Clinical Trials (JEDI) Group

The Joint Emerging Disease Initiative (JEDI) is a collaborative effort between the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. The JEDI team was established in February 2021 as a new Clinical Research Enterprise that could nimbly respond to clinical trial opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The JEDI team’s clinical research expertise allows us to provide customizable clinical trial management services from clinical trial start-ups to close out and everything in between.

The mission of JEDI is to provide excellence in clinical trial management services to both seasoned and new investigators within these departments to improve the clinical care of our patients. Please click “Request a Consult” to see how JEDI can help you with your clinical trial needs.


Joint Emerging Disease Initiative Group

Pictured front row: Heather M. Haughey, Rachael Coleman, Caroline Hallowell, Mary Marshall, Back row: Jeffery Sturek, Kyle Enfield, Patrick Jackson

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world in Mid-March 2020, The Divisions of Infectious Disease (ID) and Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) did not have the clinical research team infrastructure to nimbly respond to the research opportunities that the pandemic provided.

As a result, and to effectively pivot to respond to an evolving landscape of healthcare research, the Joint Emerging Disease Initiative (JEDI) was formed. This new Clinical Research Enterprise was born out of necessity to help overcome those challenges that the pandemic brought to research at UVA.

JEDI was launched in February 2021 by co-founding PIs: Drs. Kyle Enfield, Patrick Jackson, and Jeffery Sturek. The JEDI Clinical trials portfolio is coordinated through one central office under the direction of the Clinical Research Manager, Heather M. Haughey. The team comprises four clinical research coordinators with varied clinical trials experience and backgrounds and a clinical research manager with both basic and human science trial experience in diverse areas of health.


  • Regulatory strategy advice, maintenance, and assistance
  • Protocol Development and Revision
  • Feasibility Assessment
  • Budget creation
  • Site selection support and maintenance
  • Source document review and editing
  • Case report form review and editing
  • Clinical trial support by Clinical Research Coordinators with strong clinically based backgrounds.
  • Subject recruitment, enrollment, and data collection according to GCP/ICH standards
  • Data management
  • Specimen collection, processing, storage