Providing Patients Equitable Access to Improve Inclusion in Clinical Trials

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, Patient Recruitment & Retention, Healthcare,
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Part Two: Community-Based Research Series

In this webinar, the expert speakers will discuss how access to clinical research can be improved for research-naïve patients with community-based research. The speakers will discuss the following topics:

  • Operationalizing clinical research within communities by ensuring the patient is the focus
  • How can the healthcare industry help educate patients who are new to research
  • Challenges clinical trial participants face and how to overcome those challenges
  • How can sites better engage with clinical research participants and patients who are new to research
  • How can we improve clinical research access for underrepresented patients

Following up on Part I of Circuit Clinical’s Community-Based Research Series, the speakers will examine how patients engage with research within their communities. Community-based research focuses on expanding research access to locations that have historically been underrepresented. By embedding experienced research teams into places where patients are already located can improve patient recruitment and representation.


By engaging patients as partners in the research process, Physicians and Researchers can build trusting relationships, gain valuable insights and offer solutions for better patient engagement. To involve patients in the research process, it is important to establish a welcoming environment that is accommodating to patients’ needs.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding through Circuit Clinical’s three-part webinar series of the symbiotic relationship between sponsors, patients, Physicians and community-based research sites, paving the way for a more inclusive and impactful future in medical research. Join this second webinar in the series today!

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Register for this webinar to gain insights into how to reach patients through community healthcare and community-based research.


Margaret Scott, Circuit Clinical

Margaret Scott, Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations, Circuit Clinical

Margaret Scott is a clinical operations expert with 20 years of research experience, including a range of roles from site operations, project management, clinical research associate, study coordinator, medical writing and data management. She has built and established a successful research program at an extensive multispecialty community practice in Western New York that includes radiation oncology, medical oncology and urologic studies.

As SVP of Clinical Operations at Circuit Clinical, Margaret oversees all clinical operations across Circuit departments. She drives the establishment and growth of multiple new business lines, core operational infrastructure and processes.

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Melissa Harris, Fortrea

Melissa Harris, Head of Global Patient Recruitment and Engagement, Fortrea

Melissa has 23 years of industry experience dedicated to accelerating patient recruitment from all possible feeds, including site EHRs, AI and data-enabled recruitment channels, digital and online media and community engagement programs. Melissa works to harness the benefits of applying innovative solutions toward successful patient recruitment and retention campaigns while driving health literacy, diversity and inclusion and patient access equity to reduce study burden and facilitate enrollment into everyday life. Melissa heads Fortrea’s Voice of Patient program to drive patient insights into every step of the drug development paradigm and is a Co-Lead of Fortrea’s Site Advisory Board.

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Lisa Crespi, Circuit Clinical

Lisa Crespi, LPN, CCRC, Senior Site Director, Circuit Clinical

Lisa Crespi, LPN, CCRC, is a highly experienced healthcare professional with over 15 years of clinical research, including 12 years working on oncology research and 17 years of experience as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Throughout her career, Lisa has gained extensive knowledge and skills in various areas of healthcare, including patient care, clinical research, site management and leadership and regulatory compliance.

Previously, she worked with PRA Health/ICON providing services to a large leading pharmaceutical company in Study Start Up. As an LPN, Lisa has worked in a variety of settings, from hospitals, long-term care facilities, substance abuse programs and mainly in a private urology practice specializing in prostate and bladder cancer. As a clinical researcher, Lisa has contributed to numerous studies across multiple therapeutic areas, all of which aimed at improving patient outcomes and advancing medical knowledge. She has experience in all phases of clinical research, from study start-up to study execution including data analysis and reporting.


In her current role at Circuit Clinical as Senior Site Director, she leads research teams across Western New York, Hudson Valley, New York and Western Kentucky, and oversees site operations, trials success and physician engagement.

With her combined experience as an LPN and clinical researcher, Lisa has a unique perspective on healthcare that allows her to provide valuable insights and solutions to the challenges faced by healthcare providers and researchers alike.

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Who Should Attend?

This webinar will appeal to Executives, Directors and Managers within:

  • Pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies and contract research organizations:
    • Site engagement
    • Site selection
    • Site feasibility
    • Clinical projects
    • Clinical trial management
    • Clinical outsourcing
    • Clinical operations
    • Clinical trial recruitment and strategy
    • Study feasibility
    • Global clinical operations
    • Study optimization
  • Clinical research organizations
    • Site selection leaders
    • Site feasibility leaders
    • Clinical Project Managers
    • Clinical Trial Managers
  • Healthcare technology companies

What You Will Learn

Attendees will learn about:

  • How to operationalize clinical research within new-to-research communities while ensuring patient engagement and education
  • What challenges do clinical trial participants face and how can sites address those challenges
  • Best practices for involving research-naïve patients in the research process
  • How can we improve clinical research access for underrepresented patients

Xtalks Partner

Circuit Clinical

Circuit Clinical, one of the fastest-growing research networks in the USA, is dedicated to empowering patients to choose clinical research as a care option through improved access to clinical trials. Committed to transforming the experience of finding, choosing, and participating in clinical research for physicians and their patients, Circuit provides clinical research services through traditional, hybrid, and decentralized community-based site models and their MD Prescreen service that optimizes patient referrals. Learn more at

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