Research Coordinator Bulletin

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January 25th, 2016

Greetings Coordinators!

2016 will be a busy year with many changes ahead in clinical research. we will strive to keep you informed of the changes along with opportunities to support your efforts. As always, we rely upon your input and communication to focus on issues that you feel need attention.

Sincerely,
Susan Rose
apple blossomOPRS Executive Director,

Katherine Hawthorne,
Program Manager,

Monica Abakar,
Program Coordinator

Please send your suggestions and feedback to research.coordinator@usc.edu

January 25th, 2016

Announcing: Clinical Trials Management System Training Schedule

All new clinical trials will be entered into and managed with OnCore starting April 1, 2016. Therefore, all research team members who are involved in study initiation and/or trial management must be trained in the relevant functions of OnCore by April 1.

Training sessions start January 26, 2016.  All sessions will be held in the Soto II Building, room 2095.
Training details have been announced by KSOM Vice Dean of Research and Chief Operating Officer: https://oprs.usc.edu/files/2016/01/2016-01-15-CT-Update-OnCore-Memo.pdf

January 25th, 2016

ResearchMatch + USC

USC has joined Research Match, a national platform for potential subjects seeking to participate in clinical trials. There are currently 112 participating institutions and more than 84,676 volunteers nationwide waiting to be matched! www.researchmatch.org

Learn how ResearchMatch can connect your team with interested study participants. Information about ResearchMatch will soon be available to patients in Keck and LAC clinics. Once your study is registered with ResearchMatch it allows for thousands of registered participant volunteers to search for available opportunities that match their specific interests and needs.
ResearchMatch is free for participant volunteers and Researchers.

For more information:
https://www.researchmatch.org/

January 25th, 2016

Upcoming RC Ed Lunch

UPDATES: Clinical Research Support Office (CRS)

Dr. Tom Buchanan, Director, Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, will provide updates regarding the Clinical Research Support (CRS) office.  This is your opportunity to learn how this office may assist in conducting your trials and what plans they have on the horizon.
Details TBD

January 25th, 2016

Opportunities for Coordinators

Coordinator Pool Established

CRS is actively recruiting Clinical Research Coordinators to join a coordinator pool. Coordinators will have the opportunity to work on studies of varying disease types and provide a range of study-related services, including regulatory document preparation, participant recruitment, data collection, and study monitoring.
Coordinator job posting: http://jobs.usc.edu/postings/52615

Recruitment Specialist Sought

CRS is currently seeking candidates for a Recruitment Specialist to provide expertise, tools and resources for recruitment strategies and to engage special populations in research.
Recruitment Specialist job posting: http://jobs.usc.edu/postings/58118

Project Specialist for Center for Health Systems Innovation

USC’s new Center for Health Systems Innovation is seeking a Project Specialist-Administrator to join its team. The Project Specialist-Administrator will provide support in the administration of research and projects including planning, budgeting, organizing, research and delivery of services  and coordinate and supervise work assignments of other administrative personnel as assigned. The individual must have strong oral and written communication skills.  The role will involve interaction between a number of USC schools and the Health System.  As this is a new center the project specialist must be highly motivated and able to work independently.
For more information see the full job description http://usccareers.usc.edu/los-angeles/grants/jobid8354018-project-specialist-jobs

December 9th, 2015

Message from OPRS

Reflecting on the coordinator network this past year, I think we have made great strides, got to know each other and shared our interests in improving clinical research at USC and addressing problems that vex coordinators in the course of their work.
We are pleased with the increasing interest in joining with us and helping us advocate for you.
Sincerely,
Susan Rose & Monica Abakar

December 9th, 2015

Big Turn out for Coordinator Education Lunch

The Research Coordinators education lunch attracted upwards of 90 attendees last week. The session featured Tom Buchanan, KSOM Vice Dean for Research discussing changes to the Clinical Trials Office (CTO). Dr. Darcy Spicer, Chair of the Health Science IRB discussed efforts to provide more clarity in informed consent documents regarding clinical care versus procedures done for research.

December 9th, 2015

Send Your Feedback on New ISTAR Question:

Distinguishing Research v. Clinical Care

To better define clinically indicated procedures versus those done for research, coordinators are asked to evaluate the paragraph below. Feedback on the new ISTAR question is solicited as are suggestions on how to improve the IRB review process.

The goal is to:

  • accurately reflect the procedures, risks and costs in informed consent
  • Reduce participant complaints
  • Reduce liability
  • Speed up IRB approval
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SUBMIT COMMENTS
December 9th, 2015

New Clinical Research Support Office & Coordinator Pool

The SC CTSI is establishing a centralized Clinical Research Support (CRS) office at USC for research teams conducting non-cancer clinical studies. Under the leadership of Dr. April Armstrong, the CRS will assist with protocol development, study activation, conduct, and close-out, with an initial focus on investigator-initiated studies.

Research Navigator

As part of the CRS, a Research Navigator, Diana Palma (pictured right), has come aboard to evaluate the needs of research teams, guide them through the stages of carrying out a clinical study, and connect them with resources available across USC. Diana can be reached at Diana.Palma@med.usc.edu or (323) 442-1038. In her previous position at CHLA, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator III with a focus on supportive care and cancer survivorship studies.

Coordinator Pool

CRS is actively recruiting Clinical Research Coordinators to join a coordinator pool. Coordinators will have the opportunity to work on studies of varying disease types and provide a range of study-related services, ranging from regulatory document preparation, participant recruitment, data collection, and study monitoring.
Coordinator job posting: http://jobs.usc.edu/postings/52615 

Recruitment Specialist

CRS is currently seeking a Recruitment Specialist. to provide expertise, tools and resources for develop recruitment strategies, including strategies to engage special populations in research.
Recruitment Specialist job posting: http://jobs.usc.edu/postings/58118
CRS will soon begin recruitment of a Program Coordinator. This position has not yet been posted. Stay tuned!

December 9th, 2015

New OPRS Program Manager

OPRS is pleased to announce long-time senior nurse coordinator, Katherine Hawthorne, from the Neurology department will be joining our staff. Kathy will have varied responsibilities such as organizing education sessions for Research Coordinators, maintaining policies on Human Subjects research, and overseeing not-for-cause audits of research studies.