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The staff at the Center for Immunization Research (CIR) consists of clinical and administrative professionals with expertise in a wide range of clinical trial methods. The CIR conducts and evaluates vaccine clinical trials with a focus on applied Good Clinical Practice (GCP). Supporting our principal investigators in the completion of each study are clinical sub-Investigators, recruiters, regulatory coordinators, study coordinators, research nurses, data managers, laboratory personnel and office coordinators.

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Meet a few of our staff members below:  

 I've worked at the CIR for over 11 years. The best thing about working at the CIR is working and playing with the pediatric participants.What I like most about vaccine research is knowing that my work with pediatric respiratory vaccines will eventually reduce the number of children who will become sick from respiratory viruses.

Elizabeth Schappel, RN, BSN, Pediatric Nurse Manager

The best thing about working at the CIR is the opportunity to develop a relationship with the volunteers and educate them about various health topics!

Cecelia Tibery, PA-C

Over the years, I've seen firsthand the need for, and value of, preventing illness. I've been a research subject in two studies; one of the early HIV vaccine trials and an influenza vaccine study. Both of those experiences provided insight into the research process from the perspective of being a volunteer.

My daughter was in grade school when the first studies for an HPV vaccine were being conducted here at the CIR.  Now in college, she’s been vaccinated with the licensed version of the HPV vaccine that we first studied when she was a child and I can’t think of a better validation of the work that’s done here at the Center.

Dan Elwood, RN, - Senior Research Nurse

Connecting with our study participants, working with dedicated faculty and staff colleagues, and knowing that the work we do here at the Center for Immunization Research provides a foundation for saving lives through the testing of needed vaccines – these are what I like most about working at the CIR.

I have been at the CIR since 2007.  I have had great opportunities here to work on both inpatient and outpatient vaccine studies, and feel very proud to be part of the work of the CIR.

 Bridget McMahon RN, BSN - Research Nurse Manager