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Hub Research Capacity Core

The Hub Research Capacity Core ensures that our conduct of clinical research is of the highest quality, while being compliant, ethical, sustainable, and efficient. This core coordinates approaches and consortia partners to integrate our research objectives into the health-care needs of our many special populations. Those include children, children with chronic diseases who survive into adulthood, pregnant women, the elderly, the underserved, people with rare diseases, and those with health issues related to racial, economic, or ethnic factors specific to rural or urban lifestyles.

Participant and Clinical Interactions

The Participant and Clinical Interactions program is focused on facilitating an organizational framework to enhance the efficiency and quality of clinical trial research conducted at Stanford.

Clinical & Translational Research Unit (CTRU)
CTRU provides critical infrastructure to clinical studies, including adult and pediatric nursing services, phlebotomy, dietary services, laboratory biospecimen processing, and budget consultations.
Rajnesh Prasad, Interim Executive Director

The Stanford Biobank assists researchers on-site and off-site sample inventory support, off-site “freezer farm”, and emergency support services, as well as data infrastructure and physical storage services for large, multi-site research efforts. Consultations services are available for lab storage facilities, freezer organization, freezer monitoring, specimen labeling/collection/processing, and e-consent.
Justin Vincent-Tompkins, Biobank Director

Clinical Research Units (CRU)
Spectrum provides CRU implementation assistance to departments throughout the School of Medicine (SoM). Services offered by CRUs include protocol review and feedback, annual enrollment tracking and assessment, roadmap to SoM services, as well as consultations on study feasibility, quality assurance, participant engagement, and regulatory requirements.
Peg Tsao, RN, CCRC, Operational Lead

Program Contacts

Mark Pegram, MD
Faculty Lead, CTRU

Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS
Faculty Co- Lead, Biobank

Joachim Hallmayer, MD
Faculty Co- Lead, Biobank

Brooke Howitt, MD
Faculty Co- Lead, Biobank

Kenneth Mahaffey, MD
Faculty Lead, Clinical Research Units

Integrating Special Populations

Spectrum adopts a broad life course approach in our research practice and training to ensure that our CTR efforts lead to benefits for the entire population, with focus on research questions relevant to subject or population groups often under-represented in CTR studies.

Maternal & Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI)
MCHRI mobilizes Stanford discoveries and expertise to improve healthier lives for expectant mothers and children. MCHRI offers full support for clinical research studies and trials, including experienced pediatric-focused clinical research coordinators and consultation services for research budgeting.
Mary M. Chen, MS, MBA, Executive Director
May Zepeda, CCRP, Clinical Research Manager

Clinical Research Support Office (CRSO)
CRSO provides operational, informatics, regulatory, and other needed support for the execution of studies at Stanford Children's Health.

Drug & Device Development Training Program (D3)
D3 aims to advance cutting edge therapies and technologies generated by the Stanford community to benefit the advancement of care to mothers and children. Offerings include training and education, translational medicine research support, and seed grants.
Gary Shaw, DrPH, Faculty Director
Grant Wells, MS, Program Administrator

Full Lifecourse
This program aims at improving quality of life and quality of care for older Americans from diverse backgrounds.
Vyjeyanthi (VJ) Periyakoil, MD, Faculty Co-Lead
Ruth O'Hara, PhD, Faculty Co-Lead

Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE)
CARE aims to improve the health of Asians everywhere by increasing research, empowering education, and positively impacting Asian clinical care.
Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS, Co-Director
Bryant Lin, MD, MEng, Co-Director

Program Contacts

Karl Sylvester, MD
Faculty Lead