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Meet the key personnel of the Massachusetts General Hospital Translational and Clinical Research Center (TCRC).
David M. Nathan, MD, is the Mass General CRC Program Director, a role he assumed in 1991. Dr. Nathan is a Physician in the Department of Medicine, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an active clinical investigator in the Diabetes Unit and an active investigator on the CRC since 1980.
He is also the Director of the Mass General Diabetes Center, which includes the Diabetes Clinic and Diabetes Research Center. Dr. Nathan's clinical research, which investigates novel means of controlling glycemia in the physiologic range in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and the short and long-term effects of such therapy on diabetic complications, has earned him an international reputation as an outstanding clinical investigator.
Much of his clinical research over the past 20 years, including his national leadership of NIH-sponsored studies such as the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT), the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) study, and the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), has been performed on the CRC. Dr. Nathan oversees all aspects of the CRC operations.
Dr. Madhu Misra is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. She is Associate Director and the Medical Research Officer (MRO) of the CRC at Massachusetts General Hospital and specifically responsible for overseeing pediatric research on the CRC.
Dr. Misra’s research explores neuroendocrine and bone alterations in conditions that span the nutritional spectrum from anorexia nervosa to the female athlete with amenorrhea to obesity. She has also studied the impact of autism spectrum disorders and major depression on bone health in children.
She is current Chair of the Research Affairs Council of the Pediatric Endocrine Society and Division Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children.
Please contact Dr. Misra when planning a pediatric study requiring the Clinical Research Center, particularly for issues regarding feasibility and subject safety.
Lynelle Cortellini is the Administrative Director for the Massachusetts General Hospital TRC and CRC.
The Financial Analyst for the Mass General CRC manages billing for the CRC, including LabCorp, Epic and other CRC activities.
The CRC Administrative Coordinator facilitates interactions between CRC staff and study staff, such as Protocol Review, Doctor's Orders approval and Continuing Reviews. Faith is the initial Mass General CRC contact for new study applications and study staff. Faith also serves as the editor for the CRC website.
As the Metabolism & Nutrition Research Interim Director, Jane Hubbard is responsible for the nutrition components of research studies. As an experienced nutrition researcher, she can be consulted for study design and control of nutrition variables that may influence study outcome. This may include provision of a standard meal, design of a specialized meal, completion of energy assessments, or determination of nutrient intake from food records. In addition, nutrition staff reviews protocols for nutritional integrity. Jane can be consulted for nutrition resources and study design.
Kathy Hall is the Nurse Director for the Translational and Clinical Research Center at Mass General. She is an ANCC Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Executive. Her clinical specialty areas include Internal Medicine and Neurology. She has over 25 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, nurse administrator, and nurse educator. She holds faculty appointments at Boston College Connell School of Nursing and Mass General Institute for Health Professions. Kathy oversees the operations and management of the nursing and support staff on the Mass General TCRC unit on White 12 as it relates to research participant safety, overall experience, and efficient protocol implementation. She is available for consultation regarding the use of TCRC resources, study design, and nursing resource allocation.
As the TCRC Co-Nurse Practice Specialist, Ashley performs needed assessments of the clinical staff and provides appropriate education and mentoring. The Nurse Practice Specialist collaborates with RNs during the protocol development and implementation to ensure that resources are utilized and to educate staff to safely implement protocols. Ashley specializes and is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and assists with care of patients across the life span enrolled in research studies. Prior to working on the TCRC, Ashley has worked as a Thoracic Surgery nurse and as a Nurse Practitioner for the Nutrition Support Unit at MGH.
As the TCRC Co-Nurse Practice Specialist, Falisha performs needed assessments of the clinical staff and provides appropriate education and mentoring. The Nurse Practice Specialist collaborates with RNs during the protocol development and implementation to ensure that resources are utilized and to educate staff to safely implement protocols. Falisha is an Adult NP and assists with the care of the adult patient population enrolled in research studied. Falisha is also ACLS certified. Prior to the TCRC, Falisha worked in Thoracic surgery as a nurse, and as a Nurse Practitioner in the Nutritional Support Unit and in the Medical Infusion Unit at MGH.
The Project Manager is a general resource for the CRC staff and study staff regarding LabCorp, template creation, unit orientation, special projects and troubleshooting. Sarah works to facilitate smooth day to day operations on the CRC.