Under the leadership of Drs. Walters and Shannon, the multidisciplinary research office staff serves as the central point-of-contact for neurosurgery faculty, residents, and staff conducting or providing support for research projects. Our mission is to assist faculty and residents by providing the infrastructure for designing, developing, and conducting exemplary research. Research office staff is available to assist in project and protocol development as well as contract and budget negotiations. Administrative and regulatory oversight services will assist investigators and coordinators in navigating institutional, Federal, NIH, and sponsor regulatory processes.
Front row, left to right: Suzanne Byan-Parker, BS; Cathie Robinson, RN,
BSN; Pamela Parker; Lisa Nelson, RN, CCRC; Back row, left to right: Dr.
Chevis N. Shannon, MBA, MPH, DrPH; Meredith Owens, CRNP; Wendi
Moore, BS; Dr. Beverly Walters, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Director of Clinical Research
Beverly C. Walters, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Associate Director of Clinical Research
Chevis N. Shannon, MBA, MPH, DrPH
||Pamela Parker has over fifteen years' experience providing administrative and academic support for the faculty and staff of the UAB Division of Neurosurgery, which includes daily operations for their busy academic offices and working on multi-disciplinary projects. She has recently added research administration to her repertoire, overseeing the financial management of research accounts to ensure adherence to the financial requirements and guidelines specified by sponsors and to University policies pertaining to research.
Clinical Trials Administrator
Suzanne Byan-Parker, BS
||Suzanne Byan-Parker has over fifteen years' experience conducting and managing both basic science and clinical research projects at UAB. A versatile clinical and biomedical researcher, she is also an experienced medical/scientific writer who, in addition to original publications, has co-authored and/or provided editorial support for multiple articles in the medical literature. Suzanne provides compliance and regulatory oversight support for all of the clinical trials undertaken in the Division of Neurosurgery. She also provides writing and editorial support for manuscript and grant submissions.
Office Associate II
Wendi M. Moore, BS
||Wendi Moore has over six years' experience providing clerical and administrative support to division faculty, nursing staff, and residents. More recently, she has provided extensive support for residents and the expanding Clinical Research Office. Moore's unique background combines art and creative design, enabling her to add depth to on-going projects such as web-design and the production and management of promotional materials.
Clinical Research Nursing Staff:
Meredith Owens, RN, MSN, CNP holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A member of UAB's Division of Neurosurgery since 2004, she has over 14 years of neurosurgical nursing experience. Currently, she coordinates a clinical trial designed to investigate the long-term benefits of a surgical procedure designed to alleviate symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis. In addition to her role as a research nurse coordinator, Meredith assists in the day-to-day management of Dr. Renee Chambers' growing neurosurgical practice.
Lisa A. Nelson, RN, BSN, CCRC has over 13 years' experience coordinating clinical trials and has been with UAB's Division of Neurosurgery since 2010. Lisa is certified by the National Institute of Health to assess stroke patients using the NIH Stroke Scale. Her work with cerebrovascular surgeon Mark Harrigan, MD on a study designed to evaluate treatments for preventing stroke in patients with narrowed brain blood vessels, garnered her an Outstanding Achievement Award from the study sponsor.
Cathie Ann Robinson, RN has specialized in neurosurgical nursing for the majority of her career. As a nurse with UAB's Division of Neurosurgery, she coordinates a neurosurgical-oncology vaccine clinical trial. However, Cathie has an additional role as a Patient Advocate with the UAB Brain Tumor SPORE. On both local and national levels, she assists in the development of advocacy programs for patients undergoing treatment for intracranial and or spinal neoplasms.