OCTRI People and Programs

Executive leadership

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David H. Ellison, MD, FASN, FAHA
Director & PI

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Cynthia Morris, PhD, MPH
Senior Associate Director & co-PI

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Chris Larsen, MS 
Associate Director 

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Jackie Shannon, PhD, MPH
Associate Director 

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Adrienne Zell, PhD 
Assistant Director 

OCTRI programs and services

OCTRI is comprised of more than 10 teams that provide a wide variety of programs and services designed to support and advance clinical and translational research.  Review a diagram of OCTRI programs here.  

The BERD team provides biostatistics support to basic, clinical and population science investigators with the goal of improving scientific quality and rigor of translational research. 

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Jodi Lapidus, PhD 
Director, OCTRI BERD 
Director, OHSU Biostatistics & Design Program 

For more information, visit the BERD program web page or email: bdp@ohsu.edu 

The CTRC is OCTRI’s laboratory for human research and provides participant-based services for investigators, including nursing, bionutrition, study coordination and inpatient and outpatient facilities. 

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Mary Samuels, MD 
Director, Clinical and Translational Research Center 

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Brian Booty, CCRP 
Clinical Research Manager 

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Sue Downs, RN, MSN, MBA 
Nursing Services Manager 

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Julia Jordan, MS, RD, LD 
Bionutrition Unit Manager 

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Clive Woffendin, PhD 
CTRC Lab Manager 

For more information on services and contact personnel, visit the CTRC web page.

The OCTRI Community Research Hub is a centralized office, located in Bend Oregon, through which researchers, community members and organizations can be connected and supported in order to facilitate, grow and strengthen community-engaged research.

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Jackie Shannon, PhD, MPH
Director, OCTRI Community Research Hub 

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Kim Brown, MBA 
Community Research Senior Manager and Strategist 

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Laura Campbell, MBA, MPH
Community Research Program Manager

For more information about services and contact personnel, visit the OCTRI Community Research Hub website

The OHSU Evaluation Core assists OHSU researchers and community organizations with planning and implementing effective program evaluation. 

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Adrienne Zell, PhD 
Director, OCTRI Evaluation
Assistant Professor,
OHSU/PSU School of Public Health 

For more information about the Evaluation Core team and services, visit the Evaluation Core web page.

The HERN team uses evidence-based methodology to amplify patient and caregiver voices in order to improve understanding of patient experiences, illuminate patient preferences, and contribute to the design and conduct of patient-centered research.

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Erika Cottrell, PhD, MPP 
Director, Health Experiences Research Network

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Vivian Christensen, PhD

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Lauren Tarlow, MS
Research Associate

For more information on HERN goals and methodology, visit the HERN national website.

The OCTRI Informatics program accelerates translational research by providing informatics tools to leverage clinical data, developing state-of-the-art clinical research data collection and management software, and resolving research bottlenecks to enable new research modalities.

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Mohammad (Adib) Adibuzzaman, PhD 
Co-Director, OCTRI Informatics 

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Shannon McWeeney, PhD 
Co-Director, OCTRI Informatics 

For more information on services and capabilities, visit the OCTRI Informatics or REDCap web pages.

The IPA team provides direct support for novel translational research through pilot project funding, support for strategic initiatives, career development awards, scholarships, education and networking opportunities for Portland's growing entrepreneurial community.

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Aditi Martin, PhD 
Director, OCTRI Innovation Programs and Awards 
Senior Director, OHSU Collaborations and Entrepreneurship

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Jonathan Jubera, MBA 
Project Manager, Biomedical Innovation Program 

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Melissa Mudd, MPH
Research Associate

For more information, visit the Pilot Awards and Innovation and Entrepreneurship web pages or download the 1-pagers on OCTRI Pilot Awards and OCTRI Innovation Education.

The ISP team drives access and inclusion for special populations in research by leveraging existing institutional strengths, engaging partners, building collaborations, and employing innovative tools and trainings.

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Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH 
Director, Integrating Special Populations 

OCTRI Navigator

The OCTRI Navigator team is your one-stop shop for questions about clinical and translational research at OHSU.

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Kitt Swartz, MPH 
Navigator Manager 

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Kim Cook, MS
Assistant Research Navigator

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Alina Dunbar
Assistant Research Navigator

For more information on accessing OCTRI services, visit the Navigator web page.


The OCTRI Recruitment team connects with research teams to ensure they have the tools and support they need for successful recruitment and retention throughout their studies. 

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Meredith Zauflik, MPA, ICDVP 
Recruitment Specialist 

For more information on OCTRI recruitment support services, visit the Recruitment web page.

The RKS team provides expertise and support to help researchers successfully and efficiently comply with local and federal regulations required for the initiation and conduct of clinical and translational research.

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Bridget Adams, MSHS, CCRA
Regulatory Knowledge and Support Manager 

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Ashley Price
Senior Research Assistant

For more information, visit the OCTRI Clinical Research Development and Consultation and the OCTRI Research Forum web pages. 

OCTRI offers a wealth of educational and training opportunities for faculty, fellows, students, study coordinators, mentors, and mentees. Learn more at OCTRI's Training & Education web page.


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Cynthia Morris, PhD, MPH, FAHA
Program Director, Translational Workforce Development
Co-Director, KL2 Program 
Co-Director, TL1 Program 

KL2 Program

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David Jacoby, MD
KL2 Program Director

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Melissa Mudd, MPH
Research Associate

OSLER TL1 Program

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Allison Fryer, PhD 
TL1 Program Director 

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Karen McCracken, BA, BSN
Education Program Coordinator 

CTSA program partners


OCTRI was the headquarters of the National Center for Data to Health (CD2H) from 2017-2021. The CD2H accelerates advancements in informatics by promoting data reuse and interoperability, tool sharing, informatics fluency, and collaboration across the entire CTSA network.

For more information about the Center for Data to Health, please visit the CD2H webpage.  

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Building a COVID-19 Analytics Platform to Turn Clinical Data into Knowledge

The National Institutes of Health has launched a centralized, secure enclave to store and study vast amounts of medical record data from people diagnosed with coronavirus disease across the country. It is part of an effort, called the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C), to help scientists analyze these data to understand the disease and develop treatments. The N3C harnesses the extensive resources of the NCATS-funded CTSA Program and the CD2H.

The initiative will create an analytics platform to systematically collect clinical, laboratory, and diagnostic data from health care provider organizations nationwide. It will then harmonize the aggregated information into a standard format and make it available rapidly for researchers and health care providers to accelerate COVID-19 research and provide information that may improve clinical care.

Diverse data from individuals tested for COVID-19 and related diseases are provided by institutions and organizations that execute the NCATS Data Transfer Agreement. Data access will be open to all users under a forthcoming NCATS Data Use Agreement, regardless of whether they contribute data.  NCATS is taking multiple security and privacy measures such as implementing user registration, federated login, data use agreements with institutions and data use requests with users.

For more details, see the N3C FAQsRegister for access to the N3C Data Enclave here.

Administrative teams

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Trish Pruis, PhD 
Manager, Strategic Planning

The Finance and Operations Team strives to ensure that your OCTRI experience is smooth and successful, particularly in the areas of finance, human resources, facilities, technology resources and general operations.      


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Christine R. Larsen, MS 
Director, Finance and Operations 


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Margaret Wade
Operations Manager

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Denise Duncan, MEd
Project Manager
Executive Coordinator to David Ellison, M.D.

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Leticia Lares
Administrative Coordinator


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James Trotter
Financial Analyst 2

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Jenny Trotter
Financial Analyst 2

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Star Leigh Wall
Financial Analyst 1

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Trying to locate OCTRI?

OCTRI headquarters are located on the 4th floor of the School of Nursing at the OHSU Marquam Hill campus in Portland, OR.

If you have trouble locating our office, please call:


OCTRI Mailing Address 

Mail Code: SN4N 

3181 SW Sam Jackson Pk Rd 
Portland, OR 97239-3098

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