University of Southern California


Orientation to Clinical Research at USC

Who Should Attend

Principal investigators, clinicians, project managers, research and nurse coordinators or administrators, data managers and all those associated with the development and conduct of human research studies and clinical trials.

Course Description

This two-day orientation provides an overview of the processes, committees and departments that clinical investigators work with throughout the submission, review, approval and conduct of human subject studies or clinical trials.

Topics include:
University Offices and Entities; Clinical Research Roles: An overview; Planning Research (Protocol Development); Contracting, Financial Management and Budgeting; Coordination of Ancillary Services/Support; IRB and Human Subjects Protection; iStar/Other Electronic Systems; Coordinating a Study; Compliance


Speakers from the Office of Research, OPRS, CTO, SC CTSI, CISO, CTU and Office of Compliance.


Four hours each day.

Next Session Dates

Part #1: February 12 | 8:00 – 12:00 PM
Part #2: February 19 | 8:00 – 12:00 PM
Location: Health Sciences Campus, Broad (CIRM) Center, 1st Floor Seminar Room

Reference Materials and Resources

Guide to Clinical Research at USC 2/14
Flow Chart: Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials

Presentations: February 12, 2014

Clinical Research at USC: An Overview by Silvia da Costa
IRB and Human Subjects Protection by Susan Rose
Non-CISO Non CTI Studies: How They Differ by Christine Tam
Non CISO Non CTU Studies: How They Differ by Katherine Hawthorne
The IND and Clinical Trial Management by Frances Richmond
An Introduction to SPA by Kim Eudy
Contracting, Financial Management and Budgeting by Soheil Jadali

Course Registration

Register at (code: clinical)

Research Calendar

See all events in the USC Research Calendar.