Clinical Trials Operations (CTO)

The Clinical Trials Operations (CTO) Unit serves as an institutional representative and advocate for the UCSF clinical trials community. The CTO aims to identify, assess and prioritize barriers for inclusive and efficient trials, and steward solutions to challenges that adversely impact clinical trials operations.



What We Do


Data & Metrics


Central hub for collection and reporting of clinical trial operations data


Research Navigation


Respond to study team questions


Stewardship & Advocacy


Bring issues and needs toward solution


Training & Communication


Develop and host operations training and serve as an institutional home for the clinical research community



Clinical Research Operations Training



The goal of the training program is to support best practices of clinical research operations by providing training, guidance, and connecting UCSF study teams with institutional partners. Clinical Research Operations Training has been offered since 2016 to UCSF study team members. The majority of courses are geared toward UCSF Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs), but any study team member is welcome to attend.


course schedule and registration


For questions about the Training program, contact Lisa Schoonerman.


Clinical Research Resource HUB



What is the HUB?

The HUB is a virtual Clinical Research Resource that provides a single portal to a wealth of resources, expertise, and best practices for investigators and research staff to facilitate efficient, compliant and ethical study conduct and management.

Through the HUB, we aim to:

  1. Promote excellence in the quality of clinical research management through education.
  2. Facilitate effective and timely clinical research initiation by improving institutional processes and providing clinical research protocol, regulatory, budget, and financial tools.
  3. Increase awareness of clinical trials in the community through education and community participant recruitment outreach activities.
  4. Interface with institutional/industry partners to support enhanced clinical research practice.

HUB Partners

The HUB collates materials from various teams and partners in the Office of Research.


UCSF Clinical Trials Day 2022



We are pleased to announce UCSF's 2022 Clinical Trials Day Celebration, to be held virtually. As always, this event is to recognize Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) and their many contributions to UCSF's research enterprise.

Please register here for the event on Friday, May 20th from 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

All UCSF Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) / Clinical Research Support Staff are welcome to join us for a program that includes:

  • Sponsor breakout rooms staffed by many of the teams and departments that study teams interact with to answer your questions and let you put faces to names
  • A few words from UCSF Leadership
  • Themed breakout rooms for networking and mingling with your fellow CRCs
  • Raffle drawings will be in sponsor breakout rooms, and a main prize drawing will be at the end of the event (Important! You must register for the event in order to be entered in the drawings and you must be present to win)

Don't forget to nominate someone for CRC of the Year Award! All you need to do is complete this survey by 5pm on Monday, May 9th.

Please contact Lisa Schoonerman with questions. We hope you will join us!