Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research


ICTR Frequently Asked Questions - Researcher Resources


Biomarker Analytic Research Core (BARC)

  1. Information on cost for processing, banking serum and performing assays 

    All cost information and available services are available in iLab or you may email Nicole Bjorklund directly with questions or for a quote.

  2. Menu of assays performed by BARC 

    The most current list of available assays is available in iLab. There is also a link stemming from the Shared Facilities site.

  3. Can the BARC validate new assays and what costs are involved? 

    BARC does validate new assays on a case-by-case basis.  The cost for the validation is the cost of the ELISA kit.

  4. How do I request BARC/BioR services? 

    Services can be requested directly using iLab or contact Nicole Bjorklund for help.

  5. Does BARC run assays on animal specimens? 

    Yes, several clinical chemistry assays along with immunoassays are available for use with mice and/or rats.

  6. Can I get sample labels made for my study? 

    Yes, the core can print label sets for your study for anything from consent forms to microvials. Our labels are of premium quality and the adhesion and ink are optimized for extreme temperatures and conditions (i.e. liquid nitrogen storage). This service can be requested on iLab and Nicole Bjorklund will work with you to customize labels for your needs.

  7. Can the processing lab send my samples to Montefiore for testing? 

    Yes, the staff has been trained on sample processing and ordering tests from Montefiore Pathology.  In addition, there is a courier that picks up samples twice a day destined for Montefiore.

    Pricing for lab tests done at Montefiore can be obtained from Maria Cassese 


Biorepository (BioR)

  1. Information about Biorepository storage and cost 

    Information about the BioR is located on the ICTR webpage and also in iLab. Current storage costs are available in iLab.

  2. Can the BioR help me package and ship my specimens to outside labs? 

    Our staff is trained and IATA certified in shipping biological specimens. This service can be requested in iLab.

  3. Are samples available from the biorepository for general research use? 

    Not at this time. 


Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD)

  1. What are walk-in hours for Biostatistics/how to request a Biostatistics consult? 

    Walk-in hours are:

    • Einstein Campus: Every Tuesday 3 – 5 pm, Belfer Building, Room 1303
    • Montefiore Campus: Every Monday 3 – 5 pm, Moses Research Tower, Room 8009

Community Engagement Consultation Core (CECC)

  1. How to get study consent translated to Spanish  

    To have your study consent translated into Spanish, please fill out our Community Engagement Service Request Form  . To register for RIC (Research Informatics Core) credentials, click here.


Clinical Investigation Services Core (CISC) / Clinical Research Center (CRC)

  1.  Elizabeth Castro, CISC Administrative Director
  2. Nursing and space charges for industry and non-industry protocols  

  3. Information about using the CRC and assistance with protocol 

    ICTR portal submission questions contact Elizabeth Castro

    CISC space/nursing utilization contact Elizabeth Castro   


Office of Clinical Trials (OCT)

  1. Information on submitting a project to the IRB and whom to contact:  

    • a. Montefiore and Einstein have access to two separate IRBs, our own internal Einstein IRB, and an external central IRB managed by The Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY) (http://www.branyirb.com/).  All investigator-initiated protocols and those derived from federally sponsored studies are reviewed internally by the Einstein IRB.  While industry-sponsored protocols may be reviewed by either IRB, we are currently directing all industry-sponsored trials to the BRANY IRB for review.  As the world is moving to Central IRBs, we are ready to support these new initiatives.  Nevertheless, final authority on which of the IRBs any protocol may be sent to lies with the institutional Office of Clinical Trials.  Both local IRBs and the BRANY IRB are described in further detail below:  
      • The Einstein IRB has two committees - the West Campus committee and the East Campus committee.  The committees are centrally managed and work to facilitate excellence in human research by extending guidance and support to the research community through high quality review of human subjects research.  Meetings are held twice a month to review full board items, while all other transactions are reviewed upon receipt on an ongoing basis.  Investigators should refer to the Einstein IRB's Policies and Procedures for obtaining review and approval of clinical research. For more information. 
    • b.  The Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY) IRB  - Investigators conducting industry-sponsored clinical trial research must utilize the BRANY IRB for review of their protocol and study materials.  The BRANY IRB is a division of The Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY), an organization founded by the following institutions: Montefiore Medical Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System, and St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers.  The BRANY IRB has been contracted by Montefiore Medical Center, to review human subjects research taking place at the institution and its affiliates, to ensure that the rights and welfare of those research subjects are protected.  Investigators should refer to BRANY’s policies and procedures for obtaining review and approval of clinical research trials.
  2. Recruitment assistance for clinical trials 


Project Acceleration Resource (PAR)

  1. Whom do I contact about catalytic seed grant information 

  2. Training grant reference guides 

    • Training grant guidelines can be found here 
  3. Post-award links 

    • Financial forms are available.
    • For post-award and other research finance policies. 

Research Education and Training (RET)

  1. Does RET support faculty research?  

    • Training the next generation of clinical investigators is considered a high priority by the National Institutes of Health. Einstein’s comprehensive selection of career development and educational programs helps faculty pursue careers as clinical and translational scientists in academic and other settings. Go to http://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/ictr/ret/career-development/  to learn about Mentored Clinical & Translational Research, Grants and Fellowships, the Career Development Network and more.
  2. What types of advanced degrees are offered by RET? 

    • Master of Science in Clinical Research – Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP): The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Research Methods is attained through the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP). This intensive two-year program is designed for those pursuing a career in investigator-initiated, hypothesis-driven clinical research. The program begins each year in the first week of July and is limited to 10-15 scholars per year.  
    • PhD in Clinical Investigation - Education Connecting Laboratory Investigation and Population Science (eCLIPSE): The Ph.D. in Clinical Investigation (eCLIPSE) provides rigorous advanced training that prepares you for an independent research career in clinical and translational science. 
  3. Are there any non-degree programs available through the RET?  

    The RET offers two non-degree research training courses:

    • Clinical Research 101: The annual Clinical Research 101:  Fundamentals of Clinical Research Methods lecture series provides the fundamentals of clinical research methods for graduate students, residents, fellows and faculty. It is now available exclusively as an online course with rolling admissions.   
    • Design and Conduct of Clinical Research: This seminar course aims to introduce students to clinical research with a focus on epidemiology and study design. The course uses an introductory clinical research text, along with a critical assessment of papers from the scientific (clinical and epidemiologic) literature, in order to learn about study designs: their strengths and weaknesses and how such studies are conducted. Topics to be covered include: basic epidemiology, measures of association, basic statistics, cohort studies, case control studies, clinical trials, causal inference, and research ethics. It is offered yearly starting in the first week of December.  
    • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Innovations at Montefiore and Einstein (PCOR PRIME) is an educational program designed to provide clinician-investigators with the tools needed to design and conduct patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), and was developed under a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). It is being offered as a blended learning program: one week of in class instruction (September 8-11, 2015), followed by 6-10 months of online instruction  

Research Informatics Core (RIC)

  1. Information about how to obtain access to REDCap (and cost) 

    • Please submit a request using this link 

      Once, the administrator receives your request she will be in touch to discuss your project.  Fees vary based on the complexity of the project so it is important to provide as much information as possible.  Please note that submitting a request does not obligate you to use REDCap or the RIC, it only starts the process.


    Data Management - REDCap Grant Statement


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