CRCU Organizational Structure


Faculty Director:
J. Richard Landis, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biostatistics

Senior Director of Operations:
Christopher P. Helker, M.S.P.H.

Associate Directors:
Lisa Wesby, M.S., Project Operations & Compliance (POCO)
Maria Blanco, B.S., Clinical Data Management (CDM)
Shawn Ballard, M.S., Research Technologies (RT)

Organizational Structure

The CRCU has been structured as a pool of specialized professionals that work on several research projects simultaneously. Each individual in the CRCU is part of a technical division that provides a shared experience base along with specific tools to allow the effective completion of their respective portion of a project.

Research Design, Development & Quality Assurance (RDQA)

  • Team approach to defining project and/or grant proposal requirements
  • Develop comprehensive grant proposals including data management and technology components
  • Liaison with business administration for budget development and proposal submission
  • Implement and maintain extensive quality assurance program

Project Operations & Compliance (POCO)

  • Comprehensive project management
  • Regulatory compliance assessment and tool development
  • Clinical site management
  • Liaison among project stakeholders; internal coordination of data and technology team members
  • Report development, review and submission
  • Staff Training and development of training materials
  • Website content development and maintenance
  • Vendor selection and management
  • Develop and maintain library of study documentation

Clinical Data Management (CDM)

  • Case Report Form design and library management
  • Data management process development/ documentation
  • Data Quality Assurance/Control
  • Customized Data Reporting
  • Regulatory and Sponsor data compliance/documentation
  • Clinical site support for remote data entry/data management
  • Data Audits
  • Data Entry Services

Research Technologies (RT)

  • Data Architecture
  • Data Modeling
  • Database Administration
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Entry Interface Design
  • Meta Data Management
  • Data Integration
  • Database Security
  • Data Quality Monitoring Tools
  • Tailored Data Management Systems

See Leadership & Staff for a list of personnel.

Financial Management

Glen Lafferty, Director of Financial and Administrative Operations for the CCEB, provides oversight for the business operations of the CRCU.
All business transactions for the CRCU flow through the CCEB's business office.