Access the resources of five Harvard Catalyst clinical research centers. Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center (HCCRC)

HCCRC Medical Research Officer (MRO)

At a glance

Key Features
  • Credentialed physicians enable clinical research by non-clinicians
  • Multi-institutional research
  • Medical oversight as needed
Useful for
  • Finding clinical research collaborators
  • Conducting cross-institutional research
Available to
  • Investigators not medically credentialed at a given institution
  • Institution-credentialed investigators

The MRO program allows both new and established researchers to navigate the process of finding clinical research collaborators, conducting cross-institutional research, and obtaining medical oversight for tests and procedures that require a credentialed provider. There are four MROs, one affiliated with each of the Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Centers.

For investigators not medically credentialed at a given institution

The MRO located at the institution where you are interested in conducting research can provide medical oversight for some standard research tests and procedures such as:

  • 'Minimal risk' blood draw: A collection of blood up to 200 cc drawn at one time by venipuncture from healthy, non-pregnant adults who weigh at least 110 pounds. For healthy children, the volume of blood collection by venipuncture, fingerstick, or heelstick will be determined based on the age and weight of the child.
  • Routine questionnaires: Typical clinical/research instruments and ones where subject answers are unlikely to result in the need for immediate medical attention.

For institution-credentialed investigators

The MRO located at your institution can provide limited medical oversight for your study visits while you're traveling or for other coverage needs.

Cross-Institutional Research Tools

The following links will direct you to the available consent forms for the Partners, Boston Children's Hospital, and BIDMC IRBs:

MRO Contacts

Jody Dushay, MD, MMSc

Gail Adler, MD, PhD

Lise Nigrovic, MD, MPH

Madhu Misra, MD, MPH