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VPR Staff Overview



 

 

 

Andrea Giuffrida, Ph.D. is the Vice President for Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and a professor of pharmacology. He oversees the institutional research infrastructure and the budget and operations of the Institutional Laboratory Animal Facility, Clinical Trial Office, Office of Clinical Research, Office of Technology Commercialization, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and Institutional Research Cores. He is actively involved in promoting new academia-industry partnerships and developing policies and educational platforms to foster entrepreneurial skills among faculty and students. Giuffrida also serves as a liaison to the University of Texas System Office of Federal Relations and the Health Science Center Office of Government Relations.
Website
Giuffrida@uthscsa.edu

 

 

Sunil Ahuja, M.D. oversees activities related to enhancing and facilitating theresearch programs of investigators and their funding via peer-reviewed and mentoring programs such as Grant Seekers 2.0, the Researcher’s Enhancement Program, and the Collaborative Research Program.
Website
Ahujas@uthscsa.edu




Robert A. Clark, M.D., M.A.C.P.
directs the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS), which comprises the academic home for the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Program areas include Clinical Research Units, Pilot Projects, Technology and Drug Discovery, Biostatistics and Study Design, Biomedical Informatics, Regulatory Support, and Community Engagement. In addition, IIMS education, training, and career development activities include the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, Translational Science PhD Program, and KL2 Mentored Career Development Program.
Website
Clarka@uthscsa.edu

 


Sander Hacker, D.V.M.
is the University Attending Veterinarian and Director for the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR). DLAR provides oversight and management of all aspects of the research animal care and use program at UTHSCSA which includes animal procurement, housing, husbandry and veterinary care along with investigator consultation and veterinary technical support during development and performance of research studies in accordance with federal, state and local regulations and policies, and the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC).
Website
Hackers@uthscsa.edu

 

 

 


 

Gail Madison-Brown, RN, JD, will develop, implement, and oversee processes, systems, educational programs, and other activities necessary to support and grow clinical trials activities at the UT Health Science Center. The Chief Clinical Trails Officer (CCTO) provides overall strategic leadership in this area including planning, goal setting, and monitoring organizational performance to ensure cost effectiveness and high quality programs.
Website
madisonbrown@uthscsa.edu

 

 

 


 

Linda McManus, Ph.D. directs activities of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), an institutional resource to enhance the environment for postdoctoral research training. OPA maintains postdoctoral trainee databases; communicates with postdoctoral trainees via weekly announcements; provides orientation, mentoring, grantsmanship, and career development workshops; offers career counseling to postdoctoral trainees; assists in trainee recruitment; represents the institution at the American Association of Medical Colleges; facilitates postdoc research day; and, supports activities of the local postdoctoral association.
Website
Mcmanus@uthscsa.edu

 

 

 

 


 

Mark J. Nijland, Ph.D. supports the VPR office in a broad range of activities. Specific responsibilities include: Research Information Technologies, Institution Research Core Facilities and San Antonio Life Sciences Initiative. Dr. Nijland leads a small group of expert programmers and database architects focused on developing applications to enhance research support, reduce research faculty administrative burden and improve VPR integration with institutional business units. He is the VPR/Institutional contact for The Federal Demonstration Partnership (Technical and Faculty Representative), Elsevier SciVal Experts and the UT Research Cyber-infrastructure Faculty Working Group.
Website
Nijland@uthscsa.edu

 


 

 

 

Joseph Schmelz, Ph.D., R.N., C.I.P., F.A.A.N oversees the Office of Clinical Research (OCR), the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR), and human and animal protections programs including the Office of the IRB (OIRB) and the Office of the Institutional Animal Care Program (OIACP). Dr. Schmelz also serves as the HSC’s Research Integrity Officer (RIO).
Schmelz@uthscsa.edu

 

 

 

 



Kimberly Summers, Pharm.D., oversees of all research involving human or animal subjects to ensure appropriate regulatory and compliance oversight by directing the IRB, IACUC, the research component of HIPAA, and the administrative offices that support these functions; develops written program guidance with respect to issues of compliance with federal and state regulations; monitors and interprets legislation and policies regarding research involving human or animal subjects and recommends modifications to institutional policy as needed.
Website
Summers@uthscsa.edu