Clinical Research in Georgia:  Science and Synergy

This panel will profile advances in research, promising studies and how Georgia institutions (academic and community based), multi-disciplinary research teams and industry are working together. Through this discussion, the panel will also dispense advice on managing clinical trials, including the latest resources and tools available to bioscience companies, CRO’s and clinics.

Felicia Irvin, MBA

Vice President of Business Development and Operations


Jeffrey Kenneth Kingsley, DO, MS, CPI, FAAFP
Founder and CEO

Jeff Kingsley received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton in 1995 with concentrations in biology, chemistry, history, and cultural anthropology, and his Master of Science degree in 1997 in biochemistry. His medical degree was received from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001 and his MBA was received from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in 2011. Dr. Kingsley completed residency training in Family Medicine with the Columbus Regional Healthcare System and was hired as faculty immediately upon graduation. He has been Director of Family Medicine and Urgent Care and holds several clinical faculty positions. Dr. Kingsley founded Southeast Regional Research Group in 2005. The following year, he began expanding his ability to conduct medical research with the founding of SERRG, Inc., a research management organization; the Institute for the Advancement of Clinical Trials, a research consulting organization; and several other clinical research offices.
Dr. Kingsley currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Association for Clinical Research Professionals which is our industry’s trade organization and represents more than 18,000 clinical research professionals internationally. Additionally, Dr. Kingsley serves on several committees for the Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research. He is Past President of ABSAME, sits on three additional Boards, and participates on numerous local, national, and international committees.

Nancy M. Paris, MS, FACHE
President, Georgia Center for Oncology Research & Education(Georgia CORE)

Nancy McDonald Paris is the President and CEO of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE) -- a partnership among health care providers, scientists and public health professionals designed to bring higher quality, better organized and more cost effective care to Georgians with cancer. Ms. Paris is an active speaker on women’s leadership in healthcare and a strategic planning consultant. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Griffith Leadership Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. A member of the Boards of Directors of the Georgia Health Foundation, MedShare, and Saint Joseph’s Health System, Ms. Paris has been honored as Woman of the Year in Healthcare by Women Healthcare Executives in Atlanta, and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Health-Care Who’s Who. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree from Mercer University. Ms. Paris is the author of numerous publications on healthcare and leadership. She previously served as Vice President of the Georgia Cancer Coalition, Georgia Baptist Health Care System, Visiting Nurse Health System and as President of Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services and AID Atlanta.

Eric J. Riesenberg, CPA
Director of Operations
Atlanta Center for Medical Research

Eric Riesenberg is the director of operations for the Atlanta Center for Medical Research. Overseeing all employees and Investigators, he is involved in every aspect of day-to-day operations at ACMR. Mr. Riesenberg has been an advisor to the board since 2001 and became director of operations in 2008.

Mr. Riesenberg currently serves on the board of advisors to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Bioscience Leadership Council. He is a member of the Conexx: America Israel Business Connector and sits on the medical committee. He also serves on the board of Southern Surplus Liquidators, Inc., a liquidations company in Florida and Georgia. He is a member of the Drug Information Association (DIA) and American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP).

Mr. Riesenberg has served as a past board member to the Florida Department of Children and Family Services. Prior to joining ACMR, Mr. Riesenberg worked in the field of public accounting, where he worked with many public companies in both audits and taxes. He holds a degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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