USC Clinical Trials Office

Serving patients, researchers and sponsors by expediting clinical trials for novel and promising therapies

Welcome to the Clinical Trials Office of USC

Announcement regarding New CTO Director, Melissa Archer

As of January 1st, 2016, the CTO will be under the responsibility of the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Taking the leadership charge will be Ted Budge, Senior Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer, and Tom Buchanan, Vice Dean for Research, who will both be overseeing the management and operations of the CTO. With this new shift of the CTO to the Keck School of Medicine, there will be a renewed focus on efficiency, transparency and accountability. The CTO will continue to provide high-quality support in budgeting and contracting matters to researchers and work directly with sponsors to create fluid and collaborative relations in order to further facilitate the clinical trials process.

As a step towards making information gathering, collecting and storing easier for the management of clinical trials, we are excited to also introduce OnCore – a data repository system for all study-related information. With the implementation of OnCore, the CTO hopes to provide a one-stop place where all relevant and up-to-date information on a clinical trial could be accessed from and stored. OnCore is set to launch in March 2016.

Please do not hesitate to contact the CTO if you have any questions at We are currently working on constructing a new and improved CTO website so please excuse our appearance during the process. In the meantime, please feel free to refer back to the existing CTO Site.

We’re looking forward to an exciting year of changes and improvements within the CTO. Fight on!!