CRO Career Conversations: Clinical Research Associate

Contract research organizations (CRO) operate in many capacities to support the work of healthcare innovators and help move therapies from idea to market. NCBiotech’s CRO Career Conversations speaker series provides an introduction to key roles within the CRO industry and the opportunity to learn about career pathways, day-to-day responsibilities, and more from professionals currently in the field.

The first event in this series highlights the role of Clinical Research Associates (CRAs). Join us to learn how CRAs support clinical monitoring and site management across the CRO industry.




Christine Cantu

Christine Cantu
Global Leader
University & Early Career Programs
Syneos Health

Christine Cantu leads University and Early Career hiring at Syneos Health.  She has 15 years of recruitment experience, the majority devoted to university recruitment in particular.  Christine is passionate about working closely with students to help them achieve their future career goals.  In her current role at Syneos Health, Christine has the exciting task of creating university and intern programs from scratch for the company’s Clinical and Corporate functions. 

Dana Glisson

Dana Glisson
Regional Vice President
Clinical Operations Americas, Global Clinical Delivery
Covance by labcorp

Dana Glisson is Regional VP for Clinical Operations at Covance by Labcorp overseeing the America’s Region. She has more than 20 years of experience in clinical research, 14 of which are in the CRO industry supporting various different functions of clinical research. Dana began her career in healthcare as a registered nurse, caring for trauma, medical and post-surgical patients.


Alvita Amanchukwu

Alvita Amanchukwu, MSCR
Clinical Operations, Clinical Delivery
PRA Health Sciences

Alvita has over fifteen years of experience managing multiple aspects of clinical operations across Phase I-IV clinical trials leading global teams responsible for the success of multiple New Drug Applications (NDAs), including the blockbuster Pharmacyclics’ approvals and subsequent acquisition by Abbvie. Alvita has a proven track record for fostering successful client, site and vendor relationships, building collaborative teams and driving positive business and patient outcomes. She is a graduate of Campbell University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research from the School of Pharmacy and a member of the Kappa Epsilon professional pharmacy fraternity.

Tony Connell

Tony Connell
Clinical Research Associate 1
Covance by labcorp

Tony currently works as a Clinical Research Associate at Covance where he began working in 2018 in study start-up operations. His current assignments are ophthalmology trials focused on preventing progression of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RPGR) – a genetic disease that causes blindness. He also leads the Covance Pride LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG) for the Nashville area. Tony earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and resides in Nashville, TN.

Michael Quinn

Michael Quinn
Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Solutions, General Medicine
Syneos Health

Michael Quinn is a Clinical Research Associate in the CRO Sector with experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator and EMT. Michael’s undergraduate degree is in Public Health.



Participating Industry

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PRA health Sciences
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