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RTRN’s senior management team serves to enhance the efficiency of interactions between the RCMI PIs, the NIH/NIMHD and other network stakeholders.

The Senior Management team takes the lead on timely action of emergent network issues and reports such actions to the RTRN Steering Committee. The Senior Management team acts upon recommendations of the Steering Committee and Key Function (KF) Leaders to ensure that relevant aspects of the Network’s strategic goals are implemented by network personnel, KF Committees and working groups. The Senior Management team meets weekly to address the priorities for the Network and develop short- and long-term action agendas.

RTRN’s senior management provides direction and leadership for the Network’s three Centers: the Administrating Coordinating Center (ACC), the Research Coordinating Center (RCC) and the Data Coordinating Center (DCC), which offer expertise, services as well as technical support for the Network’s collaborative initiatives and multi-site research study development and implementation.

RTRN Principal Investigators:

Elizabeth Ofili, M.D., Morehouse School of Medicine


Administrative Coordinating Center (ACC)

Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

The ACC is located at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. The RTRN Project Director and staff of the ACC work closely with Network leadership to enhance and streamline overall RTRN management and operations. The ACC is highly involved in regular evaluations of network procesess and procedures and implements strategies to improve communication and performance of all Network participants.

Nicole Crowell, M.S., RTRN Project Director (

Research Coordinating Center (RCC)

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii

The RCC serves as the central coordination and communication hub to facilitate cross-institutional research projects. The RCC supports researchers who desire to accelerate the movement of basic and clinical science questions and community ideas from the conceptual phase through subsequent phases of funding, implementation, analysis and publishing. The RCC provides services to support research development and research implementation.

Richard Yanagihara, M.D., Director (
Marilyn Foreman, M.D., M.S., Associate Director

Data Coordinating Center (DCC)

Jackson State University
Jackson, Mississippi

The DCC serves as the technological hub for RTRN. The DCC provides an array of services in clinical data management, data collection, technology integration, statistical design and analysis, communication support, and project management to support inter-institutional collaborations and multi-site research projects. The DCC maintains a sophisticated technical environment comprised of industry-leading tools and applications seamlessly integrated to support collaborations and information and data sharing. The DCC provides support for FDA –regulated and non-regulated studies.

M. Edwina Barnett, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., Director (

Elizabeth Ofili, M.D., M.P.H.

ACC - RTRN Principal Investigator
Director and Senior Associate Dean with the Clinical
Research Center & Clinical and Translational Research
Morehouse School of Medicine and Science


Emma Fernandez-Repollet, Ph.D.

RTRN Steering Committee Chairperson
RCMI Program Director
University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus

Nicole Crowell, M.S.

ACC- RTRN Program Director
Morehouse School of Medicine

Richard Yanagihara, M.D.

RCC- Director, RTRN Research Coordinating Center
University of Hawaii at Manoa


Marilyn Foreman, M.D.

RCC- Director, RTRN Research Coordinating Center
Associate Director
Morehouse School of Medicine


M. Edwina Barnett, M.D., Ph.D, M.B.A, CCBMI, FACP

DCC- Director, RTRN Data Coordinating Center
Associate Director, RCMI Program
Jackson State University