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Welcome to Stanford Spectrum News, a publication of the Spectrum CTSA: Stanford’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education. See below for the most recent articles reflecting Spectrum-related developments. 

JUNE 2022  |  ISSUE 4

Stanford launches CTSA-wide survey on Rigor and Reproducibility

Results will inform NCATS and the CTSA consortium on state of R&R activities

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is calling for formal training and support for practices and activities that enhance research rigor and reproducibility (R&R). This is requiring many institutions to take a close look at both the formal and informal curricula of their training programs to see if the topics that comprise R&R are adequately covered, and whether related practices have been adopted by faculty. 

Stanford CTSA Research Participation Program expands

Services launched to help study teams engage participants in research

The Stanford CTSA Research Participation Program (RPP) provides resources and tools to help study teams meet their participant recruitment goals, with a focus on engaging patients as partners in research. In response to increased demand from study teams, and to better serve the greater Stanford research community, RPP has expanded its Participant Engagement Platform (PEP) “honest broker” services.

KL2 integration with Stanford CTSA cores benefits scholars

Interaction with Spectrum’s cores broadens scholar training and career development

Spectrum’s Institutional Career Development (KL2) Program provides didactic training, mentoring, and career development to prepare junior faculty for independent careers in translational research, as well as offering training experiences for early career investigators across the translational pipeline. The program’s success is a direct result of its integration and engagement across the Spectrum CTSA’s Cores and Programs, exemplifying that “it takes a village.” Read on for examples of partnerships between Spectrum Cores and the KL2 Program.

Spectrum services support researchers, clinicians, and students across Stanford School of Medicine and beyond

Cores and programs provide comprehensive services to support the research enterprise

Spectrum, Stanford’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education, provides researchers, clinicians, and students from the School of Medicine and across the entire University with services that support, sustain, and enhance their work. Organized into 10 interconnected cores, these services are sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). 

In this issue of Stanford Spectrum News, we are pleased to introduce two more of our cores, Network Capacity and Research Methods. 

MARCH 2022  |  ISSUE 3

Stanford Researchers Named to Clinical Research Forum Top Ten List

Award-winning study focuses on using artificial intelligence to make clinical trials more inclusive

Dr. James Zou, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science, and Ruishan Liu, a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering, have received a Clinical Research Forum 2022 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Award in recognition of their study, “Evaluating eligibility criteria of oncology trials using real-world data and AI,” the results of which were published in Nature last year. Dr. Zou will present the research at the 2022 Translational Science Conference in Chicago, IL in April, and be honored at an awards gala during the conference.

Harnessing Real-World Data to Reduce Health Disparities and Address Inequalities

Research and data services are aimed at accelerating the shift from T3 to T4

Structural racism and social inequalities have led to deep and persistent health disparities, but the team at Stanford’s Center for Population Health Sciences (PHS) is focused on harnessing data to address these disparities and improve population health. 

“We have seen incredible advances in diagnostics, drugs, and devices over the past decade,” explains Dr. David Rehkopf, Director of PHS and Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health. “Unfortunately, many communities have been excluded from resources and scientific advances, contributing to significant health inequalities.” 

BERD Builds Bridges Between PIs and Data Science Experts

Initiative helps junior faculty navigate data science resources

The Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Program is a data science resource within Spectrum, Stanford’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education. It facilitates the bridging of investigators to the appropriate data science collaborators across campus, connecting them to the optimal quantitative expertise needed for their study.

Spectrum CTSA Launches OnCore User Enhancements

Platform collects and manages study protocols, participants, and financial data

The OnCore Enterprise Research system, or OnCore, is a vendor-supported Clinical Research Management System (CRMS) that benefits Principal Investigators, research teams, and administrators involved in financial and regulatory functions by providing them with a single platform for collecting and managing study protocol, participant, and financial data. Several OnCore upgrades are on the horizon, all of which will enhance operations. 

Spectrum Services Support MDs, Researchers, and Students Across Stanford School of Medicine

Cores and programs provide comprehensive services to support research enterprise

In this issue of Stanford Spectrum News, we are pleased to introduce two more of our cores, Community and Collaboration, and Hub Research Capacity

Spectrum, Stanford’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education, provides researchers, scientists, and doctors from the School of Medicine and across the entire University with services that support, sustain, and enhance their work. Organized into 10 interconnected cores, these services are sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

OCTOBER 2021  |  ISSUE 2

Stanford Researchers Design Consultation Service Utilizing Aggregate Patient Data

Unique data and computa-tional infrastructure built using Spectrum-provided resources

In an article published this month by the New England Journal of Medicine’s Catalyst: Innovations in Care Delivery, Stanford researchers and data scientists shared the success of their recently developed consultation service for interpreting data from electronic medical record (EMR) systems and examined how clinicians are using that data at the bedside.

Stanford KL2 Mentored Career Development Program Hosts Visiting CTSA Scholars

Stanford Scholars Serve as Visiting Scholars at Harvard, John Hopkins, and University of Michigan

For the second year, Stanford’s KL2 Mentored Career Development Program is participating in the virtual CTSA Visiting Scholars Program. The goals of this program are to:

  • Offer Scholars the opportunity to serve as a visiting professor at a CTSA Consortium institution to facilitate connections with faculty outside their home institutions, and
  • Foster an exchange of ideas and collaboration among different CTSA hubs.

This academic year, Stanford’s Scholars are serving as visiting professors at four CTSA partner institutions: Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, University of Michigan, and the Medical University of South Carolina. The program includes virtual meetings between Stanford’s Scholars and faculty at the host institution. Program participants also give a virtual Grand Rounds lecture, open to the entire CTSA Consortium and promoted internally through departments and nationally through the Center for Leading Innovation & Collaboration (CLIC) website.

Spectrum Leads Clinical Research Unit Initiative

CRUs support researchers, help increase quality and efficiency of clinical research

The Stanford School of Medicine Dean’s Office launched the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) initiative in 2019 to enhance review and oversight of clinical research activities. Fifty percent of School of Medicine clinical departments now have at least one CRU, and because of their success, the SoM is moving towards enterprise-wide CRU adoption and implementation.
Established by a team from Spectrum, Stanford’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education, CRUs are charged with the continuous development and improvement of a robust, well-organized, and productive clinical and translational research program.

Spectrum Services Support MDs, Researchers, and Students Across Stanford School of Medicine

Cores and programs provide comprehensive services to support the research enterprise

Spectrum, Stanford’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education, provides researchers, scientists, and doctors from the School of Medicine and across the entire University with services that support, sustain, and enhance their work. Organized into 10 interconnected cores, these services are sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

JULY 2021  |  ISSUE 1

Faculty, Staff, and Students Contribute to Spectrum Website Launch

A case study for collaborative web development

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year vastly changed the operating structure of Spectrum, Stanford’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education. Led by PI and Director Dr. Ruth O’Hara, Spectrum leadership quickly had to plan, implement, and roll out initiatives, systems, and information to address the needs of the CTSA team and its constituents in a virtual, remote environment.

Spectrum Researcher Addresses COVID-19 Trial Prioritization Issues

Ethicists publish in Clinical Trials on research prioritization

Early in the pandemic, Dr. David Magnus, Director of Stanford’s Center for Biomedical Ethics, and Dr. Angela Rogers spoke with Spectrum’s Director and PI, Stanford School of Medicine’s Senior Associate Dean of Research, Dr. Ruth O’Hara, about creating a task force to make decisions about which COVID-19 clinical trials should be prioritized.

Spectrum EAB to meet in October

The Spectrum CTSA External Advisory Board (EAB) will meet with Spectrum leadership on October 14 and 15, 2021.

The EAB meets annually to conduct a review of Spectrum plans, programs, and goals, and to assess the degree to which milestones both for the overall program and each of its components have been achieved. The Board then prepares a written summary report that is shared with the NIH and Spectrum leadership.

Spectrum CTSA Resources Help Advance Asian Health and Research

The Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE) is growing multi-disciplinary research, education, and clinical care support for Asian health

To counter the underrepresentation of Asians in clinical trials and genetics research, CARE provides support, training, and mentorship opportunities for clinical and translational science research in Asian health to positively impact Asian clinical care and improve the health of Asians everywhere.

Community Engagement Researchers Support Vaccination PSA Production

Spectrum’s Community Engagement Core supports public service announcement videos encouraging COVID-19 vaccination

In an effort to reduce transmission rates in certain communities, a team from Spectrum’s Office of Community Engagement recently partnered with Stanford Health Care (SHC) to produce bilingual public service announcement (PSA) videos on the benefits of becoming vaccinated against COVID-19.

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