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 consists of the Clinical Trials Unit, the Adult Clinical Research Unit (CRU) for intensive research protocols including specialized services and overnight stays, a Lifestyle Intervention Research Core, and the Pediatric Clinical Research Unit. The CARS also works closely with the Center for Clinical Imaging Research, the Special Chemistry Core laboratory, and the Participant Recruitment Enhancement Core to provide efficient access and a coordinated platform of services to facilitate human subjects research.