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Research Oversight

The Lurie Cancer Center provides oversight of all aspects of clinical research through several committees. These committees work collaboratively in this effort to provide comprehensive and robust review and monitoring oversight.

 Disease Teams

Provides an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to guide in the selection and prioritization of high-quality cancer research studies. Please review the Disease Team Charter for details. For questions, contact Alyssa Garcia

Team Leaders

Disease Team

Disease Team Leader

Disease Team Co-Leader

Early Phase Therapeutics

Deva Mehalingam, MD

Young Chae, MD

Hem - Leukemia

Jessica Altman, MD

Olga Frankfurt, MD

Hem - LPDs

Barbara Pro, MD

Leo Gordon, MD

Hem - MPNs

Brady Stein, MD

N/A

Hem - Transplant

Jayesh Mehta, MD

Kehinde Adekola, MD

TRIST - Skin

Jeffrey Sosman, MD

Sunandana Chandra, MD

TRIST - Lung

Ankit Bharat, MD

Nisha Mohindra, MD

TRIST - Head & Neck

Sandeep Samant, MD

Bharat Mittal, MD

TRIST - GI

Mary Mulcahy, MD

David Bentrem, MD

TRIST - GU

Maha Hussain, MD

Edward Schaeffer, MD

TRIST - Neuro-oncology

Priya Kumthekar, MD

Matthew Tate, MD

TRIST - Sarcoma

Mark Agulnik, MD

Jeffrey Wayne, MD

WC - Breast

Massimo Cristofanilli, MD

William Gradishar, MD

WC - Gynecological

Edward Tanner III, MD

Daniela Matei, MD

Documents

Disease Team Charter

Study Review Endorsement Form

Supplemental Clinical Trial Review Form

 Scientific Review Committee (SRC)

Evaluates all cancer-relevant research protocols, including the review of all protocol amendments.  Please see the SRC Charter for more details.

Members

Name

Specialty

Status

Kehinde Adekola, MD 

Hematologic Malignancies 

Voting Member

Al Benson III, MD 
Chair

Medical Oncology 

Voting Member

Shira Dinner, MD

Medicine-Hematology/Oncology

Voting Member

Eric Donnelly, MD 

Radiation Oncology 

Voting Member

Reggie Duerst, MD

Pediatric Oncology

Voting Member

Borko Jovanovic, PhD 

Biostatistics 

Voting Member

Masha Kocherginsky, PhD 
Co-Chair

Biostatistics 

Voting Member

Robert Lewandowski, MD 

Radiology 

Voting Member

Maria Matsangou, MD 

Medicine-Hematology/Oncology 

Voting Member

David Odell, MD, MMSc

Thoracic Surgery

Voting Member

Carolyn Passaglia, CCRP 

Clinical Research Operations

Barbara Pro, MD 

Hematologic Malingancies 

Voting Member

Renee Riphenburg Webb, MA, CCRC 

Research Administration

Jonathan Strauss, MD 

Radiation Oncology 

Voting Member

Roger Stupp, MD

Neurological Surgery

Voting Member

David VanderWeele, MD

Medicine-Hematology/Oncology

Voting Member

Victoria Villafor, MD 

Medical Oncology 

Voting Member

David Walterhouse, MD

Pediatric Oncology

Voting Member

Amy Walz, MD 

Pediatric Oncology

Voting Member

Susan Yount, MD 

Cancer Control and Survivorship 

Voting Member

Rotating Pharmacy Representatives

  • Colleen Czerniak, PharmD 
  • Marina Grishchenko, PharmD 
  • Kathryn O'Brien, PharmD 
  • Soniya Tambe, PharmD 

Rotating Pathology Representatives

  • Elena Aristide, CCRP 
  • Lauren Nielsen 

Documents

SRC Charter

Guidance on SRC Review Requirements

Accrual Policy

No Waiver Policy

Trial Activation Diagram

Research Oversight Interactions Diagram

Reviewer Forms

 Data and Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC)

Responsible for data and safety monitoring, monitoring of protocol compliance. 

Leadership

Name Academic Rank Discipline Disease Team
Olga Frankfurt, MD Chair, Associate Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology Leukemia, MPNs, Transplant
Sonali Chaudhury, MD Co-Chair, Associate Professor Pediatric Hematology/Medical Oncology


Voting Members

Name Academic Rank Discipline Disease Team
Al Benson, III, MD, FASCO Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology EPT, GI
Sonali Chaudhury, MD Associate Professor Pediatric Hematology/Medical Oncology --
Olga Frankfurt, MD Associate Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology Leukemia, MPNs, Transplant
Aparna Kalyan, MD Assistant Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology EPT, GI
Timothy Kruser, MD Assistant Professor Radiation Oncology GU, Lung, Neuro, Skin
Nisha Mohindra, MD Assistant Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology EPT, Lung
Alicia Morgans, MD Associate Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology GU
Denise Scholtens, PhD Professor Preventive Medicine (Biostatistics) and Neurological Surgery  
Krista Carlson, PharmD Research Pharmacist Pharmacy  


Administrative, Non-Voting Members

Name Title Discipline
Carolyn Passaglia, CCRP Administrative Director, Clinical Trials Clinical Trials Administration
Catherine Humphreys, MA, CCRC Senior Program Administrator Multi-Site Research
Leanne Fountas, MPH, CCRC Quality Assurance Monitor Team Lead Quality Assurance
Minaz Cattan, MD Quality Assurance Monitor Quality Assurance
Rachel Lukas, CCRC Quality Assurance Monitor Quality Assurance
Brett Palmer, CCRC Quality Assurance Monitor Quality Assurance
Sehar Paya, MPH Quality Assurance Monitor Quality Assurance
Jill Woodman, CCRP Quality Assurance Monitor Quality Assurance
Sally Wroblewski, CCRC Quality Assurance Monitor Quality Assurance --
Mary Beth Tull Senior Research Project Administrator Quality Assurance - Chemoprevention
Kelly Benante Quality Assurance Monitor - Chemoprevention Quality Assurance - Chemoprevention
Adrian Segura Quality Assurance Monitor - Chemoprevention Quality Assurance - Chemoprevention
   

Documents

Data and Safety Monitoring Plan

DSMC Data Release Policies & Processes

Quantitative Data Sciences Core (QDSC) Data Release Policy

Data Compliance Policies & Processes

Protocol Deviation Form

Serious Adverse Event (SAE) Form

Internal Data Compliance Policy

Participating Site Acknowledgement

 

 Clinical Trial Audit Committee (CTAC)

Responsible for the internal auditing program. 

Leadership

Name Academic Rank Discipline Disease Team
Jessica Altman, MD Chair, Associate Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology Leukemia
Priya Kumthekar, MD Co-Chair, Assistant Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology Neurology
Renee Webb, MA, CCRC Assistant Director, Research Administration Research Administration --


Voting Members

Name Academic Rank Discipline Disease Team
Kehinde U.A. Adekola, MBBS Assistant Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology Leukemia, Transplant
Jessica Altman, MD Associate Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology Leukemia
Shira Dinner, MD Assistant Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology Leukemia
Aparna Kalyan, MBBS Assistant Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology EPT (Multi-Histology), GI
Sheetal Kircher, MD Assistant Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology GI
Priya Kumthekar, MD Assistant Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology Neurology
Nisha Mohindra, MD Assistant Professor Hematology/Medical Oncology Lung
Marina Grishchenko, BCPS, RPH, PhD Research Pharmacist Pharmacy --
Mary Golf, PharmD, BCOP Pharmacy Manager Pharmacy --


Administrative, Non-Voting Members

Name Academic Rank Discipline
Renee Webb, MA, CCRC Assistant Director, Research Administration Research Administration
Carolyn Passaglia, CCRP Administrative Director, Clinical Trials Clinical Trials Administration
Catherine Humphreys, MA, CCRC Senior Program Administrator Multi-Site Research
Leanne Fountas, MPH, CCRC Quality Assurance Monitor Team Lead Quality Assurance
Minaz Cattan, MD Quality Assurance Monitor Quality Assurance
Rachel Lukas, CCRC Quality Assurance Monitor Quality Assurance
Brett Palmer, CCRC Quality Assurance Monitor Quality Assurance
Sehar Paya, MPH Quality Assurance Monitor Quality Assurance
Jill Woodman, CCRP Quality Assurance Monitor Quality Assurance
Sally Wroblewski, CCRC Quality Assurance Monitor Quality Assurance
Mary Beth Tull Senior Research Project Administrator Quality Assurance - Chemoprevention

Documents

Corrective Action Plan Template & Guidelines

 

 Initial Submissions

To submit a cancer-relevant project to the SRC for approval, complete a protocol submission form in NOTIS. You can access NOTIS using your NET ID and password.  Click "protocol submission forms" under the main menu.  Questions about this process can be directed to John Nielsen at src.ccsg@northwestern.edu.

Documents

Letter of Intent Template (must be submitted for all interventional investigator-initiated trials prior to protocol submission)

Obtaining NOTIS Access (for sites that will not use NU IRB as their IRB of record)

IIT Templates (for assistance, contact Jennifer Kreutzer, Sabeeha Mukit or Emily Meyers)

 Revisions

The SRC receives and reviews revisions for projects that the committee initially approved. Revisions must include a summary of changes. All investigator-initiated studies, including those studies initiated by another site, must be SRC-approved prior to IRB submission. Industry-sponsored studies may be submitted to the SRC and IRB simultaneously. All revisions should be submitted to John Nielsen.

If the sponsor does not provide a summary of changes, please use template below.

Documents

Summary of Changes Template for Investigator-Initiated Studies

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