Clinical Research Administration

The division of clinical research administration within the Office of Research Affairs facilitates the administrative and financial aspects of clinical research across the Rush System. 

The division sets the strategic vision for clinical research administration and provides leadership to ensure the enterprise has the following:

  • Well-funded leading-edge research in key therapeutic areas
  • Engaged principal investigators and research teams that are audit-ready
  • Efficient study start-up that sets the pace for academic medical centers in the Chicagoland area
  • Effective execution of clinical research-related activities
  • Preferred status with key industry sponsors

This division supports investigators in the following ways:

  • Industry-sponsored agreements
    • Contract negotiation in partnership with the Office of Legal Affairs
      • Confidentiality disclosure agreements
      • Clinical trial agreements
      • Sub-award agreements for clinical research
      • Service agreements for research
      • Professional service agreements for research
  • Clinical research core support, such as the following:
    • Clinicaltrials.gov application support
    • Quarterly new hire training session
    • Monthly continuing education sessions
    • Regulatory coordinator support
    • Research nursing support
    • Research coordinator support
    • Synchronization of protocol related documents prior to contract execution
  • Clinical research finance support
  • OnCore clinical trial management system (CTMS) support
    • System training
    • Upgrades, enhancements, and trouble-shooting
    • Liason to the vendor
    • Reporting

Contact us

Allecia A Harley, MPH, CRA
Associate Vice President, Clinical Research Administration
Phone: (312) 563-2780

Cherese Pullum, MS, RN, CCRC
Manager, Clinical Research Core
Phone: (312) 563-4249

Patrick Smith-Ray
Manager, Clinical Research Finance
Phone: (312) 563-1588

Erin Kampschmidt, JD, MA
Lead Contract Specialist, Industry Sponsored Agreements
Phone: (312) 942-3310