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Overview

The Multi-Center Trials Group (MCTG) of the American Burn Association is a multidisciplinary group of ABA member's committed to advancing burn care through collaborative research. The group first began meeting in 2001 and to date the group has completed one prospective, randomized trial and three retrospective chart reviews. 

The ABA's MCTG was founded in order to advance the quality of burn care through partnership and collaborative research studies. Vital patient information from multiple burn centers is gathered in each study in hopes of answering many of the questions regarding the standards of burn treatment. This will ultimately add more scientific fact for many of the burn care treatments utilized today.

The Multi-Center Trials Group is guided by a steering committee known as the Burn Science Advisory Panel (BSAP) that consists of 7 active members of the ABA.

The American Burn Association is a non-profit organization that provides a maximum of 15% indirect costs when sponsoring projects.

Mission

The American Burn Association Multicenter Trials Group is dedicated to optimizing the outcomes of care for burn injuries through multi-center evidence-based research. The ABA-MCTG will provide the leadership, education and collaboration and information exchange among researchers, burn care providers, and the communities they serve.

Membership

The MCTG is open to any member of the American Burn Association interested in working on collaborative research endeavors.

How does one propose or participate in a study?

Studies are proposed at Multicenter Trials Group meetings. The principal investigator is asked to give a short presentation about the study. Participants have the opportunity to offer suggestions and comments. Sites interested in participating are put on a contact list that is given to the investigator. The study is conducted by the principle investigator(s), who is responsible for all facets of the research from design through cumulative data collection and analysis. Issues such as authorship and data ownership should be agreed upon by participating sites prior to study initiation. Investigators are expected to abide by federal and institutional regulations concerning the responsible and ethical conduct of human studies research.

If your center is interested in participating in MCTG studies, please complete the Site Eligibility Form.

Organizational Structure

Bylaws

The MCTG Bylaws have been adopted by the MCTG members and the Burn Science Advisory Panel, the steering committee of the MCTG. They were formally adopted by the American Burn Association Board of Trustees in 2007.

Policies and Procedures Manual

The Policies and Procedures Manual has been adopted by the MCTG members and the Burn Science Advisory Panel. They were formally adopted by the American Burn Association Board of Trustees in 2007.

MCTG Committees

Click here for a list of the current Burn Science Advisory Panel, the steering committee of the MCTG.

Other Inquiries

Elizabeth A. Mann-Salinas, RN, PhD
Secretary, Burn Science Advisory Panel
Elizabeth.a.mannsalinas.mil@mail.mil