Curiosity is one of the driving traits of a stellar researcher, and throughout her career, pioneering sleep researcher Carole Marcus, MBBCh, had an unwavering fascination with sleep medicine. Upon her unexpected recent death, we take a look back over her years of exceptional leadership and clinical research as director of the Sleep Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the CHOP Clinical and Translational Research Center/Center for Human Phenomic Science. She also worked closely with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania as associate director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, and was an outstanding and generous mentor for many fellows and faculty, having earned the CHOP Faculty Mentor Award in 2015.
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Editor’s Note: Our clinical research coordinators at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are a unique professional hybrid. Part researcher, healthcare professional, data coordinator, social worker, personal coach, and travel concierge, they go above and beyond their job descriptions in order to help families navigate the complexities of participating in clinical research studies. We invited Joshua Zigmont, RN, BSN, who has been a nurse research coordinator for seven years, to describe a typical day on the job. The first thing he told us is that the most consistent thing about the position is its inconsistency: “You have to be flexible because you never know when a curveball is coming,” Zigmont said. So while no day is ever typical, here is a glimpse of a day in the life of a clinical research coordinator.
If you glance at a diagram of the continuum of translational research, the arrows point orderly to five phases — from basic research to improving population health. Rarely, however, is the business of discovery so neatly aligned. It takes unexpected twists and turns, as attendees at this week’s Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Translational Research Workshop for Basic Scientists heard from experienced investigators who shared lessons that they’ve learned while pursuing their scientific endeavors.