Clark Grininger


Title: Informatics Core Manager

Duties: Managing databases for the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC), working with investigators to make sure the databases reflect their research needs, trouble-shooting computer equipment and GCRC instrumentation software.

Goals: To use technology to streamline GCRC operations. On his to-do list: facilitating principal investigators' access to data, developing an online system for research applications, and finding a way to collect data from patients at home via the internet. "The idea is to save money and increase accuracy."

Favorite Part of Job: "Coming to work every day! The people and the job are both great."

Background: Born and raised in Hawaii. Bachelor's degree from the University of Hawaii with a double major in Information Systems and International Business. After graduation, worked for the University of Hawaii for five years programming a touch-tone registration system and, later, web-based interface. Moved to California in 1997 to work for Personal Logic, eventually acquired by AOL, where he programmed decision guides to help consumers choose among products. "California was booming. It was the place to be if you worked with computers."

Began at TSRI: June 2002. "It's rewarding to support clinical research that will make a difference in people's lives."

Thoughts on La Jolla: "I think La Jolla is very nice—and, remember, I'm speaking as a person from Hawaii!"

Extracurriculars: Pursuing a master's degree in computer science. Taking care of his dog named Shiba (a Shiba Inu).



"It's rewarding to support clinical research that will make a difference in people's lives," says Clark Grininger, who is informatics core manager for TSRI's General Clinical Research Center. Photo by Kevin Fung.