RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PRA International, a leading Clinical Research Organization, announces that Lauren Shinaberry, a senior project manager in our Business Solutions group, was recently named chair-elect of the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) Advisory Board.
CDISC is a non-profit organization that operates to develop and support global, platform-independent data standards that enhance public health. Ms. Shinaberry has championed and directly supported CDISC's mission within PRA for more than 10 years. She participated in the organization's Clinical Data Acquisition Standards Harmonization (CDASH) initiative to define industry-standard case report forms, serving on the CDASH Core Leadership Team and leading the Prior and Concomitant Medications and ECG sub-teams. She has also provided public training for CDISC.
Ms. Shinaberry will serve a three-year term on the CDISC Advisory Board, which is comprised of a representative from each corporate sponsor and benefactor. Her key duties will include collaborating with CDISC's president to ensure working teams have necessary resources; developing fundraising initiatives; and promoting the organization's mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public.
"This is a well-deserved nomination for Ms. Shinaberry," said Steve Powell, PRA's Senior Vice President of Clinical Informatics & Late Phase Services. "PRA's representation on the advisory board reflects our commitment to leveraging technology to improve clinical trials. This level of commitment is also consistent with PRA's eClinical vision of creating a cost-effective, paperless, data-driven, end-to-end clinical management delivery process."
Jason Packwood, Vice President of Business Solutions, lauded Ms. Shinaberry for spearheading several CDISC programs that have enhanced PRA's operational performance. "Through her efforts, CDISC standards such as CDASH, SDTM, ADaM, and ODM are allowing PRA to realize reduced cycle times, decreased costs, and higher quality deliverables," he said.
Ms. Shinaberry began her career at PRA in 1997 as a clinical programmer before progressing to various other roles, including technical specialist and manager. PRA's Business Solutions group strives to improve both systems and processes at PRA with the goals of making work tasks simpler, improving employee productivity, and increasing client satisfaction.
PRA conducts clinical trials across all therapeutic areas in more than 80 countries and provides services in all phases of clinical development through its 39 global offices.
PRA's therapeutic expertise, global reach and project experience combined with its extensive local knowledge and differentiating philosophy—THE PERSONAL ELEMENT— enable its project teams to deliver consistent and on-time performance. This unique PRA philosophy recognizes that true client service comes only from trained, empowered and dedicated employees who are encouraged to be innovative and to use their personal commitment to accelerate the development life cycle.
SOURCE PRA International