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Director of Research Operations
Research Managers
Research Coordinators/Specialists 

Director of Research Operations

Caroline Poulton, MSW, Director of Research Operations
caroline_poulton@unc.edu | 919-445-2636

Ms. Poulton earned her Master of Social Work degree with a macro concentration in broad based community services from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has over 15 years of research experience, particularly in observational research, data management, regulatory affairs, and multi-site study management.

Her research interests include research ethics, data quality improvement, research administration and keeping research subjects informed and engaged in research.

Please contact Caroline for questions regarding:

  • New research opportunities
  • Research protocol development
  • Development of study databases (RedCap, Access)
  • Research registries

Research Managers

Lauren Blazek, Glomerular Disease Collaborative Network (GDCN) Manager
lmccabe@email.unc.edu | 919-445-2635
Expertise: Data Management, Registry Operations, Chart Abstraction, Data Entry

Lauren Blazek is a Social/Clinical Research Specialist in the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension. She has over 6.5 years of observational/translational research experience and manages the operations of the Glomerular Disease Collaborative Network (GDCN). She received her B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina State University and began working for UNC following graduation.

Her research interests include project management, organization, and database development. She enjoys traveling to the coast, hiking, and baking desserts.

Please contact Lauren for questions related to the following topics:

  • General questions relating to the Glomerular Disease Collaborative Network
  • Regulatory Affairs (IRB Submissions using GDCN data)
  • Staff support for research
  • Glomerular Disease Collaborative Network Annual Meeting information

Anne Froment, MSW, Clinical Research Manager
anne_froment@med.unc.edu | 919-445-2622
Expertise: Clinical Trial Management

Anne Froment is a Clinical Research Manager in the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension. She has over 10 years of clinical research experience and likes to follow a clinical trial from budget negotiation to close-out. Ms. Froment studied economics and social work and learned all that she knows about clinical trials on the job at UNC.

Her research interests include nutrition and preventative medicine. She enjoys biking to work, hiking, and DIY projects.

Please contact Anne for questions in our department related to the following topics.

  • New clinical trials
  • Regulatory affairs (FDA Submissions, IRB Submissions)
  • Staff support for research

Candace Henderson, MPH, Biorepository Manager
candace_henderson@med.unc.edu | 919-445-2623
Expertise: Recruitment, Biorepository management

Candace Henderson is a clinical research coordinator for the Glomerular Disease Collaborative Network (GDCN) at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kidney Center.  She earned her B.A. in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master’s of Public Health in Emergency and Disaster Management from the American Military University.  She manages the GDCN biorepository and works on a number of clinical research studies, including collaborative ancillary studies with CureGN.  Her personal research interests include the impact of birth history on development of and outcomes in kidney disease and the clinical impact of APOL1 risk alleles on disease course of African Americans with glomerular disease.  In her free time she enjoys traveling to other countries and experiencing their food and culture, being outdoors, cooking, and hanging out with her family.

Please contact Candace for questions in our department related to the following topics.

  • Assistance with research project feasibility
  • Patient recruitment

Julia Narendra, MPH, Dialysis Research Program Manager
julia3@email.unc.edu | 919-445-2686
Expertise: Qualitative research methods, dialysis

Julia Narendra is the Dialysis Research Program Manager at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kidney Center. She earned her Master’s of Public Health in Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She manages multiple dialysis-related clinical research studies, including study planning, execution, and staffing, regulatory compliance, budgets, and data management and reporting. Her research interests include patient and stakeholder engagement, dialysis patient-reported outcomes, qualitative research methods, health services access, and digital health and peer support interventions. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to exotic locations, hiking, and cooking Indian food.

Please contact Julia for questions in our department related to the following topics:

  • Research in the dialysis population
  • Qualitative research
  • Educational interventions

Jill Powell, MPH, Kidney Education Outreach Program Manager
jill_powell@med.unc.edu | 919-445-2618
Expertise: community based research, chronic kidney disease education & prevention

Jill Powell is a Program Coordinator at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kidney Center. She received her Master’s of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her research interests include developing and disseminating health education material, improving health services access for underserved populations, understanding the patient experience and patient reported outcomes. She is also interested in digital health and qualitative research.

Jill coordinates the Kidney Education and Outreach Program (KEOP) at the Kidney Center, whose mission is to reduce the burden of kidney disease on patients, families and the community in North Carolina. KEOP conducts community education talks and community screenings for signs of kidney disease. Outside of work, Jill enjoys spending time at home with her family, running and cooking.

Please contact Jill for questions in our department related to the following topics:

  • Kidney education and outreach
  • Mobile Outreach Unit
  • Health education material
  • Community education talks

Research Coordinators/Specialists

Emmie Cole
919-445-2627 | emmie_cole@med.unc.edu
Expertise: recruitment, data management

Emmie is a Research Study Coordinator at the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension. They have over 5 years of experience in social and clinical research. Emmie worked as a research assistant while attending college at NC State University and UNC Chapel Hill, then transitioned to a career in clinical research after graduation. Emmie enjoys working on all kinds of research studies at the UNC Kidney Center, from clinical trials to biorepositories. They also enjoy learning about a wide variety of kidney diseases. Outside of the office Emmie enjoys jogging, playing board games, and spending time with their family, friends, and French bulldogs.

Maggie D’Angelo, RN
maggie_dangelo@med.unc.edu | 919-445-2682

Expertise: Recruitment & retention, longitudinal research

Maggie D’Angelo is a registered nurse with over seven years of research experience. Ms. D’Angelo is the primary UNC study coordinator for the Cure Glomerulonephropathy (CureGN) Network, a multi-site, long term observational study. She enjoys getting to know all of her 200 plus research participants, performing chart abstraction and participating in CureGN study design and development. She has a bachelors degree in psychology from UNC Asheville, an associates degree in nursing for Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans, and a bachelors degree in nursing from Western Carolina University. Maggie enjoys spending time with her pets, swimming, reading, traveling and going to the movies.

Adeline Dorough, MPH
dorough@med.unc.edu | 919-445-2898

Expertise: Qualitative research, program evaluation, dialysis populations
Adeline Dorough is a Research Coordinator at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kidney Center. She graduated with her Master’s of Public Health in Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. During her graduate studies, she worked with the team to develop research education materials and a patient-reported outcome measure. She is currently collaborating with diverse stakeholders to build a person-centered care planning process and companion evaluation measure around dialysis care individualization. She is interested in qualitative research methodology, patient preferences, intervention and measure development, stakeholder engagement, and health education. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, exploring outdoors, and refining her “dad-joke” collection.

Jordan Ormond Foster
jordano@med.unc.edu  | 919-445-2672
Expertise: Clinical Trials Research

Jordan Ormond Foster is a Social/Clinical Research Assistant for the UNC Kidney Center. She has been with Kidney Center for nearly a year and oversees multiple observational and clinical trials. She received her B.A. in Spanish from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and has learned everything she knows about research coordinating on the job at UNC. Her research interests include the social and economic disparities between Caucasian communities and communities of color in patients with kidney disease. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, tending to her many plants, and social justice activism.

Sandy Grubbs, MSN, RN
sandy_grubbs@med.unc.edu | 919-445-2658
Expertise: Pediatrics, clinical trials

Phani Madhuri Gummadidala
phani_gummadidala@med.unc.edu | 919-966-2561

Yichun Hu, MS
yichunhu@med.unc.edu | 919-445-2680
Yichun Hu is a statistician at the Kidney Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She earned her master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the Institute of Mathematical Sciences at the Dalian University of Technology in China, and received her master’s degree of Statistics in the department of Statistics and Operational research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has more than 12 years of experience in statistical analysis of kidney disease, focused on sample size estimation, various statistical models for clinical medicine and lab research, and risk factor analyses for end-stage kidney disease (ESRD), ANCA-associated small vessel vasculitis and diabetes with kidney disease. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, staying active, and cooking.

Kristin Kennedy
kristin_brock@med.unc.edu | 919-445-2730
Expertise: Clinical research, glomerular disease research

Kristin Kennedy is a Research Specialist at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kidney Center. She has over 5 years of clinical research experience. She received her B.A. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, she is a part of the Glomerular Disease Collaborative Network (GDCN) and the CureGN studies, both of which focus on better understanding glomerular diseases. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time at the beach and spending time with her husband and son.

Andrew Khai Le
akle@med.unc.edu | 919-966-2561

Ian McInnis
imcinnis@email.unc.edu | 919-843-8717

 

 

 

Liz McInnis
ealderma@email.unc.edu | 919-445-2626

Liz McInnis is a Research Specialist at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kidney Center. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University. Her current research interests focus on the development of ANCA vasculitis with projects related to complement activation and the characterization auto-reactive T cells. Also, she is collaborating with the Broad Institute on a project related to the longitudinal analysis of response to treatment in patients with lupus nephritis. During her free time, she enjoys working on home improvement projects, camping, drawing and playing guitar.

Jasleen Kaur Sidhu
jasleen_sidhu@med.unc.edu | 919-966-2561

Christine Wai
cwai@email.unc.edu | 919-966-1142