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Shelby Williams, BSN, RN, Named Director of Clinical and Translational Science Unit Rainbow

June 29, 2021

By Marion During

Shelby Williams headshotShelby Williams, BSN, RN, has been named the Director of Clinical and Translational Science Unit (CTSU) Rainbow at the University of Kansas Medical Center, effective July 6, 2021. Williams will direct the operations at CTSU Rainbow and supervise the CTSU nursing and research staff. She will also serve as a resource for the other Frontiers CTSUs at KUMC Fairway, KU Wichita, and Children's Mercy Kansas City.

"We are excited for Shelby to join our CTSU Rainbow team. She comes with over 30 years of experience in the nursing field, with nearly 20 of those years dedicated to clinical research management," said Mario Castro, MD, MPH, Director of Frontiers Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Kansas and Scientific Director of the CTSU Rainbow.

Williams also has extensive Phase I-IV clinical research and management experience. She recently served as the clinical research manager at Epiphany Dermatology of Kansas, LLC, in Overland Park, Kansas.

"As a registered nurse with experience managing and coordinating both inpatient and outpatient clinical research studies, I am thrilled to begin this role," Williams said. "I look forward to working with investigators at all Frontiers partner institutions and helping advance the clinical and translational research enterprise throughout the Kansas City region and across the state."

Williams will take over for Ruth Sosnoff, PhD, MBA, executive director of Frontiers, serving as the interim director of CTSU Rainbow since February 2021.

"I want to sincerely thank Ruth for serving as interim director of CTSU Rainbow for the last five months," Castro said. "Her dedication to not only the researchers conducting studies at Rainbow but also the CTSU staff has been invaluable. Ruth's passion for, and dedication to, research administration will no doubt ensure a smooth transition as we welcome Shelby to the team."

CTSU Rainbow opened in January 2020 in renovated space on the second floor of Sudler Hall and the ground floor of Delp Pavilion. It features five exam rooms; six infusion bays for intravenous drug delivery; two phlebotomy bays for blood draws; a kitchen; a sample processing laboratory with refrigerators, freezers, and centrifuges; a conference room; and workspace for coordinators. There is also a pulmonary testing laboratory with equipment to test lung function. CTSU Rainbow is available for use by researchers at any Frontiers partner institution.

Last modified: Sep 17, 2021