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About CPQA

Developing and conducting quality assurance activities that support the HIV/AIDS translational research and clinical trials within DAIDS networks

Program Overview

CPQA operates under a contract with the Division of AIDS (DAIDS) of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The goal of CPQA is to provide quality assurance programs and training for DAIDS-funded clinical pharmacology laboratories (CPLs).

The CPQA Program is organized into several committees and units.

Key Organizations

University at Buffalo: The University at Buffalo is the largest campus in the State University of New York system and New York’s leading public center for graduate and professional education. More than 29,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, UB is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Frontier Science: Frontier Science provides data management, statistical support, application development, and proficiency testing reports for the CPQA program. With over 40 years of experience, Frontier Science is a not-for-profit corporation that is known internationally as a highly capable data management and statistical center, collaborating with research networks, pharmaceutical companies, and others in the design, conduct, and execution of clinical trials and long-term observational studies.

HANC: The Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) works with the HIV/AIDS clinical trials networks funded by the Division of AIDS (DAIDS) of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the intent of creating a more integrated, collaborative, and flexible research structure. The networks are an affiliated group of national and international medical research institutions and investigators that conduct clinical HIV/AIDS research to develop safe and effective drugs, prevention strategies, and HIV vaccines.

NIAID/DAIDS: The Division of AIDS (DAIDS), part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), was formed to develop and implement the national research agenda to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. DAIDS supports global research for HIV/AIDS and related infections.

Key Persons

CPQA Leadership

Photo: Dr Gene Morse

Gene Morse, PharmD
CPQA Principal Investigator
University at Buffalo

Photo: Robin DiFrancesco

Robin DiFrancesco, MBA
Program Manager
University at Buffalo

Photo: Kelly Tooley

Sue Siminski, MS, MBA
Statistical and Data Management Center (SDMC) PI
Frontier Science

Photo: Kelly Tooley

Kelly Tooley, MSEd
Program Administrator
University at Buffalo

CPQA Staff

Andrew Jacob Ocque Research Scientist University at Buffalo
Charlene Taylor CPQA Laboratory Supervisor University at Buffalo
Colleen Hagler Senior Technical Support University at Buffalo
Jill Lapham Technical Support University at Buffalo
Linda Hale Technical Support University at Buffalo
Mary Lou Bodziak Technical Support University at Buffalo
Patricia O'Leary Project Staff Assistant University at Buffalo
Richard Browne, PhD Co-Investigator University at Buffalo
Staci Scherrer Technical Support University at Buffalo
Troy Wood, PhD Co-Investigator University at Buffalo
Heather Sprenger, MS Laboratory Data Division Chief Frontier Science
Ian Wetzel Technical Writer Frontier Science
Kacey Matecki Laboratory Data Manager Frontier Science
Kyle Whitson, MA Laboratory Data Manager Frontier Science
Melynda Cotten, MA Statistical Programmer Frontier Science
Sue Rosenkranz, PhD Research Scientist Frontier Science
Yan Wang, MS Master Statistician Frontier Science