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Clinical Research Center
Meet the key personnel of the Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Research Center (CRC).
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.
Andrew Chirapha is the Financial Analyst for the Mass General CRC. He 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 Director, Ellen Anderson 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. Ellen can be consulted for nutrition resources and study design.
Kathy Hall is the Nurse Director for the 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 CRC units on White 12 and Charlestown Navy Yard as it relates to research participant safety, overall experience, and efficient protocol implementation. She is available for consultation regarding the use of CRC resources, study design, and nursing resource allocation.
As the CRC Clinical Nurse Specialist Meaghan performs needs assessments of the clinical staff and provides appropriate education and mentoring as appropriate. The CNS collaborates with RNs during the protocol development and implementation to ensure that appropriate MGH resources are utilized to educate staff to safely implement protocols. Meaghan’s specialty areas include internal medicine and psychiatry, and she is ANCC certified PMHCNS. She holds faculty positions at Mass General IHP and Endicott College School of Nursing.
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.
Charlene is the TCRC Patient Care Service Coordinator who manages the White 12 Front Desk.
Vivine is the TCRC Patient Service Coordinator who manages the CNY TCRC front desk and helps cover the TCRC White 12 front desk. Vivine is responsible for tray and label set up, processing and assisting with participant scheduling.