PCIR (Participant and Clinical Interaction Resource)

Services

The current Participant and Clinical Interaction Resource (PCIR) facilities include three general outpatient research exam and procedure rooms, one small conference room, an interview room, newly expanded investigation pharmacy, fully-equipped specimen collection, processing and storage facilities, and ample dedicated office space.

The PCIR is widely used and is available to all Meharry investigators. Support is first provided on the following priorities and is based on project funding source and available resources: (1) Meharry Translational Research Center (MeTRC) investigators with a letter of support commitment from the PCIR (2) Other NIH funded studies (including subcontracts from Vanderbilt) (3) Other federally funded (e.g., Center for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Defense (DOD)), foundations, investigator-initiated and finally (4) Industry-sponsored trials. Unfunded trials also have access to PCIR services, based on availability.

Equipment includes:

  • Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)
  • Electrocardiograms
  • Refrigerated and standard centrifuges, pharmacy refrigerator, lab refrigerator, -20°C freezer, multiple -80°C freezers
  • Access to web-based and secure Clinical Trials Management (CTMS) including clinical research patient registry.

Current PCIR services include:

  • Trial management
  • Hourly RN/CRC staffing support
  • Subject recruitment services
  • Phlebotomy, biospecimen processing
  • Data entry
  • Protocol writing support
  • Clinical feasibility
  • IRB support
  • Regulatory support
  • Educational opportunities
  • Investigator development
  • Study locator services
  • Budget and contract negotiations
  • Facility usage

Contact Us

Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208
Fourth Floor – Old Hubbard Hospital
Telephone: 615.327.6353
Fax: 615.327.5835

Staff

John Murray, M.D., Ph.D.
PCIR Director; AVP for Clinical Research;
Professor of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
615.327.5724
jmurray@mmc.edu

Chitra Singh, BAMS, M.H.A., M.S.
Subject Recruiter
615.327.5611
csingh@mmc.edu

Donna Skupien, RN, BSN, CCRP
Associate Director, PCIR
615.327.5725
dskupien@mmc.edu

Mindy White, D.Ph., M.B.A.
Director, Study Evaluation
615.327.6353
whitem@mmc.edu

Denise Holland, M.S.
Program Coordinator
615.327.6884
lclarke@mmc.edu

Konya Williams, RN, CCRP
Clinical Research Coordinator II
615.327.5528
kwilliams2@mmc.edu

Laura Cheri
Clinical Research Coordinator
615.327.5700
lcheri@mmc.edu

Supported by the National Institute On Minority Health And Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54 MD0007593.