Center for Clinical Research / Clinical Trials
What do we do?
At Rochester General Hospital's Center for Clinical Research, our knowledgeable team is passionately committed to offering treatment alternatives to the community and Investigators through research. Medical clinical research is one way that new treatments for diseases are found, and we are honored to be part of that mission.
We are a service-oriented resource for Investigators, who can benefit directly or through contract from our expertise in running major sponsored medical/clinical trials for drug, device and biologics, in areas such as Cardiology, Acute Care and Gastrointestinal (GI).
We are a hands-on team who take a trial from start to finish, from desk to operating room, to provide contract and budget negotiations, simplify complex protocol language into a 'layman's' informed consent, and work with the Sponsor and staff across a variety of disciplines to coordinate, provide education on, execute, maintain and terminate a clinical trial. Our Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, RN/BSNs, and CNA schedule and conduct patient visits per protocol, gather and input data into Sponsor-specific clinical trial data systems, and respond to Sponsor queries, visits and audits. We work closely with the RRHS Clinical Investigations Committee to maintain both patients' rights, as well as FDA-regulated compliance with clinical research trials.
Our areas of research have included:
- Interventional Cardiology (Catheterization / Electrophysiology labs)
- Critical Care
- General Surgical
Who are our patients?
Research patients are generally those who seek to prevent a condition, improve a condition, or keep a condition from worsening. As a research patient, we partner with you, as well as a team of dedicated healthcare professionals, to achieve the goal of safely shepherding you through a trial. It is our most profound belief that patients should and must have opportunities to be proactive, empowered and hopeful as they seek optimal health. For many, participation in a clinical trial means searching for options to benefit health status. However, we also recognize that human beings are made of much more than their physical body and disease states. The very personal decision to participate in research and contribute to the advancement of medicine to benefit others is also something we see. This is something we never take for granted and fully appreciate.
Who are we?
Our team is committed to bringing opportunities and choices to the community to advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease states, and to help patients play a more hopeful, active role in their care. We have a patient-centered focus that uses education to encourage patients to question and understand their options, so they are best able to make an informed decision about participation in a clinical trial.
Our team consists of:
- Physicians who work in general medical and surgical specialties throughout the hospital
- A full-time nurse practitioner with 23+ years of experience in research, who specializes in critical care, surgery and cardiac (drug/device) research
- Two full-time RN/BSNs with a collective 26+ years of experience in research
- A Clinical Research Associate who has experience supporting clinical and academic research
Tia Albro, RN, MSN, AACNP
Director, Center for Clinical Research
Tia received her Associate's of Science in Nursing from Monroe Community College. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Nursing at Brockport State University and continued on to obtain a Master's degree as an Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at the University of Rochester.
Tia has been employed at Rochester General Hospital for the last 28 years. She has worked in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, the Emergency Department, as well as step-down units. Tia has been conducting research for the past 21 years at Rochester General Hospital.
In 2000, Tia assumed the role of Director of the Center for Clinical Research. As Director, she oversees the entire administrative and clinical operations of the team. She has been involved in over 150 major drug, device, and biologics clinical trials for adult and pediatric inpatients and outpatients. She has assumed the role of Lead Coordinator and Sub-Investigator in a number of therapeutic areas, including: Critical Care, Trauma, Surgery, Cardiology, Immunology, Neurology, Hematology, Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Urology, Gastroenterology, Oncology (cancer) and Primary Care.
Patrica Noll, RN, BSN
Clinical Research Nurse / Trial Coordinator
Patty graduated from Niagara University with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. She worked at Rochester General Hospital as a staff nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit for 14 years and then moved to Clinical Research, where she has been active as a Lead Coordinator for 18 years.
Although Patty has participated in numerous trials and disciplines through the years, she brings a particular wealth of experience in Cardiology trials, including pharmacologic, device and registry trials.
Linda Link, RN, BSN
Clinical Research Nurse / Trial Coordinator
Linda received her Associate's of Applied Science in Nursing, as well as Liberal Arts in Science degrees from Monroe Community College. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Robert's Wesleyan College.
Linda has been an employee of Rochester General Hospital for the past 10 years. She has worked as a staff nurse on the Cardiac Cath Lab unit, as a Case Manager/Community Health Nurse, and as a Clinical Research Nurse for the past 6 years.
Linda has experience as both a Lead Coordinator and Sub-Investigator. She has participated in numerous adult and pediatric trials, including pharmacologic, device, registry and biologics, primarily in GI, Cardiac, Immunology and Critical Care settings.
Dina Johnson, CRA
Dina recieved her Associate's of Applied Science from Monroe Community College. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Biomedical from the Rochester Institute of Technology. As the newest member of our team, she brings experience as a surgical patient-care technician, apheresis collection specialist, lab support, and Research Assistant. Dina has been an employee of Rochester General Hospital for 5 years.
To participate in a clinical trial or to learn more about research at Rochester General, contact us at (585) 922-3536 or complete our online form. Please note that these trials are not for healthy volunteers. The studies we offer are for patients experiencing symptoms of the disease state addressed in the trial. Thank you for your interest in medical clinical research!