Coordinators

Annie Abraham

Annie Abraham joined Dr. Desmond Schatz’ type 1 diabetes research team in 2006 with more than 20 years  experience as a health care recruiter. She coordinates the recruitment effort for the UF TrialNet Clinical Center. Annie sources/markets to identify new TrialNet Affiliate Sites, facilitating the application, on-boarding and training process, and is the resource to our Affiliate Sites for recruitment, outreach, training, and operational issues. Through partnerships with UF Affiliate Sites and Participating Physician Sites in the region, she plans and organizes study-screening events for diabetes camps, JDRF walks, and community events.

Jennifer Hosford, MPH

Jennifer Hosford earned her Masters of Public Health from the University of Florida. She joined Dr. Schatz’ research team in 2015 with more than 8 years experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Prior to joining the TrialNet group she served as a Clinical Research Specialist, Grants Manager and Clinical Trials Expert with the Department of Medicine for five years. Jennifer is the main TrialNet Coordinator, managing the Natural History Pathway to Prevention Study Coordinator and the TrialNet Long Term Follow-Up (LIFT) Study Coordinator. Her responsibilities include recruitment and enrollment of new study participants, coordinating and monitoring study visits and procedures, ensuring regulatory and protocol compliance. In addition Jennifer coordinates the TrialNet CGM Metrics and Dysglycemia ancillary Study and the NIH-Funded Human Islet Research Network grant at UF.

P.D. Towe, RN, BSN

P.D. Towe’s nursing career includes thirty years of progressive management in head and neck cancer surgery centers, including six years as the Head and Neck Tumor Board Coordinator at the University of Florida. P.D. started working with Dr. Schatz in 2000 on the PANDA Study, and then followed her husband in his basketball coaching career moves from Gainesville to New Orleans, Raleigh, and Tennessee. P.D. rejoined Dr. Schatz’ team in 2015 as Study Coordinator with TrialNet, working on all studies, and overseeing the Oral Insulin, Abatacept, Immune Effects of Oral Insulin and the Anti-CD3 trials. “I am so excited to be working in type 1 diabetes research again with Dr. Schatz’ team, and so happy to be back in Gainesville close to our children and grandchildren” said P.D. “Boom!”

Madison Smith, RN, BSN

Madison Smith is a registered nurse who is a clinical research coordinator for the Diabetes Research Program at the University of Florida. Following Madison’s diagnosis with type 1 diabetes at the age of 16, she made it her life goal to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by this disease. Madison is a Study Coordinator for TrialNet initiated studies where she recruits and enrolls participants and performs study visits and monitoring procedures. Madison graduated with Honors from the University of Florida in 2014 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree at UF to obtain her PhD in Nursing Science, with a specialization in patient education in type 1 diabetes and the use of technology in T1D management. Madison continues to be motivated by the importance of research in order to discover a cure and improve patient and family outcomes.

Miriam Cintron

Ms. Miriam Cintron began working with the Diabetes Research Group in 2007 as the Research Coordinator on four clinical studies: Cord Blood Studies (phases 1 and 2), Neulasta/GCSF Study, and the Osiris/Prochymal® Clinical Trial. Ms. Cintron works very closely with Dr. Michael Haller, who is the Principal Investigator (PI) of these studies. Miriam is the coordinator for the TrialNet  ATG-GCSF New Onset Study. As research coordinator, her responsibilities include: enrolling and screening of potential study participants, coordinating and monitoring follow-up visits for participants, documenting and maintaining participant files and study regulator documents. In addition, she is also responsible for updating and submitting study documents to the UF Institutional Review Board (IRB). Prior to becoming a part of the UF Diabetes Team, Ms. Cintron received her Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and worked in the research field for over 20 years.