July 02, 2008

Key leadership hired at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine's new Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative

Case Western Reserve University's new Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) has hired the senior staff required to make the Collaborative fully operational. The initiative, launched with a $64 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's Clinical and Translational Science Awards, seeks to integrate clinical translational research capability between the University and its hospital partners to improve the health of patients in Northeast Ohio. It is one of 38 similar programs funded by the NIH nationwide to ensure that new and promising treatments reach patients.

"We are already seeing the impact of the hiring of these highly qualified professionals on the operation of the Collaborative," said Pamela Davis, dean of the School of Medicine and principal investigator for the Collaborative. "Together with the opening of the physical home of the program, right across from the dean's office, these individuals are making a difference for our investigators and the patients they serve."

Ginny Petrie has been hired to serve as the CTSC's executive director. She is responsible for providing administrative direction and oversight of daily operations for the program across all partner institutions, including Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and MetroHealth Medical Center. Petrie also is responsible for fiscal planning, budgetary guidance, and promoting the mission and services of the CTSC locally and nationally.

"I am proud to be involved and working directly with this exciting collaborative research effort promoting clinical research throughout Northeast Ohio," said Petrie. "It is rewarding to see research scholars and young investigators develop into the clinical leaders of the future."

Prior to joining Case Western Reserve University in March 2008, Petrie was senior practice administrator in the Department of Pediatrics at University Hospitals/Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, where she managed clinical and research operations for Pediatric Pulmonology. In this role, she managed and directed a staff exceeding 100 employees. Petrie has more than 28 years experience in academic practice administration and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Carolyn Apperson-Hansen has been hired as the CTSC's research concierge. She provides support in all phases of clinical and translational sciences and assists inexperienced investigators to understand research study needs while navigating multi-disciplinary research processes.

Apperson-Hansen previously led a team of statisticians and statistical programmers at Cleveland Clinic who supported clinical scientists on a variety of studies investigating causes and clinical practice outcomes related to heart disease. Prior to Cleveland Clinic, she was faculty at the University of Virginia as a project statistician for the NeuroClinical Trials Center. She has more than 20 years experience in clinical research and holds a Masters of Statistics degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.

"The research concierge is designed to be the first point of contact for access to CTSC resources and assistance with the development of research projects." Petrie explained. "Carolyn brings a depth of knowledge and skill to the position that will help ensure the CTSC's rapid growth."

The CTSC hosted its first educational symposium in May and has launched a Web site. To contact Ginny Petrie, send an e-mail to: ExecutiveDirector@clevelandctsc.org. To contact Carolyn Apperson-Hansen , send an e-mail to: ResearchConcierge@clevelandctsc.org.

The CTSC is led by principal investigator, Pamela B. Davis, dean and vice president for medical affairs of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and principal investigator, and Richard A. Rudick, vice chair of the Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic and co-principal investigator.

For more information contact Christina Thompson, 216.368.3635.

For more information contact Jessica E. Studeny, 216.368.4692.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, July 2, 2008 11:41 AM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, School of Medicine, news

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