Regulatory Support & Advocacy Resources

UIC Office for the Protection of Research Subjects

The OPRS website includes a directory of research studies at UIC that are actively enrolling subjects. The listing will help guide individuals who are interested in participating in clinical or social-behavioral research at UIC. To add a project to the Research Directory Listing, please contact

Case Report Form

A Case Report Form (CRF) is a printed, optical, or electronic document designed to record all protocol-required information on each subject in a clinical research study. The CRF facilitates complete and standardized data collection that promotes efficient processing, analysis, and reporting of information, as well as exchange of data across sites and to the Sponsor/Principal Investigator/Data Coordinating Center.

The CCTS collaborated with members of the OVCR Quality Improvement Program to develop a set of standard case report forms available on the OVCR website. Researchers engaged in investigator initiated clinical trials may use and customize these forms to their individual study.

OVCR Quality Improvement Program Toolbox

Ensuring that research studies comply with the principles of Good Clinical Practice and applicable government regulations requires extensive planning and documentation. The OVCR Quality Improvement Program hosts a toolbox of standard tracking forms that helps investigators capture essential information in an organized fashion. is a national registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the USA and around the world. Certain types of trials are required by law to be registered when they begin, and the information updated throughout the study. The following links provide information and guidance on which clinical trials should be registered, who is responsible for registering the trial, the registration process, results reporting policies, and more.

Lay Language Link

Investigators who need to translate language from your research protocol into lay language for an IRB submission may benefit from the University of Michigan’s Simplification Guide to Medical Terms that has suggestions for common medical terms that may need translation.

What Every Study Coordinator Wants to Know

Links on the Clinical Research Center’s resource page offer both national and local standards, tools and contacts, to help answer your questions as you plan and conduct your research.