Ombuds

Casi A. Morales, JD

Casi A. Morales, JD

Casi Morales, JD is a Grants & Contracts Manager in the Department of Pediatrics. She leads the internal standard contract team for the Utah Trial Innovation Center (TIC). In this role she collaborates with other TICs, including Johns Hopkins, Duke, Vanderbilt, and Tufts, to develop standard contract templates and contracting strategies to gain efficiencies in the clinical trial start up process. She provides standard agreement consults for Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) institutions in the utilization of contract templates and effective communication to sub-sites for multi-center studies. Prior to her role in pediatrics, she served for 3 years as a claims examiner for the United States Department of Labor in Seattle, Washington. While there, she reviewed and analyzed workers’ compensation settlement cases for legal and compensatory sufficiency in conjunction with the CME Medicare requirements. In addition, she has worked as a compliance analyst in the office of sponsored projects at the University of Washington. Ms. Morales received her JD from Seattle University School of Law in 2008. In 2019, she completed a graduate certificate in conflict resolution from the University of Utah.

Maureen A. Murtaugh, PhD

Maureen Murtaugh, PhD, RD, is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at the University of Utah and an investigator of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

As an Nutrition Epidemiologist, her research interests include diet and dietary patterns as they influence chronic diseases, such as cancer. Dr. Murtaugh received her doctoral degree in Nutritional Sciences from The University of Connecticut and received training in epidemiology in the Division of Epidemiology the University of Minnesota. In the past, Dr. Murtaugh served as Director of the Dietetic Internship and Associate Professor at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center · Rush University. This combination of clinical, and research experience is useful in her collaborations with clinicians regarding the relationship of diet to diseases including cancer, systemic sclerosis, kidney and heart disease, and obesity.