Research Office Bulletin

November 2019

What's Inside?

This month the Bulletin focuses on: resources for engaging research participants; the Office of Community Engagement; where to get answers to your bioethical questions; and mass spectrometry resources for visualizing cellular processes.

In the Spotlight

Expanded program helps researchers engage study participants

The Research Participation Program provides resources and tools to help Stanford researchers with one of the more challenging aspects of conducting clinical studies — recruiting participants. This newly expanded program provides one-on-one consultations, a webpage full of recruitment ideas, and technology-driven networks for enlisting study participants and collaborators both inside and outside of Stanford Medicine.

Researcher Resources

The Office of Community Engagement: Building bridges between researchers and the community

The Office of Community Engagement is the bridge between Stanford researchers and our partners out in the local community and beyond. They work with Stanford researchers to design community-engaged research that is responsive to our partners priorities and aimed at promoting health equity. The team facilitates this by cultivating long-term relationships and partnerships with a variety of community-based organizations, community health centers, policy makers, and other key stakeholders.

Additional Resources

Ethical gray zones in biomedical research: Who are you going to call?

Can a husband give permission for his wife to participate in a clinical trial if she has dementia? If a researcher finds genetic markers for Alzheimer’s disease in an individual during an unrelated clinical study, should the participant be informed? What should researchers do with unused human eggs after an in vitro fertilization procedure?

Mass spectrometry resources for visualizing cellular processes

Behold the Waters Xevo TQ-XS Tandem Quadrupole mass spectrometer! With its state-of-the-art separations, ion sources, and detectors, you can analyze molecules in your biological specimens with amazing accuracy. And the Stanford University Mass Spectrometry (SUMS) lab is there to help.

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News & Announcements

Now enrolling:  Essentials of Clinical Research

This 10-session course introduces the basics of clinical research design, including biostatistics, design of diagnostic and predictive test studies, and required/desired elements of clinical trial protocols. Open to faculty and staff. Certificate of completion awarded to those who attend a minimum of 8 of 10 sessions. Classes held on Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:30 pm from January 9 through March 12, 2020. 

Stanford Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA) SPADA Pilot Grants: RFP Deadline – Jan. 10, 2020.

SPADA Pilot Program assists interdisciplinary innovations in research, development, and deployment of technologies that improve human health through disease predication and/or diagnosis. Funding up to $50,000/year. Open to Stanford faculty with PI eligibility, Clinical Educator faculty, clinical instructors, instructors, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars.

New service assists investigators in determining insurance coverage for industry-sponsored studies

On November 18, Stanford Health Care (SHC) implemented a new, enhanced “Coverage Analysis” process to ensure that clinical services rendered by SHC in industry-sponsored clinical trials are accurately charged to either patient insurance or to the study account.

Protect your biospecimens during power outages with new offsite storage options

Stanford Biobank provides faculty with safe on-site and off-site freezer storage. Labs that want to transition to this new system can use a preapproved consulting firm for help with moving the samples or advice on how to move them. The off-site storage facility, located in California’s Central Valley, offers 24/7 temperature monitoring and fast distribution of samples back and forth to Stanford. 

Reporting policy update for “Basic Experimental Studies involving Humans”

Basic science studies that meet the NIH clinical trial definition are called Basic Experimental Studies involving Humans (BESH). Recent NIH communication clarifies that registration and results reporting applies to BESH trials. Policy enforcement is delayed until Sept. 24, 2021, but all BESH trials initiated on or after Jan. 2017 are expected to comply. For assistance, contact Clinical Research Quality. For questions on NIH grant requirements, contact Research Management Group.


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