Upstate News

July 5, 1999
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Office Created to Promote Growth of Clinical Research Activity at the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse

The Research Administration Office of the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse has created a new office to support and promote clinical research activites within the Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. The office is located in Weiskotten Hall on the Health Science Center campus.

“The Clinical Trials Office (CTO) serves as a resource for Health Science Center investigators who seek assistance with the administrative aspects of their clinical trials. This allows them to focus more of their attention on their clinical research pursuits,” said John Lucas, Ph.D., vice provost for research at the Health Science Center.

According to Dr. Lucas, the creation of the CTO will help to ensure Health Science Center clinical investigators with a more efficient system and will provide them with another avenue to achieve a timelier review process.

“The creation of the CTO will result in increased clinical trial activity for the Health Science Center and will offer our investigators a competitve edge when seeking funding, particularly from private sector sources,” said Dr. Lucas.

Serving as the Clinical Trials Officer is Kathi Goodwin Durdon. Durdon joins the CTO after serving three years as a project staff associate for the Health Science Center’s division of cardiology. Durdon reports directly to Dr. Lucas and to David Temple, director of the Research Administration Office. Durdon is joined by Anita Carroll who serves as the CTO office assistant.

Specifically, the CTO:

  • supports high quality, cost effective research;
  • maintains close working relationships with sponsors;
  • assists investigators with the clinical trial agreement process;
  • serves as a clinical study coordinator resource;
  • serves as a statistical support and data management resource;
  • provides funding searches, deadline information;
  • serves as an educational and training resource; and
  • promotes research endeavors and their benefits to the community.

    In addition, the CTO serves as the interface between investigators and sponsors of clinical research.

    Research at the Health Science Center is primarily conducted through the Center’s Colleges of Medicine and Graduate Studies. Health Science Center research activities attract more than $20 million in extramural funding yearly which is administered by the Center’s Research Administration Office. This external funding is supplemented by the Center’s internal funding. The Center’s more than 150 clinical and basic science investigators are conducting studies on approximately 300 projects. Their studies are funded by the federal or state government, voluntary health organizations, industry, or private donors.

    To learn more about the Clinical Trials Office, call (315) 464-5476 or email . The CTO fax number is 464-5386.

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