Laura Baker, MS, RN, NE-BC is the the Director of the Pediatric Clinical Research Center and Research Nursing at Seattle Children’s, and has held this position March of 2017. In her role at Children’s Laura is responsible for all research nursing at Seattle Children’s, and daily operations of the PCRC. Recently Laura has been focus on shared governance for research nurses, competencies, and research integration throughout the Seattle Children’s system. Prior to her role at Children’s, Laura has served as the manager of the Research Coordinator Core at the University of Washington, and as a Clinical Coordinator on the Clinical Research Unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Almost Laura’s entire nursing career has been in clinical research, and is honored that she gets to work at making every day better for research nurses. Laura’s inspiration and passion for research comes from her mom who has been a research nurse for over 25 years.
Jennifer Allison lives in the United Kingdom where she is an Associate Director of Nursing and Midwifery, supporting the new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Director of Nursing and Midwifery. She remains Matron of the NIHR Southampton Research Facility leading a large team caring for paediatric and adult patients, and healthy participants, in early phase complex experimental medicine studies. On the Senior Management Team of the UKCRF Network, she is Workforce/Education Theme Lead, building and maximising relationships across the NIHR infrastructure. Prior to election as President, she served on several IACRN committees and as member at large on the Board. She was presented with their Distinguished Clinical Research Nurse Award in 2011. She has a wealth of experience in articulating the unique contribution that clinical research nurses and their teams make to global healthcare in publications and national/international presentations.
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Mary E. Larkin RN, MS, CDE is the Nurse Manager and Assistant Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Diabetes Research Center. She started out at the Center as a research nurse coordinator after having had experience as a hospital staff nurse and nurse educator. As a certified diabetes educator, research nurse and nurse investigator with years of experience in the design and conduct of clinical trials, she has earned the rank of Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She collaborates in the planning stages of studies, contributes to the scientific validity and feasibility of the research protocol and oversees all studies and staff. She has published as a lead author and has lead sub and ancillary studies. She has also authored results of her own research in diabetes, effective research staffing models, and more recently on the role of the research nurse and ethical challenges experienced.
She has been a member of IACRN since inception and has been an author on posters/oral presentations at every annual meeting. She has served in leadership roles with IACRN as a Board Member at Large (2012-14), Chair of the Chapter Governance Committee (2014-16), and and was founding member and first President of the Boston IACRN chapter. She received the Distinguished Clinical Research Nurse Award from IACRN in 2015, truly a highlight of her career.
LaShawna Green, BS, BSN, RN, CCRC, CVRN-BC is a Clinical Trials Manager at Houston Methodist Academic Institute in Houston, TX. She currently oversees the daily clinical research operations of numerous clinical research professionals in areas of Valve & Structural Heart Disease, Electrophysiology & Critical Care/Cardiovascular Surgery. She is an active member of the Houston Methodist Institutional Review Board. LaShawna has been a clinical research professional for over nineteen years and has served in the roles of clinical research coordinator, clinical research nurse and clinical trials manager specializing in all aspects of investigational device and drug trial management. Her nursing experience is focused on cardiac surgical step-down units, ventricular assist devices, and all solid organ transplantation. Upon joining IACRN in 2020, LaShawna was immediately appointed as the Houston Chapter Treasurer. She serves on the Conference Planning Committee, Chapter Governance Committee, successfully completed the 2021 cohort of the IACRN Leadership Fellowship Program and was a poster judge for the 2021 annual conference. LaShawna is board certified in cardiovascular nursing from the American College of Cardiovascular Nursing and a certified clinical research coordinator through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.
Doyle Bosque, RN, BSN is currently the Associate Director Nursing Program Research at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He has been a nurse for over 27 years with 15 years in the research nurse arena. He is responsible for assisting in the oversight and direction of the Research Professional Community, which manage the clinical trials at MD Anderson and are responsible for ensuring compliance and patient safety. Doyle is a strong advocate within MD Anderson for the research nurse role and discovering new approaches and practices in advancing the research community into the future. His primary charge is bringing together the research community and the frontline staff through collaboration and education to ensure clinical trial compliance, delivering excellent care to patients on clinical trials, and preserving patient safety.
Elize Pietersen, PhD, RN started her clinical research career at the University of Cape Town. During the 24 years as a clinical research nurse she has been involved in studies related to psychiatric genetics; colorectal cancer genetics; latent tuberculosis infection among health care workers and a randomised control trial related to colorectal adenoma polyp prevention.
Elize holds a Hons. B.Soc.Sc degree in nursing and also in psychology and a post-graduate diploma in Nursing Education and Administration. Her PhD focused on molecular epidemiology, susceptibility profiles, outcomes and transmission dynamics in patients with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in South Africa.
She continues her clinical research career as an independent nurse researcher. She authored several journal publications, including as first author, and presented her research findings at local and international conferences. Elize is the author of 2 chapters in Mental Health Nursing, 7th edition and serves on the editorial board of Primary Health Care Research and Development, Cambridge press.
Catherine A. Griffith, PhD, RN currently works as a Clinical Research Nurse in the Massachusetts General Hospital Translational and Clinical Research Centers, Boston, MA. Balancing both direct patient care and research protocol administration, Catherine is involved with both patient and staff education related to maintaining patient safety with protocol specific procedures. Catherine has partnered with principal investigators from MGH Allergy Associates and helps to maintain nine active pediatric peanut allergy protocols which are moving oral and epicutaneous (skin patches) immunotherapy toward open label use.
Prior to her work with the MGH Clinical Research Center, Catherine served for 12 years as Clinical Nurse Specialist for the 18-bed MGH Cardiac Surgical ICU and 36-bed Cardiac Surgical Step-down Units. She has served as Adjunct Faculty for 5 years in the University of Massachusetts second degree nursing program. Catherine earned her MSN from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown, MA, with a specialty in adult acute care and her PhD from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.
Karyn Boyar, DNP, FNP-BC, RN is an Assistant Professor at New York University Meyers College of Nursing. Karyn began her career as a clinical research nurse in 2003. She spent 10 years as a clinical research nurse researcher, mostly in the area of Parkinson’s disease and dystonia and linked her work activities with the patient community as well as the academic community. She is currently the Program Director for a new Masters in Clinical Research Nursing at Meyers and is the course leader for several grad and undergrad courses including Professional Nursing and Contemporary Issues in Healthcare.