CRA Committee

Committee Purpose

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

The CRA Core Committee develops committee policy, provides educational materials and programs, and coordinates with all Group scientific, modality, and ad hoc committees.

Elected Members

Name Institution/Program
Christine Jerome - Chair Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
LaToya Strickland - Co-Chair University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
Bryan James Burton Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University
Vilma Calderon The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai
Carrie Ann Geoffrey Illinois Cancer Care
Lauren Farnon Fox Chase Cancer Center
Stacy Hetrick Geisinger Cancer Institute
Mary Horak UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh
Christine (Chris) Meyer Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
Heather Miller Metro-Minnesota NCORP
Judy Murray The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University
Tolulope Ogunkelu Stroger Hospital of Cook County
Kellie Sellitto UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh
Martina Steffen Stanford Cancer Institute at Stanford University
Rebecca Sinkes Carle Cancer Institute
Missy Stravers Iowa‐Wide Oncology Research Coalition NCORP

Appointed Members

Name Institution/Program
Josh Schoppe ECOG‐ACRIN Headquarters
Audit Committee Representative
Matthew Shimizu ECOG‐ACRIN Operations Office
Data Management Representative



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