Study Coordination Services

The Office of Clinical Investigative Services provides an initial review and analysis of Augusta University industry-sponsored research studies. Projects ready for institutional approval are entered into a campus wide tracking system. Personal attention and intervention ensure an efficient approval process. These services are provided at no charge to investigators.

Centralized Services  

The Office of Clinical Investigative Services provides:

  • Single contact point for investigators, clinical research staff, and corporate sponsors.
  • 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
  • Negotiated fixed charges for laboratory processing and other research support services
  • Liaison services between investigators and other Augusta University offices that work with clinical research
  • Host of Merge CTMS, a web-based application that financially and programmatically manages clinical studies. (For more information, see the Merge CTMS web page.) 
  • Access to the hospital Translational Research Unit (TRU).
  • PowerChart training for research staff.

Specialized Services 

Investigators can select additional services for a fee: 

  • Personal attention and intervention ensure an efficient approval processProtocol development
  • Complete study design and data analysis plan (Department of Biostatistics)
  • Budget preparation
  • Contract/Budget negotiation
  • IRB Application and Informed Consent document preparation
  • 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

Quality Assurance

  • 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
  • Internal audits conducted by the Office of Human Research Protection

Experienced Research Staff 

  • Experienced Research StaffLicensed Medical Director:
    Anthony L. Mulloy, PhD, DO
  • Licensed Operations Manager:
    Kathy Miles, NHA, BS, CRCP
  • Regulatory Manager:
    Barbara Covington, MBA
  • Business Manager: 
    Elise Moradi, BBA

  • Research Project Manager: 
    Joan Holloway, BS, CCRC
  • OCIS Outpatient Clinic Coordinators: 
    Heather Anderson, MS
    Peggy Best, RN, BSN, CCRC 
    Myrna Mattos, RN, MSN, CCRC
  • OCIS Outpatient Research Staff: 
    Marcela Hodges, AS

Training for Investigators & Research Personnel

  • Augusta University Coordinator University
  • CITI online training program hosted by the Office of Human Research Protection
  • Monthly clinical research updates and educational offerings
  • Participation in Center Watch, a monthly educational resource for the clinical trials industry
  • Participation in the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

Dedicated Research Facilities

  • research facilitiesPhlebotomy room
  • Procedure rooms
  • Vitals room
  • Approved BSL2 laboratory
  • Patient and Family Education and resources
  • Clinical Research Monitoring area
  • Handicap-accessible building with all patient areas on the ground floor
  • Free curbside parking

Diverse Research Populations 

  • Access to multiple clinics, hospitals, and private practices
  • Repeat study participation and referrals
  • Experienced recruitment staff
  • Examination rooms