Clinical Research & Clinical Trials Office (YDRCTO)

Tumor Imaging Metrics


Tumor Imaging Metrics Core (TIMC) provides standardized, longitudinal radiological measurements for clinical trials.


Please register clinical trials or request tumor measurements through http://yale.timclogin.org/after launch date of Aug 29.


You must be a registered user; if not, please contact YDRCTO at ydrcto@yale.edu with name, EPIC user name, affiliation (eg, YCC), disease group, and role (eg, DM or PI).


YCC and YDRCTO have implemented TIMC in collaboration with TIMC at Dana-Farber / Harvard Cancer Center.

Yale Diagnostic Radiology Clinical Trials Office
Richard Bronen, M.D., Director of Clinical Trials Office
Kimberly Hall, B.S.,  Manager of Clinical Trials Office
Svetlana Vassilieva, M.D., Research Associate
Patricia Fugal, M.S., C.C.R.P., Research Associate
Ann Marie Franco, B.S., Research Associate
Bernadette Towers, Research Assistant

Email:
Phone:

YDRCTO@yale.edu
203-785-2384
203-785-5726
203-785-5182
203-785-4855
203-737-7009
203-785-5942


Clinical research in the Division of Clinical Radiology is supported by an infrastructure consisting of a Director, the Yale Diagnostic Radiology Clinical Trials Office (YDRCTO) Committee, a manager of Clinical Trials Office, Kimberly Hall, and 4 clinical research associates and assistants, Svetlana Vassilieva, M.D., Ann Marie Franco, Patricia Fugal, and Bernadette Towers.

Dr. Vassilieva together with Ms. Franco supports an array of services in addition to traditional research coordination. Ms. Towers primary role involves supporting the TIMC program as well as various clinical research projects. The clinical trials office also has a key role in supporting investigators with grant applications and submissions. Ms. Fugal's focus is in vascular-interventional studies.

Research Trials Utilizing Imaging Scans:

YDR-CTO Image Research Request Form

All research studies utilizing Diagnostic Imaging hospital/affiliated facilities imaging equipment or research studies requesting a Diagnostic Radiology clinical services and clinical research coordinator must be reviewed and approved by the YDR CTO Committee*. All investigators must complete this YDRCTO form (there is a single approval process for both YNHH and the university department).

For trials involving imaging scans in which the sponsor is the payor (ie, non-standard of care imaging scans), additional YNHH hospital approval is required (through the same YDRCTO application form). For Diagnostic Radiology faculty, a separate form is required for imaging trials and clinical research coordinator support - please visit the Clinical Research page on our internal website (requires YDR password & VPN). Patient specific tumor measurement requests must be made via TIMC (http://yale.timclogin.org).

*Note: Imaging research performed at the MRRC or Research PET Centers is reviewed separately and under the jurisdiction of the Division of Bioimaging Sciences.

Research Coordinators

The clinical research coordinators support funded and non-funded research by YDR faculty in the Division of Clinical Radiology.  Requests by YDR faculty for coordinator support must be by application through the YDRCTO on the internal website. 

Sponsors of funded research utilizing coordinator support have included WL Gore, CR Bard, ACRIN, Cook, Lombard, Medtronic, St Jude Medical, Tenaxis Medical, Bayer, Hologic and Supersonic Imagine.

Awards & Recognitions include: Certificate of Outstanding Contribution from ACRIN, RSNA recognition for contributions to NCI CQIE project, Top enroller for Bart Denali Filter trial, Top enroller for Metronic Rescue Trial, Recognition for exceptional performance from Lombard Pythagoras Trial, Recognition for exceptional performance from Bard CR IVC Filter Trial.

Coordinator Support - Research associates have a wide range of skill sets and can provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Coordinate patient recruitment, conduct assessment interviews, and obtain informed consent for potential subjects
    • Schedule protocol specific test/procedures and participants' appointments.
    • Administer tests, scales and questionnaires to study participants.
    • Help PI assess and report adverse events.
    • Oversee imaging procedures to ensure adherence to protocol.
    • Collect and record protocol specific data.
    • Perform follow-up assessments for data collection and AE monitoring.
    • Oversee responsibility for drug/device accountability compliance.
  • Perform study feasibility assessments in conjunction with YDRCTO committee
  • Regulatory: Can help with IRB initial applications, renewals, close-outs, medical record review and AE reporting
  • Grants and Contracts: Perform initial review of contracts and submit to GCA office
  • Budgets: Perform initial review of budget
  • Medicare reimbursement: Obtain CMS reimbursement approvals 
  • Schedule and oversee site visits from study sponsors including visits for site selection, site initiation, sponsor audits, regulatory agencies and internal or external review boards.
  • Represent the department at Investigator Meetings (protocol- specific training).
  • PPM: Serve as a Liaison between Diagnostic Radiology and the Patient Protocol Manager department.

Radiology Information Data Retrieval

To request clinical data from YNHH imaging reports, please complete the IDXrad Database Search Form (using support document: Exam & CPT codes). All retrieval requests must have HIC approval. There is a fee of $200 per request for non-YDR faculty in order to support this activity. Data retrieval may take 2 weeks. For Diagnostic Radiology faculty & trainees, please use the process described on the internal website under Clinical Research(requires YDR password & VPN).

Support for Diagnostic Radiology Department Faculty & Trainees

For Yale Diagnostic Radiology faculty and trainees, please visit our Clinical Research webpage on our internal website (YDR Clinical Research requires YDR password & VPN). This site provides information regarding support for conducting productive imaging research including information regarding research coordinator support, statistics support, funding sources, Yale University support programs and infrastructure, the IRB, training and compliance requirements, and requisite forms. You can also find a compendium of information with resource links devoted to supporting faculty research, including the Yale Sponsored Projects Handbook and Principal Investigators Policies on the Office for Faculty Policies website.