Women & Infants Hospital is one of 21 centers that make up the Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network (CCTN). Established in 1996, the CCTN supports research on male and female contraception and conducts clinical trials of new contraceptive drugs and devices. The Network is funded through the NICHD Contraceptive Discovery and Development Branch and includes 19 sites for clinical evaluation of new female contraceptives and two sites for male contraceptives. Each site employs a qualified obstetrician/gynecologist (for female-focused sites) or andrologist/urologist (for male-focused sites), study coordinator, and data/research manager, and has access to clinical facilities capable of recruiting for and conducting phase I, II, and III clinical trials.
The CCTN clinical field centers are selected on the basis of their capacity to conduct phase I, II, and III trials of oral, vaginal, intrauterine, injectable, implantable, or topical contraceptive drugs and devices.