Jenkins to Help Lead Clinical Trial Expansion at UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
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| LITTLE ROCK – Amy Jo Jenkins, MS, CCRP, recently joined the new office of clinical trials administration at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and will lead early phase clinical trials at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
“Amy Jo’s extensive experience, particularly her years overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Translational Research Institute here at UAMS, makes her highly qualified to take on the leadership of this new role. We are lucky to have it, ”said Michael Birrer, MD, Ph.D., vice chancellor and director of the Cancer Institute.
Jenkins will lead first-phase clinical research, including operations, staffing, trial management and execution, and business development. It will also work to improve the efficiency of the execution of contracts and research files related to cancer in partnership with other institutional offices.
His other duties include creating and managing a quality assurance and control program as part of the Cancer Institute’s research efforts, as well as developing and maintaining standard operating procedures. She will also oversee the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute network, which includes participants such as UAMS regional campuses, the UAMS / Baptist Health joint venture, and Cancer Institute partner practices across Arkansas. Jenkins will work to help identify and use opportunities to develop and expand clinical trial participation across the network.
Jenkins was previously Chief of Staff in the Office of Chancellor Cam Patterson, MD, MBA and CEO of UAMS Health. Previously, Jenkins was Executive Director of the Translational Research Institute (TRI) from 2016-2020, overseeing and leading the day-to-day operations of the institute. She joined TRI in 2014 as a senior project manager. She has also taught courses at UAMS Colleges of Public Health and Pharmacy as part of a Regulatory Sciences program since 2012.
Jenkins is the past chairman of the board of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA), a member of the board since 2016. The non-profit, charitable and educational organization offers an internationally recognized certification program for clinical research professionals (CCRP).
In 2011, Jenkins became the founding member and chairman of the Arkansas SOCRA chapter, winning awards for four consecutive years for providing the most research training opportunities among any chapters in the world. She also worked as an administrator in the National Clinical and Translational Sciences Prize consortium.
She joined UAMS in 2009 as head of clinical research monitoring. Prior to that, Jenkins worked as a senior clinical research monitor at a large medical device company and was vice president of clinical operations for a site management organization. She received a master’s degree in Clinical Research Organization and Management from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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