Community Advisory Board

Back Row: Left to Right: Stefanie Bruggeman, Jeff Urman, Kathy Orrico, Tanya Beat, Yadira DiSiena, Ezra Tilahun Yoseph; Middle Row: Left to Right: Vosa Cavu-Litman, Parvathi Kamath, Robert Romanelli, Panos Vandris, Vandon Duong, Rita French; Front Row:  Abirami Sivagnanasundaram, Julia Ensler, Joyce Hsu, Non Pictured: Brian Lewis, Alicia Pinn, Lupe Rodriquez and Markus Ott  

Our Mission

The mission of the Stanford Community Advisory Board for Clinical Research (CAB) is to build and foster partnerships between researchers and the community to ensure clinical research is participant focused, successful and meaningful. The primary aims of the CAB are to (1) enable community members to participate in the research planning process, including assistance with dissemination of research findings to the community; and (2) provide feedback to researchers on recruitment strategies, including reaching specific populations. Researchers receive direct feedback and guidance at CAB meetings and are provided a summary of the meeting discussion.

Particularly useful were the suggestions on ways in which we could provide value to our participants through involvement in the community.
The CAB put voice to some of our efforts and some concerns we experience internally – it is valuable to have this voice for recommendations come from a neutral party – the  CAB can say things that we may not be able to say as an involved party.
Preparing for and meeting with CAB was a good exercise for me personally because it truly made me think about our projects and barriers to our research.

Community Member Benefits

  • Learn about Stanford's research for increased awareness and education
  • Engage and participate in the research process
  • Provide input, feedback, idea generation
  • Voice priorities and concerns

Investigator Benefits

  • Develop processes that are respectful of and acceptable to the community
  • Optimize recruitment methods and incentives for reaching specific community groups (e.g. underrepresented minorities)
  • Anticipate and reduce barriers to study participation
  • Receive community input on study design and materials
  • Identify channels, partners, and best practices for research dissemination


Nicole Ventre, MS

Stanford Center for Clinical Research

Mark Hager, PhD

Menlo College

Jonathan Shaw, MD

Stanford Division of Primary Care & Population Health

About the board

The CAB consists of a diverse group of community members who live, work, seek health care, and/or participate in businesses, organizations, or education in areas surrounding Stanford University.

How Does CAB Work?

Faculty and/or senior study team members present their project to the board, focusing on barriers or perceived barriers to the project in which the community can provide guidance and feedback.  Presenters receive a wealth of feedback from the board.

Who is Eligible to Present at CAB Meetings?

Clinical researchers from across Stanford's School of Medicine are eligible to use CAB to present research ideas, receive guidance on study start-up and design, recruitment methods and materials, incentives and barriers to participation, etc.

More info

To learn more, please contact:

Nicole Ventre, Co-Chair

Meeting Schedule

Meetings take place once every other month for a total of 6 meeting per year.

Date Presenter Presentation Title
May 12, 2021 Jennifer A. Newberry, MD, JD, MSc Impact of Immigration Policy Enforcement on Mental Health Services Use by IPV Survivors
April 27, 2021 Ruth Lathi, MD Trio analysis of Recurrent pregnancy loss Integrated bioinformatics genOmics Study (TRIOS)
March 10, 2021 Jonathan David, MSN, RN Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
January 13, 2021 Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa, PhD Stop COVID CA
September 8, 2020 Julie Parsonnet, MD Californians Fighting Against Coronavirus Together (CA-FACTS)
May 27, 2020 Upinder Singh, MD LAMBDA COVID-19 Study
March 11, 2020 Katherine Connors Research Participation Program
January 8, 2020 Paul Kwo, MD Therapeutic Approaches to NASH, Including Bariatrics

CAB Members



Name Location Joined
Abirami Sivagnanasundram San Jose January 2020
Alicia Pinn Mountain House January 2016
Brian Lewis San Francisco  January 2021
Ezra Tilahun Yoseph Stanford January 2019
Jeff Urman Palo Alto January 2016
Joyce Hsu  Los Altos January 2020
Julia Ensler El Cerrito January 2020
Kathy Orrico Menlo Park January 2016
Lupe Rodriguez Oakland May 2017
Markus Ott Los Altos January 2020
Panos Vandris Stanford January 2020
Parvathi Kamath Santa Clara January 2020
Rita French Palo Alto January 2016
Stefanie Bruggerman Los Altos January 2018
Tanya Beat Belmont January 2019
Vandon Duong Stanford March 2019
Vosa Cavu-Litman Redwood City January 2019
Yadira DiSiena Menlo Park January 2018