UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) is part of a University of California collaboration receiving the 2016 Larry L. Sautter Award in recognition of UC TrialQuest, a novel clinical trials search tool. Award winners were announced July 12 at the UC Computing Services Conference at UC San Cruz.
The Sautter awards, sponsored by the UC Information Technology Leadership Council, were established to encourage and recognize innovative deployment of information technology in support of the University’s mission. TrialQuest, initiated by the UC Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration and Development (BRAID) consortium and developed by many teams across the UC Health campuses, was one of three recipients of the highest Sautter designation, a Golden Award.
“We are truly pleased that TrialQuest is receiving the Sautter program’s top award,” said Gary S. Firestein, MD, director of CTRI and member of the UC BRAID Executive Committee. “TrialQuest is an exciting tool that accelerates the initiation of multi-campus research projects and clinical trials.” Firestein was chair of UC BRAID when the tool was initiated.
TrialQuest is a web-based database that provides information from five UC medical school Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) on pending and active clinical trials in the UC system. This information can help eliminate duplicate IRB reviews and allow investigators to rely on existing IRB approvals. This tool has been continually refined since it was first deployed in 2014 and an updated version will be released soon.