Clinical Trials

  • Meet the Team

    The Office for Clinical and Translational Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is staffed by a team of experts, including: 

    John P. Clancy, MD, Medical Director, Office for Clinical and Translational Research

    John P. Clancy, MD, was appointed medical director of the Office for Clinical and Translational Research (OCTR) in 2012. Dr. Clancy re-located to Cincinnati Children’s in 2011 after 17 years with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he served as division chief of Pulmonary Medicine and conducted NIH, industry and investigator-initiated clinical research studies. Dr. Clancy has also served in faculty development for the past 20 years, and has been involved with the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and headed the TDN network (Therapeutics Development Network, a nationwide network of nearly 80 cystic fibrosis clinical research centers) for cystic fibrosis clinical trials. He consults, advises and mentors as requested to share his clinical trial experience as a principal investigator with junior faculty and investigators new to research, and sponsor and CROs to facilitate clinical research trials at Cincinnati Children’s.

    Dr. Clancy attended medical school at the University of Iowa. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Virginia, followed by pediatric pulmonary medicine and research training at the UAB. He served as the division director of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at UAB from 2002-2010. Dr. Clancy is currently the Tom Boat Endowed Chair in CF. He is internationally recognized for his translational research in cystic fibrosis, examining how the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) mutations cause disease, and developing strategies to restore function. He has published more than 75 manuscripts and more than 200 abstracts, and regularly provides leadership in clinical and translational research through the international CF research community.
    Phone: 513-803-5434

    Sara Helbig, BA, Associate - Clinical Research Marketing 

    Helbig joined the CTO in 2011 after five years of healthcare communication experience in the Marketing and Communications Department of Cincinnati Children's as a marketing coordinator. Prior to her work with Cincinnati Childrens', she worked in marketing at a manufacturing plant specializing in dental products and equipment. Helbig holds a bachelor of arts degree in business and organizational communications with a minor in English from the University of Akron.

    In addition to providing marketing, public relations and advertising support for Cincinnati Children's studies and the CCTST, she also serves as the marketing and recruiting contact for the Clinical Trials Office of UC Physicians of UC Health.
    Phone: 513-636-4104

    Stephen (Steve) Hope, Contract and Budget Specialist

    Accepted his CTO position after more than 20 years of healthcare experience including quality improvement and managed care. He worked as a consultant before joining Cincinnati Children’s, assisting local medical groups in the areas of practice management, strategy, contract management and negotiations. He spent three years with United HealthCare as a manager in network management. He was responsible for provider education, professional relations and negotiating provider contracts including large and high-profile medical groups, physicians of all specialties, ancillary and surgical centers. Other responsibilities included provider relationship management, establishing and maintaining fee schedules / budgets and cross-functional projects affecting providers and the way in which they run their business. Graduated from the Academy of Health Sciences in San Antonio, TX.
    Phone: 513-803-0772

    Jane Howie, BS, Marketing and Recruiting Coordinator

    Joined the CTO after eight years of marketing and public relations experience in the nonprofit field. Most recently she worked with Cincinnati Works, an organization whose mission is to assist people living in poverty move toward economic self-sufficiency through job readiness, employment and retention services. She increased community awareness of Cincinnati Works among its targeted member base, as well as potential funders and the community through media coverage with a focus on public service announcements, publications and grass-roots recruiting. She was a general manager for Babies R Us with areas of expertise in recruitment, training and overseas and domestic apparel buying. She has a bachelor of science in business, with a specialty in marketing from the University of Louisville. She provides marketing, public relations and advertising support to government, pharmaceutical and investigator-initiated Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation studies requesting assistance.
    Phone: 513-636-0158

    Pamela Jordan, BS, Contract and Budget Specialist

    Joined the CTO with more than 10 years of experience with pharmaceutical research. She worked as a late-phase specialist at Kendle International. She has extensive experience establishing operating unit budgets through the analysis of historical data, future needs and projected growth / sales of the business unit. In addition, she is skilled in ensuring that projects remain within budget by performing budget vs. actual utilization analyses. She has also served as a marketing specialist and new business development project coordinator. Received a BS in business and marketing from Oklahoma State University.
    Phone: 513-636-3203

    Beth Moriarity, BSN, Regulatory Affairs Specialist

    A member of the CTO team since 2011, Moriarity has extensive research experience. She arrived at Cincinnati Children’s after nine years at Medpace Inc., where she served as a clinical research associate, project manager and, finally, senior regulatory submission coordinator. As senior regulatory coordinator, Moriarity became acutely familiar with research regulations and Good Clinical Practice, and worked directly with research site staff, investigators and Institutional Review Boards to collect, review, organize and assemble regulatory start-up submissions, among other duties. Her research experience is supported by six years of clinical work as a registered nurse and nursing assistant at St. Elizabeth Hospital South in Edgewood, Ky. Moriarity earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University.
    Phone: 513-803-5025

    Mark Schuller, MA, Marketing and Recruiting Manager

    Has more than 25 years of experience in program coordination and development, administration, advertising, marketing and public relations in healthcare. This includes helping the CTO to support hundreds of Cincinnati Children’s research studies. He also has 15 years of experience at Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, as director of Marrow and Apheresis Recruitment / National Marrow Donor Program, donor and apheresis coordinator and assistant director of communications. He has been a guest speaker at international and national clinical research conferences presenting on the topic of participant recruitment including the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. He worked at two advertising / public relations agencies including Young & Rubicam’s Cincinnati office as a writer / account executive.
    Phone: 513-636-0314