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October 15th, 2014

Don’t forget to RSVP for next RC Event!


Topic: Setting Up a Clinical Trial at USC

Speakers: Dr. Randolph Hall & Soheil Jadali

Date: Wednesday October 29 | Noon to 1:30pm

Location: Norris Topping Tower 7409

Lunch will be provided.  To RSVP, click here
Note: continuation of coordinator events depends on attendance and interest. 
If this event is well-attended, our next event will focus on the new USC Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS).
September 26th, 2014

OPRS Fall Greetings – September 2014

fall-seasonImportant developments are underway this year for USC coordinators and researchers, including:

Stay tuned for details.  We look forward to seeing you soon!


September 26th, 2014

Setting Up a Clinical Trial at USC

Education Session

educationJoin us next month to learn the ins-and-outs of setting up a clinical trial at USC, including the role of the Clinical Trials Office, how type of funding affects the process, and the various electronic systems involved.  Featured speakers include:

  • Soheil Jadali – Clinical Trials Office Director
  • Randolph Hall, PhD – Vice President of Research

Event Details

  • Wednesday Oct 29th @ Noon – 1:30pm
  • Norris Topping Tower 7409
  • Lunch will be provided; RSVP is required.

Click here to RSVP

If you RSVP but are later unable to attend, please let us know (email


September 26th, 2014

SOCRA Certification Event

socraThe Office of Research is sponsoring a SOCRA Coordinator Certification Preparation and Exam event this Spring (see below).

Take advantage of this great opportunity.  Become a Certified Research Coordinator!

Prep Course: Feb 5, 2015 @ 8am-4pm

Exam:  Feb 6, 2015 @ 8am-12pm

Location: Aresty Auditorium (HSC)

For detailed information, see this announcement.

Note: to maximize your reimbursement, register early.

September 26th, 2014

Updated IRB Policies & Reaccreditation

pnpsPreparations are underway for the AAHRPP Re-Accreditation of the USC Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP).  Remember, many coordinators may be selected for interviews with site visitors (see “Related post” below).

The USC HSPP Policies and Procedures have been revised to reflect updated regulations, guidance, and best practices.  The Policies – and a summary list of changes – will be released within the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!


Related post: AAHRPP tip sheets and town hall meetings

September 26th, 2014

Coordinator Resources: Office of Research

USCbrandHave you visited the Office of Research website recently?  Check out these handy Coordinator resources from the Workshops & Training page:

September 26th, 2014

2014 IRB Membership Lists

updateAugust 2014 IRB Membership Lists are now available.  Follow the links below to access the latest IRB rosters per campus.  Remember to update your Regulatory Binders!

  • Health Sciences Campus List
  • University Park Campus List

Tip: archived lists for HSIRB, are also accessible via the link above

September 26th, 2014

Finish CITI Courses by mid-November

CITIThe Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) will undergo modifications in November that affect the Human Subjects Research (HSR) and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) courses.

If you are in the process of completing either of these courses, please do so before mid-November.  Otherwise, you may have to complete more modules than normally required as noted below.

Human Subjects Research Modules

On 11/22/14, the module “Research with Protected Populations – Vulnerable Subjects: An Overview” will be automatically replaced by a new module titled “Populations in Research Requiring Additional Considerations and/or Protections“.  If the entire HSR course is not completed before 11/22, users who completed “Research with Protected Populations“, will be required to complete “Populations in Research“.

Responsible Conduct of Research Course

On 11/25/14, the entire RCR course will be replaced with a new course.  Users who have started or need to take the course before that date should complete and pass the entire course before 11/25.  Otherwise, users will be unable to finish a partially completed course and will be required to complete the new RCR course.

If you have any questions, please contact OPRS for assistance.

July 30th, 2014

Investigator-Initiated Trials: Last RC Event

RC SpeakerThank you all for joining us for the educational session on Investigator-Initiated Trials.  We are grateful to our speakers who were informative, candid and entertaining:

  • Christine Tam, RN, MS (Cardiovascular)
  • Zeno Ashai, MPH (CISO)
  • Nonna Snider  (CISO)
  • Agustin Garcia, MD (Norris)
July 30th, 2014

New Webpage: Investigator-Initiated Trials

teamworkIn addition to the Research Coordinator webpage, OPRS is compiling resources for a new page of Resources for Investigator-Initiated Studies. The page currently includes USC resources and FDA guidance.

Send your protocol templates, worksheets, and other IIT tools  to and we will make them available on the new webpage.