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The Research Administrative Core (RAC) is a new service designed to assist the research community with the conduct of research. The goal of this core is to provide temporary staffing to physicians and research scientists to facilitate research at RUMC. These services are offered by the Research and Clinical Trials Administration Office and are charged on a fee-for- service basis. The services provided assist investigators with the regulatory, budgetary and compliance functions and also provide assistance to experience, junior and new researchers to navigate through the research processes.

The RAC was established to further our the concierge approach to further or mission of translational research by facilitating the conduct of safe and ethical research. The RAC services are provided upon request and operate with maximum transparency. Customer service is paramount to the success of the RAC.

Services currently available:

  • Billing plan and coverage analysis development
  • Development and negotiation of research budget(s)
  • Regulatory development and submission to Institutional Review Boards
  • Research nurse coordinator services
  • Comprehensive educational internship for research personnel, including investigators
  • Scattered bed inpatient research model

Additional Services available FY 10:

  • Research administration
  • Development of NIH and other sponsored projects submissions

Participating Physicians and Staff:

Thomas Wilson, MBA
Associate Vice President
Senior Research Administrator

Lisa Pitler, JD, MS, RN
Senior Director, Research and Clinical Trials Administration Office

Donna Knuth, MBA
Director, Sponsored Research Projects

Jane Welch, DNP, APRN, BC
Director, Human Subjects Protections

Josephine Volgi, RN, CDE
Research Nurse

Diane Downs, MSN, RN
Coverage Analyst

Amor Rausch, RN
Coverage Analyst

Patrick McNulty, BS
Budget Administrator

Veronica Alvarez
Regulatory Coordinator

Research and Clinical Trials Administration Office
Rush Annex
707 S. Wood St., Lower Level

For more information about the Research Administrative Core, please contact Lisa Pitler, JD, MS, RN at (312) 942-5713.

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