The second in a series of free workshops — University of Illinois Cancer Center Structural Solutions for Diverse Cancer Trials (ASSETS) for Cook County panel discussions — was presented to a crowded room of participants as a preconference event at MOLA’s VII Annual Latinx Health Symposium in Chicago.

The workshop was an opportunity to consider structural solutions to diversity in clinical trials and to hear perspectives from patients and former clinical trial participants, community and administrative leaders, and sponsors.

The first installment of the ASSETS for Cook County series was held in August at the 100 Black Men of Chicago Health and Wellness Expo.

Speakers at the October 13 panel at MOLA (Medical Organization for Latino Advancement), a non-profit association of Hispanic/Latino physicians and health professionals, included:

The Value of Access to Trials: Patients / Clinical Trial Participants and Community Leaders

Marta Soto, University of Illinois Cancer Center Clinical Trial Participant and UI Health Patient; Jeannette Turpin Carter, breast cancer survivor, patient advocate and an advocate of research; and Paris Thomas, PhD, Equal Hope Executive Director

The Feasibility of Access to Trials: Clinical Research Team and Provider Perspectives

Ryan Nguyen, DO, University of Illinois Cancer Center member and UI Health Medical Oncologist; Marisol Vega, University of Illinois Cancer Center Clinical Research Coordinator; and Niraj Patel, Sinai Chicago Clinical Research Manager

The Infrastructure of Access to Trials: Administrative Leader & Sponsor Perspectives

VK Gadi, MD, University of Illinois Cancer Center Deputy Director and UI Health Medical Oncologist; Terence Gipson, PhD, Sinai Chicago Senior Manager, Health Services Research, Graduate Medical Education; Lisa Nee, MD, MBA, Genentech – Medical Affairs, Executive Director; Keith Dawson, DNP, Roche/Genentech Principal Portfolio Leader, Global Health Equity and Population Science

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