ICTR Clinical Studies Core


The mission of the Core is to assist investigators in the design and conduct rigorous clinical research studies that advance scientific knowledge and improve care delivered to patients. Whether you are NIH funded or have been approached by an industry partner and in need of resources, we have services that meet your needs. The Core can facilitate trials at Baylor Medicine, Baylor St. Luke’s, Medical Center, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Harris Health. The Clinical Studies Core works closely with the Office of Clinical Research to seamlessly facilitate your study. The overall goal is the successful implementation, conduct, and conclusion of clinical trials.

Services include:

  • IRB Submissions, Single and Multisite Approval
  • MOP/SOP Development
  • Coordinator Support
  • Recruitment and Follow-up of Study Participants
  • REDCap Database Development
  • High-quality Data Collection
  • Interactions with Sponsors
  • Study Close-out

Our Clinical Studies Core team is here to support your clinical trial needs. If you need help planning an upcoming trial or shoring up an on-going trial, contact the Clinical Core for a consultation.

Clinical Studies Core Team

  • Sankar Navaneethan, MD – Professor
  • Merin Thomas – Supervisor, Clinical Research
  • Lourdes Pelaez, Lead Coordinator, Clinical Research
  • Maria Martinez – Research Coordinator II
  • Ariel Harrison - Research Coordinator II
  • Hannah Steinmetz - Research Coordinator II