Vision Research Coordinating Center

The Vision Research Coordinating Center (VRCC) is a joint collaboration between the University Hospitals Eye Institute and the Case Western Reserve University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. The Center was established in 2004 to coordinate all ophthalmic clinical trials contracted through UH or CWRU. The VRCC is led by Loretta Szczotka-Flynn OD, PhD, and is physically housed in Coordinating Center Suites within the Wearn building of UH Cleveland Medical Center’s main campus. The VRCC currently employs 3 full-time coordinators or project managers and collaborates with the UH Clinical Research Center Coordinator Core as needed for additional coordinator effort on some studies. The VRCC also includes support of ophthalmic research technicians and certifications required for most of our sponsored studies.

The VRCC manages all clinical research projects within the UH Eye Institute and the CWRU Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences from start to finish including:

  • sponsor communications for site evaluation, initiation, monitoring and closeout visits
  • departmental budgeting and billing start up activities
  • regulatory and certification requirements
  • Institutional Review Board approvals
  • participant recruitment and retention
  • study visit execution
  • adverse event evaluation and reporting
  • sponsor queries
  • and study closeout

The VRCC also manages all ophthalmic study visits for other clinical departments at UH that require eye-related research procedures or visits. Lastly, the VRCC serves as a Clinical Data Coordinating Center for other projects in collaboration with other academic institutions.

Current Clinical Trial Areas


Clinical Research Facilities

The Clinical research facilities include full time clinical faculty offices on the 4th floor of the Lakeside building of UHCMC. These offices are located within an inside 3-5 minute walk to the Department's 8,000 sq. ft. clinical practice offices which houses a research-dedicated fully equipped 100 sq. feet examination room. We have additional research dedicated exam lanes, refrigerators/freezers, and coordinator offices at satellite locations. The Vision Research Coordinating Center (VRCC) is located in UHCMC within a few minutes of the faculty offices and clinical practice offices, and includes 2 offices with space for 4 Coordinators, assistants, monitors and secure storage and computers in 800 sq. ft.

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