Wills, Gary, Gilbert, Lester, Grange, Simon and Recio, Alejandra
VRIC-Virtual Research Integration Collaboration: A VRE aimed at creating a framework to manage the research life cycles of basic science and clinical research.
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Translational research aims to provide a transition between basic science and clinical research trials in a streamlined process. Within a hospital context, this would be represented by a medical student conducting an investigation that does not require patients involvement and evolving it into a full clinical trial study using the basic science project as platform. The difficulties to achieve such goal are multiple, one of which being the effort required to preserve the processes and documentation regarding a study in an environment that allows for materials to be re-used and re-purposed. In addition, the need to maintain a database of those people collaborating in multiple studies simultaneously at times, and maintain a record of the roles played in a particular study proves a challenging task for hospital organisation and medical researchers. The aim of the project is to build a framework for the integration of basic science and clinical research to manage research lifecycles and allow for the integration of scientific approaches throughout these lifecycles into the everyday work practice of the consortia that manage translational clinical research at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). In order to meet those aims, the user community participates as co-designers of the virtual framework providing input in relation to the inherent characteristics of medical research. The VRE integrates both with the RNOH institutional systems, research life cycle, and with the national systems such as the National Health Service (NHS).
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