The mission of the Unit for Clinical and Applied Research (UCAR) is to enable all clinical research groups to achieve outstanding scientific results at the lowest possible administrative cost, through the coordination and expansion of its range of services. This should be achieved with optimum methodology both within the ethical and legal requirements of GCP (Good Clinical Practice) and the provisions of new human research legislation.
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The Unit for Clinical and Applied Research (UCAR) monitors the infrastructural and research staff resources and by coordinating and extending its range of services it enables the clinical research groups to achieve outstanding scientific results at the lowest possible administrative cost within the boundaries of ethical and legal requirements of GCP (Good Clinical Practice) and the provisions of new human research legislation. The unit is a central, internal relay station that has an overview of the clinical projects and developments of the University Clinic Balgrist and can give impulses for the extension, reduction, merging, cooperation and start of new multi disciplinary projects. The unit is in close contact with experimental research groups and fosters translation in both directions.
UCAR is structured into three sections: The science-administration section's main priority is focused on processes with ethics proposals as well as the clinic wide research databank system. The section also fosters the expansion of competences and specialisations of the scientific employees. The scientific-coordination section coordinates the standard operating procedures (SOP) and manages the internal and external studies register. The methodology section consults and supports the researchers - a priori - with the design of adequate studies, establishing the rules of scientific behavior and organising statistical consultations either with internal or external resources.
Embedment in Balgrist research
UCAR has been completely integrated into the clinical research of the clinic since its inception in 2014 and serves as a central administrative point. The services of UCAR are being used to an ever increasing amount by many departments of the University Clinic Balgrist. The research data base the UCAR manages is now very well established.
UCAR provides impulses for innovation by merging research groups and intensifying their cooperation.
The transfer of new findings from clinical and experimental research to patient treatment and clinical practice as well as the continuous review of the correctness and value of the new concepts have as a goal the best possible current and future treatment of patients which is a core goal of the University Clinic Balgrist. UCAR supports and simplifies the administrative implementation of clinical research.