This core group promotes and supports efficient, safe and high-quality investigator-initiated clinical trials. Teams at two locations – one on the USC Health Sciences Campus and the other at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – assist research teams with protocol development, activation, conduct and close-out, leveraging extensive resources within the SC CTSI and across USC, CHLA, and our clinical and community partners.

SC CTSI Clinical Research Support at USC

The SC CTSI offers the following types of clinical research assistance at USC:

  • USC Clinical Research Support (CRS): The Clinical Research Support group provides services such as Research Navigation; Clinical Research Coordinator Pool; Study Participant Recruitment SupportRegulatory Support (IND/IDE application assistance); Budget Development Support.
  • CRS also administers a voucher funding program with a rolling deadline that provides awards up to $3,000 to support clinical and/or community research projects. Applicants can propose to add new data to an existing ("parent") clinical or community project to develop new research that is distinct from the aims of the parent project; or to collect information de novo to support development of new clinical and/or community research. For full eligibility requirements and to access the application form, click here.
  • For investigators and study teams that are interested in conducting multicenter human studies at USC or CHLA, our institution participates in the Trial Innovation Network (TIN). TIN is a collaborative network from NIH NCATS designed to streamline the conduct of multicenter studies by leveraging the expertise and resources of the CTSA Consortium.
  • USC Clinical Trials Unit (CTU): The CTU provides a broad range of services to assist in the initiation and conduct of human studies. These services support the conduct of study visits ranging from low to high complexity (specializing in medium to high complexity).
  • The CTU at USC provides a well-equipped physical space, highly qualified and well-trained clinical research staff including a nurse practitioner, skilled research nurses, lab technicians, and research phlebotomists; a research laboratory, and the CTU Specimen Processing Center. The resources are well-suited for early-phase clinical trials drug development studies that require serial blood draws for pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic assessments and for mechanistic studies that may require a multidisciplinary approach and multiple evaluations of physiologic and hormonal changes. Intensive monitoring for patient safety can be provided as required by the specific clinical trial. The CTU is dedicated to providing excellence in clinical research conduct, compliance with all relevant regulations, and the highest degree of patient safety.
  • Biostatistics: Through training and direct consultation, this group provides high quality, easy-to-access biostatistics service and guidance to investigator-initiated clinical studies and trials from concept to close-out.

SC CTSI Clinical Research Support at CHLA

Currently available resources at the CHLA location include: Research Recruitment; Research Navigation; Clinical Research Coordinator Pool; Regulatory and IRB Support; Clinical Trials Units; Research Nurses; Research Education. Please visit the CHLA site for more info.

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April     Armstrong April Armstrong, MD, MPH Director, Clinical Research Support Details
John   Wood John Wood, MD, PhD Co-Director, Clinical Research Support Details

Team Members

Shannen  Nelson Shannen Nelson, RN, MSN CHLA Director of Operations, Clinical Research Support & Clinical Trials Unit Details
Encarnita Aranda Encarnita Aranda, RN, MBA Sr. Research Nurse, Clinical Trials Unit Details
Kevin Artiga Kevin Artiga, B.S. Special Projects Research Coordinator Details
George Aurea George Aurea DEXA Project Specialist, Clinical Trials Unit Details
Victoria  Autelli Victoria Autelli, MPH Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Support Details
Lilit Baronikian Lilit Baronikian, BS Research Lab Supervisor, Clinical Trials Unit Details
Sydney Brown Sydney Brown, BA, CCRP Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Support Details
Camila Carranza Camila Carranza Research Navigator and Trial Innovation Network Coordinator Details
Sherette Flowers Sherette Flowers, RN, NP, MSN Research Nurse, Clinical Trials Unit Details
Melissa  Lee Melissa Lee, MSN Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Trials Unit Details
Hesham Mahmoud Hesham Mahmoud, MBBCh Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Support Details
Ruzanna Margaryan Ruzanna Margaryan, RN Protocol Coordinator, Clinical Trials Unit Details
Fathia Mohamud Fathia Mohamud, BA Senior Clinical Lab Technician, Clinical Trials Unit Details
Sofronia (Sofie) Munoz Sofronia (Sofie) Munoz, BA Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Support Details
Ana Munoz III Ana Munoz III, BA, CCRP Clinical Research Coordinator,Clinical Research Support Details
Trang Nguyen Trang Nguyen, BS, CCRP Clinical Research Coordinator - Intestinal Rehabilitation, Clinical Research Support Details
Joanne Pak Joanne Pak, BS Budget and Coverage Analyst, Clinical Research Support Details
Jennifer Rivera Jennifer Rivera COVID Special Projects Coordinator, Clinical Research Support Details
Anna Rodriguez-Vasquez Anna Rodriguez-Vasquez, BS Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Support Details
Andrea Smith Andrea Smith, CCRP, Medical Assistant Supervisor and Education Specialist, Clinical Trials Unit Details
Sharon Tang Sharon Tang, BS, CCRP CHLA Associate Director, Clinical Research Support Details
Firoozeh Vahabzadeh Firoozeh Vahabzadeh, AA, LVN Clinical Research LVN, Clinical Trials Unit Details

Core Groups

Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Details
Central Administration Details
Clinical Research Informatics Details
Clinical Research Support Details
Communications Details
Community Engagement Details
Evaluation & Improvement Details
Healthcare Delivery Science Details
Regulatory Knowledge & Support Details
Research Development Details
Workforce Development Details

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.