Research Coordinators & Assistants

Renuka R. Kelapure, MBBS, MHA.Kelapure

Ms. Kelapure received honors in Surgery and Medicine (MBBS) in 2004 from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences at Nashik, Maharashtra India and also received her MHA, focusing on Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011.  Renuka currently is responsible for site start-up, initiation, and site closure visits for various Phase II-IV studies as well as writing IRB protocols, applications, and consent forms.





Megan Squires, BA Megan Squires

Ms. Squires has a BA in psychology and is currently pursuing a dual master’s degree at UNC in social work and public health. Megan works with Dr. van Tilburg studying psychololgical and physical effects caused by chronic gastrointestinal pain in child and adolescent populations. She currently coordinates UNC’s site for the Managing Child Abdominal Pain (MCAP) study that examines whether parents can learn specific treatment techniques to help improve their own children’s functional abdominal pain.  Outside of research and schoolwork, Megan enjoys practicing yoga, running, traveling and spending time with friends.




Sung Min Kim, BSSung Min Kim

Sung Min Kim is a research assistant for Drs. Whitehead, Heymen, and Palsson. Currently, she is responsible for managing patient visits and interviews for a National Institute of Health study, known as “Educational-Medical-Behavioral Treatment of Fecal Incontinence” or FIX. The aim of the study is to train nurses on how to perform effective biofeedback techniques to reduce incontinence episodes in the geriatric populations of continuing care retirement communities, assisted living communities, and patients receiving care from home health care nurses. In addition, she assists in phase-2 clinical trials, manuscript writing, statistical analysis, updating patient databases, and overall maintenance of the Center. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 2012 and enjoys traveling to experience different cultures, cooking, practicing piano, and playing tennis in her free time.