Rutgers Principal Investigator Actively Engaged with Diversifying COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Participation

Rutgers Principal Investigator Actively Engaged with Diversifying COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Participation

Rutgers University in New Jersey has been at the forefront of identifying ways to reach out to and engage underrepresented and at-risk populations, including ethnic and racial minorities. Set in an incredibly diverse and dynamic state, local research teams understand the importance of involving diverse participation in research generally, and in particular, for the COVID-19-focused vaccine candidates. In February, even before the onset of the pandemic, TrialSite showcased some of these strategies, such as various community engagement models that evidenced success for HIV-based research. One impressive principal investigator, Shobha Swaminathan, an associate professor of medicine employed at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and medical director of the Infectious Disease Practice at Newark’s University Hospital, was outspoken before about the need for more minority participation in the growing research as a care option imperative. Since the pandemic, Dr.Swaminathan reminds all that minorities face even greater danger from COVID-19. Thus, the importance of participation in therapeutic and vaccine research, such as the studies sponsored by Moderna, investigating the vaccine ca...

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