About the Office of Clinical & Translational Research


The Office of Clinical & Translational Research supports the translational and correlative research efforts of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center investigators by providing infrastructure, services and training to enable a broad range of local and multi-site research initiatives. The OCTR specializes in the management of tissue and blood-based research with the goal of developing a better understanding of cancer and how to improve the lives of those living with it. 


The OCTR Mission was created as a collaborative effort by the Director and the staff as a way to effectively convey the aims and goals of the OCTR. 

Our mission is to advance innovative cancer research by collaborating with UNC Lineberger investigators to collectively create knowledge that will improve the lives of patients through the conduct of dedicated and compassionate clinical and translational research.

Core Values

  • Excellence through teamwork: Recognizing the inherent strength and value of every team member, the OCTR relentlessly pursues excellence in providing knowledgeable, accurate, versatile, and collaborative efforts to further the advancement of bench to bedside research across all disciplines of oncology.
  • Compassion and respect: We value a culture of compassion and respect for our patients, research participants, and for one another.
  • Integrity: Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and personal responsibility, worthy of the trust our patients and sponsors place in us.
  • Patient centered: Place patient care at the forefront of our research, prioritizing patient needs and improved quality of life.
  • Accuracy: We routinely assess written documentation and policies, eliminating inconsistencies in order to ensure strict adherence to regulatory standards.

Services Offered by the OCTR

  • Comprehensive study management of non-therapeutic, correlative trials
  • Recruitment support including screening, consenting, blood and tissue collection, administration of study questionnaires, follow-up and tracking  
  • Data management and database administration
  • Study monitoring and quality assurance
  • IRB and PRC submissions and modifications
  • Grant writing and progress reporting
  • Biospecimen management and tracking
  • Honest broker services for data sharing
  • Collaborations with treatment trials for correlative science management
  • Clinical research personnel management
  • Protocol development guidance
  • Student mentoring 

Funding Sources

The OCTR is funded by various sources, both internal and external to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill including: