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About the Northern California (SF Bay Area) Chapter
The Northern California Chapter (NCC) was founded in 1999 as an affiliate of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). Our mission is to serve Northern California clinical research professionals by providing professional development and networking opportunities in support of human subject protections in clinical research.
We offer high quality, low-cost events, almost monthly and rotated around our region: Sacramento, North Bay, San Francisco – Palo Alto (Peninsula), Berkeley - east (East Bay), and Silicon Valley - San Jose (South Bay). Our annual program includes a Planning Meeting, several educational and networking events, and a year-end holiday educational event. All events are open to the clinical research community. We have ~200 members, one of the largest Chapters. We accomplish our robust program due to sponsorship and our volunteers.
We have received several Chapter of the Year awards, most recently in 2015 when recognized for excellent governance (annual maintenance requirements), community outreach, innovation in educational events, effective use of communication, and outstanding information on . We share expertise with other chapters and have volunteered and presented at the global level with ACRP. Attendees have gained new colleagues, strengthened their expertise, and found their next job or hired their next staff from our events. Volunteers contribute time and expertise to further the profession, showcase or develop leadership and other skills, and have fun doing so.
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We look forward to seeing you at our chapter meetings and hope that you will consider becoming more involved in the Chapter at some point by volunteering for a committee or running for a Board Member position.
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Would you like to be featured on social media as a "Clinical Researcher" to help raise awareness and recognition of clinical trials/clinical research profession? If so, please complete this form.
I'm proud to be a clinical researcher because I get to help entire populations of patients using the power of technology and medicine. My journey to this field began in college, when I was on the pre-med track to become a doctor. As someone who worked full time while carrying a full course load, I was no stranger to sleep deprivation. So, I felt a personal connection to my first clinical research role in the Sleep Center at Stanford University. This job changed my career trajectory by sparking my passion for population-level health and patient empowerment. I became a specialist in a rare sleep disorder, which taught me about how disconnected and disempowered patients can feel without access to medical resources. Since sleep, I've gone on to do research in pain and oncology, across academia and industry.
My interest in clinical research started in college working as a research assistant for burn and transplant research and continued after graduation working at CRO. After moving to NYC, I wanted to move to the patient side of research and worked as a Radiation Oncology CRC for 3.5 years at Montefiore Medical Center. I moved to San Francisco, and my research journey led me to UCSF, first working in an allergy research clinical operations role with the Immune Tolerance Network. After realizing I missed the world of oncology and management, I found my current role as an Associate Director of Clinical Research Programs in the UCSF HDFCCC managing several programs.
One of the most fulfilling areas of my time in clinical research has been supporting and mentoring my staff in reaching their career goals. I have had several proud moments when my staff have moved into new positions based on skills and knowledge they've gained on the job - so rewarding!
My proudest moment is receiving the nickname of "The Closer" from a department chair at Stanford University because of my ability to turn around struggling or behind-schedule research projects and have those projects not just survive but thrive. This experience taught me about common roadblocks and challenges in clinical research, and how to make the research process more effective for both patient and researcher.
To be certified and to be involved with more clinical research professionals I joined ACRP when I became at CRC in order to expand my clinical research community and learn about other career paths and opportunities.
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NCC ACRP 2023 BOARD DIRECTORY
- President: Vineeta Gulati
- Vice-President: Meghana Rao
- Treasurer: Kiruthika Arumugam
- Secretary & Program Committee Chair: Ying Chen
- Immediate Past President: Amanda Whalen
- Sponsorship Committee Chair: Sean Gerstenlauer
- Membership & Volunteer Committee Chair: Heather Brown
- Outreach Committee Chair: Jesse Calvi
Immediate Past President
Membership & Volunteer
Outreach Committee Chair
NCC ACRP Career Bootcamp 2023