UVM/UVM Medical Center Research Professionals Network

The Office of Clinical Trials Research and the Larner College of Medicine are pleased to announce the development of the UVM Research Professionals Network (RPN).

The development of the Research Professionals Network, in collaboration with Boston University, is an important initiative to our organizations and our overarching goal to enhance the quality of human/clinical research at UVM, UVM Medical Center and the UVM Health Network by supporting the professional development of clinical research faculty and staff.

Major objectives of the RPN are to:

  • Provide professional development opportunities for research professionals through trainings, workshops, seminars, discussion groups, and other educational events
  • Encourage mentoring and networking amongst research professionals within and outside of the UVM/ UVM Medical Center research community
  • Support an effective, efficient system to keep network members up to date on changing policies and regulations
  • Increase awareness and communication of best practices and innovation to promote participant recruitment, retention, and satisfaction
  • Maximize satisfaction and productivity and efficiency of all members of the research team through sharing of resources

Membership in the UVM RPN is open to all UVM/UVM Medical Center/UVM Health Network research personnel involved in coordinating human/clinical research such as investigators, research managers, research supervisors, clinical research nurse, clinical research coordinators, research pharmacists, data managers/analysts, and research assistants.

Individuals interested in becoming a member of the UVM Research Professionals Network please sign up using this link

2019-2020 RPN Workshop Series*


October 23, 2019

1:00 - 2:15 PM
HSRF 200

Drugs/Devices (IND/IDE)
Ross Colgate (UVM) Advanced

November 21, 2019

3:15 - 4:30 PM
HSRF 300


Deaven Hough (UF)

Ashley Smith (BMC)


December 17, 2019

2:30 - 3:45 PM
HSRF 400

Quality Assurance Reviews in Research: What they are and what to expect

Kim Luebbers (UVM)

Jen Holmes (UVM)

Annie Penfield-Cyr (UVM)

Melanie Locher (UVM)


January 15, 2020

2:00 - 3:15 PM

HSRF 400

Writing a Protocol

Avni Bhatt (UF)

Pawandeep Kaur (BU)


February 2020


Leading/Participating in Multi-site Research

Mendy Dunn (UF)

Haniya Syeda (BMC)


March 2020


Regulatory Documentation/File Management

Karen Lepuschenko (UVM)

Jane-Ann Norton (UF)


May 2020


Healthy Communication: Managing Conflict in Research Terms

Meenakshi Balakrishnan (UF)

Sam D'Amico (UVM)

Olga Petrovic (UF)


*RPN workshops are open to all members. Typically, advanced workshops will begin at a level that assumes attendees have some fundamental knowledge about the topic.

**CEUs will be made available to ACRP and SoCRA Certified staff needing continuing education credits to maintain certification.

Additional information and UVM/ UVM Medical Center research resources can be found on our Commons site, use the left navigation menu on the webpage to find our Research Events Calendar, Research Professionals Network and other research resources.

For more information regarding the UVM Research Professionals Network, please contact the Office of Clinical Trials via email or call 802-656-8990.