Saira Sheikh and Patty Spears featured speakers at the National Academy of Sciences Health Literacy in Clinical Trials workshop

Saira Sheikh, MD, of the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center (TARC), and Patty Spears of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center were invited by the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Health Literacy to discuss their respective contributions related to education, awareness and health literacy in clinical trials, at the Health Literacy in Clinical Trials Workshop: Practice and Impact on April 11, 2019 in Washington D.C.

Saira Sheikh and Patty Spears featured speakers at the National Academy of Sciences Health Literacy in Clinical Trials workshop click to enlarge Saira Sheikh, MD
Saira Sheikh and Patty Spears featured speakers at the National Academy of Sciences Health Literacy in Clinical Trials workshop click to enlarge Patty Spears

Proceedings from the workshop will be published by the National Academies Press. 

Saira Sheikh, MD, is assistant professor of medicine, director of the clinical trials programs at TARC and director of the UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic. Dr. Sheikh was featured for her work on the national initiatives that she is leading to develop real-world, practical models to improve education of patients, and change provider practice to promote inclusion of minority patients in lupus clinical trials. Dr. Sheikh also discussed her work related to designing technology based applications to improve understanding about clinical trials among participants with limited health literacy and limited English proficiency.

Patty Spears, BS, is a 19-year breast cancer survivor and cancer research advocate. She has extensive clinical trial advocacy experience serving as an advocate on the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium and the NCI Breast Cancer Steering Committee. She is also Associate Group Chair for Advocacy of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and Chair of the Alliance Patient Advocate Committee. She is Co-Chair on the Komen Advocates in Science Steering Committee and is an FDA Patient Representative. She leads the UNC Lineberger Patient Research Advocacy Group and the UNC Breast SPORE Advocates.

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