitment;
    • The project has scientific merit, uses procedures consistent with sound research design, and is likely to yield the expected knowledge; and
    • The proposal is a complete and coherent one.
  • You agree to cite the CTSA NIH Grant UL1TR001436 and if applicable KL2TR001438 on all publications arising from any research project receiving support from the CTSI. Publications arising from any research project receiving support from the CTSI must acknowledge such support by stating the following:
    • “Support received by grant UL1TR001436 from the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.”
    • KL2 Scholars: “Support received by grants UL1TR001436 and KL2TR001438 from the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.”

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Zablocki VA Medical CenterMedical College of WisconsinMSOE