Ask the Expert

We encourage your questions on The Research Rainmaker, and hope you join in the conversation!

Ask the Expert offers you the opportunity to ask questions about all areas overseen by the Office of Research.

The Office of Research exists to ensure external funding success and to provide the infrastructure necessary to conduct world-class health research. Its responsibilities include administering grant programs; overseeing compliance and regulatory matters related to sponsored research; fostering the development and use of research resources and core facilities; and research policy, planning, and administration of the UTHSC research enterprise.

These are in addition to the array of strategic initiatives and special projects the Office of Research manages on behalf of the UTHSC research community.

Use the form below to submit your question. It will be reviewed and, if approved, forwarded to a UTHSC subject-matter expert.  Your question will be included in future updates of the “Ask the Experts” feature.

Featured questions


Where should I go for help recruiting subjects for a clinical trial?

Answer: Most clinical investigators begin by reviewing the patient population in their practice group and other patients in the hospital database where they practice to identify potentially suitable subjects.  In addition, both the Office of Clinical Research and the TN-CTSI can help you.

The Office of Clinical Research can provide PIs with research coordinator/s who can help with various steps involved in setting up a trial, including the enrollment of patients.

The TN-CTSI also has a wealth of resources listed on their Recruitment webpage.  Look for their TN-CTSI Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC) which can introduce you to a variety of tools for finding and recruiting study participants, ranging from Electronic Health Records (EHR) to strong community connections, particularly with diverse underserved population groups.  Read and download the comprehensive 4-page document, CTSI Research Study Recruitment Resources Digital Document, which covers just about every resource available to UTHSC investigators, including the Electronic Data Warehouse, ResearchMatch, Social Media, Radio, Print, Health Fairs, Mass Mailing, and other local options. And for a great overview of recruitment strategies, the TN-CTSI has an excellent video presentation, Research 102, Session 2, “Subject Recruitment”.

Finally, The Office of Research is working in conjunction with TN-CTSI to provide a list of all clinical trials underway at UTHSC.  This interactive list will be a tool that lets potential participants indicate their interest in being contacted by study teams about clinical research studies being done UTHSC.


How can I find out about research funding announcements?

Answer: Funding announcements are put out by the Office of Research Development, mainly as email blasts via the FundOps listserv (you can sign up to receive these emails here).  Announcements for special opportunities such as the CORNET awards are also sent out via the Researchers Listserv, and the Faculty Listserv.  Active limited submission competitions can be found on the UTHSC InfoReady Review website. The Office of Research Development also manages Funding Institutional, an online searchable database of extramural funding opportunities.

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