Personnel

Kaleab Abebe

Since Dr. Abebe joined the Pitt faculty in 2009 he has significantly contributed to the School of Medicine’s biostatistical and clinical trials infrastructure. Specializing in the design, conduct, and analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs), he leads the data coordinating centers (DCC) for several RCTs, including a multi-institutional consortium evaluating the impact of hypertensive medications and blood pressure control on polycystic kidney disease. He also oversees DCCs and statistical cores for several studies in the areas of gestational diabetes, adolescent medicine, and sickle cell disease. He is the founding director of the CCDC, created to standardize the design, conduct, and analysis of RCTs. Within the Institute for Clinical Research Education, he directs the Clinical Trials Track for the Masters in Clinical Research and co-directs the CEED Program, which provides underrepresented minority fellows and junior faculty with a solid research foundation. His expertise has been recognized nationally with recent leadership appointments, including his upcoming service as Chair of the 2018 Society for Clinical Trial Scientific Program Committee, recent election to the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Clinical Trials Advisory Panel, selection to the 2017 AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Seminar, and service on various NIH study sections and special emphasis panels.

Andrew Althouse

Dr. Althouse has been working on randomized controlled trials in medicine for nearly ten years, since leading the statistical analyses for several outcomes papers in the multicenter Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation 2 Diabetes (BARI 2D) trial. In subsequent years, Dr. Althouse collaborated with faculty from Magee Womens Research Institute and the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute on clinical outcomes research before he was recruited to the CCDC in August 2018. He has co-authored over 100 published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals (spanning maternal & fetal medicine, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cardiothoracic surgery); this work has afforded Dr. Althouse the opportunity to present at national meetings of the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Statistical Association, and International Biometrics Society. His professional activities also include serving as President of the ASA Pittsburgh Chapter (2017-2018) and currently working as a lead Statistical Editor of Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions. As a member of the CCDC, Dr. Althouse will contribute to the Center's mission of promoting high-quality design, conduct, and analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Glory Koerbel

Glory Koerbel joined the CCDC as a Research Program Coordinator this year. With over 35 years as a health professional and 17 years as a Pitt researcher, she brings an impressive combination of clinical and research skills to the table. She has coordinated NIH, DOD, industry sponsored and investigator initiated trials and has contributed to the development and implementation of various types of data management systems. As the lead nurse site coordinator for randomized clinical trials associated with diabetes and influenza, she has enjoyed the networking opportunities and collaborative efforts of multisite trials. Most recently, she has provided administrative oversight for research protocols here at the University of Pittsburgh that interface with larger interdisciplinary research teams at other universities and VA facilities. Her research interests include improvement of inpatient diabetes management, HIV and cardiovascular outcomes.

Susan Spillane

Susan Spillane joined the Center for Clinical Trials and Data Coordination (CCDC) in March of 2017. Susan is a Pennsylvania State Licensed Professional Nurse and Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) with 20 years of research experience as a research interventionist, project coordinator and monitor for multicenter clinical drug trials. Susan currently serves as a committee member on the University Of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board (IRB). Her role within the CCDC centers on monitoring of Investigator Sponsored clinical drug trials to ensure the conduct of the trials align with federal standards and those outlined in the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines. Susan is collaborating with the CCDC study team in the design and implementation of the CCDC electronic master regulatory file system to facilitate the management of clinical trial regulatory documentation.

Diane Comer

Since 1995, Diane Comer has been performing data analysis for investigators, initially using the SAS Software System and more recently using SPSS. She holds a bachelor of arts degree and has completed some coursework in the Department of Biostatistics in the Graduate School of Public Health.

Kyle Holleran

Kyle Holleran is responsible for the design and development of Web applications for the CRHC Data Center. Kyle graduated from Binghamton University (SUNY) with a bachelor's degree in psychology with an emphasis on clinical psychology. He has a master's degree in information science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jason Kojtek

Jason Kojtek is responsible for designing and developing Web applications for the Data Center. He is a graduate of Bloomsburg University, where he received two bachelor's degrees, one in music and the other in mass communications, and also earned a master's degree in instructional technology. His specialties include front-end Web design, flash development, and video and music production.

Joe Weiss

Joseph Weiss, a systems analyst, is responsible for designing and developing Web applications for the Data Center. He works primarily on projects for the Institute for Clinical Research Education.

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