The Clinical Treatment Unit and the Clinical Trials Processing Laboratory Shared Resource (CTU/CTPLSR) enable OSUCCC – James investigators to conduct successful phase clinical translational research in a methodologically sound, expedient and cost-effective manner.
The CTU is an ambulatory phase I unit in the OSUCCC – James that specializes in treating early clinical trial patients who require intense monitoring or complex correlative sample collection and processing.
The CTPL enhances research quality by providing dedicated staff for high-volume procurement, processing, storage, delivery and shipment of research specimens critical to the correlative studies component of OSUCCC – James clinical trials.
The CTU/CTPLSR experts work closely with other OSUCCC – James Shared Resources, including the Pharmacoanalytical, Leukemia Tissue Bank and Biorepository and Biospecimen Shared Resources. These collaborations provide protocol review and feasibility assessment, specimen kit assembly and specimen distribution to internal and external research laboratories.
The CTU/CTPLSR Shared Resource offers investigators at OSUCCC – James access to experts to assist researchers with conducting successful clinical translational research.
- CTU Nurse Manager: Sara Vetter, BSN, RN
- Clinical Laboratory Manager: Megan Jukich, BA
Sara Vetter, MS, BSN, RN, is the CTU Nurse Manager. Sara received her Master’s and Bachelor's degrees from The Ohio State University. She has ten years of experience in both in-patient and out-patient oncology nursing.
Megan Jukich, BA, is the CTPL’s Clinical Laboratory Manager and works with the shared resource director, Larry Schaaf, PhD, as well as with the OSUCCC–James Clinical Trials Office to coordinate research studies supported by the CTU/CTPLSR.
Megan’s expertise lies in procuring, processing, storing and distributing research specimens. She oversees daily operations of CTPL laboratories, which includes: hiring and training personnel; monitoring sample processing, laboratory safety, equipment maintenance, supply inventory and specimen shipments; and ensuring that all clinical laboratory technologists remain compliant with all required university and GCP certifications.
Megan participates in protocol feasibility/logistics 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.