The Pediatric Research Office (PRO) provides assistance to investigators conducting pediatric research at Children’s of Alabama at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  We provide pre-award and post-award support for funded investigators as well as those seeking funding or training.  The office’s activities are well-integrated with other research and training efforts across the university.  We provide special expertise in the pre-award stage with the completion of forms for the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and navigation of their systems.  We also provide help identifying funding and training opportunities, and with the planning and editing of applications.  We ensure that guidelines are followed appropriately, and provide assistance with informatics and with statistical planning and analysis.  Click here for the Office's organizational chart.

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David Kimberlin, MD

Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research, Department of Pediatrics
Provides oversight and advocacy for the support of pediatric research efforts.

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Cheryl Perry, PhD
Administrative Director
Serves as primary interface for office and oversees provision of assistance as well as development of resources. 
Personnel/Services: For assistance with one or more of the areas below, please email Cheryl Perry (

Melissa McBrayer, MEd
Research Grant and Training Manager
Provides assistance writing and editing applications, training materials and progress reports and designs training opportunities relevant to researchers and the research process. Has special expertise with career development applications and institutional training grant applications.

Geeta Chhabra
Grants and Contracts Administrator
Provides assistance throughout the proposal preparation process for federal, non-federal and industry grants and contracts. Also helps train division administrators on new regulations and how best to complete paperwork such as NIH forms (e.g., face page, biosketches), resources, budgets, the UAB checklist and the Responsible Personnel List (RPL). Also maintains a positive relationship with the OSP, the Conflict of Interest Review Board (CIRB), University Contracts, and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) offices to ensure proper and timely submission of grants and contracts.

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Meredith Fitz-Gerald
Clinical Research Support Program (CRSP) Research Coordinator and Regulatory Support
Provides assistance with study start-up (including budget development and negotiation), implementation, communication with sponsors and internal quality measures. Also provides assistance with IRB applications, site management, regulatory documents and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training.

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Inmaculada (Chichi) Aban, PhD
Provides assistance with sample size assessment, study design, biostatistical analysis planning, DSMB reports, final analyses at end of study, and final study report generation. Data sets should always be coded, so that the data is deidentified before analysis. Can also recommend biostatisticians who can assist research efforts with percent effort.

Eric Macomb
Supports data retrieval from data warehouse or clinical programs for feasibility assessments, preliminary data, research protocols, etc. and ensures proper oversight of data requests.

Karen Fowler
Karen Fowler, DrPH

Professor and Director of Data Management
Provides assistance with data collection and database development and management (TeleForm, SAS, EpiInfo, REDCap), data analysis and modeling, and provides training in these areas.