Microbicide Trials Network

Leadership and Operations Center (LOC)

The Leadership and Operations Center (LOC) is responsible for facilitating and managing the scientific agenda and research operations of the MTN, from the design and development of protocols to their review and approval, to their implementation at research sites and results dissemination and publication. The LOC has primary responsibility for the administration of funds to clinical research sites (CRSs) as well as providing logistical and administrative support to the MTN Executive Committee (EC), and other MTN committees and working groups. In addition, the LOC works closely with the Laboratory Center (LC) and the Statistical and Data Safety Management Center (SDMC) to ensure that all three organizational units operate as a collective in serving the mission and scientific agenda of the MTN.

 

Staff members from the LOC also work closely with Protocol Teams, Clinical Trial Units (CTUs) and CTU-affiliated CRSs, as well as with the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Division of AIDS (DAIDS), on all aspects of the MTN research program.

 

LOC functions are carried out across three institutions: the University of Pittsburgh, FHI 360 and the University of Washington. General operational responsibilities of the LOC include:

 

Leadership, oversight and governance

·       MTN Executive Committee support

·       Financial operations and management

·       Network Evaluation Committee support

·       Support to MTN Working Groups – Behavioral Research Working Group; Biomedical Science Working Group and the Community Working Group

·       Development and/or management of new initiatives, e.g., the Contraceptive Action Team

 

Research management and support

·       Protocol development

·       Study implementation and site training

·       Pharmacy affairs and study product management

·       Regulatory affairs

·       Medical oversight and participant safety (MTN Safety Physicians and Protocol/Regional Physicians)

·       Community Program

 

Operations and administration

·       Communications and external relations

·       Information technology and website support

·       Network meetings and management

·       Manuscript Review Committee support

·       Manual of Operational Procedures development and maintenance

 

More information about the structure, functions and responsibilities of the LOC are described in the MTN Manual of Operational Procedures, Section 3, The Microbicide Network’s Operational Components.

 

Key LOC Contacts

   

 

Judy Jones

MTN Operations

 

Chris Rullo

Network Meetings and Travel

Cheryl Richards

Fiscal Operations

 

Daria Smolinski

IT and Web

Jennifer Thomas

Protocol Development

 

Cindy Jacobson

Pharmacy Affairs

Lisa Rossi

Clare Collins

Communications and External Relations

Kristine Torjesen

Lisa Levy

Study Implementation

 

Rhonda White

Jonathan Lucas

Community Program

 

 

View LOC organizational charts for the LOC- Pittsburgh and the LOC-FHI 360 listed below.

 

DescriptionDateSize
Leadership and Operations Center (LOC) Organizational Charts
LOC- FHI 3602016-Nov-04176.7 KB
LOC- Pittsburgh2016-Dec-07134.74 KB