Career Bootcamp for Clinical Research Professionals

When:  Sep 14, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PT)


Announcing our first-ever workshop, Career Bootcamp for Clinical Research Professionals! This event brings career coaches, recruiters and industry professionals to give you a full-day experience of learning, hands-on training, coaching and networking.

Speaker: Toby Freedman, Ph.D. President, Synapsis Search

Toby Freedman is a recruiter, author and career development expert. Her book, Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development, provides an in-depth and comprehensive overview of the many careers in the life sciences industry. She provides career development workshops at academic centers. Toby founded her own recruiting firm, Synapsis Search, which is focused on life science R&D and business placements. Toby previously worked at BioQuest and SLIL Biomedical (a biotech startup). She earned a Ph.D. in biology/molecular biology from UNC Chapel Hill and her postdoctoral fellowship was at Harvard University.

Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford

Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez utilizes her training as a psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and clinical researcher to innovate rapid-acting treatments to relieve the suffering of patients with severe mental illnesses, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She has led landmark clinical trials that pioneered new targeted treatments and investigated the role of glutamatergic and opioid pathways. As the Director of the Translational Therapeutics Lab and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, she developed methods that combine in vivo drug infusions with magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalograpy (EEG) to map human brain circuit dysfunction in real time. Carolyn received her B.S. in Computer Science from Harvard University, followed by a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Genetics from Harvard Medical School and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School-M.I.T.


  • Andres M. Alvarez Pinzon, Director Regulatory Affairs and Translational Medicine, Stanford
  • Gerri O’Riordan, R.N., Director of Clinical Research in the CV Medicine Division, Stanford
  • Gina Budman, Founder, LeCDMS - Leading Edge CDM Solutions
  • Michelle Ragozzino, Ph.D, Regulatory Affairs Manager, NeuroPace
  • Nadia Bracken, Founder and Chief Connector, GCP Cafe
  • Satej Nadkarni, President, Global Clin-Reg Solutions, Inc.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Opportunities and Challenges in Psychiatric Clinical Research
  2. Different career paths available in Clinical Research
  3. Tips and tools to find employment and move up the career ladder in Clinical Research
  4. Understand the roles, responsibilities and core competencies in Clinical Research
  5. Hands-on workshops on resume building, interview practice, personal branding, mentorship, and networking


8:30 - 9:00 AM: Event Registration/Breakfast

9:00 - 9:05 AM: NCC ACRP President's Welcome - Patty Kasper

9:05 - 9:10 AM: Host Sponsor's Welcome - Virginia Nido

9:10 - 10:05 AM: Keynote Speaker & 15 min Q&A - Dr. Rodriguez "Opportunities and Challenges in Psychiatric Clinical Research"

10:05 - 10:20 AM: Break

10:20 - 11:35 AM: Panel Discussion (6 panelists) with 15 min Q&A

11:35 - 11:50 AM: Break

11:50 AM - 12:40 PM: Breakout Session with Panel Members

12:40 - 1:30 PM: Lunch Break & Structured Networking

1:30 - 2:30 PM: Speaker Toby Freedman & Q&A “Getting your dream job”

2:30 - 3:00 PM: Breakout Session #1

3:00 - 3:15 PM: Break

3:15 - 3:45 PM: Breakout Session #2

3:45 - 3:55 PM: President's Closing Comments

3:55 - 4:55 PM: Networking

Target Audience: This full-day event is designed to help Clinical Research Professionals in all stages of their career. Whether you are looking for your first role, or managing a research portfolio, we invite you to attend and brush up on new skills.

Online event registration: Registration closes on Thursday, September 12th at midnight Pacific Time.

Walk-in registration: The price of admission will be $10 more at the door for each ticket category.

Bring your email confirmation to the event. Please notify the Event Manager for cancellations. No refunds or transfers.

For event registration questions, please contact Event Manager Tom Pamukcu at

ACRP CONTACT HOURS - 4 Contact Hours approved
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Funding and in-kind support provided by the following sponsors do not influence the content of this program.

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Cheers, Northern California Chapter (SF Bay Area) - Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)


350 DNA way
Building 35 - Conference Rooms 1A and 1B
South San Francisco, CA 94080