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Clinical research desk

The Clinical Research Desk is part of the TCC. It helps researchers working in the University Medical Center Groningen access methodological and practical support for their research. The department of epidemiology and other departments in the University Medical Center Groningen provide the support.

Methodological support
Methodological support can be useful or essential in all phases of a clinical research project. The Clinical Research Desk helps researchers access methodological support at all stages of their research projects. Support can be provided when a researcher is:

  • formulating a research proposal.

  • applying for funding.

  • writing a protocol.

  • determining the required sample size.

  • carrying out statistical analyses or economic evaluations.

  • or reporting the results.


The Clinical Research Desk can also help researchers access support in other areas and in a number of areas of a single project.

Practical support
The Clinical Research Desk can also help researchers access practical support from a range of departments in the University Medical Center Groningen. Specific examples of support include:

  • clinical project management.

  • protocol writing.

  • questionnaire development.

  • the design of electronic or paper-based and scannable case report forms.

  • randomization procedures.

  • database construction and maintenance.

  • data entry, validation and conversion.

  • and monitoring and auditing of the data collection process.


In addition, the Clinical Research Desk can guide researchers in fulfilling legal quality controls and presenting protocols to the medical ethics commissions.

Other support
The Clinical Research Desk has information on and contacts in many departments in the University Medical Center Groningen. Researchers with questions that cannot be answered in their own departments are welcome to contact Clinical Research Desk staff. The staff will use they own knowledge and network to provide answers or direct researchers to people who can answer the questions.

Further information
Researchers and other employees of the University Medical Center Groningen can find more information on the Clinical Research Desk on the intranet. This information can be found by clicking on the button Onderzoek & medisch onderwijs and selecting the link Clinical research desk.