We conduct leading magnetic resonance research and clinical research at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, Center for Clinical Imaging Research, and University of Minnesota and affiliate hospitals.

CMRR Building
Center for Magnetic Resonance Research

CMRR is home to some of the most advanced MR instrumentation in the world, including the world’s first 10.5T clinical imaging magnet, complemented by human resources that provide unique expertise in imaging physics, engineering and signal processing.

Dr. Cayci at CCIR
Center for Clinical Imaging Research

CCIR, a National Cancer Institute Center of Quantitative Imaging Excellence (CQIE) provides advanced imaging for specialized clinical and clinical research protocols. Specialized reproducible imaging protocols are implemented with consistent quality via a research-compliant team approach.

Clinical Research Staff

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Jill Novitzke, RN, BSN, MPA - Research Manager

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Role Description

Directs strategic planning for research initiatives in the Department of Radiology
Leads and conducts process and structure improvement projects
Develops and oversees trial budgets


MPA, University of Minnesota
BSN, University of Wisconsin
ADN, Miami University

Christine Damases-Kasi, PhD - CR3 Research Technologist

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Role Description
Collaborates with research teams outside of the Department of Radiology regarding radiology needs for their studies
Works as a liaison between study team and radiologists to confirm protocols and services needed and set up protocol in  software 
Prepares images for radiologists to provide research protocol reads or for transfer to study sponsors

PhD, Imaging Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia

Lindsay Grude, MPH - Regulatory Specialist

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Role Description
Creates and maintains study materials, IRB records, and regulatory binders
Responsible for all regulatory activities involved with study startup, maintenance, monitoring, and closure
Serves as department subject matter expert on Florence e-regulatory binders


MPH, University of Minnesota
BS, University of Michigan

Evan Hromada, MPH - CR3 Administrative Coordinator


Role Description
Collaborates with research teams outside the Department of Radiology regarding imaging support services needed for their studies.
Act as the primary point of contact for research teams and as their liaison to imaging operational staff and our radiologists.
Oversee the intake process for all new CR3 studies.

MPP, University of Minnesota
MPH, University of Minnesota 
BA, University of Minnesota


Pooya Torkian, MD - Research Coordinator


Role Description
Collaborates with investigators, support staff, and CR3 team on the design and logistics of research studies. 
Assists in the timely preparation and maintenance of applicable compliance and regulatory documents
Obtains study consent, screens and follows radiology research participants, seeking investigator input as appropriate.

MD, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Shirley Yeary, IR CBRPA/RA - Research Coordinator


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Role Description
Works closely with the Interventional Radiology providers and clinical research coordinator, to obtain consents, and collect research data
Assists providers during study related procedures




Research Administrator (Clinical Research)
Jill Novitzke, RN, BSN, MPA
Director of Operations and Safety (CMRR)
Jeramy Kulesa


Radiology New Research Requests


For new research projects, please complete this form: Radiology Request for Research Resources 

Please email Jill Novitzke with any questions