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RESEARCH SUPPORT CENTRE UNITS

The RSC operates through the following units: Data Management, Training Coordination, Clinical Trials, Marketing and Communications, Risk Management, and Finance and Administration.

SERVICES PROVIDED BY RESEARCH SUPPORT CENTRE UNITS

Data Management Unit

The unit provides the following services:

Data Management-Related Services such as Design, Review and finalization of Case Record Forms (CRFs); Development of CRF completion Guidelines (CCGs); Data Validation Specification (DVS); Database Design and Implementation; Database Testing for all DVS to ensure an error-free production database; Development of Windows-based, web or Mobile Electronic Data Capture (EDC) system; Data Entry, Data Cleaning; Data Analysis, Data Integration (handling data from external sources i.e. Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)); Database and Documentation Change Control.

Training courses – these include Biostatistics, Advanced course in statistical analysis, Clinical Research Data Management, Electronic Data Capturing Systems

Training Coordination Unit

The unit provides the following services:

Research training courses – the unit coordinates various training courses such as Writing winning proposals, Grants Management, Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Postgraduate Research Methods, and Public speaking.

Research seminars – Research seminars provide a platform, where researchers share information on on-going and completed research.

Clinical Trials Unit

Due to the rich expertise available in CoM-RSC’s Clinical Trials Unit remains a model within Malawi and in the region. The unit has mentored clinical trial monitors in Malawi and Zimbabwe. The unit provides the following services

  • Monitoring of clinical trials within Malawi and outside
  • Clinical trial coordination support in developing research personnel capacity, development and availability of study related tools
  • Regulatory information support by making available resources and information on national and international applicable regulation for clinical trials
  • Clinical trial pharmacy services in collaboration with the COM’s Pharmacy Department
  • Archiving of research and non-research related materials
  • Provision of courses such as Clinical Trial Coordination, Basic Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course, Coincide GCP course, Refresher GCP course and Advanced GCP course. The unit has provided these training courses within Malawi and Uganda and Zimbabwe.

 

Marketing and Communications Unit

The unit provides the following services:

Dissemination of Research-related information – information includes calls for grants & consultancies, conferences/workshops, trainings. The unit produces newsletters and manages RSC’s website (www.rsc.medcol.mw) and all its social media presence.

 

Translation services – through the unit, RSC translates documents into the following languages: Chichewa, English, Sena, Yao and Tumbuka.

 

Risk Management Unit

The Unit provides the following services:

Contracts Management – this includes contract drafting, reviewing and negotiations

Research Risk Management ­ such as drafting of research-related risk management guidelines

 

Finance and Administration Unit

The unit provides the following services:

Grants Management at pre-and post-award levels – this includes provision of support in support in grant application plus budget preparation, online-submission of project proposals, financial report preparation, Human Resource Management, Procurement, grant close-outs

 

The unit also provides the following services: Financial compliance guidance, Procurement, Human Resource Management, Asset Management, and Project Monitoring and Evaluation.

 

Additional Services

College of Medicine’s Research Directory – RSC manages the research directory which showcases profiles of researchers from COM and its research affiliates. The directory is available on http://researchdirectory.medcol.mw/

Research clinics – RSC conducts one-on-one consultations with experts. The consultations focus on several areas related to research such as statistical analysis, budget development and clinical trial monitoring.

COM Research Dissemination Conferences – RSC is responsible for organization of COM’s Annual Research Dissemination Conferences

Hosting of Young Researchers Forum – RSC has interest in stimulating   research culture among young researchers. In responding to this, the unit is hosting the Young Researchers Forum, a grouping of young researchers who are keen to build their capacity in research.

Hosting of Women In Infectious Diseases Research Network – Stimulation of research culture among women is of interest to RSC. To facilitate this, RSC is hosting a network of women researchers who have passion for research in Infectious Diseases.