The Clinical Trials Office (CTO) serves as the initial point of contact and centralized coordinating office for all clinical research conducted within the Augusta University Health System.

Our mission is to facilitate clinical research by providing quality services, solutions, innovative leadership, the promotion of collaboration, and continuous quality improvement. Our operation is based upon a comprehensive "One Stop Shop" concept for investigators and sponsors. The Clinical Trials Office provides oversight and management of clinical studies.

Dr. Diamond and associates

Contact Us

Clinical Trials Office

706-721-9680

ctscto@augusta.edu

AU Medical Center, RM 7309

1120 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912

 

Our Services

 

  • Provides an initial review and analysis of industry-sponsored research studies.
  • Projects ready for institutional approval are entered into a campus wide tracking system. 
  • Single contact point for investigators, clinical research staff, and corporate sponsors.
  • Initial review of Confidentiality Disclosure Agreements, Clinical Trial Agreement, Material Transfer Agreements, Data Use Agreements
  • Clearinghouse for current and potential clinical research projects
  • Initial review and analysis of proposed protocols and budgets
  • Tracking of each clinical research project through the approval process
  • Liaison services between investigators and other Augusta University offices that work with clinical research
  • Access to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia Research Unit (CRU).
  • Budget preparation and Contract/Budget negotiation
  • IRB Application and Informed Consent document assistance
  • Patient screening and recruitment
  • Study coordination
  • Patient visit and procedure scheduling
  • Licensed staff to conduct procedures and monitor patient health
  • Financial management of study accounts
  • Case Report Form completion
  • Clinical trial regulatory material preparation and maintenance
  • Space and equipment to conduct research
  • All studies conducted in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, Good Clinical Practices, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and institutional policies
  • Standard Operating Procedures

Clinical Trials Office has a dedicated outpatient facility for research study visits located at 1521 Pope Avenue on the Health Sciences Campus. This facility offers:

  • Phlebotomy room
  • Procedure rooms
  • Approved BSL2 laboratory (-20 freezer, and temperature-controlled centrifuges)
  • Patient and Family Education and resources
  • Clinical Research Monitoring area
  • Accessible building with all patient areas on the ground floor and free curbside parking
  • Ultra-sonography services for OB/GYN research patients/participants

Our Staff

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Carol Smith, RN, CCRC

  • Director, Clinical Trials Office & Research Nurse Clinician
  • Cardiology and Neurology Studies

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Lillian Samundsen, MBA

  • Director, Clinical & Translational Sciences/CTO Finance

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Kit Guinan, BS, BA, ARDMS

  • Research Manager
  • Regulatory Submissions, and OB/GYN Ultrasonography

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Aileen Lopez

  • Clinical Trials Manager

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Sara Smith

  • Clinical Trials Manager

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Vacant

  • Clinical Trials Manager

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Jennifer Adams, BBA

  • Business Operations Specialist

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Yvonne Booker

  • Business Operations Specialist

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Victoria Cave

  • Office Specialist

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Sharon Willing

  • Research Support Assistant

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Michelle Collins, LPN, CCRC

  • Research Support
  • Assistant
  • Nephrology, OB/GYN Studies

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Linda Jones, RN, BSN

  • Research Nurse Clinician
  • Anesthesia, Pulmonary, Radiology, GI Medicine and Adult Ophthalmology Studies

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Nancy Starnes, RN, BSN

  • Research Nurse Clinician
  • Anesthesia, Neurology, Dental College Studies

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Heidi Stapp, RN, BSN

  • Research Nurse Clinician
  • Pediatric: CF Center, Pulmonology and Rheumatology Studies

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Leigh Anne Ogden, RN

  • Research Nurse Clinician
  • OB/GYN and Nephrology Studies

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Mutsa Seremwe

  • Research Associate
  • Biorepository, Urologic Center, Neonatology & Pediatric Studies

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Charlotte Gavalas, BA

  • Research Associate
  • Orthopedic Surgery, Unfunded/Departmental Funded Studies

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Tracy Miller, BHS, MLT (ASCP)

  • Research Associate
  • Nephrology, Dermatology and Internal Medicine Studies

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Vacant

  • Research Associate
  • Pediatric CT Surgery and Pediatric Cardiology Studies

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Patty Ray, Ph.D.

  • Research Associate
  • Adult & Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery Studies
  • Assists with unfunded submissions to the IRB

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Sunil Halder, PhD

  • Research Associate
  • Otolaryngology and Surgery Studies

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Torri Blackmon, BS

  • Research Associate
  • Cardiology and Transplant Studies

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Andy Laserna

  • Research Associate
  • OB/GYN Studies, Biorepository, Bariatric Center Database & Urology Database

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Kendrick King

  • Research Associate

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Reeya Patel, BS

  • Research Associate

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Trina Whitehead

  • Data Coordinator 2
  • Surgical Oncology Database & Urology Database

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Evan Freed

  • Research Assistant

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Holden Miller

  • Research Assistant

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Willie Riley

  • Research Assistant

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Julia Turnbow

  • Research Assistant

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Kendall Williams

  • Research Assistant

Vacant

  • Research Assistant
  • Pediatric Neurology Studies

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Ivy Wiley

  • Research Aide

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