The Clinical Trial Diversity Puzzle: How can the Industry do Better?

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, Patient Recruitment & Retention,
  • Thursday, January 26, 2023

The industry has faced the lack of clinical trial diversity head-on by working to improve access to clinical trials. However, making research accessible to underrepresented populations is only part of the solution. In this webinar, the featured speakers will begin with a view of current inclusivity data to lay the foundation for the discussion. From there, they will cover why the inclusion of underrepresented populations is better for clinical research and healthcare. The webinar’s core will be a discussion on how to reach and gain trust with underrepresented patients.

Improving inclusion in clinical research can be done with the use of practices uncovered by industry-leading experts. Expanding research within community-based sites where patients receive healthcare is a prominent way to provide access to underrepresented populations. Integrating into community healthcare practices and bringing new-to-research patients into clinical trials requires building trust with patients, supporting the practice/physicians with infrastructure to do research work and creating confidence in the community. The speakers will also look at how decentralized/hybrid trials ease the burden of participation for underrepresented populations while delving into how technology must meet those patients’ needs and what is required to trust that patients will use the technology.

Register to delve into the clinical trial diversity puzzle and find out how the industry can do better.


Ryan Brown, Circuit Clinical

Ryan Brown, Vice President Diversity Solutions, Circuit Clinical

Ryan Brown supports Circuit Clinical’s, efforts in ensuring the organizations solutions enable diversity, inclusion and clinical trials as a care option for all potential participants in clinical trials. She came to Circuit following a stint leading Science 37 , a decentralized clinical trial technology company, Diversity in Clinical Trial efforts, as Sr. Director Global Head Diversity & Inclusion in Clinical Trials.  Her experience spans Contract Research Organizations (CRO): PRA Health Sciences (ICON Plc), PPD (ThermoFisher Scientific), and Worldwide Clinical Trials. At the CROs, she was actively engaged in clinical operations, business development, and a strategic commercial leadership role.


Ryan also has 15+ years’ experience driving diversity & high priority initiatives across academia, grassroots community organizations, clinical industry task forces:  Advisory Board for the Yale Collaboration for Regulatory Rigor, Integrity, and Transparency (CRRIT), Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) and Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) and collaborating with patient advocacy organizations such as International Children’s Advocacy Network. She is a sought after speaker and thought leader in the space participating in events featured in PharmaVoice Women of the Week, Yale’s Annual Healthcare Conference, WOCIP (Women of Color in Pharma), Women in Bio, JP Morgan and Consuli’s Clinical Trial Clubhouse on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Ryan earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Kentucky State University, Master’s in Public Administration- Healthcare Administration & Finance Concentration at the University of Kentucky and holds a Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University.

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Elizabeth George, Labcorp Drug Development

Elizabeth George, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Site and Patient Engagement, Labcorp

Elizabeth is passionate about having adequate representation of populations with disease in clinical trials. She is leading the Diversity & Inclusion in Clinical Trials initiative at Labcorp Drug Development with a focus on making clinical trials more inclusive of diverse participants. Her prior role was Director, Clinical Trial Diversity at GSK, where she successfully led strategies and solutions to enable the enrollment of representative participants in clinical trials. She has extensive experience leading large scale digital transformation projects, developing transformative business strategies, managing all phases of project lifecycle from conception through product launch, and a deep knowledge of pharmaceutical R&D processes. She is a thought leader and has been invited to speak at numerous conferences on the importance of inclusive clinical research.


Elizabeth is an active board member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Suburban Delaware Valley chapter and leads the Marketing and Communications team as the Director-at-Large and is honored to work with the HBA to support the growth and development of women across the life sciences industry.

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Dr. Guarang Brahmbhatt, Riverside Medical Group

Dr. Gaurang Brahmbhatt, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Riverside Medical Group

Dr. Gaurang Brahmbhatt is a Family Practice doctor that cares for patients in Riverside Medical Group’s Hoboken office. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Rutgers State University in 1995 and his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean in 2000. Dr. Brahmbhatt completed his residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Family Medicine Program at St. Mary’s Hospital in Hoboken, NJ in 2003. After completing residency, he worked at the North Hudson Community Action Corporation.


Dr. Brahmbhatt is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UMDNJ-NJMS and is in the process of being appointed to the Clinical Faculty of Family Medicine for New York Medical College. Dr. Brahmbhatt is board-certified in family medicine. He was also recognized as an American Academy of HIV Medicine Specialist in 2009. Dr. Brahmbhatt has a special interest in men’s health & wellness and anti-aging. Also, he is interested in international/global health medicine and has volunteered his medical skills in international health missions in India and Haiti.

Dr. Brahmbhatt believes “education of the patient is of utmost importance. A patient needs to understand his or her medical conditions/concerns and only then can they have the best results possible from their medical provider.” Dr. Brahmbhatt’s medical philosophy is based on “treating patients as a whole and not ’in sections’.” In his view, “understanding how the mind and body work together is essential in achieving healthy outcomes.”

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Dr. Dany Dominguez Perez, NextGen Community Health Collaborative

Dr. Dany Dominguez Perez, Senior Director, Solutions, NextGen Community Health Collaborative

Dr. Dany Dominguez Perez as leader of the NextGen Community Health Collaborative is responsible for establishing and realizing NextGen’s vision to launch the NextGen® Community Health Collaborative (NCHC). The collaborative’s central vision is to offer data benchmarking, comparative analytics and reporting services, plus a forum for members to connect and share best practices to advance the mission of community health. Dr. Dominguez has practiced clinical medicine in four countries, including two years in Africa treating patients with HIV and a year medical mission in South America.


He went to medical school in Cuba and became a Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Specialist. While practicing in Cuba, he taught neuroscience to pre-med medical students. Over the last eight years, he has been deeply involved in Population Health Management and using data to produce meaningful and actionable insights. He was part of the team that started Eagle Dream Health, which became Population Health Solution after Nextgen HealthCare acquired it.

His extensive clinical and technical background put together a unique perspective on how healthcare can be delivered. With this comprehensive view, he spends most of his time helping providers, care teams and organizations to face the challenges and embace the opportunities of healthcare.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Clinical Research Operations Leaders
  • Clinical Trial Patient Engagement Leaders
  • Clinical Research Executives
  • Health Equity & Diversity Leaders
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Patient Advocates

What You Will Learn

Attendees will learn:

  • Ways to gain the trust of patients through community-based clinical research
  • Methods to ensure decentralized clinical trial technology is designed to meet the needs of underrepresented patients
  • Tools and techniques to support clinical trials and ensure access and inclusion are being considered in patient recruitment

Xtalks Partner

Circuit Clinical

Circuit Clinical is one of the nation’s fastest-growing Integrated Research Organizations (IRO), bringing clinical trials as a care option directly to patients in the places they already trust – their doctor’s office. We do this through a deep understanding of patient engagement at the community level; identifying ways we can make meaningful change in access, inclusion, and experience within historically overlooked health systems and diverse patient populations.

We provide faster clinical trial timelines due to our rapid expansion of healthcare delivery organizations, multi-threaded and comprehensive recruitment strategies to screen participants and optimize physician outreach, and a human-centered approach to understanding the physician and participant experience through direct-to-patient engagement.

Partnerships with Medidata Solutions, NextGen Healthcare, and Labcorp produce industry-leading advancements such as the first-ever turnkey offering for Decentralized Clinical Trials and accelerated access to a vast network of traditionally overlooked health systems for clinical research across the US.

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