WCG Institute Podcast: Pioneers of Clinical Research
Bringing Clinical Trials Closer to Home: Smaller, Local Sites Build Trust & Provide Access to Local Communities
May 15, 2020 · 18 min
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In this episode, Dolly Niles, executive director of QUEST Research Institute, talks about the role of small research sites and the value of community outreach. QUEST, a multi-specialty independent research site in metro Detroit, has conducted more than 350 phase 1-4 trials since it was established in 1996.

Niles talks about the role of agile smaller sites during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many health systems and academic medical centers reassigned research staff to patient floors. Smaller sites like QUEST Research Institute have been able to step up, contract quickly and stand up new studies while completing current ones. 

She also touches on the importance of connecting with the local community--including minority communities. The fact that COVID-19 is hitting minority populations particularly hard “highlights something we already know--that minority communities are underrepresented in clinical research,” she says. “Sites need to spend time figuring out how to crack…
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