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Office of Clinical and Translational Research

The Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) Office of Clinical and Translational Research was established in June 1998 and resides in the Division of Education and Research through the Cannon Research Center. This department is responsible for providing programs for direction, guidance, support, education and promotion of corporate compliance while facilitating clinical research throughout CHS. Regular business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 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.
  • Keeps 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, Research Review Committee (RRC) staff, Contract Specialists and Laboratory Coordinator.
  • Ensures high-quality scientific research protocols through RRC review of the projects' scientific design prior to implementation or review by other institutional committees.

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

Staff 
Joan Connell
AVP, Research Regulatory Affairs and Quality
704-355-0618
Michelle O'Sullivan
Program Coordinator, NSAC
704-355-0642
Jon Schwaiger
Assistant Director, IRB
704-355-4894
Pat O'Rourke
Laboratory Coordinator
704-355-5596
Laboratory Services
Elizabeth K. Cook
Program Coordinator, IRB
704-355-7987
Sophia Miranda
Assistant Director, Human Research Protection Program
704-355-0590
Ashley Strength
Program Coordinator, IRB
704-355-0627
Kristen Prospect
Monitor/Educator
704-355-0014
Cecilia Flynn
Program Coordinator, IRB
704-355-4869
Jane Flax
Staff Assistant, IRB
704-355-3158
Sharon Jarrett
Contract Specialist
704-355-0064
Valerie Galbraith
Monitor/Educator
704-355-0691
Carmen Costa
QA Research Associate
704-446-0958
Margret-Ann Griffin
Contract Specialist
704-355-0235
Julie Vineyard
IACUC/RSC Program Coordinator
704-355-8053
Richelle Hemendinger
QC Research Scientist
704-446-0957
Kyle Raub
Research Database Administrator
704-355-0424
 
Contact Information 
Michelle O'Sullivan
Office of Clinical and Translational Research
704-355-0642
 

 

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