Ophthalmic Clinical Trials & Translational Center

The UIC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences established the Ophthalmic Clinical Trials and Translational Center (OCTTC) to provide services in clinical trials and translational studies that evaluate preventive, therapeutic, and diagnostic interventions in ophthalmic diseases. Located on the second floor of the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary’s administrative offices, the center acts as a liaison between principal investigators and sponsors.

Explore our Studies

Prospective Studies
Retrospective Studies

Full Service Clinical Trials:

Site application

Coverage analysis

Budget and contract negotiations

IRB preparation and submission

Investigator Meeting representation

Site initiation visit

 Training for all support staff

Patient identification and recruitment strategies

  Patient screening and ongoing clinical trial visit coordination

Sponsor conference calls and monitor visit representation

Laboratory specimen collection and shipping

Study exam procedures

Ongoing guidance for all UIC PIs

Patient randomization procedures

eCRF maintenance

 Study closeout procedures

Contact the OCTTC:

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Phone: (312) 996-7182

Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary (IEEI)
University of Illinois at Chicago
1855 W. Taylor Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 2.178
Chicago, IL 60612

Our Team:

Bhavana Kolli, MHA
Director, OCTTC

Joined the department in June 2019

Hobbies – traveling and spending time with family

Caitlin Berek, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Joined the department in May 2021

Ophthalmology is something Caitlin has always loved, and she is enthusiastic to work closely with this important research and patients. 

Hobbies – spending time with family and baking

Anna Ong, MD
Clinical Research Coordinator

Joined the department in April 2022 

Hobbies – baking, traveling, spending time with family and friends

Jianrong (Sharon) Sheng, MD, PhD
Clinical Research Coordinator

Joined the department in March 2020 

Hobbies – cooking, gardening, bicycling, likes road trips

Rebecca Jung, MPH
Clinical Research Coordinator

Joined the department in September 2020

Rebecca enjoys helping study patients explore and obtain study treatment and track progress and improvements in various eye conditions.

Hobbies: Plant keeping, gardening, aquascaping, going to the beach with pet dogs (Miel & Canela)

Iskra Araujo, MS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Joined the department in October 2022

Iskra was born in Venezuela and raised in Miami. She is a dog lover at heart, and loves to do yoga and cycling. Iskra works with phase I and phase II trials.

Patrizia Chavero, MD
Clinical Research Coordinator

Will join the department in July 2023

Patrizia is a sports lover and hodophile. She used to be a professional table tennis player until Med school. She loves nature, enjoys long runs, morning meditations, rollerblading, baking and sharing with her family, friends and beautiful cat Atikah.


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