Research Concierge @ the Library

Research Concierge @ the Library:  A joint service provided by THRIV, SOM Clinical Trials Office, and the Health Sciences Library

The Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV) serves as the “front door” for researchers and study teams at the University of Virginia to provide education and services to facilitate clinical and translational research, including data modeling, basic science, animal, clinical, and outcomes research. The SOM Clinical Trials Office (CTO) provides support services for the planning, implementation and management of clinical research studies. Together THRIV and the CTO are offering Research Concierge Services at the Health Sciences Library.

Research Concierge @ the Library consultations are on a drop-in basis.
Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays 9 am – 12 pm starting September 19th
Location: Outside room 1212 on the lower level of the Health Sciences Library
Closed during UVA Academic Division holidays.


THRIV Research Concierge Services Manager
Johanna Loomba, BS, CCRC

UVA School of Medicine Clinical Trials Office

Research Concierge Services are available to connect UVa investigators with clinical translational research services across Grounds.  Representatives can also help research teams understand and utilize the UVA systems that support research operations. In addition to being a navigational resource, this service can help researchers conduct feasibility assessments, identify barriers to optimal study execution, and formulate solutions to those barriers. Our goal is to help you bring your research ideas to fruition.  Research Concierge Services consults are available free of charge to all students, staff, and researchers across the University of Virginia.

Example research questions include:

I have an idea for a research study.  What services are available to help me get started?

  • Feasibility analysis
  • Protecting intellectual property
  • Protocol development
  • Multi-center study management / Data Coordinating Center services
  • Training

What funding sources are available? How do I build a budget for a research study?

  • Assistance finding grant opportunities
  • Access to budget development information and research pricing
  • Develop study billing coverage analysis

 Where can I conduct my basic, animal or clinical research?

  • Animal facilities and Research Cores
  • Tissue banking and sample processing facilities
  • Clinical Research Unit at West Complex and Fontaine (nursing support as needed)

 What regulatory requirements apply to my study?

  • IND/IDE determination and submission
  • gov registration
  • IRB document preparation and submittal

What technology may be utilized in starting and managing my study? 

  • Research UVa
  • OnCore
  • CRConnect
  • Protocol Builder
  • Data capture tools (eCRF options)
  • Data science and analytics tools

Researchers, students and staff can email questions to THRIV Research Concierge Services at (all translational research questions) or the SOM CTO at (clinical research questions). You can also receive an in-person Research Services consultation by coming to the library during the Research Concierge @ the Library hours listed on this page. Requests beyond the scope of this service will be referred to other University resources when appropriate.


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