Clinical Trials Office

Jessica M.J. Rhee, MD, MS, Medical Director
Kate Bryant-Greenwood, Clinical Manager


Mission Statement

To reduce the burden of cancer for the people of Hawaiʻi, the Pacific, and globally by providing access to innovative clinical trials.


Vision Statement

To find a cure for cancer through clinical trials.


Core Values

Integrity, Commitment, Excellence

Staffed by highly-trained professional research personnel, the Clinical Trials Office (CTO) is a central office that provides infrastructure and operational support for cancer clinical trials at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center and Hawaiʻi Cancer Consortium, which at any given time has approximately 150 cancer clinical trials. CTO personnel are available to assist both faculty and industry sponsors throughout the entire lifecycle of a protocol from inception to study closeout. We are the central point of contact, coordinating with investigational pharmacy, laboratory, nursing, NCI, investigational sites, and other collaborating academic institutions.


CTO services include:

Study Coordination

  1. Regulatory services
  2. Complete new IRB submissions and amendments
  3. Process safety reports
  4. Assist with reporting

Fiscal Services

  1. Develop and negotiate budgets and amendments for trials with industry sponsorship
  2. Provide post award support to research staff

Protocol Development

  1. Develop investigator-initiated protocols
  2. Negotiate for novel agents with industry sponsorship

Education and Training of Clinical Trial Staff

  1. Provide regular educational meeting for research staff
  2. Conduct orientation for new hires
  3. Produce clinical research newsletter & email communications

Clinical Research Group Support

  1. Oversee clinical research group flowcharts and webpages
  2. Post trial listing to UHCC website. and NCI CTRP

OnCore Database

  1. Facilitate data collection and reporting of clinical cancer research per NCI requirements
  2. Develop study calendars
  3. Set up user-specific OnCore access and training

Protocol Review and Monitoring System (PRMS)

All cancer-related protocols at University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center are required to be reviewed by the Protocol Review and Monitoring System, also known as PRMS. Subject enrollment cannot begin until both PRMS and IRB (Institutional Review Board) approvals have been obtained and a Study Activation Notice has been received for that protocol.

Components of the PRMS include:

  1. CRABCommunity Research Advisory Board – aka pre-protocol review and monitoring committee (PRMC) - meets monthly to review feasibility to conduct the trial in a community setting
  2. PRMC – Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee - meets monthly to provide scientific review of trials
  3. DSMC – Data Safety Monitoring Committee - meets monthly to review safety data of ongoing trials
  4. EPCRS – Early Phase Clinical Research Support - meets as needed to review center-wide investigator initiated early phase trials seeking financial support