Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!

As we welcome the new year, let us reflect on the great work we have accomplished this past year. I hope you share my excitement for the new opportunities we have to advance health in 2019!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Favorite MedStar Holiday Card

I hope everyone is having a great holiday.

We get all kinds of holiday cards but rarely have I seen one like this..... from our friends at the Burn Center with an artistic version of the MedStar helicopter flying over DC.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

MHRI...Where Everyone is a STAR!

The MHRI Associate Engagement Committee just finished hosting our annual year-end celebrations at three of our MedStar locations (UTC, MUMH and MWHC).  We had a really great time together!

This year, there was a "Wall of Fame" for associates to choose from a variety of superlatives that would compliment a fellow associate or manager. We got competitive in a game of trivia that challenged our knowledge of MedStar, movies, acronyms, and random facts.  The events also featured our service award presentations and our wonderful raffle and associate gifts!

Thank you to all of our MHRI Stars, who shine effortlessly on a daily basis and help make a difference in the lives of our patients and the organization they represent.

Thank you to the Associate Engagement Committee for planning and executing such a tremendous special event!

In case you missed the fun, take a look!

Celebrating the Holidays

In this season of joy, I would like to thank our research community for all you do to advance health. Your knowledge and compassion is a true gift to our patients and your fellow associates throughout the year.  

May you enjoy this holiday season with family and friends!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

MHRI at the NCURA Meetings in 2018

Guest Blogger:
Tina Stanger
Director, Office of Contract and Grant Management

As the year winds down to the last few weeks, many of us will reflect on what we’ve accomplished this past year and what we hope to accomplish in the next. As part of my own reflection, I wanted to take a moment and share how many of our associates have been participating in the global research administration community. Several MHRI associates attended the NCURA National Meeting in Washington, DC, as well as the NCURA Region II meeting in West Virginia.

In early August, NCURA held its 60th Annual Meeting of the Membership in Washington, DC, allowing several staff to take advantage of the local event.  MHRI staff attended sessions on topics related to Pre-Award Administration, Post-Award Administration, Compliance, Departmental Management, International Research Administration, Clinical Trials/Research, and Career-Skills. Attendees from MHRI included Chad League, Christiana Akede, Emily Paku, Tina Stanger, and Kiara Calbart. Emily and Tina presented “Clinical Trial Jeopardy!” for the Medical/Research track. The theme of the conference was “Demonstrating Resilience and Advancing the Profession,” and offered a keynote by Kevin Carroll from Hanger Clinic. He developed WintersGel and a prosthetic for a baby dolphin that was featured in the movie “A Dolphin’s Tale,” which ultimately led to the creation of the Hanger ComfortFlex Socket Systems used on human amputees.

In October, NCURA Region II held their annual meeting in Wheeling, West Virginia. MHRI staff spoke at every medical/clinical track session for this conference. That is correct, we ran the show this year! The following speakers were there to represent MHRI:

  • Patricia Tanjutco: “Overview of FDA’s Bioresearch Monitoring Program, Clinical Site Readiness and What to Do During Inspections”
  • Candice Vance: “My PI Was Selected For a Clinical Trial…Now What?”
  • Candice Vance, Karen Barnes, Tina Stanger: “False Claims & Clinical Trial Billing: Recent Audits & Lessons Learned”
  • Amy Crupiti, Tina Stanger: “Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials”
  • Amy Crupiti, Tina Stanger: “Is it an NIH Clinical Trial?”
  • Emily Paku, Patricia Tanjutco, Tina Stanger: “Clinical Trial Recruitment Centers: A Panel Discussion”
  • Emily Paku, Tina Stanger: “Clinical Trial Jeopardy!”

Some participants’ comments on the presentations included:

“It’s good to see that there are people that really care about important topics like this”

“All three speakers clearly have passion, extensive knowledge, as well as dedication to this work”

“One of the best sessions I’ve been to. Please think about doing a longer session on this topic.”

“This was an excellent introduction to IIT contracts. I highly recommend the speakers and the topic. I suggest they expand this into a workshop.”

I am truly proud and thankful for all our associate's efforts, whether they are attending to learn more or those who are willing to share their knowledge. Participating in professional development opportunities such as these make us more well-rounded in our knowledge, allows us to learn how our colleagues handle the same hurdles as us and makes us (MHRI) part of the global research community.

NCURA is a professional society that “advances the profession of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and the fostering a diverse, collegial, and respected global community.” NCURA offers several avenues for education including: 3 national conferences a year, regional meetings, traveling workshops, and various webinars throughout the year. 

Monday, December 17, 2018

MHRI Around The World ... The Winner's Circle!

The MHRI Associate Engagement Committee kicked off the "MHRI Around The World" contest for a chance to have some fun with our MHRI gear!  There were some really great photos submitted and the winners were announced at the Year-End Celebrations across the system. 

There were three categories in which you could win: Furthest Location, Most Swag in One Photo, and Most Creative.

The Winners Are...

Furthest Location

(Shreejana Pokharel at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal)


                                     Most Swag in One Photo

(Oncology Research Crew at MWHC)

Most Creative

(CORE Lab at MWHC)

 Thank you to everyone who participated!
 It was fun to see all the creative photos!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Colleagues .... Friends!

It is the holiday time and that is a great opportunity to get together with those you work with in a more informal setting to enjoy just 'being' with each other.  Such was the case this weekend when a number of MHRI leaders, MedStar Teaching Scholar graduates and MedStar Research Scholar graduates got together for some wine tasting at a local vineyard (  It was so nice to meet significant others in our colleagues' life and share good food and wine and conversation.  I feel blessed to work with such nice people!

Here are some pics!