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Anesthesia Clinical Research Unit

Mission Statement:

The Anesthesia Clinical Research Unit is committed to supporting the hospital’s mission for world changing research, one study at a time. We strive to be the leading source of research and discovery for anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine. Our work is characterized by the joint values of efficiency, ethics, and excellence

The ACRU Team:

         Izabela Leahy                                

Izabela Leahy, RN, BSN, MS
Senior Director/Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Research Director

Education: Boston College, 1997 BSN, 2006 MS

Special skills: Innovative solutions, organizational development, financial management, business planning, program development, personnel management, operations management and process improvement. show_more_end
 Vanessa Young
Vanessa Young, RN, BA
ACRU Team Coordinator, RN II
Education: Northumbria University, 2003

Special skills: Extensive nursing management experience , experience in Phase I-IV clinical trials, FDA and NIH sponsored trials, multi-center international trial coordination, external monitor for sub-site visits, IND/IDE development. show_more_end

Shelly Anderson

Shelly Anderson, RN, BSN

Research Nurse, RN I

Education: Seattle University, 2011

Special skills: Pharmacogenetic research, cardiac and critical care research studies show_more_end
Brenda Barton

Brenda Barton, RN, BSN

Research Nurse, RN I

Education: Northeastern University, 2002

Special skills: FDA sponsored trials, industry sponsored trials, multi-center international trial coordination, IDE trials show_more_end
Christine Dube, RN, BSN, MSN

Clinical Nurse Specialist, RN II

Education: Northeastern University, 2010; Simmons College, 1999

Special Skills:
Monitor Compliance and Identifying Physiologic Patterns of Patient Deterioration, Electronic Surveillance and Hospital Wide Monitor Audits, Research in Pain Management and Genetic Polymorphisms Involved in Pain Perception/Opioid Transport, Pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics of oxycodone, Internship Program Mentoring. show_more_end
    Rachel Bernier, MPH
Clinical Research Coordinator

Education: Boston University, 2013

Special skills:
Cardiac anesthesia studies and Pediatric Anesthesia Neurodevelopment Assessment (PANDA Study). show_more_end
Rachel Dabek, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator II

Education: Emmanuel College, 2009

Special skills: 

Quality improvement initiatives, monitor analysis and compliance, database development, sedation research, and internship program and thesis mentoring.


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