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Research February 2024 Newsletter

G517422 Clinical Trials bulletin v2 (1)


As the midpoint of February approaches, we find ourselves divided between those still awaiting a significant snowfall for a true winter experience and those already planning their spring activities. Personally, I am taking my lead from Punxsutawney Phil and have moved on from winter in my mind. February is American Heart Month, a time to combat heart disease by increasing physical activity and making wise dietary choices. It is also Black History Month, an opportunity to honor the significant contributions of African Americans to society. In this newsletter, please take note of several upcoming events, including Carilion Clinic Research Day on April 9th, 2024, and the announcement of our recent Research Acceleration Program awardees.


Francis X. Farrell

Senior Director, Research and Development

Top Research News

Carilion Clinic’s Research Acceleration Program (RAP) funds Carilion employees interested in pursuing clinical, biomedical, or behavioral research projects. Projects of interest are those that would advance or contribute to Carilion’s care

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The Research and Development department is pleased to announce the commencement of registration and abstract submission for the 2024 Carilion Clinic Research Day. This event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 9th, commencing at


NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

The National Institute of Health issued the Data Management and Sharing Policy (DMS), effective January 25, 2023, to promote the sharing of scientific data. The DMS Policy applies to all research, funded, or conducted in whole or in part by the NIH, that results in the generation of scientific data. This includes research funded or conducted by extramural grants, contracts, Intramural Research Projects, or other funding agreements regardless of NIH funding level or funding mechanism. The DMS Policy does not apply to research and other activities that do not generate scientific data, including training, infrastructure development, and non-research activities.

The DMS Policy requires:

  • Submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan outlining how scientific data and any accompanying metadata will be managed and shared, considering any potential restrictions or limitations.
  • Compliance with the awardee's plan as approved by the NIH ICO.

To learn more and to access Carilion Clinic’s resources regarding the DMS policy/plan please visit Project Closure / NIH Data Management and Sharing (carilionclinic.org).

Whole Health Consortium

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As part of our continuing efforts to grow patient-centered research at Carilion, we offer the Clinical Research Suite at Riverside 4 as a multifunctional hub supporting a range of clinical research activities. Research personnel have access to dedicated research study visit rooms, a specimen processing lab, and hoteling space. Please visit our Riverside 4 Research Suite landing page or reach out to research@carilionclinic.org if you are interested in reserving this space. 

New Employees 

Tariana Carter, MS - Clinical Research Coordinator I – Research & Development
Tariana Carter joined our team and is supporting the Pediatric Department as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Tariana has a passion for helping children and will be a fantastic asset to the Pediatric team. She is a Roanoke native and is a graduate of Patrick Henry High School. She is a proud alumnus of Spelman College and Morehouse School of Medicine. Tariana recently moved back to the Roanoke area to be able to spend more time with family and friends. Additionally, she enjoys trying new foods, traveling, and playing with her toy poodle, Brix. Please welcome Tariana to the team!

Nicholas Joseph, BSc - Clinical Research Coordinator II – Research & Development
Nicholas Joseph joined our team as a Research and Development Coordinator primarily supporting the OB/GYN, Dermatology, and GI departments. Nicholas has four years of clinical trial experience across a range of industry and non-sponsored fields of interest. His previous work has included designing two of Merck’s investigations of Bridion®, drafting an anesthetic protocol for S-ICD testing, and coordinating a 564-subject prospective trial into Lysteda®. He brings with him an enthusiasm for improving patient care through innovative clinical research and shares in our excitement for the R&D department’s future. Additionally, Nicholas loves to travel, especially to places with interesting golf courses. On road trips, Nicholas’s mustachioed dog, Elmo, a German wirehair pointer often accompanies him as co-pilot. At home, Nicholas is an avid college football fan, though has so far kept quiet as to his favorite team. Please welcome Nicholas to the team!

Amuktha Polkampally, PharmD -  Clinical Research Coordinator III - Gynecology Oncology
We are pleased to announce the newest member of our Gynecology Oncology team, Katie Church, who assumed the role of Clinical Research Coordinator III in November 2023. Amuktha brings a wealth of expertise to our team, holding a Doctorate in Pharmacy from JSS University in India and boasting 5 years of clinical research experience. Before joining our team, Amuktha contributed significantly to the field as a Drug Safety Associate at IQVIA, where she played a key role in processing data and overseeing project requirements. Her proficiency in these areas is complemented by her prior experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator, further solidifying her standing as a valuable addition to our team. We eagerly welcome Amuktha aboard and look forward to the valuable contributions she will bring to our Gynecology Oncology research endeavors.

Katie Church, MA, MS - Clinical Research Coordinator III - Gynecology Oncology
We are pleased to introduce Katie Church, who joined our Gynecology Oncology research team as a Clinical Research Coordinator III in October 2023. Having successfully completed her onboarding, Katie has swiftly demonstrated her value as a team player and quick learner. Equipped with both an MA and MS in Biomedical Sciences, Katie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role. Prior to joining us, she served as a Clinical Research Coordinator at MedStar Health Research Institute. Katie's professional journey also includes notable roles such as Chief Medical Scribe and Project Manager for Scribe America, where she played a pivotal role in establishing the inaugural scribe program for the Emergency Department at Lewis Gale-Pulaski Hospital. Her diverse background and impressive track record make Katie a formidable asset to our team, and we are thrilled to welcome her aboard!

Erin Jennings, BS - Clinical Research Assistant - Neurosurgery
Erin earned her BS from JMU and is working towards a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology. Erin also works as a Clinical Associate for Carilion Clinic.

Jessi Daily, BS - Clinical Research Assistant - Surgery
Jessica earned a BS in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech and a BS in Biomedical Sciences from Radford University Carilion. Jessi is a Patient Care Technician for Carilion Clinic.

Angel Jennings, BS - Clinical Research Assistant - Emergency Medicine
Angel earned a BS in Psychology from Radford University. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse. She is currently working towards her RN.

James McKinley - Clinical Research Assistant - Mental Health
James will graduate from Virginia Tech this Spring with a BS in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Grace-Anna Chaney - Data Science Engineer Biostatistician III
Grace will be starting at Carilion on Monday, February 12!

Current R&D Job Openings 

Pre-Award Grants Management Administrator
Carilion Research & Development is growing!  We are adding a Pre-Award Grants Management Administrator to our team.  We seek an energetic individual who can work independently with investigators to facilitate strategic team development, plan innovative projects, and communicate effectively.  The role will focus primarily on preparing competitive research and programmatic grant proposals for federal, state, and private funders.  Previous experience with federal grant funding and pre-award requirements is highly desired.  If you are mission-driven and have a heart for improving community health, come share your talents with us!

Clinical Research Manager - Inpatient Clinical Trials Unit
Manages clinical research staff supporting the newly developed Inpatient Clinical Trials Unit. Along with the Department of Research and Development and the Medical Director for Inpatient Clinical Trials, the clinical research manager will be responsible for oversight and development of the Inpatient Clinical Trials Unit at Carilion Clinic.

Clinical Research Coordinator - Emergency Medicine
The Clinical Research Coordinator will support clinical trials at the Carilion Clinic in Pediatrics, R&D, or CVI. Basic responsibilities include supporting research investigators/physicians with guidance on research policies and processes, enabling successful collaborations with research sponsors, monitoring and tracking study progress, study design assistance, regulatory submission, and maintenance, research subject visit management, and any other research-related duties, as necessary. Under the supervision of Research and Development, this position is charged with maintaining compliance with study protocols, guidelines set by governing agencies, and institutional policy.

Clinical Research Assistant - Emergency Medicine
Clinical Research Assistant - Mental Health, Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine
Clinical Research Assistant - Gastroenterology
The Clinical Research Assistant will be under general supervision of the Principal Investigator, and assist with administrative activities associated with conducting research studies including industry-sponsored, grant-funded, or internally funded studies while maintaining compliance with guidelines set by governing agencies and institutional policy. This position will be assigned to support minimal risk or non-interventional studies, unless assigned to serve in a support function for greater than minimal risk studies that also include a Clinical Research Coordinator or Clinical Research Nurse. 

Carilion Clinic TriNetX Virtual Training Schedule

Carilion offers instructor-led, focused training for an in-depth, step-by-step learning experience building patient cohorts and delving into Analytics. The facilitator will be Dee Myers. Please get in touch with HART@carilionclinic.org with the subject of 'TriNetX Training' for training outside of the scheduled sessions. If you haven’t taken a class or need a refresher, this is your opportunity to do so!  Let Dee Myers know which date you prefer and she will send a meeting invitation.

  • Feb. 22, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
  • March 7, 10:30 a.m. - noon
  • March 21, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
  • April 10, 10:30 a.m. - noon
  • April 25, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

For more information visit: https://carilionclinic.org/health-analytics-research-team

My Project Path:

Resources and Processes for Research, Grants, and QA/QI


Want to do a project, but don’t know where to start? Or, experienced but want to see what new resources are available?

To learn about Carilion’s resources and processes for Research, Grants and QA/QI, visit https://redcap.link/MyProjectPath.  This tool provides easy navigation to topics of interest, including links to the Research and Development Application and the IRB PRIS3M application.


iTHRIV Updates:

Upcoming Workshops and general information: https://portal.ithriv.org/#/home

Newsletter link: https://www.ithriv.org/april-2023-newsletter

* Carilion Clinic Research and Development is honored to partner with a growing list of prestigious national and statewide research centers and healthcare organizations. Find out more about our collaborative research initiatives; explore our unique public-private partnerships with the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) School of Medicine, Virginia Tech, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, Radford University Carilion, and others. Connect with our team to discuss opportunities to collaborate with our experts or become a participant.