Month: November 2020

A Career in Clinical Research with Fabian Sandoval, MD

Dr. Fabian Sandoval is the CEO & Research Director of the Emerson Clinical Research Institute and has over 25 years of bench to bedside research experience. His diversified research career has been in academia, healthcare systems and the public sector. He received his Bachelors of Science in molecular and cellular biology from Marymount University, and his Doctorate of Medicine from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, School of Medicine with clerkships through NY Medical College. 

We discuss the importance of clinical research, his unique path to a career of clinical research and the logistics of how his research institutes runs. We also discuss the ethics of enrolling people who are economically disadvantaged. We finish by discussing how and why private practice physicians can start participating in clinical research.

Before opening the doors to Emerson Clinical Research Institute (ECRI) Dr. Sandoval’s research activities have included bench research at the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the NIHs’ Clinical Center, and Supervisory Research Integrity & Compliance Officer in the Army Human Research Protections Office.

Dr. Sandoval is also an Emmy Winner for the weekly medical TV show “Tu Salud Tu Familia” on Telemundo. He has since started the Emerson Community Clinic, in order to support un-insured patients across the DC metro area, as well as starting the Emerson Diversity Health Foundation, whose mission is to educate patients and providers in the importance of participating in clinical research and accesses to care.

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Democratizing Clinical Trials with Dana Dornsife of Lazarex Cancer Foundation

Dana Dornsife is a designer turned philanthropist whose activities help people the world over. When tragedy struck close to home, she started the Lazarex Foundation, which she founded in order to connect people with clinical trials and help the economically disadvantaged to be able to capitalize on trials that they might not otherwise have access. In the development of the foundation, she realized the large racial gap that exists in clinical trials, so we discuss that and how her foundation is trying to close it. We also discuss her inspiration for starting the foundation and the federal regulations she had to overcome in order to help the economically disadvantaged.

In addition to Lazarex, she supports World Vision, an international humanitarian agency, through which she supports microeconomic enterprise, agriculture and literacy programs in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and, in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, well-water drilling in Mali, Ghana, Niger, Ethiopia, Zambia and Malawi. She is also a supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association Cerebrospinal Fluid Quality (CSF) Control Program, launched in 2009, that brought together world laboratories with the aim of standardizing the measurement potential of Alzheimer biomarkers in CSF. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Epeius Biotechnologies, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing genetic medicine for the treatment of cancer. She is also actively involved at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

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It’s Not About the Food with Stefani Reinold, MD, MPD

Dr. Stefani Reinold is a board-certified psychiatrist, body image coach, women’s mental health expert, and eating disorders specialist. She is the author of the bestselling book, Let Your Heart Out, podcast host of the show, It’s Not About the Foodand Creator of the HEART Method: a self-led therapy tool helping with emotional self-awareness and resiliency.

She went to medical school at University of Texas at San Antonio and did her residency at George Washington University.

Speaking to patients about their weight can be challenging as this often emotionally charged and multifactorial. Issues with body image, emotional eating, confusing and contradictory information about what, when and how to eat, and as one patient told me, you don’t have to smoke to live, but you have to eat to live.

Her aim is to help people to have a healthier relationship with food and to untangle the complicated knot that surrounds food.

We discuss her current podcast and her online journey, which included previously advocating for a specific way of eating, which she now believes is part of the problem. She also discusses her own interactions with the healthcare system that she found triggering regarding her weight. She teaches us effective ways to start the conversation, if at all, about eating habits, and how she believes that BMI is not an accurate measure of one’s health.

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