Clinical Research

The University of Arizona Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center headquartered in the state of Arizona. Bringing promising new therapies from the laboratory to the bedside is a high priority. The clinician scientists of The University of Arizona Cancer Center are engaged in more than 200 clinical trials, investigating a broad spectrum of new diagnostic, prevention and treatment strategies. We strive to provide high quality care and ensure both scientific integrity and ethical conduct in all clinical trials.

Clinical Trials Office

The Clinical Trials Office (CTO) is dedicated to advancing high quality clinical trial research in accordance UACC’s educational, research, clinical care and community service mission. The CTO is responsible for the administrative, regulatory, and institutional requirements to establish and conduct clinical research at UACC which is supported through contracts with private industry and other entities. The CTO serves as a central resource for the University of Arizona faculty, staff and departments involved in cancer clinical trials research as well as sponsors seeking to conduct cancer clinical trials at UACC by:

  • Being the primary point of contact for questions or issues related to clinical trials
  • Providing assistance and consultation in developing investigator initiated protocols
  • Providing support and answers to questions related to project review groups including Scientific Review as well as Data & Safety Monitoring Review
  • Providing education and training on the requirements and procedures related to the operational conduct of clinical research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.
  • Providing the necessary research support services for clinical trials opened with clinical partners
  • Providing oversight and assistance with registration of clinical trials as well as posting results, when appropriate, with
  • Providing CTEP renewal support as well as managing UACCs participation in the NCIs NCTN program
  • Providing IND and IDE new submissions and ongoing management for investigator initiated trials

Organization of the CTO

The Clinical Trials Office is composed of functional groups that are centered around supporting research disease teams at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. These support groups include representatives from both Clinical & Administrative teams:

Clinical Research Functional Support Groups

  • Clinical Research Nursing Coordination (CRNs)
  • Clinical Research Coordination (CRCs)
  • Research Data Coordination (RDCs)
  • Specimen Management Coordination (SMCs)

Research Administrative Support Groups

  • Research Regulatory Coordination (RRCs)
  • Research Finance Coordination (RFCs)
  • Compliance & Quality Coordination (CQCs)
  • Administrative & Committee Coordination (ACCs)

CTO Leadership

Cancer Clinical Research in an academic environment requires leaders who are visionary and innovative. The expectations of clinical research leadership is to adjust to changes within the research industry, develop compliant operational practices that maximize performance, and develop unique research initiatives. The Clinical Research Leadership at UACC aims to achieve a competitive advantage by bringing the most cutting-edge trials to the University of Arizona Cancer Center. The UACC Clinical Trials Office leadership team is led by a group with more than 150 years of combined clinical research experience spanning every aspect of cancer clinical research.

Executive Team

Daniel O. Persky, MD
Associate Director, Clinical Investigations
Medical Director, Clinical Trials Office
Associate Director, Clinical Research Administration


Jennifer Lilley Manager, Phoenix Clinical Trials Office
Alaina F. Krone, MS Manager, Clinical Research Support
Elizabeth McPeak, MPH Manager, Administrative Research Support
Niyuri Fleming, BS Assistant Manager, Clinical Research Data Management
Deborah Lewis, BS, BA Assistant Manager, Regulatory Management
Gloria E. Rippe, BS Assistant Manager, Clinical Coordination
Yvonne M. Ruiz Assistant Manager, Clinical Coordination