Jefferson Clinical Research Institute (JCRI)

The mission of the Jefferson Clinical Research Institute (JCRI) is to provide a centralized service-line approach to cutting-edge, highly effective and compliant clinical research.

JCRI offers a variety of services designed to promote the successful development, implementation, and management of clinical research at Thomas Jefferson University.

JCRI operates under the leadership of the Executive Director David J. Whellan, MD, MPH, James C. Wilson Professor of Medicine, Associate Provost for Clinical Research at Jefferson, and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the SKMC.

JCRI Services

JCRI Project Development and Management offers services to support Jefferson faculty investigators in all phases of clinical research, including proposal development, protocol implementation, and preparation and dissemination of deliverables. The Project Development and Management group specializes in investigator initiated studies.

  • Grant proposal development
  • Support for investigator initiated project development
  • Project and data management
  • Administration of Clinicaltrials.gov
  • Preparation and dissemination of deliverables (abstracts, posters, manuscripts)
  • Funding announcements

For questions & inquiries, contact Melissa McCarey, MPH, Assistant Director of Project Development & Management.

JCRI Training and Education offers a robust menu of educational opportunities and support for clinical research personnel and investigators, with the goal of ensuring reliable and compliant clinical research.  The Training and Education team leverages MyJeffHub and collaborates with all research departments, to connect those performing clinical research with colleagues and essential institutional resources.

  • Synchronous, remote conferences:
  • The Road Map to Clinical Research at TJU
  • Clinical Research Fundamentals
  • A Competency Based Approach to Clinical Investigator Responsibilities
  • Jefferson Clinical Research Forum
  • Self-paced micro learning modules
  • Recorded presentations
  • MyJeffHub Jefferson Enterprise Clinical Research Community


For questions and inquiries, contact 
Kathleen O’Malley BSN, CCRP, Associate Director of Education and Training

JCRI Systems Team is responsible for implementation, training, and oversight of Clinical Research Systems at Jefferson. This office is responsible for clinical research policies, procedures, and ticket resolution for each of the systems below.

Set up a meeting with a member of the Systems team and you will receive a Teams meeting calendar invite where you will have dedicated time with a Systems team member to ask about JeffTrial, ClinCard, Carelink or any other System related questions. We still require the use of ServiceNow for any access, training, or study build requests.

Clinical Research Systems Resouces

For questions and inquiries, contact
Jefferson Clinical Research Systems Team

JCRI Clinical Operations offers services to support our investigators for all types of clinical research, including staffing and managing regulatory compliance. Clinical Operations specializes in industry sponsored trials and also provides as needed coverage for investigator initiated studies.

  • Regulatory and IRB management
  • RN and Non-RN Study coordinator support (Full time, part time, and as needed coverage for employees on leave)
  • Data entry and management

For questions and inquiries, contact
Jeanne Morrison, BSN, RN, CCRP, Director of Clinical Operations

JCRI Business Operations oversees and manages all pre-award and post-award services for clinical research. All Jefferson faculty seeking funding for clinical research are required work through the office of Business Operations to manage grant applications, contracts, budgets, and Medicare coverage analyses.

  • Federal grant and Industry contract proposal submission
  • Grant administration
  • Budget development
  • Medicare Coverage Analysis
  • Contract Management and invoicing
  • Contract and Grant close-out

For questions and inquiries, contact
Ron Polizzi, MBA CRA, Director of Business Operations

Ron Polizzi, MBA CRA
Director, Business Operations

Email

215-503-2127
215-503-2365 fax

833 Chestnut St. 

Suite 900

Michael Caggiano
Director, Business Operations
Email
215-503-4746
215-503-2365 fax

833 Chestnut St. 

Suite 900

Jenny Campbell, MS MBA
Assistant Director, Research Billing Compliance

Email

215-503-4282
 

833 Chestnut St. 

Suite 900

Jeanne Morrison, BSN, RN, CCRP
Director, Clinical Operations

Email

215-503-8954

833 Chestnut Street
Suite 900
Molly Tiedeken
Assistant Director, Clinical Operations

Email

215-503-9980

833 Chestnut St. 

Suite 900

Melissa McCarey, MPH
Assistant Director,  Project Development and Management

Email

215-503-7417
215-503-7420 fax

833 Chestnut St. 

Suite 900

Marisa Cinousis, MBA
Assistant Director, Clinical Research Systems

Email

215-503-4070
215-503-7420 fax

833 Chestnut St. 

Suite 900

Kathy O'Malley, RN, BSN, CCRP
Associate Director,  Training and Education

Email

215-503-4079
215-503-7420 fax

833 Chestnut St. 

Suite 900