Jefferson Clinical Research Institute

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.

David J. Whellan, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA, FHFSA

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 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
Agbenu Amali, MPH MS RN, Associate 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

Laura Vinci, RN MBA
Senior Director, Operations

Email

215-503-4883
215-503-7420 fax

833 Chestnut St. 

Suite 900

Ron Polizzi, MBA CRA
Director, Business Operations

Email

215-503-2127
215-503-2365 fax

833 Chestnut St. 

Suite 900

Michael Caggiano
Associate 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

Agbenu Amali, MPH MSN RN
Associate Director, Clinical Operations

Email

215-503-8954
215-503-1550 fax

925 Chestnut Street
Suite 130
Teri Manning, SPHR SHRM-SPC
Senior Project Manager, PIER and JCRI

Email

215-955-1396
215-503-7420 fax

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, Education and Training

Email

215-503-4079
215-503-7420 fax

833 Chestnut St. 

Suite 900