The Clinical Trial Support Unit (CTSU)* is a centralized clinical research resource that standardizes clinical and administrative procedures for the conduct of human research. The CTSU, a joint initiative of the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine, the Saskatoon Health Region and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, provides investigators at the three member institutions with the resources, know-how and facilities needed to conduct clinical research. It does so in a manner that withstands legal scrutiny and follows good clinical practice guidelines.
The CTSU has well-trained and certified personnel who provide the following services to clinical investigators:
- Review and negotiation of confidential disclosure agreements
- Negotiation of contracts and study budgets
- Preparing and submitting ethics applications
- Preparing and submitting applications for health region approval
- Preparation and processing of regulatory documents
- Regulatory submissions to Health Canada, including Clinical Trial Applications
- Financial services, including invoicing of research sponsors, processing of sponsor payments and payment of study-related expenses
- Clinical research nurse and clinical research coordinator services
- Identifying potential sponsors for clinical studies
- Clinical research education and training
The CTSU’s Clinical Research Unit (CRU) at Saskatoon City Hospital is Saskatchewan’s first in-hospital clinical trial facility. The CRU allows investigators to conduct their research in highly controlled conditions, with physician supervision and emergency response on-site.
*The CTSU was formerly known as the Saskatoon Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR).