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Clinical Research Training Office

Clinical Research Training Office
The Clinical Research Training Office (CRTO) provides comprehensive training in clinical research, good clinical practice, and responsible conduct of research. Didactic instruction and mentoring in fundamental skills, methodology, good clinical practice, and theory of clinical research all combine to develop a well-trained, independent, clinical investigator.
 
Our mission is to bridge the gap between the basic scientist and clinician, to streamline the development of novel therapeutics, and facilitate their application in clinical trials. City of Hope’s dual strengths in breakthrough biomedical research and compassionate patient care form the basis for our comprehensive approach, educating students, residents, fellows, and faculty in practical applications of scientific knowledge, for the treatment of patients everywhere.
 
All City of Hope personnel involved with human subject research at City of Hope must have a valid Clinical Research Certification. Recertification must be updated every three years through the Clinical Research Training Office. City of Hope and Beckman Research Institute are committed to ensuring the safe and ethical conduct of research involving human subjects and adhering to federal and state regulations and statutes.
 
City of Hope’s Clinical Investigation Training Program (CITP) provides scholars with clinical research fundamentals and the comprehensive skill set required for today's comprehensive clinical investigator.
 
For additional information, please contact the Clinical Research Training Office at ext. 64496.

Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the City of Hope Clinical Research Training Office, which was developed to institute formal training opportunities in clinical research. Our vision is to bring basic scientists and clinicians together to better facilitate the bench-to-bedside continuum.
 
One function of the office is the Clinical Investigation Training Program (CITP), which provides didactic training and mentoring in the principles of clinical research including development of fundamental skills, methodology, and theory, necessary for today’s well-trained, independent, clinical investigator.
 
Building on City of Hope’s strength in cutting edge research and patient care, we developed the program’s comprehensive curriculum to provide professionals with the necessary tools to perform valid, credible patient-based research for the advancement of scientific knowledge and treatment of human disease.
 
I invite you to explore our multidisciplinary program and the various options available to advance your clinical research training and career development.
 
Jonathan Espenschied, M.D.
Director
 

Leadership

Faculty and Mentors

The Clinical Investigation Training Program’s faculty members are nationally-renowned scholars and researchers who are experts in teaching and conducting research. Our multidisciplinary faculty members hail from the world’s most prestigious universities and research institutions, and are the recipients of numerous awards and accolades.  City of Hope’s intimate and collegial environment allows faculty members to be effective mentors to program participants, leading them down the path to professional clinical researcher.

Career Development Programs

City of Hope's Clinical Research Training Office actively assists physicians and scientists in fulfilling their career aspirations. These programs, housed on the City of Hope campus, provide excellent opportunities for those seeking to further their career in cancer research and treatment.
 
 
City of Hope is proud to be one of only two National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Centers that have offered this National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored program. The intensive curriculum, aimed at physicians interested in a research-focused career, includes didactic and laboratory experiences relevant to the candidates’ academic background while developing new skills necessary for the demanding role of the physician investigator.
 
Growing awareness of the genetic etiology of many types of cancer has driven City of Hope’s NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center to offer the innovative Cancer Genetics Career Development Program. The program provides rigorous interdisciplinary training focused on cancer genetics as well as cancer prevention research. This prestigious traineeship is limited to only three participants per year.
 

Helpful Links and Resources

BITS: Building Information Technology Skills - tools for clinical researchers
 
Bioinformatics Core (BIC) Facility
Features information on current projects within the division; provides DNA sequencing resources
 
Clinical Trials On-Line
Comprehensive database of clinical trials at
 
The operating procedures site for City of Hope’s Department of Biostatistics

Rules and regulations of City of Hope/Beckman Research Institute’s IRB and Human Subject Research Guidelines
 
Allows authorized user access to the department’s Citrix Web portal
 

 

 

CRTO Quick Links

Clinical Trials: Questions & Answers
National Cancer Institute (NCI)-provided resource listing FAQs about the clinical trial process

Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register

FDA Running Clinical Trials

Food and Drug Administration

Grant Writing Tip Sheets
National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides these helpful tips for writing grants that get funded

Intro to Extramural Research
A helpful page from NIH’s Office of Extramural Research with staff directory and organizational charts

Inside the NIH grant review process (video)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Library of Medicine
 
NCI Guidelines and Tools for Protocol Development

Office of Research Integrity (ORI)
A resource promoting integrity in biomedical and behavioral research

SoCRA
Professional Membership Organization that provides continuing education for Clinical Research Associates

R-Statisitical Software

Tutorials “All about Grants”
A thorough, step-by step tutorial provided by NIH; very helpful for first-time grant writers

Writing Plain Language Protocols
Good scientific writing is moving away from jargon and toward plain language; this guide tells you more
 
 

CRTO Glossary

The field of clinical investigation has a language all its own, replete with acronyms and jargon. The Clinical Research Training Office staff has put together the following compendium of commonly used terminology in clinical research.
Education and Training
As one of only a select few National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, City of Hope integrates all aspects of cancer research, treatment and education. We offer a range of programs serving students, post-doctoral trainees, health and medical professionals.

City of Hope’s Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences equips students with the skills and strategies to transform the future of modern medicine.
City of Hope has a long-standing commitment to Continuing Medical Education (CME), sharing advances in cancer research and treatment with the health-care community through CME courses such as conferences, symposia and other on and off campus CME opportunities for medical professionals.
Local and national conferences, in-depth educational training and a certification program provide both current and aspiring health professionals opportunities to further their knowledge in their fields of interest.
 
 
City of Hope offers a range of programs and services, such as Graduate Medical Education & Clinical Training, that serve students, post-doctoral trainees, medical professionals and staff.
The goal of the Postdoctoral Training Office is to ensure the postdoctoral experience at City of Hope is rewarding and meaningful to all participants.
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