The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education

Spectrum Child Health

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Spectrum Child Health provides formal infrastructure, mentoring, and funding in preparing early and mid-career faculty for a career in clinical and translational research in child health.

Services are available to Stanford faculty and trainees participating in clinical and translational research in children. Resources and services include:

  • Research Coordinators
  • Research Nurses
  • Clinic Space
  • Mentoring
  • Protocol or Scientific Advising
  • Core Lab Services
Contact Information

Spectrum Child Health Administration
(650) 724-6891

http://spectrumchildhealth.stanford.edu/


Clinic Space to Conduct Research Study Visits

Spectrum Child Health facilitates the identification of available space within SHC and/or LPCH and assists in scheduling or coordination of these locations for research purposes.

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Core Lab Services

Core lab services are available if you need to receive, process, store, analyze, and/or ship research samples/specimens.

Specialized testing includes:

  • carboxyhemoblobin
  • end-tidal breath trace gases (hydrogen, other volatiles)
  • marker of oxidation

Assay development includes:

  • end tidal breath carbon monoxide
  • phototherapy light sources
  • automated unbound bilirubin
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Pediatrics Mentoring Program – Research & Career

The Pediatrics Mentoring Program promotes the career development of early-career investigators (instructors and assistant professors) in Pediatrics at Stanford through a formal mentoring program and the Stable of Mentors.

Program mentors specialize in four key development areas:

  • Clinical/Teaching
  • Research
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Academic

Request a mentoring consultation if:

  • you need help identifying an appropriate mentor (research and/or career),
  • you are seeking advice about a specific topic (e.g., work-life balance, or appointment and promotion), or
  • you need general career guidance
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Protocol Development and Scientific Advice

Meet with a Spectrum Child Health grant reviewer to seek grant-writing or scientific advice about a specific research proposal prior to submission or re-submission to an NIH/Federal grant program, or one of our internally funded grants programs (Pediatric Research Fund, Innovations in Patient Care, Heart Center Research Program, Child Health Research Institute Fellowship).

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Research Coordinator & Research Nurse Services

Research personnel can help start-up, conduct, implement, and/or coordinate your research study. Our clinical research coordinators and research nurses are experienced in federal, industry, and pilot/internally funded studies in child health (single-site or multi-center).

Services range from start up (submission of IRB, estimating personnel effort and identifying research costs for budgeting/feasibility), through active study implementation (screening, enrolling, conducting study visits), to study close out.

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Internal Funding Opportunities

Spectrum Child Health administers four Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) Trainee and Grant Support funding programs to facilitate and support the best child-health focused research at Stanford.

CHRI Trainee Support
Administered annually, this program supports MD, MD/PhD, and PhD research fellows. Sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health through donor-driven endowments, each award is $35,000 up to full salary support. More »

CHRI Grant Support: Early Career, New Idea, and Bridge Funding
Administered semi-annually, this program supports clinical and translational research in child health. Sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, each award is up to $35,000. More »

CHRI Innovations in Patient Care
Administered annually, this program supports innovative research focused on improved patient quality-of-care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, each award is up to $25,000. More »

CHRI Heart Center Research Program
Administered semi-annually, this program supports research conducted by the members of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Children’s Heart Center. Sponsored by the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, each award is up to $35,000. More »

Scientific Advisory
All applicants receive reviewer comments regardless of award. Prior to submission or resubmission, applicants to any CHRI funding program may request a meeting with a reviewer for scientific and protocol development advice. More »

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Overview of the Spectrum Child Health Program

Spectrum Child Health provides formal infrastructure, mentoring, and funding in preparing early and mid-career faculty for a career in clinical and translational research in child health.

Our services are available to Stanford faculty and trainees participating in clinical and translational research in children. Resources and services include:

  • research coordinators/nurses
  • pilot funding programs
  • formal Pediatric Mentoring Program
  • protocol and scientific advising
  • coordination of clinic space
  • core lab services

More information:
http://spectrumchildhealth.stanford.edu/

Background of the Spectrum Child Health Program

The Child Health Research Program was established by Dr. Christy Sandborg in 2005 with the mission to increase the quantity and quality of clinical research in child health. The program offers a centralized clinical core with research support personnel, assistance with scientific expertise and advice, and career development services for junior investigators.

Newly named Spectrum Child Health in 2008, the organization continues to provide these services in addition to a formal Pediatric Mentoring Program and several pilot funding programs in preparing early and mid-career faculty for a career in clinical and translational research. These services are available to Stanford faculty and trainees participating in clinical and translational research in children.

Spectrum Child Health Scientific Advisory Committees

The Spectrum Child Health Scientific Review Panels are comprised of members who are experienced investigators and offer scientific oversight, expertise and advice.  The panels:

  • Determine scientific merit of proposals and make recommendations for allocation of resources
  • Review applications for the Pediatric Research Fund, Innovations in Patient Care, and the Child Health Research Institute Fellowships
  • Review non-peer reviewed proposals requesting Spectrum Child Health services
  • Function as an advisory group to the further development of Spectrum Child Health and the clinical and translational programs for child health researchers at Stanford

Leadership — Spectrum Child Health Program

David Stevenson, MD
Leader — Spectrum Child Health
Phone: (650) 723-5711 or (650) 724-6966
Email: email


Christy Sandborg, MD
Co-Leader — Spectrum Child Health
Phone: (650) 724-1367 or (650) 723-8295
Email: email


Mary Chen, MS, MBA
Director — Spectrum Child Health
Phone: (650) 736-9783 or (650) 724-6891
Email: email

Program Contact Information

Spectrum Child Health Administration
800 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: (650) 724-6891
Fax: (650) 723-8552

Spectrum Child Health website
http://spectrumchildhealth.stanford.edu/

Research Coordinator/Nurse Services
Phone: (650) 736-9783 or (650) 724-1157

Awards and Grant Programs
Phone: (650) 724-6891

Mentoring Program
Phone: (650) 736-9783 or (650) 724-0279

Core Lab Services
Email:  email

Personnel Directory – Spectrum Child Health

David Stevenson, MD
Leader — Spectrum Child Health
Phone: (650) 723-5711 or (650) 724-6966
Email: email

Christy Sandborg, MD
Co-Leader — Spectrum Child Health
Phone: (650) 724-1367 or (650) 723-8295
Email: email

Mary Chen, MS, MBA
Director — Spectrum Child Health
Phone: (650) 736-9783
Email: email

Spectrum Child Health Administration
Phone: (650) 724-6891
Email: email

Meg Venables
Financial and Data Analyst
Phone: (650) 724-1175
Email: email

Guadalupe Makasyuk
Program Coordinator
Phone: (650) 724-0279
Email: email

Jo Ann Hunter
Program Assistant
Phone: (650) 724-6891
Email: email

Katherine Connors, MPH
Research Coordinator
Phone : (650) 736-8166
Email: email

Alice Drain
Research Coordinator
Phone: (650) 723-8922
Email: email

Anne Marcy, CCRP
Research Coordinator
Phone: (650) 721-6249
Email: email

Elisabeth Merkel, RN, CCRC
Research Nurse
Phone: (650) 736-0644
Email: email

Nirvi Mistry
Research Coordinator
Phone: (650) 723-4382
Email: email

Emily Orbe, RN, MSN
Research Nurse
Phone: (650) 724-0218
Email: email

Jennifer Perry
Research Coordinator
Phone: (650) 725-5961
Email: email

Sara Sherman-Levine, RN, MSN, CPNP
Research Nurse
Phone: (650) 862-7067
Email: email

May Zepeda
Research Coordinator
Phone: (650) 724-0177
Email: email

Ronald Wong
Core Lab Manager
Email: email