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National Institutes of Health

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

2020 Annual Report of the Division of Intramural Research

Office of the Clinical Director, NICHD

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
  • Glynnis Vance, Protocol Coordinator
  • Craig Abbott, PhD, Statistician
  • Fathy Majadly, BS, Patient Specimen Coordinator
  • Vincent Black, Patient Care 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 60 protocols with six main areas of focus: (1) adult, pediatric, and reproductive endocrinology; (2) human genetics; (3) normal growth and development; (4) national/international public health; (5) women’s health; and (6) adolescent gynecology. The protocols are conducted by 27 NICHD Principal Investigators and 200 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.

In collaboration with Karim Calis from the Office of the Scientific Director, the NICHD Office of the Clinical Director assists NICHD investigators by sponsoring investigational new drugs. 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.

A collage of OCD staff

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Office of the Clinical Director Administrative and Biorepository Staff

Top: Glynnis Vance, Loc Trinh, Meg Keil
Center: Denise Phillips
Bottom: Fathy Majadly, Maryellen Rechen, Vincent Black


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