Feb. 16, 2016 | Fourteen University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) employees have earned Certified Research Specialist (CRS) certificates. The recipients were announced at a Feb. 12 ceremony.

The certification program, administered by the UAMS Office of Research Compliance, ensures an understanding of, and respect for, the principles of research integrity and the protection of those who participate in research. Although the certification is not required by all departments, UAMS research employees routinely complete the 26 hours of coursework and the comprehensive CRS proficiency exam.

The recipients are:

  • Kathryn Allen, Cancer Clinical Trials Office
  • Michael Bailey, Translational Research Institute
  • Scott Crump, COM Research and Evaluation Division
  • Barbara Curtis, Central Arkansas Veterans Health System
  • Leanna Delhey, COM Pediatrics Neurology Research
  • Jessica Gann, Myeloma Institute
  • Audrie Johnston, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Quality Improvement
  • Jami Jones, Cancer Clinical Trials Office
  • Jennifer McCluskey, Office of Research Compliance
  • Leila Montague, Regional Programs and Grants Administration
  • Shemeka Randle, Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Jenika Sanchez, Otolaryngology Clinical Support
  • Robert Smith, Myeloma Institute
  • Ty Stacey, Myeloma Institute

In addition, 90 UAMS employees were acknowledged for maintaining their CRS certification, which requires that they remain current on Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subject Protection training and complete six hours of continuing education each calendar year.