The Clinical Treatment Unit and the Clinical Trials Processing Laboratory Shared Resources (CTU/CTPLSR) offers investigators at OSUCCC–James access to experts to assist researchers with conducting successful clinical translational research.
CTU/CTPLSR Director: Larry J. Schaaf, PhD
CTU Nurse Manager: Kevin Turner, MSM-HCA, RN
Lead Clinical Laboratory Technologist: Megan Jukich, BA
Larry J. Schaaf, PhD, director of the CTU/CTPLSR, is an adjunct professor in The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy whose expertise is backed by more than 20 years of experience in conducting and analyzing Phase I and Phase II clinical correlative trials.
With an extensive background in pharmacokinetics and early clinical trials, Dr. Schaaf has played a key role in the development and clinical application of multiple, widely used anti-cancer drugs, including irinotecan, exemestane and epirubicin. He chairs the CTU Review Committee, is a member of the CTO Clinical Scientific Review Committee and is the co-director of OSUCCC–James’ Pharmacoanalytical Shared Resource.
Dr. Schaaf received his doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Arizona, his Masters degree in clinical pharmacy from the University of Iowa, and his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the same university.
He has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers describing the correlative aspects of early translational trials.
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Kevin Turner, MSM-HCA, RN, is the interim CTU Nurse Manager. Kevin received his Masters from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio and his BSN from Capital University in Bexley, Ohio. He has over six years experience in nursing management, four of which are oncology specific.
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Megan Jukich, BA, is the CTU/CTPLSR’s lead clinical laboratory technologist and works with the shared resource director, Larry Schaaf, Ph.D., as well as with the OSUCCC–James Clinical Trials Office to coordinate research studies supported by the CTU/CTPLSR.
Jukich’s expertise lies in procuring, processing, storing and distributing research specimens. She oversees daily operations of the two laboratories, which includes: training personnel; monitoring sample processing, laboratory safety, equipment maintenance, supply inventory and specimen shipments; and ensuring all clinical laboratory technologists are certified to ship specimens in compliance with International Air Transportation Association regulations.
Jukich participates in protocol feasibility reviews, assists with writing standard operating procedures and represents the CTPL on a subcommittee that monitors issues related to research specimen collection and processing.
Prior to her role with the CTU/CTPLSR, she was a research assistant in the Biopathology Center tissue bank at Nationwide Columbus Children’s Hospital.
Jukich received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
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