Office for Education & Quality in Clinical Research

The Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI, formerly MMRF) established the Office for Education & Quality in Clinical Research (EQCR) in October of 2002.  Its purpose is to provide a centralized office for the guidance and facilitation of the clinical research process.  All HHRI and HCMC clinical researchers and their staff are welcomed and encouraged to use the resources the EQCR provides. There is no charge, as HHRI continues to honor its commitment to ethical research practices and the protection of subjects who consent to participate.

The provided services of the EQCR are multifaceted and can vary with the specific request of the investigator or staff.  Examples of provided services include:

Clinical Trials Standard Operating Procedures 
Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) 
  • Administration of ongoing AAHRPP accreditation
  • Training for newly hired staff
  • Continuing education for established staff
  • Certification (ACRP and SoCRA) preparation classes
  • Guest speakers for continuing education in the research process
  • Work with staff on a variety of clinical research issues including protocol development and management, research ethics, study cost analysis, and budget development
  • Research staff management coaching
  • Consult with staff to identify general and study-specific obligations for successfully carrying out a research project
  • Facilitate preparation for federal, sponsor, or internal audits
  • Assist with electronic literature searches, manuscript preparation, IND/IDE application preparations
  • Act as a liaison for external sponsors
Quality Assurance
  • Responsible for Post HSRC Approval Quality Assurance Reviews
  • Responsible for HSRC requested discretionary audits
  • Maintain investigative and non-investigative ListServs for exploring and resolving research questions or impediments and dissemination of information relevant to global, national, and local clinical research
  • Maintain a lending library of research books, articles, and electronic information

Carla A. Erickson, RN, MS, CCRP, is the Director of the Office for Education & Quality in Clinical Research.  She may be contacted at 612-873-6341 or