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Translating Discovery into Health

University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration, & Development (UC BRAID) creates opportunities to improve health for Californians and beyond. Our platform for collaboration helps catalyze innovative ideas and build and leverage shared resources.  READ MORE


So long, silos! UC BRAID and our network of research administration experts across the University of California work to test and implement new ways of working together more efficiently. We break down barriers, making communication more effective, reducing impediments and redundancies, ultimately making it faster and easier for UC to conduct the next generation of research.


Contracting offices face increasing internal and external pressure to improve turnaround times for clinical trial contract execution. To address these challenges, UC BRAID convened a network of campus contracting leadership. More...

Participant Recruitment

Participant recruitment is a significant challenge in many studies involving human subjects. The 5 campuses of UC BRAID, UC Riverside, and Stanford have partnered to build a portfolio of tools and services to improve the participant recruitment processes. More...


UC BRAID works closely with campus IRB Directors and staff as they adapt to a changing regulatory landscape. This close collaboration provides opportunities for us to test new approaches that streamline IRB approval and speed up clinical trial activation.  More...

UC BRAID facilitated linking our clinical trial networks, for the first time giving our patients access to cutting edge therapies across the UC health systems through single IRB review and a simplified contracting process.


Gary Firestein, Director

Clinical and Translational Research Institute ,

UC San Diego


We are excited to showcase a diverse set of tools developed by our partners across the University of California. One example is a clinical trial finder that helps researchers, patients and physicians explore the broad portfolio of trials across the state. Another is a toolkit to assist UC investigators through the contracting process for investigator-initiated trials. Take a look and see what else is on offer.

UC Clinical Trials

Search for clinical trials across UC Health


UC Profiles

Find UC Health researchers in over 20k profiles

Investigator Initiated Trials 

Facilitate the contracting process for Investigator Initiated Trials
with this Toolkit

UC TrialQuest

Find IRB approval status for studies across the 5 UC Medical Centers

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Legacy tool for research study cohorts from 15m de-identified patient records across UC Health


Virtual Biospecimen Discovery

Locate biospecimens at repositories across UC


UC Core

Advance drug discovery with these resources



Date: May 21, 2021 | Sacramento


Golden Award Winner - Making Connections: serving the public and the clinical research enterprise of the University of California

Our journey has been rewarding and valuable for researchers, clinicians, administrators, staff, and patients across the entire UC Health system and its 5 individual campuses. Our focus on accessibility and findability is key; these sites are all in the public domain, bringing research and advances in clinical care & health to serve all Californians and beyond

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Date: August, 1 2022 | Oakland

Elizabeth Boyd, PhD named Director, UC BRAID

It is my pleasure to announce that after a competitive search, Elizabeth Boyd, PhD has been appointed Director of University of California Biomedical Research Acceleration Integration & Development (UC BRAID), effective September 19, 2022. Dr. Boyd has supported UC BRAID as Strategic Development Advisor since 2021; in that role she guided the implementation of UC BRAID’s strategic plan for the 2022-23 fiscal year. 

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UC BRAID Funding for COVID-19 Health Equity Projects

In September 2020, UC Biomedical Research Acceleration, Innovation and Development (UC BRAID) launched the Addressing Health Equity in COVID Research initiative which provided $100K in support to each of the 5 UC CTSA campuses to enhance existing research projects and enable increased inclusion. The initiative was a mechanism to immediately provide support to existing project (e.g. clinical trials, social/behavioral, and community engagement research) and address the intersecting challenges of COVID-19 and health disparity.

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Date: November 5, 2021   |  California

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