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July 6, 1999
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Kathi Goodwin Durdon Named Clinical Trials Officer at the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse

Kathi Goodwin Durdon has been named the Clinical Trials Officer at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. The Clinical Trials Office (CTO) is a newly-created component of the Health Science Center’s Research Administration Office. The announcement was made by John Lucas, Ph.D., vice provost for research at the Health Science Center. Durdon reports directly to Dr. Lucas and to David Temple, director of the Health Science Center’s Research Administration Office.

As Clinical Trials Officer, Durdon provides administrative support to Health Science Center clinical investigators. Her responsibilities include: assisting clinical investigators in the review of sponsor agreements; preparing and distributing a clinical trials newsletter; and coordinating clinical trial training programs. She also assists investigators with the pre-award processing of clinical trial contracts.

Durdon joined the Health Science Center at Syracuse in 1991 as a senior staff assistant for the Department of Radiology where she managed faculty appointments/tenure and promotional matters. She was named as a project staff associate for the Center’s Department of Medicine/Division of Cardiology in July of 1995. In this role, she supervised five support staff for 12 faculty members and served as program coordinator for a medical education conference sponsored by the Center’s Department of Medicine. She also served as fund coordinator of the Cardiology Division research funds, as recruitment coordinator for faculty candidates, as program coordinator for the cardiology fellowship program, and as assistant to the division chief.

Durdon received her bachelors degree in english and anthropology from the State University College of New York at Potsdam in 1989. She is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta (the international English honor society) and Lambda Alpha (the anthropology honor society). At Potsdam, Durdon was named an English Departmental Scholar and an Anthropology Departmental Scholar. She serves as the editor of a newsletter for the Central New York Region Ski Patrol and has been a member of the National Ski Patrol Organization for more than five years.

Durdon resides in East Syracuse with her husband Pete and their children Katie, Erin and Jonie.

The Clinical Trials Office was created to provide Health Science Center clinical investigators with a more efficient system and a timely review of their clinical trial agreements. The CTO increases clinical trial activity for the Health Science Center and offers clinical investigators a competitive edge when seeking funding, particularly from private sector sources. The CTO is located in Weiskotten Hall on the Health Science Center campus.

Research at the Health Science Center is primarily conducted through the Center’s Colleges of Medicine and Graduate Studies. Health Science Center research activities attract more than $20 million in extramural funding yearly which is administered by the Center’s Research Administration Office. This external funding is supplemented by the Center’s internal funding. The Center’s more than 150 clinical and basic science investigators are conducting studies on approximately 300 projects. Their studies are funded by the federal or state government, voluntary health organizations, industry, or private donors.

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