Research Office Bulletin

The Bulletin is a quarterly publication of the School of Medicine Research Office. It features informative articles on research support services, SoM policies, news & announcements, and upcoming events relevant to the basic and clinical sciences research community.

July 2021 Bulletin

In the Spotlight

Clinical and Translational Research Unit – Part of your Clinical Study Team

Engaging the right team is essential to the success of quality clinical research programs. Multi-disciplinary teams are required to perform a range of study functions, including regulatory compliance, protocol maintenance, patient care, sample collection, lab processing, and data collection--just to name a few. No single individual could expect to fulfill all of these tasks.

The Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU), within the School of Medicine’s Research Office, is uniquely placed to collaborate with Stanford Principal Investigators and study teams to provide specialized services for clinical trials and human subject research programs.

Researcher Resources

Adobe Sign Part 11 Validation Complete – Ready for Electronic Signature use in the School of Medicine

Documentation is critical to the good conduct of clinical research. The need to move from a paper-based infrastructure to digital systems has never been more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic. A major challenge in creating digital systems is ensuring they are secure for their intended research purposes. This month, the Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine is pleased to launch Adobe Sign, which has been fully validated for compliance with 21 CFR 11 (“part 11”) and is ready to use for electronic signatures in research.

News & Announcements

Stanford Medicine Magazine Focuses on Racial Inequity in Medicine

What does race have to do with health? And what can the health care system do about racism? A special report in the new issue of Stanford Medicine magazine, “Closing the gap: Addressing racial inequity in medicine,” offers some answers and describes efforts at Stanford to counter the impact of racism on health.

What becomes clear through the stories is that race is not a biological construct but a social construct — and that the world of medicine must embrace this understanding to advance health equity. 

Additional Researcher Resources

Five Tips for Using Lane Medical Library's Research Services

Lane Medical Library is the library serving Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and the Lucile Packard Children's hospital. In addition to our extensive collections in clinical medicine, biomedicine, and public health - accessible anywhere by logging into our website - Lane Library offers a wide array of services and expertise to the Stanford Medicine research community.

Five Questions with Pascal Geldsetzer MD, PhD: KL2 Mentored Career Development Program Awardee

Pascal Geldsetzer is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a 2020 recipient of Spectrum’s KL2 Mentored Career Development Program. He shares insights and advice about his experience.

News and Announcements

Stanford University Faculty Senate Approves a PI Exception Pilot Program for Shared Facility/ Service Center Staff

On April 22, 2021, the Stanford University Faculty Senate approved a PI Exception Pilot Program for staff engaging in “specific projects which are part of a shared facility or service center.” During this five-year pilot program, MD- and PhD-level staff of shared facilities or service centers will be eligible for PI waivers for funding opportunities in support of the Shared Facility/Service Center.

Stanford Investigator Wins Top Clinical Research Award

The Clinical Research Forum, a nonprofit foundation that promotes clinical research impact on health and healthcare, awarded its most prestigious honor, the Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Excellence Award, to a team co-led by a Stanford Medicine researcher.