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Sue Collins

March 2015: Sue Collins, MSN, RN

Sue Collins serves as a Clinical Research Project Manager with the Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) at WVCTSI. Sue evaluates feasibility for new trials, trains study team members, identifies and enrolls subjects, coordinates study visits, and more. Sue earned her Associates Degree in Nursing from Parkersburg Community College, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Duke University. Sue also spent time as a Visiting Clinician in China at Pu Dong Central Hospital.

Sue sat down with our communications team to speak about her work and her life outside the Institute.

Sue Collins 

What projects are you currently working on? 

Our division is currently coordinating about 30 trials in a variety of areas. We have studies in the WVU Pain Clinic, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Physician Office Center, and in the Erma Byrd Biomedical Research Building.

What upcoming trends do you believe will be a major factor in translational research’s growth? 

The increasing number of translational research studies is an exciting addition to our study efforts.  It is nice to see clinicians create their own studies in addition to participating in industry-sponsored trials. There is so much talent on the Health Sciences Center campus, we know there are more studies coming our way and we are glad to be a part of the effort.

What made you interested in Clinical and Translational Sciences? 

After working at a registered nurse in the clinical setting for 20+ years, I was glad to get involved in clinical trials.  It is good to see what is coming down the pike for new therapies and I enjoy doing my part to help determine the safety and efficacy of the new products and therapies.

How has WVCTSI benefitted you personally? 

The personal benefit of my affiliation with the WVCTSI is getting to work alongside of a team of dedicated professionals who are all working toward a common goal. 

What is the most recent book you read and/or movie you saw? 

The last book I read was The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbreath (aka J.K. Rowling) and the last movie I saw was The Imitation Game.

If you could live anywhere, where would you be?

In a fantasy, a tropical beach location with clear water and lots of sunshine.  In reality, I think Pittsburgh would be a great place to live and work.