Clinical Research Support Office:
Resources for conducting studies at SCH

The CRSO is the central entity at SCH through which clinical and translational research projects are now tracked, facilitated, and supported. (Photo: Rawpixel)

January 25, 2021

The Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) accelerates Stanford discoveries to improve the health of pregnant women and children by fostering transdisciplinary research in the pre-clinical, clinical, and basic sciences. MCHRI, together with Stanford Children’s Health (SCH), has recently built and launched a Clinical Research Support Office (CRSO) at SCH. 

The CRSO provides operational, informatics, regulatory, and other support for studies at SCH. The office partners with all hospital departments and School of Medicine (SoM) research teams to enable the efficient and compliant conduct of clinical and translational research in maternal and child health.

This new office is the central entity at SCH through which clinical and translational research projects are now tracked, facilitated, and supported. Examples of how the CRSO can assist hospital departments and SoM research teams include:

  • Intake new research studies to connect School of Medicine teams with the right contacts in hospital departments
  • Assist with identification of CPT codes needed for study budgeting
  • Help Investigators apply for grants and obtain signed letters of support from SCH
  • Process and approve School of Medicine research staff Epic accounts
  • Provide Epic training for School of Medicine research staff
  • Assist with Epic builds for research protocols
  • And more >>

The CRSO is governed by an Executive Advisory Committee that includes leadership from SCH, MCHRI, and SoM leadership. The primary efforts and goals of the CRSO are coordinated with the SoM Office of Clinical Research and departments, Stanford’s research institutes, and SCH in clinical research policy and processes. The CRSO works to facilitate communication between the SoM research teams and hospital units and departments that are essential to supporting clinical research.

For more information about the CRSO, visit http://med.stanford.edu/mchri/crso.html.

To reach a member of the CRSO team, please e-mail crso@stanfordchildrens.org.

The office is led by Karl Sylvester, MD, Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health Research and Director of the CRSO, Mary Chen, MS, MBA, Executive Director of MCHRI and Assistant Dean for Maternal and Child Health Research, Sijo Thomas, Clinical Research Informatics Manager at Stanford Children’s Health, and Alyson Falwell, Clinical Research Operations Manager at Stanford Children’s Health.