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Trial By Fire
52 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
Two sides of the same (clinical trial) coin.
In our final episode of Trial by Fire, Michele Rhee joins us in discussing her experience as a clinical trial participant and industry expert. Michele is an active patient advocate for cancer and rare disease and has supported the development of patient advocacy functions for multiple pharmceutical companies.
33 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
A patient's clinical trial journey
In this episode, clinical study participant, Susan Lovelace, shares her trial journey with our favorite duo. Susan describes her experience living with a rare condition, having to travel to a study site, and interactions with her trial team.
50 minutes | Feb 9, 2022
Industry challenges and gaps between drug development and patients
In this episode, our Trial By Fire duo interviews Scott Schliebner. Scott is a clinical drug development executive with over 25 years of experience across the CRO, biotech, and non-profit sectors. They cover the gap between drug development and patient needs and the unique challenges that the industry faces. Transcript - Episode 3
61 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
Caregiving during COVID-19 and designing protocols for the patient
In this week’s episode, Aaron and Brittany are joined by Anne Marie Mercurio who is a patient research advocate primarily in oncology. They discuss the struggles of caregiving in the COVID-19 pandemic, listening to the patient experience and re-designing clinical trial protocols to fit patient needs.
1 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Trial by Fire Introduction
The Clara Team is excited to introduce our limited podcast series: Trial by Fire, which chronicles candid clinical trial experiences and discusses how we can tackle these issues as an industry and work towards creating a system that takes into account a diverse set of patient perspectives. The idea for this podcast was sparked when a patient reached out to our team to ask for support because she could not eat the food the site was providing for participants, and was considering dropping out of the study. We knew she wasn’t alone – and we wanted to hear more direct patient experiences with clinical trials, and to share these critical insights with our community.
58 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Wolfram syndrome, Paralympic athletes, and all things patient engagement
Our hosts, Aaron and Brittany, are joined by Richie Kahn in our first ever Trial By Fire episode. Richie is a clinical researcher, patient advisor, and health policy professional. In this episode, Richie touches on his experience living with Wolfram syndrome, finding support from Paralympic athletes, and his insights into patient engagement in clinical trials. Transcript - Episode 1
67 minutes | Feb 27, 2019
Lucky Number 13: Peter Morley's Endless Advocacy
Peter lives with multiple chronic conditions but has spent the past two years tirelessly advocating for patients everywhere by taking the morning train from his home in New York City to Washington D.C. Aaron talks to Peter about what advocacy has accomplished, where advocacy will go next, and the things we can look forward to in 2019.
17 minutes | Feb 20, 2019
Researching Treatment for an Ultra-Rare Disease
Aaron interviews Dr. Alex Solyom, senior medical director at Enzyvant, about his team's work in developing a new therapy for an ultra-rare genetic condition known as Farber disease.
49 minutes | Dec 24, 2018
Advocating for Rare Disease in Mississippi
A newborn screening is a routine procedure. Shannah didn't give it much thought as she brought her daughter, Emmalyn, home from the hospital. But a late-night call set her down a road towards advocacy that she couldn't have predicted.
31 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
Representation Matters: Increasing Inclusivity in Research
Lilly chats with the ladies of the MS Minority Research Engagement Partnership Network (which is a bit of a mouthful!) Holly, Anita, and Shawn about their work in increasing inclusivity and access in scientific research.
25 minutes | Nov 28, 2018
Beyond Sweat: How Hyperhidrosis Shapes Everyday Life
Maria Thomas joins Lilly in honor of Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month to talk about her “life as a puddle” and inspiring advocacy work.
57 minutes | Oct 31, 2018
Midterms 2018: Healthcare is on the ballot
To discuss the healthcare issues that are at stake in the upcoming midterm elections, we speak to lawyer, healthcare advocate, and professional patient, Matt Cortland. As a person living with chronic illnesses, Matt knows all too well the necessity of equitable and robust access to care in everyone's lives; as a lawyer with a Master's in Public Health, he knows the issues and the policies inside and out. Here's our conversation about American healthcare and the things that are at stake in November.
28 minutes | Oct 10, 2018
Christopher Snider from Tidepool.org
Welcome to Season Two of the Patients Have Power Podcast! After a summer of planning and plotting, we're back and expanding the conversation beyond patient stories to include stories from healthcare and healthtech. To kick off the new season, Lilly sits with Chris Snider, a diabetes advocate, blogger, podcaster, and the community manager at Tidepool.org, an open-source and not-for-profit company working to make diabetes data more accessible. Chris chats about his work, maturation as an advocate, and fighting for access to better and more inclusive care.
75 minutes | Aug 1, 2018
Twenty-two - "How can I make a difference today?"
Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE on Twitter) is using his story to help fight for healthcare. Although he was once a very private person who never even told his friends he had cancer, Peter found his voice after the 2016 Presidential election, when he felt called to fight to protect the gains of the Affordable Care Act. In this wide-ranging conversion, we discuss the power of a story, taking 3:25AM trains from NYC to DC, and how his first-ever trip to DC resulted in making a John McCain staffer cry.
26 minutes | Jul 25, 2018
Twenty-one: "If you had three wishes, what would they be?"
Ashley Boynes-Shuck is a writer, patient advocate, and a powerhouse voice for those who live with chronic conditions. Among other things, she's a published author who just finished her fourth book, an animal lover and advocate, a lover of fashion who won a fashion award from the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame, an avid birdwatcher...and somehow she found time to chat with Lilly about her journey, her ongoing projects, and her life as one-half of a power couple.
31 minutes | Jul 18, 2018
Twenty - "My heart is tipped over."
"My heart is in the wrong place in my chest." Molly Sarah chats with Lilly about her long road to diagnosis, her stint as a roller derby athlete, and why her rheumatologist shouted, "Oh my god, I got one!" when he first met her.
26 minutes | Jul 11, 2018
Episode 19 - "I just could not get a smile off my face!"
Savannah was told she had depression...when, in fact, she was living with arthritis. Now, she uses her condition as an opportunity to give back to research through participation in clinical trials, patient advocacy, and sharing her story.
29 minutes | Jun 26, 2018
Episode Eighteen - "From a patient perspective, not much has changed."
Dan Sfera - aka The Clinical Trials Guru - has been working in clinical trials since 2005. Over the years, he's seen how patient recruitment has changed...but, mostly, how it has remained the same. Dan and Aaron talk about the need of new technology, processes, and philosophies in patient recruitment, and how 21st century tactics can make clinical trials participation more patient-friendly.
23 minutes | Jun 19, 2018
Episode Seventeen - "Patients are the end client at the end of the day."
Leilani is an advocate in the transplant and chronic illness community. She stopped by the Clara offices to talk about her experience receiving a heart transplant, what drives her to her advocacy, and how patients need to be treat like the user of any healthcare system.
28 minutes | Jun 12, 2018
Episode Sixteen - Breaking down the fight over pre-existing conditions, and the new Right To Try
Lilly and Aaron break down a renewed effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act by stripping out the legislation's protections for those living with pre-existing conditions (a list which includes...acne and...(checks notes) pregnancy?). They also chat about the new Right to Try legislation that has recently passed and the various thoughts the patient and pharmaceutical communities had about it. Mentioned on the pod: Follow @mattbc, aka Medicare Matt, Esq, who is a lawyer living with a chronic illness who fights for patient rights - his analysis of legislation and the latest legal battles are incredibly helpful. If you want to get more involve and make your voice heard, a great tool is 5calls.org. It'll find your representatives, their phone numbers, and even provide scripts for you to use when you get through to them. Patients have power; make sure you to exercise yours everyday.
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