Research Resources

From Bench to Bedside

Translating bench science to the bedside requires teams of scientists and clinicians armed with the resources to move ideas into reality. 

There are UNMC resources and navigators available to guide you every step of the way. 

Planning Your Project  
Planning Your Project Contact
Grant Applications Sponsored Programs Administration
Bethany Decarolis, 402-559-6399
Clinical Trial Contract Negotiation UNeHealth 
Amanda Leingang, 402-559-7614
IRB Application Questions
IRB Application Assistance
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Susannah (Sue) Logsdon, MS, 402-559-3779
Registering your Study on

Lindsay Hicks, 402-559-6044

Medicare Qualifying Analysis

Clinical Research Center
Katie Penas, MHA, CNMT, RT(N)

Budgeting & Use of EPIC's Price Inquiry

Clinical Research Center
Katie Penas, MHA, CNMT, RT(N), 402-552-6601
Biostatistics Consultation, Sample Size Analysis Center for Collaboration on Research Design & Analysis (CCORDA)
Fang Yu, PhD, email  402-559-6825
Calculator for Patient Visits

Clinical Database Tool
(REDCap, Research Electronic Data Capture)

Ashok Mudgapalli, PhD 

Feasibility using Electronic Health Records Electronic Health Record Data Access Core
Purnima Guda, PhD, email  402-559-3845
Systematic Review McGoogan Health Sciences Library
Find a Collaborator SciVal Experts
James Geiber, email  402-559-4565
Funding Your Project  
 Funding Your Project  
Funding Opportunities  VCR Office email
Clinical & Translational Research Support Fund LuAnn Larson, RN, BSN, CCRP,  email  402-559-7685 
Edna Ittner Pediatric Research Support Fund Sponsored Programs Administration
Holly Dunning,  email  402-559-7458
UNMC Bridge Funding Program Ken Bayles, PhD, email  402-559-4945 
Commercialization Services for Inventions UNeMed
Steve Schreiner, PhD, email  402-559-2176
Sponsored Programs Administration Assistance with grants and contracts
Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials contact UNeHealth
Subject Recruitment  
 Subject Recruitment Contact
Recruitment Specialist
Subject Recruitment Clinical Research Center
LuAnn Larson, RN, BSN, CCRP, 402-559-7685
Courtney Kennedy, MSN, RN-BC, 402-552-2983
Minority Community Collaboration and Recruitment Center for Reducing Health Disparities
Dejun Su, PhD, Director CRHD
402-559-9660; email:
Northern Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center Corey Smith, PhD, MA  605-721-1922 ext 161
Posting Your Study on UNMC Clinical Trials Database Lindsay Hicks, 402-559-6044
Translation Services - no charge Nebraska Medicine Interpretive Services
Translation of Research Related Documents - fee for service Center for Reducing Health Disparities Translation Service 
Athena Ramos, PhD, MBA, MS, CPM  402-559-2095
Disease Specific Registries UNMC Biobanks and Disease Specific Registries 
Networks, Databases, and Centers  
Networks Contact
Nebraska Lymphoma Study Group (NLSG)
Collaborative Network of Clinicians and Pathologists from UNMC and Primary Health Clinics throughout Nebraska and the Midlands 
Julie Vose, MD   
Rheumatoid Arthritis Investigational Network
James O'Dell, MD, Director 
RAIN Database PI: Kaleb Michaud, PhD  402-559-7239
RAIN Database Coordinator:  Debra Bergman  402-559-8846 
Rural Health Education Network (RHEN) Patrik Johansson, MD, MPH
Centers  Contact
Center for Health Policy Analysis and Rural Health Research  Li-Wu Chen, PhD
(Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska)
Howard Liu, MD
Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH)  Risto Rautiainen, PhD
Center for Patient, Family, and Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management (CENTRIC) Lani (Chi Chi) Zimmerman, PhD
Center for Reducing Health Disparities  Dejun Su, PhD
Nebraska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)  Michael Sitorius, MD
 Databases Contact 
Health Professions Tracking Service  COPH, Health Services Research & Administration 
Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) 
Secure, online, web-based Health Information Exchange serving the state of Nebraska
Clinical Service and Technology Cores  
Clinical Research Services  
Research Nursing Services
Clinical Coordinators
Clinical Research Center 
LuAnn Larson, RN, BSN, CCRP,  402-559-7685 
Investigational Drugs & Placebos (for human subject use) Research Pharmacy,
Jon Beck, PharmD,  402-559-5255
Equipment and resources to support human studies involving physical activity Wellness Innovation Clinical Research Lab,
Liz Wellsandt, PT, DPT, PhD
Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacogenomics DJ Murry, PharmD 402-559-3790
De-identified Serum, Plasma, DNA Samples The Nebraska Biobank 
Tissue Biorepository Tissue Procurement & Storage Facility
Julia Bridge, MD, 402-559-5733
Clinical pathology services Nebraska Medicine Clinical Pathology Laboratory 
Molecular Diagnostics/Tissue Typing Department of Pathology Laboratory Services
James Wisecarver, MD, PhD,  402-559-4618
Human Tissue Pathology, Digital Imaging, Slide Scanning, Automated Immunohistochemistry and Specialized Histology  Tissue Sciences Facility 
Human Genetics Testing MMI Human Genetics Laboratory 
Form to Request Research Services
GMP Facility Biologics Production Facility
Phyllis Warkentin, MD,  402-559-6781 
 Resource Toolkit Contact
Accessing Radiologic Images for Research Studies

Katie Penas, MHA, CNMT, RT(N)

Mike Priebe
Lead System Consultant, Radiology

Research Core Facilities
Instrument Scheduling (RSS Core Management System)

Tess Kuenstling, PhD, MBA, 402-559-6162
Linda Wilkie, 402-559-7649

Telehealth consultations & support
specialized, secure, interactive video and audio transmission available between healthcare facilities.  Includes Tele-Emergency, Tele-Pharmacy with communication with over 100 hospitals, public health department and mental health clinics

Melissa Diers, BA, MEd 402-559-4688

Clinical Translational Resource Contacts  
Clinical Public Health Translational
LuAnn Larson  Fan Yu  Tess Kuenstling
LuAnn Larson, RN, BSN, CCRP
Clinical Research Center
Fang Yu, PhD
Center for Collaboration on Research Design & Analysis
Tess Kuenstling, PhD, MBA
Research Resources