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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Tom Pamukcu
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 approach to clinical research is very entrepreneurial, and I love creatively problem solving to accelerate trials. 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. 

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. As clinical researchers, we have the responsibility and honor of connecting patients with cutting-edge care and information. This work then feeds into the broader ecosystem of medical advancement and discovery. Since sleep, I've gone on to do research in pain and oncology, across academia and industry. My mission has always been to create new hope and possibilities for conditions that affect all of us, whether directly or through a loved one. This mission was my inspiration to leave pharma and establish Health Wallet, a technology company that democratizes access to clinical research while accelerating medical advances. I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue helping patient populations while also empowering clinical researchers to make their work more rewarding and effective.

I'm a firm believer in the power of mentorship and leadership development. In my career through academia and industry, I have been fortunate to work alongside incredible colleagues and mentors who have inspired and guided me. I've joined ACRP to give back to this community by helping other clinical researchers grow and build amazing careers so that they too can help make the world a better place for patients.

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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: Open Position
  • Outreach Committee Chair: Meghana Rao
     Amanda Whalen 
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Vineeta Gulati
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 Our Fun Volunteers at the January 2020 Kick-Off  Volunteers at VA Palo Alto November 2019       

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