R. Jennifer Cavalieri, BSN, RN, CCRC, CCRP, has been a research nurse for more than 20 years. Her experience includes coordinating clinical research trials sponsored by the pharmaceutical and device industry, federal agencies, and investigator-initiated trials. She has also worked as a dedicated subject recruiter and manager of a clinical trials office. She has a 10-year professional affiliation with her co-author and is currently working in the Infectious Diseases section at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Cavalieri’s research interests are in the areas of subject recruitment, clinical trial budgeting, and study operations. She has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Tau Chapter, since 1998.
Mark E. Rupp, MD, is professor and chief of Infectious Diseases and medical director of the Department of Infection Control and Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His research experience includes leading numerous infectious disease bench and clinical trials as the principal investigator. Rupp is past president of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He was the medical director for a hospital-based clinical trials office and has served as advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Rupp’s research interests are in the areas of staphylococcal disease, antibiotic resistance, and healthcare-associated infections. He is recognized for his clinical expertise and is a frequent lecturer at national and international meetings.