Introducing the New Innovation Track

The Master of Science in Clinical Research Program has a new specialty track to offer students in the ICRE. The Innovation Track becomes the fifth track on offer and is directed by Mary Goldberg, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The Innovation Track will provide training in the commercialization of research results, which can be instrumental in the creation of societal benefits.

Students will learn how to take ideas from the discovery stage to the point at which products and services can be taken to market. The Track will make available exciting externship opportunities with Pitt’s Innovation Institute or several local incubators including Alpha Labs Gear, Idea Foundry, or Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. Click here to see more.

ICRE Accepting Applications

The ICRE is accepting applications for July 1st admission to the following Medical Education and Clinical Research Degree programs.

  • Master of Science in Clinical Research
  • Master of Science in Medical Education
  • Certificate in Clinical Research
  • Certificate in Medical Education

Applications will be accepted until February 28. Click here for more information.

Personnel Changes

New Staff

Megan Miller, MEd, became the Administrative Director of the ICRE in May 2017. She has 16 years of experience working at the University of Pittsburgh. Five of those years were spent coordinating large clinical trials funded by both the NIH and pharmaceutical companies. She then transitioned to the role of Administrator of Pitt’s Osteoporosis Center, where she was responsible for leadership of the center and programmatic oversight. From there she went on to serve as Clinical Research Operations Director within the Division of Geriatric Medicine. There she oversaw the Claude D Pepper Center, and coordinated multiple programs aimed at developing investigators, including a T32, a KL2, and the Pepper Leadership and Cultural Coaching Workshop for Junior Faculty. Upon receiving a Master of Education in Higher Education Management degree from Pitt, she began in her current role here at the ICRE.

Chelsea Proulx, MPH, joined the ICRE as the new Evaluation and Tracking Coordinator in May 2017. In addition to her evaluation duties, she has been working with Marie Norman and the IDEA Lab Team to develop aspects of the online courses currently in production. Chelsea holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and political science and a Master of Public Health degree in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences with a focus on LGBTQ Health and Wellness—all earned at the University of Pittsburgh. Chelsea transferred to the ICRE from Pitt’s Honors College and has additional experience from internships with Gateway Health and the Allegheny County Health Department.

Xinmei Zhu, PhD, MS, joined the ICRE in January 2018 as a data analyst for Walid Gellad’s R01, “Using Machine Learning to Predict Problematic Prescription Opioid Use and Opioid Overdose.” She previously worked in Pitt’s School of Social Work where she collaborated with the data manager and PIs in the Child Welfare Education and Research Programs to create data analysis plans and to perform data quality assurance and statistical analysis.


Chuck Vukotich retired from his formal staff position at the University of Pittsburgh in August 2017. He remains active in his role with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science competition.

Sharon Stover, RN, CCRP, left the University of Pittsburgh in February 2018 to join AHN/Highmark after more than a decade of service to Pitt during which she held a number of positions in the VA, CRHC and the CCDC.

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