CRA Committee

The members of the Clinical Research Associates (CRA) Committee (Medical/Surgical) assist principal investigators in the development and coordination of ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group (ECOG-ACRIN) clinical trials and facilitate the participation of patients in clinical trials.

Goals/Specific Aims

  1. Provide ongoing training and educational opportunities to the clinical research associates (CRAs), clinical research coordinators (CRCs), and data managers (DMs) in member institutions
  2. Assist principal investigators of clinical studies in developing new protocols by designating CRA liaisons to disease-oriented committees in the Therapeutic Studies Program, who will provide input on new protocols regarding protocol implementation issues and case report form development
  3. Provide guidance and support to new CRAs, CRCs and DMs
  4. Promote professionalism among CRAs

Travel Funds for Group Meetings

From time to time, the CRA Committee offers limited travel assistance to ECOG-ACRIN group meetings. These funds are intended to facilitate attendance for CRAs with no other form of travel support. Data managers, clinical research associates, or clinical research coordinators/nurses (who do their own data) are eligible to apply. Only one candidate per institution will be supported for a given meeting.

Core Committee

Member Name Institution Committee Position
Christine M. Jerome, MS, CCRP Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health Chair
LaToya D. Strickland, MBA, CCRP University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Co‐Chair
Carol Fairchild Mayo Clinic Florida
Carrie Ann Geoffrey Illinois Cancer Care
Amy Greathouse Providence Portland Medical Center
Mary Horak University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Fran Laurie University of Massachusetts Medical School IROC Rhode Island (QARC)
Basia (Barbara) Lukaszczyk John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County MU‐NCORP
Christine (Chris) Meyer Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
Judy Murray Johns Hopkins University
Josh Schoppe ECOG‐ACRIN Headquarters Audit Committee Representative
In transition  ECOG‐ACRIN Headquarters Data Management
Missy Stravers Iowa‐Wide Oncology Research Coalition NCORP
Siby Varughese Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital



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