About Research IT

Research IT team is a group of developers and research support professionals dedicated to delivering the next generation of tools and services used by researchers, research participants, patients and clinicians to collect, discover, segment and analyze data, make discoveries and improve patient care and health outcomes.

We leverage Stanford facilities, our affiliates (SHC, SCH, VAPAHCS), our extensive collaboration network (research and industry) to bring you the best solutions for your IT needs. 

Stanford and affiliates

Stanford University

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Stanford is unusual in having all seven schools on one campus: Humanities and Sciences, Law, Medicine, Business, Earth Sciences, Engineering, and Education. This breadth provides students and faculty the freedom to move across departmental boundaries and develop productive and innovative intellectual collaborations. Creative thinking, problem solving, and research are central to the academic programs at Stanford, and learning takes place in an environment of intimate collaboration. Stanford is particularly noted for its openness to multidisciplinary research, not only within its schools and departments, but also in its laboratories, institutes, libraries, and research centers and in its eighteen independent laboratories and centers of which Spectrum is one. The synthesis of teaching and research is fundamental to Stanford University. Much of this faculty-driven research takes place in Stanford's schools, departments, and interdisciplinary programs such as Spectrum.

Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research

The Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research (FCTR) is the home for innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary clinical and translational research at the School of Medicine and the University. This 30,690 square foot building (see below) is the centerpiece in which the two most important clinical and translational research (CTR) programs at Stanford come together to enhance clinical research: the NCI-designated Cancer Center and the NCATS-supported Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research (Spectrum). The co-location of support resources for the two centers greatly increases efficiency and synergy by creating an interactive environment for the investigators and research support professionals involved in clinical and translational research. Moreover, these interdisciplinary research teams are now in close proximity to the Stanford Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU), the facility where interactions with human subjects take place.


Stanford Cancer Insitute

The Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI) is one of the four Institutes of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine. The other three are the Immunology, Transplantation and Infection Institute, the Cardiovascular Institute, and the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute. All four institutes stress multidisciplinary translational research and education. In this summary, we will only briefly describe the Cancer Institute which shares the Freidenrich Center with Spectrum. The Cancer Institute focuses the world-class expertise of more than 300 researchers and clinicians on the most critical issues in cancer research and medicine today. These dedicated individuals work together in multidisciplinary teams to unravel cancer's secrets and to transform the latest detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention discoveries into the most advanced patient care available. Combining these advances with comprehensive support services in a modern 150,000 sq. ft. facility, the SCI is committed to giving patients every clinical and technological advantage in the prevention and treatment of cancer. The center's state-of-the-art facilities include: two CyberKnife units, which combine computerized imaging with radiation therapy to precisely deliver radiation in the three-dimensionally pattern of a tumor; five state-of-the-art linear accelerators, including a Varian Trilogy unit for conformal and stereotactic treatments with kilovoltage-based CT image guidance; digital-radiographic, conventional CT and PET/CT simulators to allow doctors to simultaneously view anatomical and biological tumor information; digital mammography services to enable CAD analysis of mammograms, which has been proven to increase diagnostic accuracy; and a state-of- the art Infusion Treatment/ Apheresis center, open seven days a week, from 12 to 16 hours daily, so patients can come for treatment at their convenience. Housing a tumor registry, a clinical research suite and conference rooms, the center serves as the medical center's hub for clinical trials of novel cancer therapies and enhances its ability to bring promising research discoveries into clinical practice. In addition, the new Stanford Laboratory for Cell and Gene Medicine is expected to add state of the art cell based therapies to our cancer therapeutics program.

Stanford Medicine

The Stanford University School of Medicine (SoM) has long been a leader in medical training, clinical care and research, and its commitment to providing an environment of collaboration and scientific discovery is critical to the evolution of medicine and healthcare. Central to its mission is a curriculum that melds the study of basic, translational and clinical science and the clinical practice of medicine into a cohesive learning program. This foundation is reinforced by individualized research that allows learners to pursue deeper understanding of the ideas that inspire them. Students work with teams including faculty mentors and staff from disciplines as varied as bioengineering, biomedical informatics, public health, health economics, ethics, chemistry and medical humanities to help them develop new models of scholarship. In 2017, the SoM was ranked third in NIH funding and was ranked second in research at medical schools by US News & World Report.

Stanford Health Care

Stanford Health Care is known for advanced patient care provided by its physicians and staff, particularly for the treatment of rare, complex disorders in areas such as cardiac care, cancer treatment, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics, surgery, and organ transplants. Every year, U.S. News & World Report identifies the top hospitals in 17 specialties in the United States. Stanford Health Care is recognized as one of "America's Best Hospitals" and ranked #9 in the U.S. Throughout its history, they have pioneered medical advances that save lives and protect against disease. As part of the Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford Health Care has a close relationship with both the Stanford University School of Medicine, the oldest medical school in the Western United States, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, an adjacent pediatric teaching hospital providing general acute and tertiary care. All three entities have recently affiliated under the overarching organizational structure of “Stanford Medicine”. Stanford's ability to provide state-of-the-art care is enhanced by the close collaboration between these entities and their mutual commitment to patient care.

Stanford Children's Hospital

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford opened its new main building and grounds in Dec 2017. Designed to transform the patient and family experience, the new 521,000-square-foot building more than doubles the size of the existing pediatric and obstetric hospital campus. The new building adds 149 patient beds for a total of 361 on the Palo Alto campus, enabling the hospital to serve more patients than ever before and allowing it to deploy awaited renovation plans for the existing hospital building.

The building, which houses the medical community’s most advanced medical tools, is meant to be responsive to changes in pediatric care as it evolves. But the guiding principle is for the facility to reflect a holistic approach to healing — focusing on the family at the heart of patient care and creating a restorative environment by integrating nature and art. The concept is reminiscent of Lucile Salter Packard’s founding vision for the hospital: to nurture the body and soul of every child. She recognized the power of nature as an important part of healing. She wanted kids to be treated like kids —not just patients. And she believed that caring for a child involved the whole family.

VA Palo Alto Healthcare System

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three major inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, Sonora, and Fremont. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care along with cutting-edge technology. VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care. VAPAHCS operates nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary -all to serve more than 85,000 enrolled veterans and has or is in the process of adding a new 25K sf research facility, new Centers for Regenerative Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine, a new Radiology Facility and a new Simulation Center.

VAPAHCS is also home to a variety of regional treatment centers, including a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, Spinal Cord Injury Center, a Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center, a Traumatic Brain Injury Center, the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, a Geriatric Research Educational and Clinical Center, a Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation program, and the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). VAPAHCS maintains one of the top three research programs in the VA with extensive research centers in geriatrics, mental health, Alzheimer's disease, spinal cord regeneration, schizophrenia, Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, HIV research, and a Health Economics Resource Center. A long-standing and close affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties. Over 1,300 University residents, interns, and students are trained each year. Finally, The VAPAHCS is playing an important role in the Million Veteran Program.