Newsletter February 2023
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Research Nurse, Diabetes Research Center, MGH
Regional Medical Specialist, Myriad Genetics, Boston
Research Nurse, Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, MGH
Research Nurse, MGH Diabetes Research Center
Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner, Metabolism Unit, MGH
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Greetings to the Boston New England Chapter of the IACRN!
I am honored to be taking on my new role as President of the Chapter. I am excited to welcome our newest board members, Kerri Fournier, as secretary, and Catherine Dempsey, as a member at large. I am also happy to have Cameron Sze step into the role as President Elect after having been our secretary for the past two years. And, last but not least, I am grateful to have Andrea Hale remain on the Board as the Past President. Her continued support will be invaluable to me and the rest of the Board as we make plans for the upcoming year.
Although it has been a trying two years, the silver lining has been our ability to make it easier for our members to join Chapter meetings now that we have all mastered virtual gatherings. We learned through our needs assessment last year that many of you would like to see us continue to use this format in a hybrid manner when we are able to return to in-person meetings. This will be what we plan to do when the time comes, hopefully soon!
As many of you know, last year was an exciting one for Clinical Research Nurses with the launch of the Certification process. You can learn more about it on the Clinical Research Nursing Certification Council's (CRNCC) website: https://www.crncc.org/ . We hope to provide ways to support our members as they pursue their Certification – more to come on this in the future.
We are already planning our Chapter meetings for the year, with the first one just around the corner. I hope that many of you can join us on March 3rd for this event that is co-sponsored by the Mass General Research Nurse Collaborative. We have invited some great speakers from the research community to share their experience regarding diversity, equity and inclusion in clinical research. This will be followed by a question and answer period and discussion. I am sure that many of you have experiences, thoughts and ideas to contribute to this important dialogue.
Thanks to all of you for being a part of this great organization. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any suggestions or questions or if you’d like to get more involved in the Chapter. You can find me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Catriona Grant BSN, RN
What is your role?
I am the Clinical Research Manager at the Tearney Lab (https://www.tearneylab.org/) at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Tearney Lab invents and translates noninvasive, high-resolution optical imaging modalities that enable disease diagnosis from living patients without excising tissues from the body. I oversee the conduct of all our human clinical research studies and our team of research nurses, research coordinators, and data analysts.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Watching a device go from just a wild idea all the way through to a first in human study is amazing to be a part of.
What do you find to be most challenging?
The unpredictability of conducting studies with new devices that we invent and fabricate ourselves and doing things that have never been done before can be very challenging!
What has been your most memorable study you have worked on to date?
Through a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation I have gotten to travel to Pakistan three times to support the conduct of gastrointestinal imaging studies with our Aga Khan University partners. Bill mentioned this project and our capsule technology (“Gut probe in a pill”) in a 2019 article from MIT on breakthrough technologies.
How do you like to spend your time when you’re not at work?
I enjoy pilates, spending time with friends, and checking out local breweries.
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March Chapter Meeting
Certification Portfolio Deadline
Webinar: Publishing 101: Strategies for Success
June Chapter Meeting
Certification Portfolio Deadline
Annual IACRN Conference – Atlanta, GA
November Chapter Meeting