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Office of Clinical and Translational Research

The Carolinas HealthCare System Office of Clinical and Translational Research (OCTR) was established in June 1998 and resides in the Division of Therapeutic Research and Development (TRD). The OCTR is responsible for providing programs for direction, guidance, support, education and promotion of regulatory compliance, while facilitating clinical research throughout Carolinas HealthCare System. Regular business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Office of Clinical and Translational Research:

  • Provides administrative oversight of all aspects of the conduct of clinical research.
  • Provides contract review and overview of budget finalization.
  • Participates in developing and conducting clinical research education programs for investigators, research support staff and allied facilities.
  • Assists in quality management activities consisting of coordination of TJC issues, development and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures, development and implementation of a Quality Assurance/Monitoring Program and coordinates Research Compliance Plan and HIPAA Privacy/Security Program for Clinical Research in collaboration with CHS Department of Corporate Compliance. Assures that good clinical practices are followed in the conduct of clinical research.
  • Assists with study recruitment through industry networking, institutional marketing and collaboration with other academic institutions.
  • Supports research personnel with Human Resource issues, acting as a resource and adviser to Human Resources and site personnel.
  • Supports professional growth and development through support of training and continuing education of research staff.
  • Provides administrative oversight via the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Office, IACUC/ IBC/ Cannon Safety Committee Coordination, Contract Specialists and Laboratory Coordinator.

For additional information about research participants' rights, information on research participation, or other research services, please review this document (25KB, PDF).

Staff Contact Information
Joan Connell
AVP, Research Regulatory Affairs and Quality
Michelle O'Sullivan
Assistant to Director and Program Coordinator, Nursing Scientific Advisory Committee (NSAC)
Office of Clinical and Translational Research
Jon Schwaiger, CIM
Assistant Director, IRB
Pat O'Rourke
Laboratory Coordinator
Laboratory Services
Cecilia Flynn
Program Coordinator, IRB
Sophia Miranda
Assistant Director, Human Research Protection Program
Ashley Quattrocchi
Program Coordinator, IRB
Kristen Prospect
Jane Flax
Staff Assistant, IRB
Shawn Jackson

Sharon Jarrett
Contract Specialist for Oncology and Master CDAs/CTAs
Varsha Evans
Coding Tech/Medical Records Research Assistant
Sarah Cicci
Contract Specialist for Industry
Kyle Raub
Database Administrator
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