University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Clinical Investigations Support Office



The Clinical Investigations Support Office (CISO) serves as a centralized unit to oversee the clinical research infrastructure and assist investigators in their conduct of clinical trials and translational research projects. CISO has three main operational units: 1) Protocol Administration; 2) Protocol Implementation; and 3) Administrative/Business Management.

The Protocol Administration Unit provides the centralized consultation and regulatory services necessary for the design, initiation, and conduct of clinical trials. Its services are listed below:
  • Consultations for protocol development
  • Regulatory support
  • A Protocol Tracking system
  • Patient registration/data management tools
  • Assistance to CIC in monitoring protocol progress

The Protocol Implementation Unit provides the following:
  • Centralized unit for study coordinators and DMs
  • Centralized data control and oversight
  • Quality assurance

The Administrative/Business Management Unit fulfills administrative functions necessary for efficiency and coordination of CISO with sponsors, investigators and others. Services are listed below:
  • Assist in budget development
  • Personnel management
  • Interface with other institutional entities

In addition to the services provided by the three operational units, CISO plays a central coordinating role within the Cancer Center through its interactions with other cores such as the Biostatistics Core, the Cancer Research Informatics Core (CRIC), the Translational Pathology Core, and the Protocol Review and Monitoring System entities {Clinical Investigations Committee (CIC) and the Quality Assurance and Monitoring Committee (QAMC) and the Data Monitoring and Safety Committee (DSMC)}.

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