From The Editor

Dear Readers,

Since I joined CISCRP a little over two months ago, I have been looking forward to writing this letter to introduce myself to you. Although I am new to the organization, I have long been aware of the important work CISCRP does to engage patients and the public as partners in the clinical research process. Now, I get to be a part of the action.

Before joining CISCRP, I spent over 20 years running Cliff Keen Athletic, an athletic uniform company, where I cultivated relationships and marketed our merchandise and equipment nationally and internationally. During this time, my company sponsored numerous tournaments, teams, and associations. Additionally, I taught in the field of education for 8 years. At CISCRP, I now combine the best of both of those worlds, educating the public about clinical trials and collaborating with a broad spectrum of people and organizations dedicated to improving healthcare. I have a BA in Communication and an MA in Educational Studies, both from the University of Michigan.  

At CISCRP, I get to work with an amazing team of professionals who are passionate about helping others. Many of you are already familiar with our marketing and outreach coordinators, but I’d like to take a moment to reintroduce them. 

Leslie Perez earned her BA in Sociology and Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. While in school, she developed a passion for non-profit work. At CISCRP, Leslie provides support in all areas of marketing and outreach, including email and event marketing, patient engagement and alliance initiatives, and managing CISCRP’s social media presence.

Katherine “Kat” Marriott holds a BA in Business Marketing from the Isenberg School of Management at UMASS Amherst. Just prior to joining the CISCRP team, she spent three years working as the Assistant Director of Marketing and Outreach at the North American Thrombosis Forum, a healthcare non-profit founded by cardiologists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to spread awareness and preventative education about blood clots. At CISCRP, Kat is in charge of bringing our USA Today supplements to fruition, heading up our Ambassador Program, and many other valuable aspects of marketing support and outreach.

Our newest member of the CISCRP organization is Johanna “Jo” Walsh. Jo works alongside the Events and Marketing teams as the Events Marketing Coordinator. She is a graduate of Roger Williams University, with a BA in Media Communications and a minor in Marketing. Her role is to promote special events as well as engage in community outreach. Jo is in charge of creating all promotional materials and advertisements for our “AWARE For All,” “Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K,” and “Amplifying the Patient Voice: Round Table” events.

I know you will be as impressed with these individuals as I am. They are dedicated to serving you, as are all the people working hard at CISCRP. 

Please enjoy this issue of “Partners in Clinical Research,” where we feature a family whose compassion and donation to science will help to fight an incurable disease. We also take a moment to highlight one of our great supporters, EMD Serono and our work with The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy. Also in this issue, we give you the inside scoop on the release of CISCRP’s new video that documents the travels of our “Journey to Better Health” RV that raises awareness about the importance of diversity in clinical trials. And don’t miss our important articles on the work we’re doing with Editorial Panels in reporting Clinical Trial Results, plus other ways to get involved with CISCRP.

Thanks for reading,

Jim Keen

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