Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Scleroderma Program

Clinical Research Team

Meet our clinical research team:

Mary Carns, MS

Mary Carns, MS

Manager of Clinical Research Programs, Rheumatology
 
As the Manager of Clinical Research Programs, Mary oversees all aspects of clinical research study initiation, participant recruitment, and data and specimen collection.  Mary manages the collection of all clinical data, prepares study documents, assists in dissemination of findings by contributing to publications and presentations, and works with internal and external collaborators to plan and develop research projects.  Originally from Rochester, MN, Mary obtained her master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her bachelor's degree in Biology and Sociology/Anthropology from Knox College.
Kathleen Dennis-Aren, MPH

Kathleen Dennis-Aren, MPH

Assistant Manager of Clinical Research Programs, Rheumatology
 
As the Assistant Manager of Clinical Research Programs, Kathleen develops and manages clinical databases, ensures regulatory compliance, assists in dissemination of findings by contributing to publications and presentations, screens patients for study eligibility, informs prospective participants about current studies, obtains consent, and coordinates the collection of blood and skin biopsy samples for scleroderma research.  Kathleen obtained her master's degree in Public Health from Des Moines University and her bachelor's degree in Health and Exercise Science from Spring Arbor University in Michigan.
Michael Oxendine-Burns, MS

Michael Oxendine-Burns, MS

Research Project Coordinator
 
As Research Project Coordinator, Michael informs prospective participants about current studies, obtains consent, coordinates the collection of blood, skin biopsy, lung fluid, and esophageal biopsy samples, processes specimens, orders supplies, and collects clinical and demographic data for scleroderma research.  Michael obtained his master's degree in Biology from Saint Louis University and his bachelor's in Biology from Appalachian State University.  Michael is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Isaac Goldberg, BA

Isaac Goldberg, BA

Research Study Coordinator
 
As Research Study Coordinator, Isaac informs prospective participants about current studies, obtains consent, coordinates the collection of blood, skin biopsy, and esophageal biopsy samples, processes specimens, and collects clinical and demographic data for scleroderma research.  Isaac obtained his bachelor's degree in Political Science from George Washington University.