With the U-M Medical School’s recent placement of all Michigan Medicine clinical trials under the Clinical Trial Support Unit, the Kellogg Clinical Research Center has benefited from important enhancements.
The shift provides a uniform infrastructure across Michigan Medicine to improve efficiency and effectiveness, facilitate patient involvement, and enhance responsiveness to opportunities.In overseeing important aspects of finance, contracting and project management, the new structure allows investigators to focus on the scientific merits of their studies.
The KCRC now has two managers. Rebecca Hughes, research compliance specialist, comes to Kellogg from the Michigan Medicine Institutional Review Board, where she served as education coordinator. She assists with the regulatory portion of studies and some of the feasibility and design, aiding in the planning stages of studies and ensuring compliance with research regulations. She helps busy scientists navigate the complex landscape of research regulations.
Lindsay Godsey, who has been with the center since its inception, is lead clinical research coordinator. She coordinates the operation of sponsored studies that require major up-front work. “With our new organization,” she notes, “we have expanded the number and types of trials we are able to perform
Laura Rozek, research technician at the center, takes over the responsibilities generally performed by clinic managers in other parts of Kellogg. She helps ensure that visits to the center are run efficiently and that patients receive a top-notch experience.
The center has also hired a dedicated research imaging specialist, Laura Trebesh, who is certified in all studies and helps provide quality images for clinical research.
According to Kellogg professor Grant Comer, M.D., M.S., medical director of the Kellogg Clinical Research Center and associate medical director of the Clinical Trial Support Unit, the center is “an example of excellent quality in clinical research, that has attracted others who want to learn from Kellogg’s model.”