ACRP Northern California Chapter

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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 website. 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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ACRP membership is required to join our chapter. ACRP membership offers invaluable global networking and professional development opportunities including access to many resources: Clinical Researcher, The Wire, online communities, discounts on offerings, and more. Select ‘Membership’ from the menu bar on the ACRP home page for more information on the many benefits. 

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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Emily Nurminen

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 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. After gaining a lot of experience and knowledge, I worked in Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering initially spearheading our newly created QA program, and then moving into a supervisor role managing CRCs. 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.

I joined ACRP when I became a CRC in order to expand my clinical research community and learn about other career paths and opportunities.

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We thank the following organizations for their funding or in-kind support in delivering on our mission. This support does not influence the content of our activities

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  • President: Amanda Whalen
  • Vice-President: Vineeta Gulati
  • Treasurer: Meghana Rao
  • Secretary: Heather Brown
  • Immediate Past President: Patty Kasper
  • Finance Committee Chair: Kiruthika Arumugam
  • Sponsorship Chair: Sean Gerstenlauer
  • Membership & Volunteer Committee Chair: Heather Brown
  • Program Committee Chair: Yonjong Choi
  • Outreach Committee Chair: Meghana Rao
     Amanda Whalen 
Amanda Whalen
Vineeta Gulati
Vice President
Meghana Rao
Treasurer/Outreach Committee Chair
Heather Brown
Membership & Volunteer Committee Chair
Patty Kasper 
Immediate Past President  
Sean Gerstenlauer
Sponsorship Chair

Kiruthika Arumugam
Finance Chair
  Yonjong Choi
  Program Chair
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 Our Fun Volunteers at the January 2020 Kick-Off  Volunteers at VA Palo Alto November 2019       

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