Research Office Bulletin

September 2019

What's Inside?

This month the Bulletin focuses on: the new Research Management Group website; ways the Research Informatics Center can help researchers access clinical data; new resources for streamlining clinical research; and tips/resources for writing grants.

In the Spotlight

Redesigned RMG website features a powerful new database for exploring grants and fellowships

The Research Management Group (RMG) has launched a new website that was redesigned from the ground up to provide faster access to the resources needed to apply for and administer sponsored research projects. New features include additional resources, templates, and guidance for grants, fellowships, and industry-sponsored clinical trials. Best of all, a powerful new funding opportunities database and search tool makes it easier than ever to explore research grant and fellowship opportunities.

Researcher Resources

Inside the Research Informatics Center

Stated simply, the Research Informatics Center (RIC) helps Stanford investigators access clinical data for research purposes. The RIC staff, which includes programmers, database architects, data scientists, and statisticians, are well versed in the emerging fields of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and neural networks. They are expert data miners and problem solvers, focused on assisting investigators in figuring out what data is needed, how to extract and store it, and ways to analyze the data to obtain answers to scientific questions.

New Program

OB/GYN embraces new ways to streamline research

Anna Girsen, MD, PhD, came to Stanford from Oulu, a city in northern Finland known for colorful northern lights, an international air guitar competition, and a citizenry that loves to try out new technologies. As one of Europe’s “living labs,” this community earns its keep by debugging all sorts of futuristic innovations — from artificial intelligence to super-fast 6G wireless networking.

When Girsen became the Clinical Research Operations Manager in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, she brought Oulu’s “living labs” heritage with her. In this role, she’s piloting better ways to manage research studies, with the goal of increasing the throughput, quality, and impact of research conducted in her department.

Additional Resources

The science and art of grant writing

As you sit down to write a grant proposal, remember one thing — you’re telling a story. You want it to be a page-turner. Your primary audience will be a few busy senior scientists sitting in front of a tall stack of applications. You should strive to make yours interesting. The specific aims page should spark their curiosity. A new solution to an old problem. Connections that have never been made before. Then you’ll get your grant.

New sosoftware system saves time in compiling data tables for NIH training grants

NIH training grants, the T32 and others, fund research training for individuals who are pursuing careers in areas of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research. One of the requirements for applying to and reporting the outcomes of these grants is the compilation of up to eight data tables that summarize faculty and trainee information and how the training has benefited new researchers’ careers. 

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News & Announcements

Artificial Intelligence Town Hall on Oct. 10

The Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine & Imaging (AIMI) is hosting an interactive town hall event for Stanford community researchers interested in learning about the Center’s resources, collaborations, and funding opportunities. It will be held at 3 p.m. in Li Ka Shing Center, LK101, on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Stanford to help develop a coordinating hub for biomedical ethics

The Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics has been chosen by the National Human Genome Research Institute to help develop a coordinating hub for information on the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic research. The new Center for is being funded with a $7.1 million award.

Next-generation biobanking is bridging the gap between research and patients

A high-tech revamp  of Stanford’s  biobanking approach is bridging the gap between the latest biomedical research and patient care. Illustration: Polly Becker


  • General and IRB Reporting Requirements. Sept. 25 at 12:15 pm–1:45 pm, Alway Building, M106 DETAILS
  • Imagining the Future: World of CRISPR: Editing Genomes and Altering Our Future. Oct. 9 at 1:00- 2:00 pm, Li Ka Shing Center, Berg Hall DETAILS
  • Quick Start: A 60- minutes Research Toolkit. Oct. 16 at 2:00-3:00 pm, Lane Library Conference Room DETAILS
  • Study Teams Roles and Responsibilities and the Delegation of Authority. Oct. 30 at 12:15-1:45 pm, Li Ka Shing Center, LK120 DETAIL
  • 2nd Annual Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute Symposium. Nov. 15 at 8:00am-4:30pm Li Ka Shing Center, Berg Hall DETAILS