Affiliations and Accreditations
Baystate Health's strong partnerships with other research organizations allow us to further our institutional commitment to the advancement of knowledge. Our collaborations enable us to better support the innovative research of our investigators.
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
The Baystate Animal Care Facility is a member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), which is dedicated to serving society through education and the advancement of responsible and humane care and treatment of laboratory animals and quality research that leads to scientific gains that benefit people and animals.
Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc.
The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) promotes high quality research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs).
An independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence—through policies, procedures, and practices—of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement.
As the "gold seal," AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances—to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public—that an HRPP is focused first and foremost on excellence.
Baystate is involved in a variety of organized research consortia and actively participates on funded research subcontracts. Some current and past examples are:
- ARDSNet: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
- NRG Oncology: (formerly Radiation Oncology and Gynecological)
- ELGAN (Extremely low gestational age newborns)
- CARRANET (Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance)
- CONCERT (for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – COPD)
National Cancer Institute Central Institutional Review Board
Baystate Health has entered into collaboration with the National Cancer Institute Central Institutional Review Board (CIRB) for cooperative group projects. The CIRB Initiative is a partnership between the NCI CIRB and local institutions based on the signed Authorization Agreement and Division of Responsibilities document.
The CIRB conducts all IRB reviews of selected NCI-sponsored trials. The CIRB also reviews local context considerations pertaining to Signatory Institutions and their Signatory Institution Principal Investigators for the NCI trials opened at the institution using the CIRB.
IRBshare is a joint IRB review model for multi-site studies that provides a mechanism to streamline IRB submission and the IRB review process at all phases of IRB review through sharing of and reliance on IRB-approved documents between IRBs.
This joint review model has acknowledgement from OHRP, FDA, and AAHRPP and benefits research studies by reducing duplication of effort for review boards and researchers, facilitating faster study start-up, promotes transparency and consistency between IRBs and encourages communication and education.
SMART IRB is designed to harmonize and streamline the IRB review process for multisite studies, while ensuring a high level of protection for research participants.
SMART IRB is funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and intended to serve as a roadmap for institutions to implement The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multisite Research
Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute
The Tufts CTSI was established in August 2008 with a grant (The Clinical and Translational Science Awards, CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Tufts CTSI’s promotion of collaborative, cross-disciplinary, full-spectrum translational research will have a substantial impact on how research is done, at Tufts and beyond. The CTSI reflects Tufts' unique emphasis on community in biomedical research by including multiple hospitals and health plans, industry leaders, community organizations, and other participants who share our vision, in Massachusetts and nationally.
The Tufts CTSI spans all the schools of Tufts University, its affiliated hospitals across Massachusetts and Maine, participating universities, community organizations, and non-profit and for-profit organizations. The Tufts CTSI is the home of support and education aimed at transforming research across all its participating organizations. This includes the CTSI Portal and the MS/PhD Clinical Research Program at the Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
With the University of Massachusetts Amherst nearby, Baystate Medical Center is able to take advantage of the full research capabilities of a major research university to engage in biomedical translational research.
Baystate Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Amherst have partnered to create the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, an independent biomedical research institute located in Springfield that fosters interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research.
Western Institutional Review Board
WIRB provides review services for more than 400 institutions and their affiliates (academic centers, hospitals, networks, and in-house biotech research), as well as individual investigators, nationally and internationally. These long-standing institutional relationships give them deep knowledge of unique investigator requirements and established consent language for different institutions, enabling us to develop efficient processes for comprehensive, streamlined reviews. WIRB representatives are there to answer questions and exchange information about research protocols, regulations, submission requirements.
Baystate Health has chosen to outsource industry-sponsored research reviews to WIRB in an effort to accelerate review turnaround time, reduce costs incurred by review delays, and provide the expertise needed to review any protocol.