The UAB Department of Pediatrics established the Pediatric Research Office (PRO) in 2015 to renew its commitment to the generation of new knowledge in the diagnosis, treatment, and sequelae of pediatric diseases. Building upon a tradition of accomplishment illustrated by consistent rankings within the top 20 (and often top 10) of pediatric departments in terms of NIH research funding, the PRO seeks to “lower the energy of activation” in the design, conduct, and analysis of research conducted within Children’s of Alabama. This allows our physician-scientists to focus on the science of the research while relying on the highly skilled PRO staff to assist with the regulatory, biostatistical, data management, and other components key to the successful conduct of pediatric investigation. By providing this support, the PRO accelerates our research to go farther faster, enhancing the overall funding prospects for pediatric research at UAB, and thus expanding medical options for the children of Alabama and beyond. Please email Cheryl Perry, PRO Administrative Director, for assistance or for more information on the office.

David KimberlinPrimary staff are located in Suite 302 of the Children’s Harbor Building.  Additional resources for application planning, development, submission and post-award information are available via the green button.

Research Resources and Research Training

David W. Kimberlin, MD
Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research, Department of Pediatrics


Cheryl Perry, PhD, PRO Administrative Director

Serves as primary interface for office and oversees provision of assistance as well as development of resources. For assistance with one or more of the areas below, please email Cheryl Perry.

Eric Macomb, PRO Informatics

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

Melissa McBrayer, MEd, PRO Research Grants and Training

Provides assistance writing and editing applications, training materials and designs training opportunities relevant to the research process. Has special expertise with career development applications and institutional training grant applications.

Inmaculada (Chichi) Aban, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics

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.

Susan Branscum, Clinical Trials Administrator (Regulatory)

Provides assistance with IRB applications and regulatory documents.

Geeta Chhabra, Financial Officer (Grants & Contacts)

Provides assistance throughout the proposal preparation process for federal, non-federal and industry grants and contracts.  Maintains a positive relationship with the OSP to ensure proper and timely submission of grants and contracts.

Meredith Fitz-Gerald, RN, MSN and Rhonda Corvalan, RN, Clinical Research Support Program (Research Coordination)

CRSP 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.

Karen Fowler, DrPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Emily Mixon (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.