Working as part of the design team for a first-of-its-kind rapid, robust C4/CD4% enumeration system, I had the opportunity to travel to decentralized clinics in HIV & AIDS endemic regions to train local health workers, perform product evaluations, and troubleshoot testing protocols. Patients would often walk far distances to get to a clinic for testing, and then be required to return in a day or weeks for their test results.
By taking a different approach to medical technology, we developed a system that delivered results in minutes so patients could receive advisement during their appointment. The ability to see the immediate impact of my work directly influenced my transition to the field of clinical research.
Protocols seemingly only capture the abstract idea of the benefit a study participant may see, but I’m continuously surprised with how impactful a study or product may be for patients and health professionals.
I am invigorated when I work with organizations to uncover new information that levels the playing field and expands equal access to opportunity for others. My interest in science and technology, my desire to help people improve their quality of life through better healthcare, and my natural tendency to want to lead organizations to overcome obstacles and barriers have led to my career. The integration of my personal beliefs and professional experiences have fueled my passion for a career as a clinical research professional.
ACRP Member Since 2005