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Clinical Research Staff Foundations (CRSF)

Program Overview

CRSF is a new centralized training program housed in the Utah Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and available to entry-level clinical research staff across campus. This program is intended to provide a basic education in core clinical research concepts, how those concepts relate to clinical research on campus, and how they relate to the research coordinator role. CRSF will be taught via multiple modalities, including: synchronous classroom lectures taught by an experienced clinical research manager, subject-matter expert guest lecturers, group work, and simulated research scenarios.

When Does the Program Start?

The July 2024 cohort is full. We are now accepting enrollees for the next class beginning in October 2024.

Who is Eligible?

Clinical research staff at the University of Utah who are currently at the Study Coordinator level or below. The program is intended for newer staff or those with a limited background in clinical research. Staff must be at 1.0 FTE.

How long does the program last?

Training will last for 5 weeks in total, on a part-time schedule as follows:


What clinical research topics will be covered?

The curriculum was developed with input from multiple research managers and research education experts across campus.

Topics include: orientation to human subjects research, research ethics, lifecycle of a research project, overview of research types, structure of a research team, compliance, specimen handling, SOPs, informed consent, epic training, data entry & quality, protocol comprehension, IRB, community research, genetics/genomics intro, and career path exploration.

Who is leading this program?

CRSF was developed out of the Clinical Research Support Office and led by Clinical Research Manager Ainsley Snow. Ainsley has 6 years of experience leading research projects and managing research staff at the University of Utah. She will be the main educator for staff enrolled in this program with guest lectures from subject-matter experts.

How much does it cost?

This training is being provided at no cost to departments at this time.

How can I enroll my staff and who do I contact with questions?

Email program manager Ainsley Snow,, to enroll eligible staff members. Cohorts will max out at 8 enrollees, with newer staff being prioritized for enrollment.

Guest Speakers

Event Speaker Date Time
Intro to OnCore CRSO OnCore Team April 17th 10-11am
Research Ethics - Human Subjects Research  Joyce Havstad, PhD April 22nd 9-10am
Intro to the IRB Emma Tkachuck May 1st 10-11am
The Importance of Clinical Research Dr. Jamie Dwyer May 15th 10-11am


All speakers will be presenting at the Zoom link below:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 694 712 7123
Passcode: 018339


Contact Us

Ainsley Snow
Clinical Research Manager