The Trial Innovation Network Liaison Team: Building a national clinical and translational community of practice

Marisha E. Palm, Dixie D. Thompson, Terri Edwards, Kitt Swartz, Keith A. Herzog, Shweta Bansal, Benjamin Echalier, Kristen Clasen Dehart, Signe Denmark, Jurran L. Wilson, Sarah Nelson, Salina P. Waddy, Sarah E. Dunsmore, Jane C. Atkinson, Ken Wiley, Sara Hassani, Jamie P. Dwyer, Daniel F. Hanley, J. Michael Dean, Daniel E. Ford

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In 2016, the National Center for Advancing Translational Science launched the Trial Innovation Network (TIN) to address barriers to efficient and informative multicenter trials. The TIN provides a national platform, working in partnership with 60+ Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) hubs across the country to support the design and conduct of successful multicenter trials. A dedicated Hub Liaison Team (HLT) was established within each CTSA to facilitate connection between the hubs and the newly launched Trial and Recruitment Innovation Centers. Each HLT serves as an expert intermediary, connecting CTSA Hub investigators with TIN support, and connecting TIN research teams with potential multicenter trial site investigators. The cross-consortium Liaison Team network was developed during the first TIN funding cycle, and it is now a mature national network at the cutting edge of team science in clinical and translational research. The CTSA-based HLT structures and the external network structure have been developed in collaborative and iterative ways, with methods for shared learning and continuous process improvement. In this paper, we review the structure, function, and development of the Liaison Team network, discuss lessons learned during the first TIN funding cycle, and outline a path toward further network maturity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere249
JournalJournal of Clinical and Translational Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 6 2023


  • CTSA
  • Trial Innovation Network
  • clinical trials
  • collaboration
  • community of practice
  • team science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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