School of Nursing Newsletter

News from Clinical Research

Graduation 2017

CLR graduatesFour students earning their masters in Clinical Research and Project Development graduated this spring. The graduate Clinical Research program has admitted 26 students for the fall ’17 class. 

Fifty students graduated with their BS in Clinical Research during the spring ’17 graduation. Several of these students have secured jobs at various clinical research companies throughout NC, including PPD, Quintiles, Chiltern International Ltd., INC Research, Premier Research, PMG Research and Rho. Other CLR graduates have accepted positions with companies outside of NC and these include East Coast Research Institute in Jacksonville, FL, and INOVA Cancer Institute in Fairfax, VA.


Jared Kerr attended the annual meeting and expo for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals in Seattle, WA April 28 - May 2. Jared participated in various clinical research specific meetings including:

  • Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research had their annual meeting to review the year and plan for the future including new officers, members and communication strategies;
  • Committee for Accreditation for clinical research programs met to finalize the accreditation process for academic clinical research programs expected to be piloted in fall 2017;
  • Presentations on research and implementation of the Core Competencies for Clinical Research Professionals; and
  • Met with representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during an open Q&A session to discuss academic training and internship opportunities for students at the FDA.

Students working with an interprofessional research team that includes Jared Kerr also attended the Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference March 31. Student Stephanie Spencer (CLR ’18) presented “Evolution of the Exploration of a Pilot Medical Device: Easy Breather Exercise Table.” This project was a collaborative effort with Jared Kerr, Justine Reel (CHHS), and Robert Boyce (HAHS). 


  1. CHHS Research & Innovation Day (March 27). Kerr and a team of faculty and students presented four posters on the Easy Breather Exercise Table device project, research mentorship, survey of COPD and innovation in academia from the CHHS Innovation Advisory Council. 
  2. UNCW Undergraduate Research and Creativity Spring Showcase (March 28). David Giordano (BS Exercise Science ’18) presented “Evolution of the Exploration of a Pilot Medical Device: Easy Breather Exercise Table.”


Justine Reel (lead PI), Jared Kerr (Co-PI), Robert Boyce (Co-PI) and David Giordano (BS Exercise Science ’18) were awarded a Friend of UNCW Grant Award. The $1,000 award supports the purchase of a spirometer to test breathing function as part of the research on the EBET device and help teach anatomy and physiology students using the Human Performance Lab.