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Research Office Bulletin

March 2020

What's Inside?

This month the Bulletin focuses on:  Ruth O’Hara on the CTSA program; the Top 10 clinical research awards; streamlining research at Stanford Children’s Health; tips for publicizing your research; and clinical research coordinator training.

In the Spotlight

O’Hara to lead effort to strengthen clinical and translational research at Stanford

Ruth O’Hara, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine, has been named principal investigator for the five-year, $53 million grant renewal for the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program. The CTSA Program is overseen by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health.

News Feature

Three Stanford-led teams receive Top 10 clinical research awards

Three research teams led by Stanford investigators will be honored with a 2020 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Award on April 14 in Washington, D.C. This annual national competition seeks to honor important, ground-breaking clinic research studies, published in peer-reviewed journals during 2019.

Researcher Resources

Maternal and Child Health Research Institute streamlines research at Stanford Children’s Health

The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) is co-leading a collaborative effort to make it easier to conduct research at Stanford Children’s Health, accelerating the incorporation of breakthrough discoveries into clinical care, a central goal of the hospital’s 2025 strategic vision.

Additional Resources

Seven tips for publicizing your work through the Office of Communications

Stanford Medicine’s Office of Communications has an award-winning team of science writers, social media experts and media-relations specialists that can help promote your discoveries, ongoing projects, notable accomplishments and patient stories. Their work is overseen by Priya Singh, chief strategy officer and senior associate dean, and Michiko Tanabe, chief marketing officer. 

Ex-rower dives into research with the help of Stanford’s clinical research coordinator training

As a former collegiate rower, Brittany Johnson knows about teamwork. About how everyone on board has to work in harmony to keep a boat moving forward, swift and true, towards the finish line. Two years ago, Johnson joined another type of team, the Thoracic Oncology crew, where she works as a clinical research coordinator to bring promising new treatments to patients with lung and thymus cancers.

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News & Announcements

Biodesign’s “people coach” helps build teams that develop great products

Doug Rait, PhD, a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences , works as Stanford Biodesign’s director of team learning and design. In that role, he helps talented engineers, medical professionals, and business specialists work together to develop new health technologies that solve important unmet clinical needs.

KL2 Mentored Career Development Award: Applications due Mar. 27, 11:59 pm.

Applications for the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program are now being accepted. This two-year research program, funded by Stanford’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), offers assistant professors from the UTL, MCL and NTLR lines with advanced training in clinical and translational research. It provides partial salary support, $40,000 for research and professional development, and $2,000 for travel. Learn about this year's recipients here.

NIH adds a family-friendly K99 award extension for childbirth or adoption

The K99 award is an early career-development grant that provides up to two years of funding for postdocs and junior faculty. Originally, this award had to be used within four years of receiving a postdoctoral degree. But in October 2019, the National Institutes of Health approved a one-year extension to this timeframe for those needing time off for childbirth or adoption. 


  • Rahul Panicker, Chief Innovation Officer, Wadhwani AI:  Building Innovative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Solutions to Solve Complex Social Challenges at a Global Scale. Mar. 3 from 12:00–1:00 pm, Li Ka Shing Center 320 DETAILS
  • How to Talk to the Media. Mar. 5 from 2:15–1:45 pm, Clark Center S361 DETAILS
  • SPHERE Annual Symposium. Mar. 11 from 11:30 am–3:00 pm, Li Ka Shing Center DETAILS
  • Biodesign Speaker Series:  Vincent Forlenza, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BD Biosciences. Apr. 1 from 5:30–7:00 pm, Mackenzie Room, Huang Engineering Center DETAILS
  • Introduction to the NIH Grants Program. Apr. 2 from 9:00–10:00 am, Li Ka Shing Center 102 DETAILS
  • GearUp for Research Communication. Apr. 8 from 9:45 am–2:45 pm, Mackenzie Room, Huang Engineering Center DETAILS