CCTR Presents at VCU School of Nursing Research Council

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Representatives from multiple cores within the VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research led a presentation on the various tools and services offered by the Center at a recent VCU School of Nursing Research Council.

The VCU Wright CCTR reviewed research definitions set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the services offered by the CCTR Research Innovator, Clinical Research Services policies, and institutional information. 

“You are not alone,” said Shirley L.T. Helm, MS, CCRP, manager of clinical research administration for the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services. “We are here to help you with a team of experts in the areas of research, biostatistics, informatics, study conduct, regulatory development…you name it.”

The team went on to explain how the VCU Wright CCTR caters to investigators at many levels and functions as an umbrella center for various hubs, which includes the Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry, the Community Engagement Core, and the Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging (CARI) program, among others.

“As the School of Nursing is ramping up it’s own clinical research projects, it was good to identify areas of concern and educate them as to the services the CRS provides to the greater research community here at VCU,” said Art Carpenter, senior financial analyst for the VCU Wright CCTR. “I was happy to walk the audience through requesting quotes for services and procedures from our identified ancillary services.”

Click here to view the presentation slideshow.

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Shirley Helm, M.S., CCRP, manager of clinical trial administration for the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services
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Alanda Perry Jones, MA, CCRP, clinical trials specialist for the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services
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Joelle Lemmons, RN, BSN, MS, nurse manager for the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services
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Art Carpenter, senior financial analyst for the VCU Wright CCTR

 

Mary Madu and Kimberly Bradley Lead Brown Bag Presentation on Clinical Trial Recruitment

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The VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (VCU Wright CCTR) hosted the second in its five-part Fall Brown Bag Lunch seminar series. Attendees were encouraged to bring their lunch and learn about best practices for clinical trial recruitment in a presentation led by Kimberly Bradley, EMT, CCRP, manager of the coordinator pool for the CCTR’s Clinical Research Services (CRS), and Mary Madu, CCRC, advanced research coordinator for the CRS.

“People need to be invested in their own care before others can invest in them,” Madu said. “I try to be a support and source of education for folks so they can make informed decisions about their health and participation. Clinical trials have the opportunity to be a fun and really positive experience for all parties involved once participants are invested in themselves and they see that I am invested in them and the work that I do.” 

In addition to sharing their own best practices in clinical trial recruitment, Madu and Bradley discussed the various free resources available at VCU, including StudyFinder, ResearchMatch, and the VCU Clinical Trials Facebook page

“Exposure is an opportunity to educate,” Bradley said. “The more potential participants hear and learn about clinical trials, the more they’ll feel comfortable with the idea of participating. I always go back to the importance of education, whether that’s at the level of a participant, coordinator, or study team… Everyone can benefit from education.”    

The discussion of consent as a form of empowerment for participants was also discussed at length. For those suffering from a serious disease or illness, oftentimes they may feel as if they don’t have a choice in the care they receive or decisions that are made. It is the responsibility of the study team to stress that participating in a clinical trial is a choice that participants make for themselves.

“I consider my study participants to be invited guests and I treat them as such,” Madu said. “I want them to know that there is tremendous value in participating in a clinical trial, but that they have the power to remove themselves from it at any time. It’s important to me that they have a positive experience because I want them to know that I believe their time is valuable and they are valuable.”

To learn more about the VCU Wright CCTR’s Clinical Research Services, visit www.cctr.vcu.edu/clinicalresearch.

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Mary Madu, CCRC, advanced research coordinator for the CRS
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Kimberly Bradley, EMT, CCRP, manager of the coordinator pool for the CRS

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