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CTSI: Participant & Clinical Interactions - (PCIR)

Mission and Specific Aims

The mission of the UM-PCIR is to provide the necessary infrastructure/resources (physical space, equipment and personnel) for CTSI researchers to develop novel diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative health strategies for common chronic diseases across the lifespan.  Thereby allowing translation of innovative basic biologic and pathophysiologic discoveries from genes to molecules to whole body and then community based clinical trials (“genes to curbside”). The specific aims of the CTSI/PCIR are:

  • Aim 1: To provide an enriched, integrated environment for the conduct of inpatient, outpatient and community-based clinical translational research. Resources are provided across multiple sites to facilitate the conduct of clinical translational research with the highest scientific integrity and patient safety. This will accelerate the conduct of translational clinical research across the aging lifespan and improve the treatment and ultimately prevention of the complications of common chronic diseases.
  • Aim 2: To provide a transformative environment for training in the conduct of translational research studies that will test novel hypotheses to improve patient care. Training clinical investigators is a major goal of the UMCTSI. The PCIR provides an enriched environment for training junior faculty and health professionals in clinical translational science and best practices for the safe and efficient conduct of patient-oriented research.
  • Aim 3: To continue to assist investigators in the conduct of their clinical research by facilitating access to PCIR resources. The PCIR Advisory Committee (PAC) has efficient methods for scientific review, resource allocation and management to accelerate the conduct of novel translational clinical research.
  • Aim 4: To utilize the UMCTSI tracking and evaluation plan to assess investigator productivity, needs and the effectiveness of PCIR in meeting these needs. Qualitative and quantitative metrics established by the Evaluation Program evaluate the accomplishments of PCIR researchers and trainees, PCIR utilization and investigator-participant interactions.

Transforming and Innovative Aspects of the PCIR

We have implemented a number of transformative and innovative improvements for the UM PCIR.

We have established a network of PCIRs that can promote, facilitate and establish clinical research broadly across Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic region and Pennsylvania.  These PCIR’s will bring researchers to specialty and under served populations and individuals whom are unable or do not have time or resources to travel to a “downtown university medical center." The network of PCIRs are described briefly below:

  • PCIRUniveristy of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury
  • Maryland Psychiatric Research Center
  • Division of Services Research
  • The University of Maryland Child and Adolescent Mental Health Innovations Center
  • The Mood and Anxiety Program
  • The laboratory of Behavioral Neuroimmunology 
  • The Geriatric Psychiatry program
  • Clinical and Translational research that highlights actual or work in underserved minorities
  • Division of Psychology
  • Old Order Amish PCIR 
  • Geisinger PCIR 
  • Forty-Fort, PA PCIR 
  • Participant Clinical Interaction Resource at University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute


 Steven Davis
Stephen N Davis M.B.B.S.
Professor of Medicine and Physiology
Dr. Theodore E. Woodward Chair in the Department of Medicine
Director, University of Maryland General Clinical Research Center
22 South Greene Street, N3W42
University of Maryland Medical Center
(410) 328-2488  
Michael Terrin

Michael L. Terrin M.D.,C.M., M.P.H.
Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health and Medicine
HH, 200
(410) 706-6139 

Andrew Goldberg

Andrew P Goldberg M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Family & Community Medicine
Director, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC);
Chief, Geriatrics Service, Baltimore VA Medical Center
Baltimore VA Medical Center, Room 4B-186
(410) 605-7183