About The ITM

What We Do For You

Collaborate. Innovate. Heal.

The Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) helps you live your best life by making research breakthroughs happen and getting those discoveries into the real world to improve your health as soon as possible. The ITM is a partnership between the University of Chicago and Rush in collaboration with Advocate Health Care, the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech), Loyola University Chicago, and NorthShore University HealthSystem that’s fueled by almost $35 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We’re part of a network of more than 60 NIH-supported sites across the country working to slash the time it takes to develop and share new treatments and health approaches. We work with you and for you to make participating in health research easy, so that together we improve health care for all.

Join the movement and learn more about how we help researchers, physicians, community members, industry, government organizations, and others. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn @ChicagoITM.

This project is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through Grant Numbers UL1TR002389, KL2TR002387, and TL1TR00238 that fund the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM).


Leading Chicagoland Academic Medical and Health Care Systems


ITM Core Faculty, Researchers, and Staff

9.5 Million

People ITM Networks Reach

$35 Million

Funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Where We Come From

Top academic medical centers and leading scientific institutions.

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University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

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UChicago research has led to such breakthroughs as discovering the link between cancer and genetics, establishing revolutionary theories of economics, and developing tools to produce reliably excellent urban schooling. We generate new insights for the benefit of present and future generations with our national and affiliated laboratories: Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. In partnership with our neighbors, we invest in Chicago’s mid-South Side across such areas as health, education, economic growth, and the arts. Together with our medical center, UChicago Medicine, we are the largest private employer on the South Side.

UChicago Medicine is one of the nation’s leading academic medical institutions and has been at the forefront of medical care since 1927. Today, it comprises the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division; and the University of Chicago Medical Center, which U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks among the best hospitals in the nation. It has about 900 physicians and has affiliations with 12 Nobel Prize winners in physiology or medicine.
In all we do, we are driven to dig deeper, push further, and ask bigger questions—and to leverage our knowledge to enrich all human life.

Learn more at uchicago.edu and uchospitals.edu.



Rush is an academic health system improving the lives of its patients and the diverse communities it serves with nationally-recognized health care, education, and research, as well as a commitment to community partnerships.

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The Rush system comprises Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Copley Medical Center, and Rush Oak Park Hospital, as well as numerous outpatient care facilities throughout the Chicagoland area. Rush University, with more than 2,500 students, is a health sciences university that comprises Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College. Rush has more than 11,500 full-time employees and nearly 2,000 employed and private physicians. In fiscal year 2016, the three-hospital system helped nearly 50,800 patients admitted to its hospitals, 184,000 who visited its emergency departments, and more than 1 million outpatients.

In that same period, Rush received $102 million in research awards, including $67.5 million in research awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). During the past decade Rush has risen 26 rankings to be 58th in the nation for the amount of NIH funding it receives as a medical school.

Rush predates the city of Chicago. Rush Medical College received its charter on March 2, 1837, two days before the city was incorporated. Rush Medical College was the first medical school in Chicago, and one of the earliest in the Midwest.

Learn more at rush.edu.


Advocate Health Care

Advocate Health Care is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest.

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A national leader in population health management, Advocate is one of the largest Accountable Care Organizations in the country, and is committed to research that advances patient care and health outcomes through the Advocate Research Institute. Advocate operates nearly 400 sites of care and 12 hospitals, including two of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, five Level I trauma centers (the state’s highest designation in trauma care), three Level II trauma centers, 8 Magnet hospitals recognized for nursing excellence, one of the area’s largest home health and hospice companies and one of the region’s largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care has about 6,700 physicians on staff and trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, and in strong partnership with many diverse communities, Advocate leads initiatives to enhance individual and community health, and contributed $692 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2016.

Learn more at advocatehealth.com.


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, is a private, technology-focused, research university, located in Chicago, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law.

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One of 21 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU), Illinois Tech offers exceptional preparation for professions that require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Learn more at iit.edu.

Loyola University Chicago

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates call Loyola home.

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The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Learn more at LUC.edu.

North Shore

NorthShore University Health System

NorthShore University HealthSystem is an integrated healthcare delivery system consistently ranked as a Top 15 Teaching Hospital in the U.S. The NorthShore system, headquartered in Evanston, IL, includes four hospitals – Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park and Skokie.

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NorthShore also includes a 900 physician multispecialty group practice, NorthShore Medical Group, located in over 100 locations in the Chicagoland area. NorthShore is a Magnet-recognized organization, the first in Illinois to receive this prestigious honor as an entire system that demonstrates excellence in nursing and high standards in patient care. The system also supports the NorthShore Research Institute; the NorthShore Foundation; and the NorthShore Home & Hospice Services. In addition to launching Be Well Lake County, a community health initiative committed to providing greater access to comprehensive care, NorthShore contributes more than $210 million in charitable care and services to the communities it serves.

Learn more at northshore.org.

Who We Are

Based in Chicago. Internationally-Known.
Working with you and for you to improve health care for all.

ITM Central Leadership

ITM Central is the main ITM governing body that oversees operations and programming. All ITM cores and committees report to ITM Central.

ITM Site Leaders

Have a question about the ITM activities at a particular institute? The below site leaders are in charge ITM operations at their university or medical center.

  • Denise Angst
    Advocate Health Care Leader
    Denise Angst, PhD, RN, is the ITM’s Advocate Health Care Affiliate Leader. Denise is Vice President of Research and leads Advocate’s engagement in number of ITM clusters including Community and Collaboration, Research Capacity, and Learning Health Care Systems. At Advocate, Angst directs the Advocate Research Institute comprised of 4 regional research centers and over 70 research staff across Chicagoland and southern Illinois. The Institute provides centralized operations, consultation, support and training to investigators, and serves as a central point of contact to accelerate collaborations with academic and industry partners. Angst has spent over 25 years in clinical and translational research, and her own research has centered on the impact of chronic conditions on children and families, illness management and decision making. Angst developed and led the Achieving Excellence in Clinical Research conference, which attracts participants from around the Midwest and has been running for 14 years. She previously served as vice-chair of the Advocate Health Care IRB, and is a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Clinical Research Committee.
  • Michael Caplan
    NorthShore University HealthSystem Leader
    Michael Caplan, MD, is the ITM’s NorthShore University HealthSystem Affiliate Leader. Michael is the NorthShore Clinical Research Site Lead for the Hub Research Capacity Cluster, where he helps make high-quality research protocols a reality. As Chairman for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief Scientific Officer for the Research Institute at NorthShore, Michael's research interests revolve around neonatal intestinal health, with a focus on enterocolitis - or inflammation of the digestive tract - and human milk’s influence on neonatal outcomes. His work in the neonatal field has earned him the position of co-chair of the International Neonatal Consortium Task Force. He also previously served as the program chairman of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Neonatal Research Network. Caplan is widely published and the recipient of many awards, including the NIH Clinical Investigator Award. He is currently a principal investigator on an NIH-funded project investigating the early microbiome and developmental outcomes.
  • Richard Cooper
    Loyola University Chicago Leader
    Richard Cooper, MD, is the ITM’s Loyola University Affiliate Leader. Richard is the director of the ITM’s Learning Healthcare System Cluster, where he oversees the development and dissemination of ITM’s healthcare design and delivery resources. As a professor of medicine and cardiology and chairman of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Loyola, Richard's research focuses on the evolution of cardiovascular disease over the course of the African diaspora, genetic epidemiology and the development of hypertension and obesity, and the relationship between genetics and race. His work has made him an advocate for incorporating a social understanding of race into genetic research, and his work related to the topic has been widely published. Cooper is a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on issues related to controlling cardiovascular disease in developing countries, and has served as a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Human Genome Research Institute.
  • Keiichi Sato
    Illinois Institute of Technology Leader
    Keiichi Sato, PhD, is the ITM’s Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Affiliate Leader. Keiichi is director of Process Innovation for the Trial and Recruitment Innovation Office (TRIO) Core, where he spearheads the creation and implementation of design-informed recruitment and operation strategies for ITM clinical trials. As the Charles Owen Professor at Illinois Tech's Institute of Design, Keiichi teaches design theory and methodology, product and system architecture, human-centered system integration, and interactive systems design. His research focuses on the creation and development of interactive products and services, many of which can be applied to the healthcare realm. His recent projects include advanced technology application to health care and elderly care environments, next-generation automotive systems, and distributed healthcare systems. He is widely published and celebrated for his academic and professional achievements with over 70 papers and articles, and was recently honored with the Best Paper Award at ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences.
ITM Cores and Leaders

It takes a village – and a variety of specialty areas – to find new treatments, disease prevention, and other ways to improve human health. The ITM has ten specialty cores that include members of each ITM institute so that we can efficiently work together to make strides and collaborate with the public. Learn more about each core and its leaders below.

Hub Research Capacity

The Hub Research Capacity Core streamlines health research across the clinical research facilities at all six ITM Institutes in the Chicagoland area, and it makes sure that those who are underrepresented in research have easy access to the opportunities that matter to them the most.

  • Arlene Chapman, MD
    University of Chicago

    Hub Research Capacity Core Leader

Arlene Chapman
ITM Hub Research Capacity Core Leader

Arlene Chapman, MD, leads the ITM’s Hub Research Capacity Core, where she facilitates clinical research studies. Chapman also directs the ITM’s Clinical Research Center (CRC), managing the CRC staff and supporting the many academic and industry studies that take place there.

Chapman is a renowned nephrologist and professor of medicine. Her work focuses on hereditary renal diseases and rare kidney conditions, and she was integral in the development of new imaging biomarkers for polycystic kidney disease. Chapman also studies precision medicine and the role genetics play in predicting what medications are best to treat a patient’s hypertension. She has received continuous funding for her work from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for nearly two decades. She has authored more than 170 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and she holds membership on several NIH committees, the Scientific Advisory Council for the Polycystic Kidney Disease Research Foundation, and the Council for the American Kidney Societies.

Reach her at achapman1@bsd.uchicago.edu.

Core Site Leaders
  • Michael Caplan, MD, PhD

    Chairman, Department of Pediatrics

  • Britt Burton-Freeman, PhD
    Illinois Tech

    Director for the Center of Nutrition Research

  • Colleen Fitzgerald, MD

    Medical Director, Clinical Research Office

  • Denise Angst, PhD, RN

    VP, Research

Trial, Recruitment, and Innovation Office

It takes about 14 years for a medicine discovery to make its way from the lab and into your pharmacy. One of the biggest slowdowns is a lack of participants in the clinical trials that required first. The Trial Recruitment and Innovation Office (TRIO) works to speed up that timeline by providing tailored, user-centered design consulting to researchers who are having trouble reaching potential participants for their studies. The ITM’s local office feeds into a national Trial Innovation Network that offers consultations and services for multi-center clinical trials and studies.

  • Raj Shah, MD

    Trial, Recruitment, and Innovation Office (TRIO) Core Leader

Raj Shah
ITM Trial, Recruitment, and Innovation Office (TRIO) Core

Raj Shah, MD, is leads the ITM’s Trial, Recruitment, and Innovation Office (TRIO) core, where he accelerates the process of recruiting to clinical trials and conducting multi-center research studies.

Shah’s work focuses on the design and execution of community-based clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of age-related conditions, such as memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Shah is Rush’s principal investigator for the Chicago Area Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN), a group of academic health systems and other partners that develop strategies to improve care and health equity for diverse Chicago populations. He is also Rush’s principal investigator for the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program, and he oversees recruitment and community engagement for the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Shah serves as an associate professor of family medicine and co-director of Rush’s Center for Community Health Equity. He is also an active mentor for students interested in the health sciences.

Reach him at Raj_C_Shah@rush.edu.

Core Site Leaders
  • Santosh Basapur
    Illinois Tech

    Lecturer, Human Factors and Systems Design

  • Keiichi Sato, PhD
    Illinois Tech

    Charles Owen Professor

Research Methods

The Research Methods Core ensures the highest ethical standards for participants’ safety are upheld throughout the entire clinical trial process. It helps make understanding a study and agreeing or declining to participate in a trial easy for potential participants. And it offers researchers assistance with trial design, fast Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval processes, biostatistics support, and more.

  • Lainie Ross, MD, PhD
    University of Chicago

    Research Methods Core Leader

Lainie Ross
ITM Research Methods Core Leader

Lainie Ross, MD, PhD, is the ITM’s Research Methods Core Leader. She creates and maintains the ITM’s ethical framework, ensuring safe and ethical research practices for participants and investigators.

Ross – who also serves as the Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics and professor of pediatrics, medicine, and surgery – is a nationally and internationally recognized bioethicist and physician. Her work has focused on ethical and policy issues in organ transplantation, genetic testing, pediatrics, and human subjects protections, and she has published more than 100 research articles. She currently serves on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) and as the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Bioethics Executive Committee. She is also the associate director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. In recognition of her outstanding work in public policy and medical ethics, Ross was elected as a prestigious Hastings Center Fellow in 2009.

Reach her at lross@peds.bsd.uchicago.edu.

Core Site Leaders

Career Development

The Career Development Core helps junior researchers get the education, mentoring, and other resources necessary to launch a career in translational medicine. This core includes the Career Development program that offers 75 percent protected time to tackle a research project of the scholar’s choice, salary support, and more – and its alumni have gone on to scale national initiatives and secure millions of dollars in additional funding.

  • Eric Beyer, MD, PhD
    University of Chicago

    Career Development Core Leader

Eric Beyer

ITM Career Development Core Leader

Eric Beyer, MD, PhD, leads the ITM’s Career Development and Translational Endeavors cores, where he oversees the ITM’s training and education programs and initiatives.

Beyer, a professor of pediatrics, cell physiology, cancer biology, and molecular medicine, is a renowned expert in childhood cancers and blood diseases. He has presented at numerous conferences and seminars around the world. He runs an internationally-recognized molecular and cellular biology lab that’s widely known for making major contributions to the field and focuses on intercellular communication research, which could lead to new cancer treatments.

His work studying how to develop new molecular approaches to cancer therapy also helps pave the way for new or improved treatments for heart problems and cataracts. He has authored or co-authored more than 170 publications on these topics. In addition to his extensive cancer research, Beyer has been recognized as a top doctor by Chicago magazine.

Reach him at EBeyer@peds.bsd.uchicago.edu.

Core Site Leaders
  • John Georgiadis, PhD
    Illinois Tech

    Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering

  • Ali Keshavarzian, MD

    Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition

  • Holly Kramer, MD, MPH

    Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences

  • Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, FACP
    University of Chicago

    Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics

  • Jay Goldstein, MD

    Roy F. Kehl Chair of Gastroenterology

Community and Collaboration

We work with communities to hear what disease areas they care about the most and how best they think we can work together to tackle them. These partnerships cover everything from working with the public to design a trial to collaborating to spread the news of discoveries to those who need it the most. This core works with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and other industry, nonprofit, and government stakeholders – as well as anyone who wants to join the movement in making health research the new normal.

  • Deborah Burnet, MD
    University of Chicago

    Community and Collaboration Core Leader

Deborah Burnet
ITM Community and Collaboration Core Leader

Deb Burnet, MD, leads the ITM’s Community and Collaboration Core, bridging the gap between medical research discoveries and their implementation in Chicago communities.

Burnet is a professor of medicine and pediatrics and section chief of General Internal Medicine, and her research interests revolve around disease prevention, internal medicine, pediatrics, childhood obesity, and diabetes. Her current work examines the effectiveness of community-based programs in stopping the rise of obesity and type 2 diabetes in African-American youth.

She works with the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translational Research, where she helped establish the Reach-Out Chicago Children’s Diabetes Prevention Project, a family-oriented diabetes risk reduction program. Burnet is also passionate about improving medical education, trains physicians on cultural competence in their practice, and serves on various National Institutes of Health (NIH) review panels regarding community-based research.

Reach her at dburnet@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu.

Core Site Leaders
  • Denise Angst, PhD, RN

    VP, Research

  • Bernard Ewigman, MD, MSPH

    Owen L. Coon Foundation Chair of Family Medicine

  • Amy Luke, PhD

    Director, Global Health Program

  • Doriane Miller, MD
    University of Chicago

    Director, Center for Community Health and Vitality

  • Martha Clare Morris, ScD

    Director, Section of Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology

  • James Mulshine, MD

    Acting Dean, the Graduate College


Radiomics deals with pulling data from images like X-Ray and MRI scans that can be analyzed and used to make faster, better diagnoses. And the sooner you know you’re sick, the better chances there are of making a good recovery. This core works to bring imaging and big data studies to the next level by coordinating databases, software, computer calculations, and more across all six ITM institutes.

  • Maryellen Giger, PhD
    University of Chicago

    Radiomics Core Leader

Maryellen Giger
ITM Radiomics Core Leader

Maryellen Giger, PhD, is leads the ITM’s Radiomics Core, where she oversees the development and sharing of databases and medical imagery resources to help further translational research with the help of big data.

Giger, the A.N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology, is a pioneer in the development of computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) technology, which helps clinicians interpret medical images. She has authored or co-authored 180 peer-reviewed journal articles, and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging (JMI).

She is also the inventor or co-inventor about 25 patents, and she serves as a reviewer for several granting agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Army. Her work in radiomics earned her the William D. Coolidge Award from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAMP), their highest award recognizing an eminent career in medical physics. She also serves on the Committee on Medical Physics and is college vice-chair for basic science research.

Reach her at m-giger@uchicago.edu.

Core Site Leaders
  • Yuan Ji, PhD

    Director, Program for Computational Genomics and Medicine Research Institute

  • John Roeske, PhD

    Director, Medical Physics

  • Mark Supanich, PhD

    Diagnostic Medical Physicist

  • Kenji Suzuki, PhD
    Illinois Tech

    Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Learning Healthcare System

We all share a common goal of helping people live their best, healthiest life. Health research helps find new treatments and behaviors – like what to eat or avoid – that doctors learn and use when seeing their patients. A big hurdle in the pipeline to finding new breakthroughs is getting healthy and non-healthy patients involved in clinical trials. This core works to seamlessly weave health care delivery with health research to advance health care for all, involving patients, doctors, health care systems, and more.

  • David Meltzer, MD, PhD
    University of Chicago

    Learning Healthcare System Core Leader

David Meltzer

ITM Learning Healthcare Systems Core Leader

David Meltzer, MD, PhD, is leads the ITM’s Learning Healthcare Systems and TL1 Training cores, where he oversees the leveraging of clinical resources to support research that helps improve health care delivery and outcomes, as well as the ITM’s postdoctoral training program.

Meltzer, who is a professor of medicine, general internist, and an economist, focuses his research on problems in health economics and public policy in order to improve the cost and quality of hospital care. He helped establish the Chicago Learning Effectiveness Advancement Research Network (Chicago LEARN), which pioneered collaboration between Chicago academic medical centers in effectiveness research.

He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. He serves as chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, director of the Center for Health and Social Sciences, and chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science.

Reach him at dmeltzer@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu.

Core Site Leaders
  • David Ansell, MD, MPH

    Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity

  • Richard Cooper, MD

    Professor of Medicine and Cardiology

  • Mary Harris
    University of Chicago

    Career Coordinator


The Training Core serves clinical fellows and postdoctoral scholars by offering translational research training, mentoring, and scholarships. As part of its TL1 Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Research and Medical Informatics program, participants can get their master’s degree, a stipend, and more.

Core Leader and Site Leader
  • David Meltzer, MD, PhD
    University of Chicago

    Training Core Leader

  • Di Chen, MD, PhD

    John W. and Helen H. Watzek Professor of Biochemistry

Translational Endeavors

A breakthrough will never save a life if it never makes its way out of the lab and into the real world. This core works with community members, researchers, government, and industry to apply scientific discoveries to real-world uses, products, medications, and policies to improve your life. The core also houses the ITM Pilot Award program that gives seed funding to accelerate an idea that could improve people’s health.

  • Eric Beyer, MD, PhD
    University of Chicago

    Translational Endeavors Core Leader

Eric Beyer

ITM Translational Endeavors Core Leader

Eric Beyer, MD, PhD, leads the ITM’s Career Development and Translational Endeavors cores, where he oversees the ITM’s training and education programs and initiatives.

Beyer, a professor of pediatrics, cell physiology, cancer biology, and molecular medicine, is a renowned expert in childhood cancers and blood diseases. He has presented at numerous conferences and seminars around the world. He runs an internationally-recognized molecular and cellular biology lab that’s widely known for making major contributions to the field and focuses on intercellular communication research, which could lead to new cancer treatments.

His work studying how to develop new molecular approaches to cancer therapy also helps pave the way for new or improved treatments for heart problems and cataracts. He has authored or co-authored more than 170 publications on these topics. In addition to his extensive cancer research, Beyer has been recognized as a top doctor by Chicago magazine.

Reach him at EBeyer@peds.bsd.uchicago.edu.

Core Site Leaders
  • Julie Schneider, MD, MS

    Professor of Neurology

  • Jay Goldstein, MD

    Roy F. Kehl Chair of Gastroenterology

  • Allecia Harley, MPH, CCRP, CRA

    Associate VP, Clinical Research Administration

  • Richard Cooper, MD

    Professor of Medicine and Cardiology


Informatics deals with information science, or studying big data sets and safely storing massive amounts of digital information. The core is syncing information across sites so that researchers have more to study in finding health trends or new signs that predict an illness. It also helps build custom online portals, apps, databases, data visualizations, and more. The UChicago Center for Research Informatics (CRI), Loyola University’s Office of Informatics and Systems Development (OISD), NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Health Information Technology, Rush University’s Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core (BBC), and the Advocate Warehouse for Research & Evaluation (AWARE) are all part of this core.

  • Sam Volchenboum, MD, PhD
    University of Chicago

    Informatics Core Leader

Samuel Volchenboum

ITM Informatics Core Leader

Sam Volchenboum, MD, PhD, is leads the ITM’s Informatics Core. He manages the biomedical informatics tools, resources, and support for clinical research studies.

Volchenboum, an associate professor of pediatrics, is an expert in childhood cancers and blood disorders. As UChicago’s associate chief research informatics officer, his work also focuses on how to harness big data to enable innovative research.

In the bioinformatics realm, he directs the development of the International Neuroblastoma Risk Group Database project, which connects international patient data with external information, such as genomic data and tissue availability. Volchenboum also runs the Center for Research Informatics, which provides computational support for the Biological Sciences Division at UChicago and private industry, including high-performance computing, applications development, bioinformatics resources, and access to the clinical research data warehouse to help accelerate investigators’ work.

Reach him at svolchen@peds.bsd.uchicago.edu.

Core Site Leaders
  • Brian Furner
    University of Chicago

    Director of Applications Development, CRI

  • Bala Hota, MD

    Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

  • Ron Price

    Associate VP for Informatics and Systems Development, Health Sciences Division

  • Eunice Santos, PhD
    Illinois Tech

    Chair, Department of Computer Science

  • Anthony Solomonides, MSc

    Director of Clinical Research Informatics

  • Denise Angst, PhD, RN

    VP, Research

ITM Staff
  • Gayle Averyheart
    Research Diet Technician
    Gayle Averyheart is Research Diet Technician at the ITM. As a longtime member of the Clinical Research Center (CRC) team, she helps make sure clinical trials run smoothly and safely. She works closely with patients, administering Dexa scans, running basal metabolic rate (BMR) machines to measure patients' metabolisms, designing and preparing patient meals, and more. Averyheart has her associate's degree in nutrition and is registered with the American Dietetic Association. She has been with the University of Chicago for 37 years. Outside of nutrition, Averyheart enjoys participating in theater productions.
  • Simone Banks
    Fiscal Analyst
    Khrysanthia Simone Banks is the ITM’s Fiscal Analyst. Simone helps facilitate the Core Subsidy awards and manages the purchasing, billing, and financial operations of the ITM. Before joining the team, Simone worked at Adler University and the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. When she’s not handling ITM’s finances, Simone enjoys a good meal - much of her time is spent exploring Chicago’s diverse food scene.
  • Rosemary Burson
    Diet Technician
    Rosemary Burson is a diet technician for the ITM’s metabolic kitchen in its Clinical Research Center (CRC), where meals and nutrients can be tailored and measured according to the needs of a study to ensure accurate and consistent nutrition. She has been with the CRC for 16 years, helping with nutritional research, preparing special research-related meals for the participants of clinical trials, and providing patient care. Burson has been a registered dietician for 23 years, and she has been a clinical diet technician at Loyola University, Bethel New Life Facility, and West Suburban Hospital. She holds a degree from Malcolm X College.
  • Kate Haas
    Informatics Cluster Program Manager
    Kate Haas is the ITM’s Informatics Cluster Program Manager. She works with the ITM’s bioinformatics faculty leadership and the Center for Research Informatics (CRI), supporting collaborative research informatics projects across ITM institutions. Prior to joining the ITM team, Haas spent five years as the Analytics Project Manager for UChicago’s Department of Radiology, where she developed quality reporting projects and workflow tools, many of which have been presented as posters at national conferences or published in peer-reviewed journals. Haas also holds a master’s degree from UChicago’s Program in the Social Sciences.
  • Kathleen Ferraro
    Science Communications Specialist
    Kathleen Ferraro is the Science Communications Specialist for the ITM, where she contributes to multimedia storytelling and marketing across platforms. Ferraro is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she covered various science beats as a freelancer and student. Prior to receiving her master's degree, she earned degrees in cultural anthropology and global health from Northwestern University. She has conducted anthropological research on public health initiatives internationally, including grant-funded research on cultural competency strategies in indigenous public health interventions in Peru. Ferraro also freelances for several magazines.
  • Nurie Dervishi
    TRIO Research Coordinator
    Nurie Dervishi is the ITM's Trial Innovation and Recruitment Office (TRIO) Research Coordinator. Dervishi ensures that studies at ITM institutions run smoothly and efficiently from recruitment to completion. From site visits to data collection, processing, analysis, and reporting, she makes sure impactful health research happens according to protocol. Dervishi holds degrees in english and psychology from Western Illinois University. Before joining the ITM team, she served as Clinic Coordinator at Rush. Outside of the research realm, she is a diehard Star Wars fan and a talented artist.
  • Sonja Johnson-Hall
    Associate Administrative Director
    Sonja Johnson-Hall is the Associate Administrative Director at the ITM, where she works in everything from financial management to research coordination to human resources administration. Johnson-Hall has a degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources management. She began her career at the University of Chicago in 2003 with the department of medicine’s accounts payable office, and moved to what is now the Clinical Research Center (CRC) in 2006 as the project assistant to the administrative director. She has helped the ITM grow since its inception in 2007 and has worn many hats during that time, having held multiple positions within the department.
  • Leeon Jones
    Research Coordinator
    Leeon Jones is the ITM’s Clinical Research Center (CRC) Research Coordinator. She sets up research appointments and works closely with patients to complete clinical studies, including helping with blood draws, patient assessments, and more. Prior to her current role, Jones worked for 23 years as a patient care technician in the CRC, formerly known as the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC). During those years she took care of clinical trial participants during the evening and night shifts. Before that, she worked as a cardiac nurse. When she’s not helping clinical trial participants and patients, she loves going to the movies and spending quality time with anything related to interior design and chocolate cake.
  • Regina Kinyui
    Administrative Coordinator
    Regina Kinyui is the Administrative Coordinator at the ITM. She is the main point of contact for all of your ITM-related questions, as she works with ITM leadership to carry out daily operations, schedule ITM events and meetings, manages and assist with ITM courses like the Responsible Conduct of Research course, the Career Award Writing Workshop, Essentials of Patient-Oriented Research course, and more. Before making the magic happen at the ITM, Kinyui earned a degree in political science from Northeastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in international policy and development from DePaul University. She also loves to travel, with Istanbul, Turkey topping her long list of favorite adventures.
  • Nandini Kaluvakolanu
    Core Lab Research Technologist
    Nandini Kaluvakolanu is the Research Technologist at the ITM’s Clinical Research Center (CRC), where she has a hand in everything that goes through the CRC’s Core Laboratory. Kaluvakolanu has been with the CRC since 2004, analyzing samples, managing lab equipment, conducting clinical analyses, administering clinical tests, and helping CRC studies run smoothly. Before the CRC, Kaluvakolanu graduated with a degree in science from Osmania University in India. She has a background in clinical laboratory technology, and has completed various trainings in human subject protection, specimen processing, and impacts on accredited clinical laboratories.
  • Adrian Melendez
    Clinical Research Coordinator
    Adrian Melendez is the ITM's Clinical Research Coordinator for the Center for Underserved Populations and Innovative Interventions (CUPII). Melendez connects researchers with local community organizations working with underserved populations so that diverse groups will be better included and affected by ITM research. Prior to his role at the ITM, Melendez was a clinical research assistant at University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and Chapin Hall on projects examining cultural barriers to mental health treatment engagement for ethnic/racial minorities. He graduated from the University of Chicago with degrees in psychology and biological sciences with a neuroscience concentration. When he's not at work, Melendez enjoys consuming all things horror and playing with his cats Churro and Noodles.
  • Yacine Merdjemak
    Clinical Research Systems Programmer
    Yacine Merdjemak is the ITM's Clinical Research Systems Programmer. He is responsible for the ongoing maintenance, integration, and deployment of the CR-Assist System and the Potential Participant Registry database to ITM institutions, helping making clinical studies run smoothly from recruitment to execution. Merdjemak holds a PhD in Physics from Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France. Prior to the ITM, he worked as a web architect at Tuthill Corporation and software engineer at Argonne National Labs, and also currently serves as an adjunct professor of computer science at Saint Xavier University.
  • Kathleen Mansell
    Clinical Research Center Manager
    Kathleen Mansell is the manager of ITM’s Clinical Research Center (CRC), where she leads the CRC team and its operations to carry out investigators’ studies. From reviewing protocols to coordinating services, Mansell ensures that researchers have the resources needed to complete their studies. Mansell has more than 10 years’ experience as a clinical research coordinator, having worked as a nurse and in management positions at several community hospitals. Mansell earned her master’s degree in nursing from Loyola University and holds a certificate in clinical research from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.
  • Jennifer Kilkus
    Bionutrition Research Manager
    Jennifer Kilkus is the ITM’s Clinical Research Center (CRC) Manager of Bionutritional Research, where she provides investigators with nutritional expertise tailored to their studies. She manages the CRC's Diet Technicians, designs research diets, maintains nutrient databases, performs diet analyses, measures body composition, and more. She has been at the CRC for 12 years. Kilkus has a master’s degree in human nutrition, certificate in medical writing and editing from University of Chicago, and dietitian-nutritionist license. She has worked as a clinical dietician and bionutritionist at Loyola University and University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Annette Miller
    Registered Nurse
    Annette Miller is a Registered Nurse at the ITM’s Clinical Research Center (CRC). At the CRC, Miller helps carry out studies and create policies and procedures for conducting research at the CRC. She also has a hand in executing study logistics, including administering blood draws, hyperglycemic clamps that are used to measure how sensitive a patient is to insulin, intravenous glucose tests, and more for clinical trial participants. Before coming to the ITM, Miller worked as a registered nurse in University of Chicago's intensive care unit and emergency department. When she’s not working with patients, she loves to go hiking.
  • Sherry Robison
    Trial and Recruitment Innovation Office (TRIO) Manager
    Sherry Robison is the ITM's Trial and Recruitment Innovation Office (TRIO) Manager. She helps all translational human subject research move smoothly. From sharing innovative methods, tools, and best practices across ITM institutions to aiding with the research participant recruitment process, Sherry helps make ITM clinical trails run as efficiently as possible. Before joining the ITM staff, Sherry earned her MBA at Purdue University and spent 13 years in the research world as a research administrator at both University of Chicago and Rush. Outside of the research world, Sherry is a huge runner and has completed seven marathons and a half Ironman.
  • Chartay Robinson
    Community Development Program Specialist
    Chartay Robinson is the ITM’s Community Development Program Specialist. She manages the Community Advisory Review Council (CARC), a panel that gives feedback to researchers and engage communities. Robinson also works with the Chicago Consortium for Community Engagement (C3), manages thae Community Leadership Institute, coordinates Advanced Community Based Participatory Research, and supports ITM's Community Core co-chairs' development needs. With a bachelor’s in healthcare management, Robinson started at the University of Chicago in 2004 as program coordinator in the Office of Community Affairs.
  • Triniece Pearson
    Clinical Research Nurse
    Triniece Pearson is the ITM's Clinical Research Nurse. She helps the Clinical Research Center (CRC) execute research studies by working closely with patients and doctors to make sure study logistics run smoothly. From blood draws to sample collections, Pearson makes sure patients are taken care of and studies are carried out safely and efficiently. Pearson has a bachelor's degree in nursing and MBA in healthcare management from Saint Xavier University. Prior to joining the ITM, she was working as a research nurse at University of Illinois at Chicago. When she's not working with patients, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Apple.
  • Sonya Redmond-Head
    Career Award Program Administrator
    Sonya Redmond-Head is the ITM’s Career Award Program Administrator. She has been with the ITM for more than six years, and she oversees three of the ITM’s funding mechanisms—Career Development (K) Awards, Pilot Awards, and Short-Term Pilot Awards for residents—to ensure researchers get the funding they need to conduct innovative research. Redmond-Head also manages the administrative process for the Clinical Research Center (CRC). Prior to joining the ITM team, Redmond-Head lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she worked for a consulting firm hired to help recruit U.S. Department of Homeland Security TSA Agents.
  • Natalie Watson
    Community Health Program Development Specialist
    Natalie Watson is the ITM's Community Health Program Development Specialist and University of Chicago's Center for Community Health and Vitality. She holds a master's degree in counseling from Governors State University. She is project coordinator for the ITM-supported Chicago Area Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network's (CAPRICORN) Patient and Clinician Advisory Committee. Prior to her current role, Watson developed STEM programming for high school students. She also helped develop an internet-based adolescent depression intervention program for University of Chicago's Project CATCH-IT.