This July marks Jennifer Economy's ninth year working with John Clore, M.D., director of the CCTR and professor of internal medicine in the VCU School of Medicine, and Leo Dunn, M.D., professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology. She has worked with Clore and Dunn since before the CCTR’s existence in different capacities, including the application process for the Clinical and Translational Science Award grant, which VCU received in 2010.
As the program manager, Jennifer works on all the reporting, including NIH reporting, the annual report for the NIH and the recompete application process for the CTSA grant. Overall, she works on internal programs making sure everything gets done as efficiently as possible.
“Anytime there is a need for someone to step in to help with a program, I’ll step in,” Economy said.
As the RSA, Economy works closely with Dunn on any protocol that receives CCTR resources, making sure they are compliant with NIH rules and regulations. This important job takes a lot of time and paperwork and is done through audits, pre-reviews and data monitors. They also collectively review all protocols that go through the CCTR for human subject protection, making sure the scientific gain outweighs the risk.
Economy is heavily involved in the CTSA consortium comprised of 61 universities across the country that have been awarded a CTSA grant as well as the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, a group for people involved in medical ethics. The purpose of the society is to promote the exchange of ideas and foster multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and interprofessional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development and collegiality among people engaged in all the endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities.
Economy has a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education from Longwood University and a master’s in health administration from VCU. She taught high school for four years before deciding to change careers. After answering a job announcement, she started her new career path at the VCU Health System in 1999. Since then, she has worked for the VCU Massey Cancer Center prior to joining Clore.
Her free time is spent mostly with her children Josephine and Maxwell as well as her husband, Mark. She also enjoys reading, travel and has recently picked up knitting.