Clinical Research Program

The Clinical Research Program (CRP) at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) was established to provide administrative oversight of clinical trials conducted at Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC). This oversight includes:

  • Pre-study feasibility assessments
  • Contract negotiations with sponsors
  • Periodic audits of study documents and financial reports
  • Training programs for staff and investigators

CRP clinical operations are governed by written policies and procedures that cover all aspects of study implementation from start-up to close-out.

Clinical Research Program at a Glance

  • $5 million annual research portfolio including federal, not-for-profit and for-profit sponsors
  • 150+ Investigators conducting research
  • 440+ Active Studies including interventional drug and device trials, chart reviews, medical records research, observational studies as well as humanitarian, compassionate use and expanded access studies
  • Highly Trained Staff: 20+ Study coordinators, 10+ research assistants and 11 administrative staff to manage IRB submissions, budget and project planning, study implementation, sponsor outreach and subject recruitment
  • Dedicated investigational drug services (research pharmacy)
  • Dedicated laboratory space for specimen processing including: refrigerator, -20 and -70 degree freezers, centrifuge and ECG
  • A number of state-of-the-art research labs to support specialized studies
  • Regulatory and Billing Compliance Auditors
  • Training/Mentoring Program for Investigators

Clinical Research Program Leadership

Christopher Porter, MD, Medical Director
Cheryl Weaver, BA, CCRC, CCRA, Director, Research Integrity & Safety
Cecilia Morgan, PhD, Director, Clinical Research Operations

Primary Clinical Research Areas

Digestive Disease and Hepatology
Neurological Diseases

Main Number: 206-342-6915

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