The Women’s Health Clinical Research Unit (WHCRU) and the Department Biorepository Program (DBP) work in close collaboration to support Faculty, Fellows and Residents interested in conducting clinical research at UCLA and Olive View-UCLA Medical Centers.
Under the direction of Andrea Rapkin, MD the WHCRU staff are available to assist Principal Investigators in developing protocols, interfacing with study sponsors, completing multiple application processes for study approval (i.e. IRB, Medical Radiation Safety Committee, etc), screening patients, obtaining informed consent, implementing protocol requirements, completing case report forms and assuring compliance with regulations. Under the direction of Daniel Dumesic, MD, the DBP is responsible for assisting investigators in collecting, processing, storing and shipping of specimens for research purposes. As envisioned by the Department Chair, Gautam Chaudhuri, MD, PhD, the premise of the DBP is that specimens collected through specific IRB approved protocols are under the jurisdiction of the individual Principal Investigator who determines their allocation and disposition. An internal biorepository committee headed by Dr. Dumesic determines the allocation and disposition of specimens contained in the shared OB/GYN Department Specimen Bank.
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In order to effectively utilize departmental shared resources, it is strongly suggested that new studies undergo a review process to determine the maximum level of efficiency for implementation and integration. For industry sponsored or cooperative group studies, please submit a protocol and any other relevant information from the sponsor. For investigator-initiated studies, please submit an abstract of
Sonali S. Namiranian, BS, MBA-BT, CCRP
Women's Health Clinical Research Unit
UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
10833 Le Conte Ave, Room 22-265, CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1740