The Center for Applied Research Sciences (CARS) has been established within the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) to increase access to specialized clinical research units where investigators can have access to state-of-the-art resources for conducting efficient, safe, and ethical studies in research volunteers. The CARS is redesigning existing clinical research units into a coordinated and integrated research service that will share resources and enable leading-edge clinical and translational research activities to be conducted across a spectrum of study populations, research designs and physical sites. In addition, the CARS will serve as an important training site for young investigators and allied health professionals who are pursuing careers in clinical research.
The CARS combines part of the Center for Clinical Studies, the Adult General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) and the Pediatric GCRC to enhance services and efficiencies. The CARS venues for research are the Clinical Trials Unit, Clinical Research Unit, and the Pediatric Clinical Research Unit. The Center will also work closely with the Brain, Behavior and Performance Unit and the Human Imaging Unit to facilitate coordinated interactions among all 5 Units.