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National Institutes of Health

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

2019 Annual Report of the Division of Intramural Research

Office of the Clinical Director

Forbes D. Porter
  • Forbes D. Porter, MD, PhD, Clinical Director
  • Meg Keil, PhD, Associate Director, Nursing and Protocol Navigation
  • Maryellen Rechen, BS, RN, Special Assistant to the Clinical Director
  • Donna Peterson, BS, RN, Protocol and Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator
  • Karim Calis, PharmD, MPH, Director of Clinical Research and Compliance
  • Alan DeCherney, MD, Senior Investigator
  • Simona Bianconi, MD, Staff Clinician
  • An Dang Do, MD, PhD, Staff Clinician
  • Denna Zeltser, MD, Staff Clinician
  • Sheila Brady, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner
  • Marianne Knue, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner
  • John Perreault, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner
  • Kisha Jenkins, BS, RN, Clinical Nurse
  • Charalampos Lyssikatos, MD, Protocol Coordinator
  • Craig Abbott, PhD, Statistician
  • Fathy Majadly, BS, Patient Specimen Coordinator
  • Loc Trinh, Research Chemical Engineer
  • Denise Phillips, Administrative and Credentialing Support
  • Lisa Ast, Administrative Support
  • Jennifer Hernandez, Administrative Support
  • Monique Shelton, Administrative Support

The NICHD intramural clinical research program currently includes 71 protocols with five main areas of focus: (1) adult, pediatric, and reproductive endocrinology; (2) human genetics; (3) normal growth and development; (4) national/international public health; and (5) women’s health. Over the past year, we initiated a new program focused on adolescent gynecology. The protocols are conducted by 30 NICHD Principal Investigators and 166 associate investigators. The NICHD clinical protocol portfolio spans the spectrum from Natural History to therapeutic trials. Eleven protocols involve an investigational drug or device. Four protocols support our teaching mission. Approximately half the protocols include pediatric patients.

Over the past year we transitioned from an NICHD–based Institutional Review Board (IRB) to a central NIH Clinical Center IRB. The chair of the NICHD IRB, Dr. Karim Calis, continues as one of the chairs for the consolidated IRB. The NICHD Office of the Clinical Director (OCD) continues to support the NICHD Data and Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC), which is chaired by Dr. Frank Pucino.

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Members of the new Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (PAG) team and Children's National Colleagues

Lauren Damle (attending Children’s/MedStar), Shashwati Patel (Postgraduate year 6 [PGY 6] PAG, NICHD), Jill Rekart (PAG nurse, Children’s National), Tazim Dowlut-McElroy (PAG Staff Clinician, NICHD), Veronica Gomez-Lobo (Director of PAG, DIR), Allison Mayhew (PGY 5 PAG, NICHD), Jacqueline Yano Maher (Staff Clinician PAG, NICHD)


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