Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program (CRISP)

CRISP Operations Suspended

3/13/2020 - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the safety of our volunteers, all CRISP operations and activities have been suspended until further notice. Program leadership will update current volunteers via e-mail and updates will be posted to this webpage as additional information becomes available.

Mission Statement

The mission of CRISP is to foster an environment for faculty, residents, and students who are conducting clinical research and simultaneously expose vetted pre-health students to the world of clinical research.  In addition, we seek to provide our CRISP Research Assistants with an opportunity to observe patient care in an urban academic emergency department as well provide career counseling and support as required for the career that they anticipate. 


As a part of the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine (CPR-EM), the Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program (CRISP) represents the research arm of the OHSU Department of Emergency Medicine. Under the leadership and guidance of the CRISP Medical Director and CRISP Program Director the program operates 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are between 5 and 10 active research studies at any one time, and many of these are extramurally funded, multicenter studies.  The beauty of this program is that it provides an opportunity for pre-health students with a serious interest in health career to work in a busy academic emergency department, interact with patients, and gain clinical knowledge.  In addition to the clinical side of things, the CRISP Research Assistants also learn the basics of clinical research and have the opportunity to contribute to national library for clinical research. The CRISP Research Assistants undergo hours of training in clinical research before they are allowed to work on a shift.  Once trained, the CRISP Research Assistants work closely will OHSU Emergency Department physicians, nurses, and ancillary staff to screen for eligible patients, obtain informed consent, and collect quality data.  Overall, the CRISP Program represents that largest volunteer research program on OHSU campus staffed approximately with 50+ pre-health students. 

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The CRISP program is currently suspended, updated information will be provided when available. 

The CRISP program is currently suspended, updated information will be provided when available. 

All CRISP activities and the application process for new studies have been put on hold until further notice.