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CRC - What We Do

The staff of the CRC has expertise in study design, data, and project management, IRB/human subjects protection as well as business development and budgeting. This team is responsible for developing and/or reviewing new protocols that will expand the boundaries of medical knowledge and may offer the possibility of future therapeutic benefit to patients. They work with all specialists and subspecialists throughout Main Line Health to support the conducting of clinical trials and research studies.

Pre-Study Contract and Grant Services

  • Financial: Assist in preparation of study/grant budgets; review contract budgets and assist in budget negotiations; provide financial reports as required by Principal Investigator or sponsoring agencies; handle all study related tax and financial audit requirements; and provide purchasing services for study related activities.
  • Administrative: Serve as contract contact with study sponsors and Main Line Health Legal Department.

Study Start-Up Services

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB): Assist in submission to Main Line Hospitals IRB of all prestudy and ongoing study submissions as well as required documentation, reports, or forms; provide guidance and assist with compliance with IRB requirements.
  • Staffing: Provide clinical research staff to assist Principal Investigators and sub-investigators in conducting studies.
  • Administrative: Study Design and review of protocols, proposed case report forms, and other study documentation and processes for feasibility and "user-friendliness".

Post Study Contract Services

  • Maintain financial records for required number of years
  • Assist in arranging for storage space for records
  • Assist in study termination activities

Biostatistician Services

  • Give short courses and lectures in biostatistics
  • Provide consulting services on statistical input to grants
  • Collaborate on research publications
  • Provide statistical research on each LIMR grant
  • Review protocols and statistical plans for clinical trial sponsors
  • Design and analyze clinical trials as needed

Clinical Outpatient Center

  • Access to three recently constructed, private, fully equipped patient examination rooms with diagnostic equipment
  • Access to a phlebotomy station

Accounts Payable/Cash Receipts

  • Efficiently process study invoices
  • Reconcile payment matters with sponsor agencies
  • Deposit checks
  • Efficiently process payments for study services

Contact Info

Gerald Messerschmidt, MD
Director, LIMR Clinical Research Center


Main Line Health