Christie Heiberg has over 10 years of experience in clinical research, starting as a data capturer for Merck Sharp & Dohme in 2000. She was promoted to a clinical research associate in 2001 and developed a passion for all aspects of implementing and monitoring clinical trials. She relocated to Cape Town in 2004 to work on the Comprehensive Integrated Programme for Research in AIDS (CIPRA) South Africa as a quality assurance associate. The programme funded five investigator driven protocols conducted at sites in Johannesburg and Cape Town. She was promoted to quality manager for the programme in 2006, and continued to serve the programme in a part time capacity until 2012. In 2007 she took up the position of DTHF CTU manager and is responsible for the day to day running of the DTHF CTU. She manages the study coordinators, support staff, quality control, regulatory affairs, the data team and budgets. She also functions within the UCT CTU as the CRS coordinator and provides regulatory and data support to the four UCT CTU CRS’s.

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