Research

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

Jill Novitzke, RN, BSN, MPA - Research Manager

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Contact: novit001@umn.edu

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

 

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

Christine Damases-Kasi, PhD - CR3 Research Technologist

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Contact: cdamases@umn.edu

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

Education
PhD, Imaging Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia

Colleen DeFlorin, RT - Research Technologist

Colleen DeFlorin photoContact: dent0050@umn.edu

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.

 

Education
BA, University of Minnesota
AD, St. Catherine University

Lindsay Grude, MPH - Regulatory Specialist

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Contact: lgrude@umn.edu

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

 

Education
MPH, University of Minnesota
BS, University of Michigan

Shirley Yeary, IR CBRPA/RA - Research Coordinator

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Contact: Syeary@umphysicians.umn.edu

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

 

Education
RT(R), 
IR CBRPA/RA