Twenty-nine UAMS research professionals received Certified Research Specialist (CRS) certificates at a graduation ceremony on Jan. 27. The graduation followed training that occurred in 2016.

The CRS program, managed by the Office of Research Compliance, requires that participants maintain Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Research training, complete 28 hours of relevant coursework, and pass a comprehensive proficiency exam. Graduates of the program earn the “CRS” credentials and maintain their certification status by completing six contact hours in applicable coursework in subsequent years.

The Translational Research Institute (TRI) requires its research staff to complete and maintain CRS certification, and other UAMS departments have also adopted CRS certification as a job requirement for certain research-related positions.

The 2016 Certified Research Specialist Graduates are:

  • Suzan Blair, College of Medicine (COM), Dermatology
  • Ashley Block, COM PEDS Birth Defects
  • Amanda Bull, COM Geriatrics
  • Pamela Christie, TRI Administration
  • Makethia Curtis, COM, Family and Preventive Medicine
  • Giuseppina Dusio, COM, Nephrology
  • Ashley Funderburg, College of Nursing, Geriatrics
  • Patricia Gminski , COM, Pathology
  • Susan Goolsby, Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), Clinical Nutrition
  • Paul Griffiths, Myeloma Institute
  • Kathleen Hicks, COM, Pulmonary
  • Holly Jarrell, Myeloma Institute
  • Susannah Kirby, TRI Project Support Unit
  • Matthew Kovak , Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Teri Landrum, Nursing Services
  • Austin Lovenstein, ACH Nursing Research
  • Karen Mack, Nursing Services
  • Lisa McIntos, Office of Sponsored Programs Administrative Network
  • Heather Moody, OB/GYN Research
  • Veronica Overton, Psychiatric Research Institute