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Pediatric Clinical Trials Group

Pediatrics

The Pediatric Clinical Trials Group (PCTG) provides clinical research services to investigators within the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

The PCTG provides support for a wide variety of federally funded and industry sponsored studies, including randomized trials, clinical registries, and investigator-initiated clinical research projects. The PCTG currently supports over 80 active studies, and activates approximately 10-15 new studies every year.  We work in collaboration with a number of other clinical research entities at MUSC, including the Office of Clinical Research (OCR), the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP), and the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR).  We also are actively working to enhance collaboration between clinical investigators and our basic science colleagues at the Darby Children’s Research Institute (DCRI).

Vision Statement

We aim to be a highly valued and sustainable partner in the quest for the rapid discovery of important medical knowledge that will improve the lives of children.

Mission Statement

Our team is fully committed to providing outstanding and collaborative administrative, regulatory, and coordinator support for all clinical investigators who use our services.

We foster collegial partnerships with grant administrators, regulatory groups at MUSC, and our extramural sponsors.

Our services are timely, accurate, proactive, and dynamic in order to meet the needs of our investigators, regulatory partners, sponsors, and most importantly, our young patients and their families.

Research Services

  • Regulatory activities
  • Budget development
  • Feasibility assessment
  • Clinical trial management
  • Recruitment
  • Study assessments
  • Research specimen procurement and processing
  • Data analysis & management

Our Research Team

The PCTG is led by Dr. John Costello, who also serves as the Vice Chair of Clinical Research within the Department of Pediatrics, Patricia G. Infinger, the Manager of the PCTG, and Erica Blender-Brown, the Director of Research Administration in the Department of Pediatrics.

PCTG Leadership Team:

John M. Costello, M.D., M.P.H.

Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Pediatrics
Director of Research, Children’s Heart Center
Professor of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina
165 Ashley Avenue, MSC 915
Charleston, SC 29425-9150
E-mail: costello@musc.edu

Patricia G. Infinger
Program Manager, PCTG
165 Ashley Avenue, MSC 915
Charleston, SC  29425
Email: infingep@musc.edu

Erica Blender Brown
Director, Research Administration
RT 380E Rutledge Tower Building - 135 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, SC  29425-9150
Office: 843-876-2546
Email: blendere@musc.edu

PCTG Coordinators:

Hibah Al Nasiri, CCRP
Program Coordinator I, PCTG
165 Ashley Avenue, MSC 915
Charleston, SC  29425
E-mail: alnasiri@musc.edu

Jacob Strelow, MPH
Program Coordinator I, PCTG
165 Ashley Avenue, MSC 915
Charleston, SC  29425
E-mail: strelow@musc.edu

Kalyan Chundru, MSCR, CCRP
Research Specialist II, PCTG
165 Ashley Avenue, MSC 915
Charleston, SC  29425
E-mail: choudhar@musc.edu

Layla Al Sarraf
Program Coordinator II, PCTG
165 Ashley Avenue, MSC 915
Charleston, SC  29425
E-mail: alsarral@musc.edu

Mary Freeman
Program Coordinator I, PCTG
165 Ashley Avenue, MSC 915
Charleston, SC  29425
E-mail: freemanme@musc.edu

Shameeka Bowman, MS
Program Coordinator I, PCTG
165 Ashley Avenue, MSC 915
Charleston, SC  29425
E-mail: bowm@musc.edu

To learn more about the PCTG services, please contact:

Patricia G. Infinger
Program Manager, PCTG
165 Ashley Avenue, MSC 915
Charleston, SC  29425-9150
Office: 843-792-7857
Email: infingep@musc.edu

To learn more about grants, industry sponsored studies, and other research issues, please contact:

Erica Blender Brown
Director, Research Administration
RT 380E Rutledge Tower Building - 135 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, SC  29425-9150
Office: 843-876-2546
Email: blendere@musc.edu