ReSearch ReSource

August 2018

Dear Colleagues:

In this issue of ReSearch ReSource we highlight our efforts to improve UCSF's clinical research processes, including our industry-sponsored clinical trials improvement efforts.

I also draw your attention to the fall 2018 cycle of funding through the Resource Allocation Program (RAP) that opens today, August 20, and closes promptly on Monday, September 17, at 2 p.m. (PDT). This campuswide program, which coordinates intramural research funding opportunities for the UCSF campus, has three new opportunities:

  • Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) Developmental Projects ($75,000/year for 2 years)
  • Reproductive and Infertility Research Pilot ($75,000/year for up to 2 years)
  • Pilot for Junior Investigators in Basic and Clinical Translational Sciences through the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health Endowment

Learn about more grant opportunities through RAP online and submit your proposal via the RAP portal!

Thank you for reading.

Vice Chancellor Lindsey Criswell

Improving Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trial Processes:

UPDATE: Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials Improvement EffortsAs a follow up to last issue's entry regarding the three-day industry sponsored clinical trial improvement workshop and my promise to keep you apprised about the progress on this important project, I share this update about the workgroup's efforts including the newly-formed "Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials Process Improvement Task Force" and its charge to:

  • Shepherd the implementation of the desired future state
  • Track the progress of the list of action items identified during the process improvement workshops
  • Continue to assess other process improvement ideas
  • Regularly communicate the status of these improvement efforts

Review their report in order to learn about the work already under way.

Clinical Research:

Infrastructure and Operations:

  • AAALAC Site Visit to UCSFAAALAC accredits research animal care programs. In order to help maintain full accreditation, LARC/IACUC/EH&S are hosting numerous Town Hall events for animal users throughout August. Attendance is mandatory for animal users.
  • Core Operational Improvement Awards Announced!Awardees include: the Cell and Genomic Engineering Core; the Core Immunology Laboratory; the UCSF Functional Genomics Core Facility; the BIOS-HDFCCC Biorepository and Tissue Biomarker Technology (BTBMT) Core; and, establishing a Transgenic Core at UCSF.
  • LARC Initiates Employee of the Month ProgramCheck out this new program to recognize and reward outstanding individuals for performance and efforts for animal care and service to the research community. Researcher commendations welcome!
  • Makers Lab Crowdfund CampaignHelp unleash UCSF's natural creativity! Find out more about how you can help support our UCSF makers. For questions contact UCSF Director of Annual and Special Giving Jennifer Lyon or click here to donate.
  • Finding Additional Compensation for Postdoc FellowsDo you need to pay your Postdoctoral Fellow more money? Find out how here.
  • How to Submit Stipend Requests Not sure how to process a stipend? Find all the necessary information for your department to ensure your trainees and fellows get paid correctly.

Sponsored Research:

  • New System to Support NIH Studies with Human SubjectsDo you have an NIH project that involves human subjects? Do you know about the new Human Subjects System (HSS)? HSS is now used to complete required components of NIH progress reports. See what features are available using HSS.

Research Development:

Training and Tools:


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