The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has hired Annie Hotop, MS, MA, to lead CTSI recruitment activities.
As Recruitment Center Manager, Annie will oversee initiatives designed to support University of Minnesota researchers’ efforts to attract study participants and increase awareness of clinical research opportunities among the broader community.
Community-based research experience
Annie brings more than 10 years of experience in coordinating and overseeing research projects and supervising staff.
Previously, Annie served as a Senior Research Coordinator–Evaluation Lead in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. There, she managed a large, community-based study and developed successful recruitment and retention strategies, among other responsibilities.
She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Laura Jeffrey Academy and the Macalester Groveland Community Council. Her community contributions have been recognized by Minnesota Business magazine, which named her a Community Impact Award finalist for the “Non-Profit Board Member of the Year” category.
Annie received bachelor’s and Master of Arts (MA) degrees from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, where she is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. She also holds a Master of Science (MS) degree from the University of Essex in Colchester, England.
Leadership for CTSI recruitment
As Recruitment Center Manager, Annie will provide leadership for the day-to-day operations related to CTSI’s recruitment activities. This includes leading the recruitment center, which develops strategies, best practices, tools, and services to support clinical researchers’ efforts to attract study participants.
Annie will also develop and implement strategies to increase awareness of clinical research opportunities for potential participants, healthcare providers, and the community. There will be an increased focus on integrating research with clinical care at the Clinics and Surgery Center (CSC) and other Fairview clinics, as well collaborating with CTSI’s community-engaged research team.
“Annie’s skills and background align nicely with our goal of collaborating with the community to improve the way research is conducted,” says Milton “Mickey” Eder, PhD, Director of CTSI's Office of Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH). “Annie will strengthen our ability to engage the community in the research process, and help attract participants to University studies.”
Annie will report to Brenda Prich, CTSI’s Clinical Research Operations Director.