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Clinical Research Alliance

Establishing evidence-based knowledge to improve clinical practice and community health.

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Expertise we provide


Identify sustainable and beneficial opportunities across numerous therapeutic areas and provide mentorship to build a pipeline of future investigators

Program Managers

Streamline study processes and navigate UNC, site, and sponsor systems; coordinate activities from activation through closeout with established proven partnerships; and ensure timeliness and quality

Data Managers

Collect and ensure quality data, and provide expertise in validated systems, such as CDART, Oncore, Medidata RAVE, and REDCap

Regulatory Personnel

Ensure safety and compliance, meet FDA requirements, and coordinate reliance agreements across sites for single IRB

Our process & solutions

Clinical Trials

  • Hire, onboard, train, and provide career path and retention initiatives
  • Simplify contracting, legal agreements, and DUAs
  • Provide standard operating procedures for coordinating multi-site trials

Technological Solutions

Offer 21 CFR Part 11 compliant data capture, randomizations, accruals/dashboards, trial master file data management, clinical data, and program management

Partnering with the CRA

The CRA empowers partners to tap into UNC’s unmatched expertise and vast network of resources.

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Collaboration, the Carolina Way

Working together for groundbreaking results

The cornerstone of the CRA’s approach is collaboration. UNC Health reaches diverse adult and pediatric populations across metropolitan and rural communities. We coordinate multi-site clinical research through partnerships with academic, industry, and government institutions, while leveraging UNC resources such as NC TraCS, the Clinical Research Support Office, and One UNC Clinical Research, as well as leadership from national and international researchers at UNC.

Centrally located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the CRA enjoys close proximity to organizations we collaborate with, including East Carolina University, Wake Forest University, and Duke Clinical Research Institute, as well as Research Triangle Park and its more than 300 companies.

People collaborating on a project

UNC Health by the numbers

clinical practices

Our People

Our team’s passion is helping patients, including historically marginalized populations, and connecting them with advanced treatments.


David Peden, MD, MS,
Director ​and Chief Research Officer

Michael Sledge, CPA,
Vice President and Chief Business Officer

Suzanne Kennedy, PhD,
Executive Director


Kevin Anstrom, PhD, MS,
Biostatistics​, CSCC

John B. Buse, MD, PhD,
Metabolic Disorders

Joseph J. Eron, MD,
Infectious Diseases

Corinne Keet, MD, PhD,
Food Allergy, Allergic Diseases, Immunology

Matthew Laughon, MD, MPH,
Pediatric Drug Studies

David Peden, MD, MS,
Asthma, Allergic Diseases and Respiratory Diseases

Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH,

Board Members

Blossom Damania, PhD,
SOM Vice Dean for Research​

Cristy Page, MD, MPH,
SOM Executive Dean​

John Lewis, MBA,
UNC Health​ Chief Business Integration Officer

Wesley Burks, MD,
UNC Health Chief Executive Officer, SOM Dean

Work With Us

We are building the CRA team! Visit our careers page to explore our current opportunities.

Check back soon for more opportunities!


Contact Information

Phone: 919-966-2340

Interested in collaborating or learning more? Please complete our connection form, and we will respond within 48 business hours to identify how collaboration with the Clinical Research Alliance may support your multi-site clinical trial coordination needs.