Michael Belotto, PhD, MPH, CCRA, CCRC

Director, BRANY Institute for Research Education

Michael Belotto is the Director of the BRANY Institute of Research Education. He also serves as a research compliance expert responsible for auditing sites to ensure investigators’ compliance with FDA regulations and ethical guidelines. He also serves on the BRANY Institutional Review Board.

Dr. Belotto worked as a paramedic in the New York City Emergency Medical Service 9-1-1 system for 10 years, with 7 years of experience in Hospital Administration.

Dr. Belotto is a graduate of New York Medical College where he completed a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology. He completed his doctorate in Public Health at Walden University.

Linda Reuter, MS, CIP

Ms. Reuter is currently the Administrative Director of IRB Consulting, LLC. Ms. Reuter has extensive experience in education and training related to the protection of human subjects in research, and is currently a member of two IRBs. She acts as a consultant for matters related to human subjects protection, and is currently teaching an online course related to health care infrastructure. She has over 16 years experience in the field of clinical research and IRB oversight and has trained many individuals in matters related to IRB regulations and oversight, informed consent, historical perspectives of IRB development, HIPAA, research ethics, compliance, etc. Her audiences appreciate her ability to take complex regulatory information and present it in an engaging and understandable manner.

Ms. Reuter has a B.S. in Biological Science and also graduated with top honors from SUNY Stony Brook with a MS in Health Sciences Research. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Health Care Management, and is a certified IRB Professional (CIP).
Alexi Morillo, MBA

Alexi Morillo is the program director for the Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA) and Research Billing Compliance department at the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY). He works with research institutions to ensure projects meet the requirements of Medicare reimbursement for clinical trials involving devices and drugs. Upon review of clinical trial projects determined to be eligible for Medicare coverage under National Coverage Determination 310.1, Mr. Morillo provides his findings on BRANY MCA forms and billing grids which provide a road map for billing items/services. He also provides assistance to research sites in Medicare billing compliance self-audits.

Before joining BRANY, he worked closely with principal investigators for six years at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine in various roles that included data management, Research Coordinator, Supervisor, and Clinical Research Management Coordinator.  Mr. Morillo’s career  at NYU began at the Cancer Institute before joining the Office of Science and Research Office of Clinical Trials. As a Clinical Research Management Coordinator, he managed a portfolio of over 200 clinical trials a year with responsibilities that included oversight of the budget, contract, and research project finances. Mr. Morillo also served on NYU’s Data Safety Monitoring Board and Cancer Institute’s Internal Audit Committee.

Mr. Morillo also worked at The Floating Hospital where he was a Clinic Coordinator and Quality Improvement/Compliance Associate.  He also served as Chairperson for the Safety and Compliance Committee and was a member of the Core Values Committee.

Mr. Morillo was a certified Clinical Research Coordinator by ACRP in 2007 and graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master of Business Administration.