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 ~235 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.
If you would like to apply for a volunteer position, fill out this form here


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Patty Kasper

Clinical research has been a very satisfying career giving me the opportunity to help patients and train individuals at all levels in the industry. I feel very proud and gratified, especially when a former student or colleague tells me that my training has helped them advance in their clinical research career.

As a Medical Technologist with an MS in Bacteriology, I started in the research lab at Syntex. After two years, I discovered a job opportunity that I had never heard about. The role of CRA sounded perfect for my personality and background. I started in OB/Gyn and moved to pain, cardiology, infectious diseases, and oncology. I have worked on numerous drugs that have been approved and many are still on the market. As my career advanced, I took on managerial roles and moved on to create and lead a training department. In 1995, I founded P. Kasper & Associates, a consulting company providing clinical research training and operations. During this time, I have worked for many biotech and medical device companies in various indications. I have provided training courses to the public, dozens of sponsors, three universities, and numerous academic sites.

I joined ACRP because it is the flagship organization for clinical researchers providing education and networking that advances this field.

Interested in proposing a presentation on a timely topic?
Contact Ivona Zielinski


Are you interested in sponsoring one or more events (funding or in-kind support)?
Contact Patty Kasper

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

Annual Sponsors
Clinical Research Network

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In-Kind Sponsors


     Amanda Whalen 
Amanda Whalen
Tom Pamukcu
  Patty Kasper 
Immediate Past President  


Maria Filippou-Frye
Heather Brown

Meghana Rao
Outreach Chair
Tatevik Avanesyan
Finance Chair   
Jennifer Montenegro
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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