Date: July 19, 2019  |  Oakland

By UCOP Staff

On Thursday, July 18, Dan Cooper, director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at UC Irvine, announced the appointment of Laurie Herraiz as executive director of UC Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration, and Development (UC BRAID). UC BRAID is the coalition of the UC-wide Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) programs, including those at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, and UCSF. BRAID is a model of success for harnessing the talents of CTSA hubs to advance clinical research and science.

“We are delighted Laurie has accepted this position, and we look forward to working with her to collaborate across the UC system and accelerate research to improve health throughout California,” said Cooper.

Laurie Herraiz Named Executive Director of UC BRAID


By Leslie Yuan and Anirvan Chatterjee, UCSF

Enabled by UC BRAID, UCSF launched its new Clinical Trials website in late 2016 (see blog article). Developed by the Research Technology team in the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the site makes it easy for UCSF patients, doctors, and researchers to find, learn about, and engage with UCSF’s clinical trials across hundreds of different health conditions. 

The system features: 

  • A user-friendly search engine supporting incremental search and spell correction 

  • Dedicated landing pages for each health condition (e.g., epilepsyliver cancer

  • An easy-to-digest web page for every trial, including its recruiting status, eligibility criteria, study description, and a way to learn more (e.g., WISDOM StudyPairedPLIE) 

  • Pages carefully hand-optimized for search engines – including URLs, page titles, description tags, semantic HTML, and rich machine-readable metadata 

  • A pragmatic data ingest process that sources current trial data from public and internal sources, and that handles dirty and incomplete data 

  • Informational pages in English and three additional languages  


The approach worked! Just six months after launch, the website was getting twice as much traffic as the system it replaced. Within 21 months, the traffic was three times that of the original system. 

Date: February 27, 2019  |  San Francisco

Five UCs Benefit from Clinical Trials Website


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