The Berman Center for Outcomes and Clinical Research is the US Coordinating Center and oversees the scientific and operational conduct of ASPREE in America, including adherence to protocol, ethics and financial management and reports to the International Steering Committee.
Professor Anne Murray is the US ASPREE PI. She earned her M.D. from University of Minnesota, and completed her internal medicine residency at Mayo Clinic, Rochester and Geriatrics fellowship and M.Sc. in Epidemiology at Harvard. She is a geriatrician/ internist and epidemiologist at Hennepin County Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine (Adjunct Neurology) at the University of Minnesota.
Prof. Murray is Medical Director of the Berman Center and conducts research in the epidemiology of cognitive impairment (dementia). She is also the PI for the BRain IN Kidney Disease (BRINK) Study and previous Midwest PI for the ACCORD Memory in Diabetes study.
She oversees the central co-ordination of the ASPREE study in USA and works with 34 US collaborative centres to ensure progress of the trial.
Lead investigator in Australia:
Professor John McNeil leads the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, the second largest school at the university, which conducts epidemiologic and clinical trials in all areas of medicine. He has been an investigator on the 2nd Australian National Blood Pressure (ANBP2) trial, the ASFAST and NEMESS studies and is responsible for designing and planning the ASPREE Study. John has been involved in a variety of leadership roles including directorships of Austin Health, Alfred Health, the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare and the Metropolitan Ambulance Service. He is currently the Scientific Secretary of the International Society of Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy and is a member of the Alfred Research Council, the Austin Life Sciences Board, The Royal Melbourne Hospital Research Grants Committee and the selection committee for the Victorian Premier’s Award for Health & Medical Research.
John oversees the central co-ordination of all Australian ASPREE sites and sub-studies to ensure progress of the trial.
- Professor Anne Murray (Principal Investigator and Chair)– Medical Director of the Berman Center for Outcomes and Clinical Research and Principal Investigator of ASPREE in the US.
- Ms Brenda Kirpach – Administrative Director at the Berman Center for Outcomes and Clinical Research and ASPREE US Project Manager.
- Associate Professor Raj Shah – Associate Professor of family medicine with the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Rush University Medical Centre
YEARS 2014 – 2015
- Professor Richard Grimm (Principal Investigator and Chair) – Medical Director of the Berman Center for Outcomes and Clinical Research and Principal Investigator of ASPREE in the US.
- Associate Professor Anne Murray – Associate Medical Director of the Berman Center for Outcomes and Clinical Research and US Lead Geriatrician in the ASPREE study.
- Ms Brenda Kirpach – Associate Administrator at the Berman Center for Outcomes and Clinical Research and ASPREE US Project Manager.