Trial Recruitment Innovation Office

(TRIO)

The ITM’s Trial Recruitment Innovation Office (TRIO) harnesses the power of quality and design science to help you optimize your study design and recruitment – all for free.

With less than 10 percent of Americans participating in clinical trials, almost everyone has experienced recruitment challenges. That’s why we’re here to help.

Your team will benefit from quality and design experts with real-world experience at companies like Motorola Mobility and creative insights from members across all ITM institutions.

To help you capitalize on those new recruitment strategies, we also offer a million-dollar, mobile-friendly portal to match the public with your studies.

Interested in scheduling your own studio? Connect with Sherry Robison, ITM TRIO Manager, at srobison@bsd.uchicago.edu.

**Please note that all ITM programs, include TRIO Studios, are going virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic.**

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A Study’s Recruitment Numbers

8

Chicagoland Institutions and Brainpower

12+

Studios per Year

1200

Cups of Coffee Consumed

1000

Post-it Notes

42

Dry Erase Markers

200

Studio Participants

The Experience: A Design Playground

One room. Two hours. Countless drawings on whiteboard walls. High-impact results.

You’ll present your work and its hurdles so that we can help improve your research. Then we kick-off a dynamic session to personalize solutions that will help you reach your research goals.

You’ll benefit from ideas sparked by two unique approaches: design science and quality science. Design science delivers creative, outside-the-box solutions, and quality science uses a logical breakdown of processes for improvement.

While those ideas pour in, Illinois Institute of Technology design students sketch everything out on the whiteboard walls that frame our studio.

We’ll analyze and rank the options together, you’ll choose the solutions that best serve your needs, and walk out of the room with concrete steps to optimize your project.

Bonus: We record the session and take notes so that you can be in the zone participating without worrying about writing everything down.

We’ll send you a full report within two weeks of the studio and follow up with you on how your project is progressing.

Words Often Said After Studios

Hear From Your Past Presenters

Martha Clare Morris, ScD

Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Rush Medical College

Patrick Corrigan, PsyD

Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Lewis College of Human Sciences
Illinois Institute of Technology

Steve White, MD

Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary Medicine
University of Chicago Medicine

  • It has definitely shown up in our recruitment and we are definitely grateful. Some of the great things that came from it was taking a step back, looking at the process as a whole, and figuring out what we can do.

    - David Sedillo - Rush University

  • They were able to take something that we were struggling with and gave us some real-world solutions. Come to TRIO, it’s the best!

    - Sonya Ballentine - Illinois Institute of Technology

  • It has helped me bring information back to our site here at Loyola to implement new creative solutions.

    - Jessica Shore, PhD - Loyola University Chicago

  • It was great to hear not only how different institutions worked but different researchers…they can bring in a whole different world of experience.

    - Lindsay Basto, RN - University of Chicago

  • Absolutely I would recommend the process to anybody with a question they want to explore with a very thoughtful group.

    - Tony Solomonides, PhD - NorthShore University Health System

National Shout-Outs

  • I was incredibly impressed by the design studio. I can really see taking that back and applying it to things that we do.

    - Clare K. Schmitt, PhD - Deputy Director, Division of Clinical Innovation, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health

  • What an incredible process the TRIO session was! It’s about time that we see in medicine the intense group collaboration processes that characterize the start-up and business world. I liked the ‘design studio’ feel for the session, the open architecture, and especially the visual mapping processes. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I’m hoping to imitate this process in some work I’m doing at my own institution.

    - William Trochim, PhD - CTSA Evaluation Lead Professor, Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University

Meet Your Facilitators

Experts from ITM institutions across Chicagoland are part of the panel that helps optimize your project. Look forward to experiencing the brainpower of these regular leadership participants.

Meet Some of Your Problem-Solvers

Meet Your Regular Panelists

Benefit From Those Who’ve Gone Before You

We have a library of ITM TRIO Studio reports you can explore. Click here to become an ITM TRIO Insider with access.

Secure Your ITM TRIO Studio Today

Interested in scheduling your own studio? Connect with Sherry Robison, ITM TRIO Manager, at srobison@bsd.uchicago.edu.

Use Our Free Services? Cite The Grant To Ensure It Lives On

ITM TRIO Studios are funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. Citing the grant in your publications is critical to ensuring this resource will be supported in the future so that people like you can continue to access it for free. Language for easy copy-pasting below. Click here to learn more.

Benefit From Those Who’ve Gone Before You

We have a library of ITM TRIO Studio reports you can explore. Click here to become an ITM TRIO Insider with access.

Secure Your ITM TRIO Studio Today

Interested in scheduling your own studio? Connect with Sherry Robison, ITM TRIO Manager, at srobison@bsd.uchicago.edu.

Use Our Free Services? Cite The Grant To Ensure It Lives On

ITM TRIO Studios are funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. Citing the grant in your publications is critical to ensuring this resource will be supported in the future so that people like you can continue to access it for free. Language for easy copy-pasting below. Click here to learn more.

This project was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through Grant Number 5UL1TR002389-02 that funds the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.