OBGYN Research Administration

Clinicians in our Department are actively involved in multiple clinical trials testing the most promising, cutting edge therapies currently under investigation. In addition to conducting clinical trials, our faculty are actively pursuing basic research programs aimed at improving all aspects of women's health. These research efforts cover a broad range of topics from understanding the genetic basis of ovarian cancer to improving fertility using the most advanced techniques to increasing access to health care for underserved communities.


OBGYN Research Vice Chairs

Vice Chair of Research
Dr. Boris Winterhoff
Associate Vice Chair of Research
Dr. Boris Winterhoff

OBGYN Research Administration

All Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health faculty are eligible for the resources listed below.Those research projects that will include patients from our departments are also eligible for the resources at cost. 

To request resources or have access to our patients for please complete the online form or contact the Director of Clinical Research Operations, Erin Zielinski, eezielin@umn.edu

OBGYN Clinical Research Services 

To request services contact:

Erin Zielinski

Director of Clinical Research Operations


  • Support from trained research coordinators

  • Study activation support

  • Study management and coordination

  • Subject recruitment and management

  • Regulatory submissions and management

  • Database development
  • Data collection and management

  • Specimen collection and management

Proposal Support Services (PedsRSS) 




Proposal Intent Form

  • Proposal support.

  • Work with faculty/staff to search for and identify funding opportunities.

  • Train faculty/staff on pre-award processes including the University's Electronic Grants Management System (EGMS) and agency-specific electronic systems.

  • Provide resources to aid in the preparation of proposals. 

  • Communicate U of M and agency policy/procedure changes and assure that researchers are in compliance with U of M and federal research policies.

  • Assist with planning and preparation of complex projects such as proposals for training grants, center grants, program project grants, etc. 

  • Contact funding agency to clarify eligibility, policy, requirements, etc.

  • Act as liaison to other departments on multi-department proposals.

  • Maintain and provide data on departmental/divisional proposals and awards.


Biorepository & Laboratory Services


BioSpecimen Support website

  • Specimen Procurement

  • Laboratory network

  • Specimen and data repository
  • Histology & research laboratory

  • Digital imaging


Clinical Research Support Center

CRCS website

  • Study Feasibility review

  • Coordination of other CTSI services


Clinical Trials Financial Services

CTFS website


  • Negotiate agreements and financial plans for funding costs.

  • Facilitate contract approval. 

  • Monitor budgets and provide ongoing financial oversight. 

  • Ensure timely invoicing to sponsor and associated collections. 

  • Develop bi-monthly financial reports. 

  • Quickly and efficiently investigator and address cost overrun issues. 

CTMS (OnCore)

Clinical Trials management System


OnCore CTSM Information

  • Central CTMS team

  • OnCore access and training

  • Ensuring “minimal footprint”
  • Data for metrics

CTSI Regulatory Support

Regulatory Support website

  • IND/IDE applications and progress reports

  • clinicaltrials.gov registrations and updates
  • Clinical trial monitoring