CCTS Staff Sessions

Meet Amy Bartlett!

Q: What is your role at CCTS?

A: Associate Director Clinical Research Development- Assist investigators and study teams with the development and resources necessary to implement a multi-center research proposal

Q: How do you think the CCTS is impacting medicine?

A: In so many avenues it would take me pages to list!  However, the one I look forward to their assistance in the future is work force development.  Work force development and Dr. Carolyn Jones was instrumental with the MACPR program implementation at Ohio State.  They run other courses to help educate and train the essential backbones of the research venture- the clinical research coordinators and assistants.  They are working to spread the word so college students are aware that being a clinical research coordinator is not just a stepping block for medical students, but can be a rewarding and fulfilling career.  We plan to work together to create a training program for research program management.  I felt completely siloed at Ohio State when I worked as a program manager for multi-centered clinical trials.  I want to change that and help provide resources to ensure project management success at Ohio State.  

Q: What is one thing you want everyone to know about the CCTS?

A: That we exist and what we do! There is so many groups at Ohio State that assist in areas of research it is hard to know what groups help with which part of the research puzzle.  The best way I think of it now is the CCTS will help the physician teams with the physical design of their studies.  The CCTS serves both Ohio State and Nationwide Children's Hospital (I was not aware of that).  We can ensure people think about all aspects necessary for a successful study.  We link people to resources to facilitate success. 

Q: What is your favorite thing about the CCTS?

A: The amount of knowledge and resources available.  I worked at Ohio State in Neurology for over 15 years and used the CCTS for a couple of services which helped my studies.  However, I had no idea truly how robust the team and services were.  That is where I believe I can help.  I see my role as a concierge to link staff to the services and teams available.

Q: What do you do in your pass-time?

A: Reading, hiking, boating, coaching club volleyball, spending time with my family, friends and dog and my absolute

favorite is traveling adventures with my husband Jim and our now teen kids Ty and Mia.  I love the rush of seeing and doing something new outdoors.  We have white water rafted in several different rivers, repelled down a waterfall, handglided, ziplined, gone down a river water slide, mountain roller-coasters, became dive certified and dove at some amazing locations and saw some remarkable things, hiked before dawn to the peak of a mountain to see the sun rise at Estes National Park, Colorado.  

Q: What was your dream job when you were a kid?

A: Archaeologist-I had a 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Bean who traveled to Egypt a couple times and taught us all about Egyptian history and how advanced they were far ahead of their time.  She taught the class with artifacts and an old photograph slide shows displaying the photograph negatives on a projector from her travels.  Then getting older and watching Indiana Jones and realizing that was what he did.  Who would not want to do that for a living?  It had two things in life I loved learning new things and adventure.  

Q: What's your greatest accomplishment?

A: Designing and implementing a recruitment plan for a multicenter study that many people thought we would not be successful in fulfilling enrollment.  A doctor even stood up during our investigator meeting stating people would not participate.  We were looking at infants with spinal muscular atrophy and healthy control newborns to have multiple visits involving blood draws and nerve conduction studies.  Admittedly a tall ask for the regular person to enroll.  With my plan we not only met enrollment goals I had some pregnant individuals calling wanting to participate prior to their child’s birth.  Then writing and publishing my recruitment strategy which was harder for me then the design and implementation since I had never done it as the first author.    

Bartlett A, Kolb SJ, Kingsley A, Swoboda KJ, Reyna SP, Sakonju A, Darras BT, Shell R, Kuntz N, Castro D, Iannaccone ST, Parsons J, Connolly AM, Chiriboga CA, McDonald C, Burnette WB, Werner K, Thangarajh M, Shieh PB, Finanger E, Coffey CS, Yankey JW, Cudkowicz ME, McGovern MM, McNeil DE, Arnold WD, Kissel JT; NeuroNEXT Clinical Trial Network and on behalf of the NN101 SMA Biomarker Investigators. Recruitment & retention program for the NeuroNEXT SMA Biomarker Study: Super Babies for SMA! Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2018 Jul 20;11:113-119. doi: 10.1016/j.conctc.2018.07.002. Erratum in: Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2020 Dec 10;20:100688. PMID: 30094386; PMCID: PMC6072892.

Q: If you could have a meal with 3 famous people (dead or alive), who would they be and why?

A: This one was hard for me.  I asked my 18 year old son and loved his thought process.  Great minds already wrote books about their wisdom and most celebrities/singers I believe would be self-absorbed.   I would choose some famous comics.  The teams invite would go out to Tim Conway, Kate McKinnon, Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler, Kristin Wiig, Joy Koy, Carol Burnett, Kevin Hart, Wanda Sykes and Betty White.  I know booking schedules is the worst in research so I can only imagine it for the famous.  Tim Conway would be my only “must have.”  I loved him on the Carol Burnett show reruns I watched as a kid.  So whomever else could make it I would enjoy but he is my headliner.  I can imagine the meal full of laughter, antics and we would make so many memories that would truly last a lifetime.    

Q: What is your proudest moment?

A: Watching my kids work hard and succeed in something they love.  My son swam the 500 freestyle which to me sounds like the worst, most boring swimming event.  He cut so much time by his senior year he almost broke the school record.  It was an amazing accomplishment since he did not swim in any clubs, playing both baseball and soccer.  Watching his joy and shock seeing his final time was amazing.  Seeing my daughter work for the libero position on her high school volleyball team.  She sat and played varsity for years but just wanted more playing time to show her skills.  This year she received 1st team All District honors and led the entire league in total digs and digs per set.  She was really dynamic and fun to watch.   Nothing hit the ground in her area.

Q: Favorite band/song?

A: I love all types of music.  I really do not have a favorite.  My playlist includes country, bluegrass, rock, R&B, acapella and alternative.  My favorite is seeing a local singer/small group with a guitar in a local bar playing things they love.