The COVID-19 Clinical Research Center is a standalone research facility for the conduct of phase 1-3 clinical trials to find effective treatments for SARS-CoV-2-positive study participants. The CCRC offers the opportunity for collaboration by virologists, immunologists, epidemiologist, translational and physician scientists to apply their expertise to determine safe and effective therapies in partnership with health care providers, research institutes, and the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.
This virus doesn’t discriminate, and it will take a collaborative effort of researchers, scientists, health care providers and study participants to work together in stopping this pandemic. As a treatment and prevention resource, the Clinical Research Center will incorporate a diverse population of study participants in novel intervention and therapeutic trials to help in the local and international effort to deliver cures faster.
Dr. Rachel Bender lgnacio serves as the Medical Director of the CCRC. In addition to overseeing a team of on-site clinical and support staff, she'll also be responsible for ensuring that the trials are conducted safely and with best clinical and scientific practices. She has overseen the scientific and operational processes for clinical trials related to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Dr. Bender Ignacio is an assistant professor in the Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases in the University of Washington Department of Medicine and an associate in the Hutch's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division.
Fatima Ranjbaran serves as the Operations Director of the CCRC. She oversees the overall operations of the facility and the onsite clinical and support staff. Ranjbaran has thirteen years of experience in infectious disease and cardiovascular research with her most recent role at UW Cardiology. With a background in nursing and biochemistry, she brings a mix of care for participants and confidence in the scientific method to her role.
In her role as Senior Vice President and Director of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Dr. Julie McElrath oversees COVID-19 research at Fred Hutch, including the launch of the COVID-19 Clinical Research Center. Her COVID-19 research program is focused on protective immunity to SARS-CoV-2, including leading the Seattle COVID-19 Cohort and vaccine development.
An international expert in virology and vaccine development, Dr. Larry Corey is a leader in the COVID-19 Prevention Network, which is part of a global strategic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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