The St. John Clinical Research Institute contributes to medical science while providing cutting-edge medicines and therapies to patients who otherwise would not have access to them. The department coordinates and conducts clinical trials by equipping investigators with an efficient infrastructure, a committed research staff and operational expertise.
With research support in varying capacities, the Clinical Research Institute helps determine the safety and effectiveness of devices, diagnostic products, medications and treatment regimens intended for patient use. It also supports the research mission of St. John Health System by facilitating research funding, managing funded projects and educating research personnel on current state, federal and funding agency-specific research policies and procedures.
Investigators are physicians trained and credentialed for clinical trials in their respective fields. Full-time RN research coordinators dedicate 100 percent of their time to trials, and clinical staff are specially trained to perform research procedures and collect data as mandated by study protocol and federal, state and local regulations and guidelines. Regulatory oversight and ethics submissions are managed by a regulatory specialist dedicated to clinical research compliance. All research staff receive training in human subject protections through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program every three years and the National Institutes of Health annually.
Physicians and other staff comprise the roster of St. John Health System's Institutional Review Board (IRB), a committee that performs ethical reviews of proposed research. The IRB is registered with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, which grants St. John a Federalwide Assurance and, therefore, federal support for research involving human subjects.