WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Angela Kimel, M.B.A., C.C.R.P, research associate for the Department of Epidemiology, Division of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been elected secretary of the national Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA). Kimel was voted into the position by general election; competing against another board member internationally. All SoCRA members were eligible to vote.
As secretary of SoCRA, Kimel will oversee board meeting minutes, sign documents for board members, maintain archives and serve as parliamentarian to implement stated rules and policies. Kimel became a member of SoCRA in 2002, the same year she received Certified Clinical Research Professional designation. She is also the founder and chair of the Northwest N.C. SoCRA chapter, which was started in 2003.
“Being elected to the position of secretary by my colleagues in clinical research is a great honor,” said Kimel. “While serving SoCRA, I will also be carrying Wake Forest Baptist to an international level – promoting clinical research and encouraging the education of research professionals.”
Kimel has worked at Wake Forest Baptist for 15 years, 10 of which were in clinical research settings. In addition, she currently works as regulatory monitor for the ACCORD trial; a large, international trial that has enrolled more than 10,000 people in 77 clinical sites. She has also served on the Wake Forest Baptist Institutional Review Board for four straight years.
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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. U.S. News & World Report ranks Wake Forest University School of Medicine 18th in primary care and 44th in research among the nation's medical schools. It ranks 35th in research funding by the National Institutes of Health. Almost 150 members of the medical school faculty are listed in Best Doctors in America.