UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
Clinical Research

The Clinical Research Concierge provides assistance to (a) investigators with little or no clinical research experience and (b) for projects that may or may not have funding or a protocol in place for newly approved or in-progress clinical and translational research studies.


  • Developing new study designs and reviewing proposed study designs
  • Identifying qualified clinical collaborators and research resources
  • Preparation of IRB and other regulatory documents (safety monitoring plans and interim reports)
  • Navigation through the IRB approval process
  • Training on accessing and using the UNC Clinical and Translational Research Center
  • Development of study-related materials (consent forms, recruitment materials, case report forms)
  • Assistance with writing the human subjects section of grant applications
  • Problem solving for issues such as subject recruitment strategies, compliance, and data safety monitoring



Leslie Fischer, PhD, Clinical Research Concierge
Research Assistant Professor
Department of  Nutrition 
T: (919) 408-3320


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