Freidenrich Center for Translational Research


Stanford’s General Clinical Research Center (GCRC), the precursor to Spectrum, was founded in 1962, providing centralized clinical research support to investigators across the School of Medicine in the conduct of clinical research. In 1998, a clinical trials office opened to support clinical trial investigators in additional areas, from study budgeting and contracts to education and training of clinical research staff. Efforts initiated in 2006 to address the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award program culminated in the formation of Spectrum, a new University-based Center to accelerate the application of scientific discoveries to patient care improvements in human health, encompassing both the GCRC and clinical trials office services. The center was awarded an NIH-funded CTSA grant in May 2008 and has made significant strides in transforming the clinical and translational research support infrastructure and scholarly environment at Stanford.


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