Neuroscience Experts

Our expertise in behavioral neuroscience clinical trials can be directly traced to our team of research experts and their experience.


Thomas Laage_bio

Thomas Laage
Director, Product Development Consulting and Regulatory Medical Writing Support

Thomas Laage, M.D., MPH, has worked in protocol development, regulatory strategy, medical monitoring, clinical study report finalization, and business development in adult and pediatric central nervous system disciplines since joining Premier Research in 2012.

A private-practice psychiatrist for 18 years, Dr. Laage began his medical career as psychiatrist in charge in the inpatient depression unit at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. Immediately prior to joining Premier Research, he worked as an independent contractor for the consulting firm John Lehmann, LLC, providing medical writing and safety reporting for clinical trials, and was an independent medical writer and editor.

Dr. Laage earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a bachelor’s degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard University. He is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, the Drug Information Association, Phi Beta Kappa, and Alpha Omega Alpha.

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Beata Strzyminska
Medical Director, Poland

Beata Strzyminska provides expert advice and detailed clinical development strategies for allocated projects and ensures ongoing medical and safety monitoring of these projects. Dr. Strzyminska has nearly 20 years of global clinical research and drug safety experience, having participated in the design and medical supervision of more than 40 clinical studies. Her background includes Phase IIA and IIB studies in Alzheimer’s disease, early-phase PK studies, metabolic and internal diseases, cardiology, oncology, and infectious diseases.

While working at Servier in Paris, Dr. Strzyminska served as central medical reviewer, and at Janssen Cillag and another CRO, she led global projects involving up to 5,000 patients in 26 countries on six continents. She is also experienced in FDA inspections and in managing Urgent Safety Measures situations.

Dr. Strzyminska earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical University in Warsaw with a specialty in psychiatry. She still regularly admits patients as a practicing psychiatrist.



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Michael Skinner
Executive Director of Medical Affairs and Strategic Consulting

Michael Skinner, M.D., Pharm.D., oversees consulting, strategic development, and medical monitoring services for programs in neurology, psychiatry, and analgesia, among other disciplines. Dr. Skinner has nearly 30 years of pharmacology experience, having held senior-level positions at several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Prior to joining Premier Research in 2009, Dr. Skinner was Senior Medical Director at Somaxon Pharmaceuticals. He served as Vice President for Clinical Development at Allergan Inc. and was Medical Director at Neurocrine Biosciences. Before joining the pharmaceutical industry as a pharmacologist at Eli Lilly & Co., he was Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Dr. Skinner holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Cebu Institute of Medicine, a Pharm.D. degree from the University of California at San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UCLA. He has been elected to fellowship in the American College of Physicians.



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Krista Armstrong
Vice President, Strategic Development

Krista Armstrong, PhD, has steadily taken on new responsibilities at Premier Research, and now oversees the overall execution of Premier’s Strategic Development Strategies. She ensures that Premier Research offer sponsors the best possible operational, regulatory, medical and scientific advice. But that’s only part of the story.

“For example, we work in the area of rare diseases. With this area of focus, the patient population typically has no treatment options and very poor quality of life or even terminal situations. We have the opportunity to work on clinical trials, including ones in the infant and pediatric population, where the results dramatically improve the lives of those affected by the rare disease. I’m a mom, not just a scientist, and it means a lot to me that we are a part of clinical research that could save lives. The importance of this type of drug development is beyond words to describe.”

Dr. Armstrong’s clinical research experience spans more than 20 years in both academia and the pharmaceutical industry. At Premier Research, she led the integration of six acquisitions and grew the clinical operations department from 60 to more than 500 employees globally.

Dr. Armstrong received her doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Florida.


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Anne-Marie Nagy, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Strategic Development, Neuroscience

Dr. Anne-Marie Nagy is an Executive Director in Strategic Development Department with Neuroscience focus. Previously, she has worked in Academia, Pharmaceutical and CRO sectors in various Clinical Development and Project Management positions at SMB Laboratories, Lilly, PPD and most recently as Therapeutic Strategy Lead in Psychiatry at Quintiles.

Dr. Nagy has more than 20 years’ experience in preclinical and clinical research, managing clinical trials /program deliveries across NA, EMEA, ASIAPAC and LA and all phases (I, IIa/b, III, IIIb, and IV) as well as providing operational and therapeutic strategies to proposals in Neurosciences including schizophrenia, MDD, BPD, adult and pediatric ADHD, Anxiety, Substance Dependency, Binge Eating Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Cervical Dystonia.

Dr. Nagy received her doctorate degree in Biomedical Sciences with the highest mention from the Faculty of Medicine of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. She is certified by Barnett Good Clinical Practice and received from the Belgian Government the “Research Associate Status.”

During her academic path, Dr. Nagy received awards from Jean de Meyer Foundation from the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Belgium and the Vesale Foundation from the Saint-Pierre Hospital University of Brussels.

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