Clinical Research

Clinical Research Opportunities

Didactic Training in Clinical Investigation

Within the School of Medicine, the foundation for training in clinical research is based in the Department of Health, Research and Policy, which has established Master’s programs in epidemiology and health services research.  The Master’s degree programs are designed to compliment training in the medical and social sciences and to prepare trainees for research careers in epidemiology, health services research and health policy analysis.  Based on our recent experience, we anticipate at least 2-3 fellows annually will wish to pursue Master’s level training.  As an introduction to clinical and translational research methods, we encourage all fellows contemplating careers in clinical research to participate in Stanford’s “Intensive Course in Clinical Research (ICCR): Study Design and Performance,” co-directed by Drs. Steven Alexander and Philip Lavori.  More than 60% of projects spawned in the ICCR over the last three years have led to proposals funded by NIH or national research foundations.  Other Departmental resources are available to nephrology trainees interested in clinical investigation, including the Center for Clinical Investigation, the Stanford Prevention Research Center, the Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, and the Stanford-UCSF Evidence-based Practice Center.

Advanced Training

  • Stanford Health Research and Policy
    • MS in Epidemiology and Clinical Research (1 year program)
    • Recent graduates:  Michelle O’Shaughnessy, Ade Taiwo
    • MS in Health Services Research (2 year program)
    • Recent graduates: Kevin Erickson
    • PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Research (4+ years)
  • UCSF
    • Bioengineering program, Epidemiology/Translational Science
  • UC Berkeley
    • MPH, DrPH

Funding Opportunities

  • NIH/NIDDK F32 / T32
  • American Society of Nephrology
  • American Heart Association
  • American Kidney Fund
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Lupus Foundation
  • Industry (Sanofi, Amgen)
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • Internal grants (Spectrum, CVI)

Methodological Support

Within the Division:

Biostatistics Faculty

  • Maria Montez-Rath, PhD Director of the Biostatistics Core
  • Margaret Stedman, PhD


Epidemiology & Nutrition

  • Jinnie Rhee, ScD, Instructor of Medicine

MS – Analysts / Programmers

  • Sai Liu, MS
  • Colin (Jialin) Han, MS


Within Stanford

  • Spectrum, Quantitative Sciences Unit


Visiting Scholars

  • Matthew James – University of Calgary
  • Sun Moon Kim – South Korea
  • Sam Silver – University of Toronto
  • Jianling Tao - China
  • Juyeh Yang – Taiwan
  • Eun Young Seong – South Korea

Clinical Research Collaborations

  • UC San Francisco
  • UC Davis
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC San Diego
  • USC
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Vanderbilt
  • U Washington
  • U Toronto
  • Harvard
  • U North Carolina
  • U Alabama
  • U Utah
  • U Colorado
  • Duke
  • Baylor
  • Satellite HealthCare
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • DaVita
  • Fresenius Medical Care
  • NIA
  • ASN
  • NKF

Tara Chang, MD, MS

Director of Clinical Research