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Left to right: Meghan Buck, Tina Vita, Daniel Unikel, Barbara Early-Young, Peter Adams, Ashley Ryman, Stacy Stull, Victoria Bianco, Mary Stefanick, Pam Singh, Megan Buhay, Caroline Gacka, Zach Harvey, Erin Gilchrist, Mary Kruth, Kathleen Kelly, Denise Scholl


Multidisciplinary Acute Care Research Organization (MACRO)




Committed to facilitating clinical research led by dedicated investigators in an ethical, regulatory compliant, and fiscally sound manner.



Recent News

Current RA Studies

  DeCastro's Lab
    Reset Demonstrate efficacy of rivipansel in trating subjects with SCD who are older than 6 years of age experiencing an acute VOC event necessitating hospitalization.
  Huang's Lab
    Maple The purpose of this ancillary study is to measure the human microbiome as a third readout for the impact of implementation of a procalcutonin-guided strategy.
    ProAct Study goal is to determine if implementation ofa procalcitonin antibiotic algorithm can help clinician safely decrease antibiotic use in ED lower respiratory tract infection.
    Rose Reevaluation of systemic early neuromuscular blockade.
  Neal's Lab
    TTMR Unitization of thromoelastography to monitor Rivaroxaban Activity in trauma and emergency surgery patients.
  Popescu's Lab
    ESETT Randomized trial of valproic acid, fosphenytion or dilantin for benzodiazepine refractory seizures.
  Rittenberger's Lab
    AWAKE A study to evaluate the effect of amantadine on speeding awakening after resuscitation fro mcardiac arrest.
    Neuromuscular Blockade Comparing E-G-1962 to Standard of Care Oral Nimodipine in Adults with Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
  Shutter's Lab
    SHINE Management of glucose after stroke.
  Sperry's Lab
    ATOX-Bio A study to demonstrate the efficacy of AB103 as compared to placebo in patients diagnosed with NSTI.
    Mathematical Modeling Mathematical modeling of the acute inflammatory response following surgery.
    Pamper A study to see if giving a plasma transfusion early in the course of treatment would help lower mortality of severely injured patients that lose a lot of blood.
    STAAMP Study of tranexamic acid during air medical prehospital transport.
  Starr's Lab
    Point Platelet-Oriented Inhibition in New TIA and Minor Ischemic stroke.
  Zuckerbraun's Lab
            Adbominal Sepsis A study to determine the role and mechanisms of erythroid DAMPs to potentiate vascular and acute lung injury in sepsis.


Staff News

Zach Harvey, Financial Assistant

Zach Harvey, BA, is a Financial Assistant who joined MACRO's Financial Department in December of 2016.  Before that, he was temporary employee at the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department.  He graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in Economics in May of 2016.  At Allegheny College, he was a 4-year letterman in football and captain his senior year.  Before that, Zach graduated from Noth Allegheny High School in Wexford, PA.  At North Allegheny, he was the only athlete in his class to play both football and basketball.  While on the football team, he helped NA win both a State Championship and a WPIAL Championship his junior year while starting all 16 games.  The following year, he was elected co-captain and helped lead the Tigers to another WPIAL title.  Zack's favorite work memory is when he interned for the Steelers marketing department in the summer of 2015 and was elected to oversee training camp sponsor activities.  In his spare time, Zach likes reading, movies, and watching sports.  He also coaches football at Carnegie Mellon University.

Michal Hammond, Temp Research Specialist

Michal Hammond worked for MACRO as a Research Assistant during her undergraduate degree and stayed on as a Research Specialist after she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Emergency Medicine from Pitt in 2014.  She was accepted to Ross University School of Medicine where she completed her first two years of medical school in Dominica, a small country in the Caribbean.  She recently took and passed her Step 1 Exam this past fall.  She and her husband, also a former MACRO employee, are expecting their first child in May, and are proud to present the first MACRO baby!  Michal will finish medical school stating in the fall to attain a residency in Emergency Medicine.  Michal is extremely excited and grateful to be back working with MACRO on our sepsis, ARDS, and renal students, as well as several other research projects.  Whil she misses the Caribbean sunshine, she loves Pittsburgh and hopes to someday work in Pittsburgh as an Emergency Medicine physician.


Fond Farewell

Pam Fazio left MACRO at the end of January 2017 after seven years as a Clinical Research Coordinator.  She had transitioned from 20+ years of a surgery nursing background into research at the University of Pittsburgh.  Currently, Pam is working at Aestique Surgery Center and MediSpa in Greensburg as an OR Staff RN.  Aestique is a multi-specialty surgical and MediSpa center, offering procedures in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, gastroenterology, gynecology, oculoplastic surgery, and pain management.


Enrollment Update 

Apr. 29, 2015 - MACRO Coordinators/Clinical Research Interns have enrolled patients in 6 of our studies over the last week and a half.  Studies included ATACH II, GRAIL, Progress, Silver AMI, ProACT and PAMPer (see Actively Recruiting Studies for a brief description on each study).

MACRO enrolls 24/7, even on weekends! Clinician referrals always appreciated!