Clinical Research Professionals

The CTSI Translational Workforce Development Program offers the following education and involvement opportunities for clinical research professionals, research coordinators and nurses.

Clinical trials are critical for developing and delivering evidence-based care. Trial success often depends on clinical research professionals’ work as vital members of the research team. Opportunities such as research certification, seminar series, professional associations and online resources help to grow research at UF and make a difference in patients’ lives.

The weekly CTSI email newsletter, Quick Links, provides the latest information on seminars, courses and other events related to translational research. If you’re interested in information specific to clinical-research professionals, email Bob Kolb to join his coordinators’ liststerv.

Amber Bouton, CCRP/CCRC

Clinical research/IRB director in the UF department of medicine, division of surgery

“For me, attaining certifications was a must. I knew that by earning and maintaining research professional credentialing, I would set myself apart. Research is my passion, and I wanted to be respected as a knowledgeable, reliable, trained, and thoroughly experienced research professional.”


Research Coordinator Certification

Entry-level education for those who wish to become a clinical research coordinator, including health professionals working in nursing, nutrition, respiratory therapy, occupational/ physical therapy or similar allied health fields.


CTSA DIAMOND Portal for education and training

The DIAMOND project is an online educational portal for shared competency-based educational offerings, assessments and training resources for clinical research professionals. It also provides an e-portfolio system for individualized professional development planning.


Research Coordinator online community

The Next National Research Coordinator Consortium (NRCC) provides an ongoing forum for deliberate and meaningful discussions around the multifaceted, expanding role of coordinators among the Clinical and Translational Science Award hubs. Contact Bob Kolb to subscribe to the listserv.


Diversity & Cultural Competence Council (DC3)

Part of the Clinical Research Professionals Advisory Council. This council was established to help UF clinical research professionals become competent communicators and actors in the intersectional areas of diversity and culture. With the clinical research professional and community member in mind, this council seeks to develop opportunities in raising awareness of distinct needs for diversity and inclusion, while identifying and disseminating best-practice information in the UF clinical research community.

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