In this webinar, Dr. Angela Nicholas, Dr. Chris Heery, and Wenora Johnson discuss all things clinical trials. Dr. Nicholas, a family practitioner and caregiver to her late husband, John MacCleod will dive into her experience searching for clinical trials along with advice to those currently searching, or planning on searching in the future. Dr. Heery, Chief Medical Officer for Precision Biosciences will spend time dispelling myths around clinical trials and challenges to enrollment, and Wenora Johnson, a stage III colon cancer survivor will describe the process and her point of view curating trials in the Fight CRC trial finder.
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ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Dr. Chris Heery
Dr. Chris Heery is the Chief Medical Officer for Precision BioSciences. Prior to joining Precision BioSciences, he served as Chief Medical Officer of Bavarian Nordic. Before that, Dr. Heery served as the Director of the Clinical Trials Group at the Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland. During his 7 years at the NCI, his clinical research focused on the use of novel agents capable of inducing the immune system to recognize and kill cancer cells. He is a graduate of Duke University and received his MD from East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine.
Dr. Angela M. Nicholas, M.D., is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician. Dr. Nicholas is also the Medical and Administrative Director of Einstein Physicians Montgomery and a member of Einstein Physicians Montgomery Management Committee and the Quality and Compliance Committee. She has a particular interest in women’s health and prevention of illness through exercise and diet.
Wenora Y. Johnson is a three-time cancer survivor, Volunteer Fight CRC Research/Patient Advocate, Caregiver/Provider, and U.S. Navy Veteran, serving 8 years as a Reservist.
Wenora began working closely with the organization Fight Colorectal Cancer (FightCRC) as a Research Advocate after her diagnosis of stage 3b colon cancer in 2011. She was also a caregiver/provider for her elderly mother and younger brother, who is also a cancer survivor. As a volunteer with Fight CRC, she shares her understanding of policy, research, patient engagement and clinical trials with the healthcare community. Wenora is fully engaged as an advocate, bringing awareness of healthcare disparities to Capitol Hill multiple times a year.
Being a Lynch Syndrome patient, Wenora also advocates for genetic testing and awareness. She serves on various panels and review boards to provide extensive feedback on her role as a patient and advocate researcher with organizations such as CAP (College of American Pathologist); Clinical Trials Curator for Fight CRC; a member of the Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for the 2021 Impact Assessment of CMS Quality and Efficiency Measures Project; a Consumer Reviewer for the DoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program; a PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) Ambassador and Clinical Trials Panel Member; CPAT (Cancer Policy & Advocacy Team) Member for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS); White Paper Reviewer and a participant with the (AACR) American Association of Cancer Research Scientist~Survivor Program, presenting a poster on financial toxicities and disparities among minority patients. She has written various patient advocate blogs and participated as a guest speaker for the Powerful Patient Podcast.
In 2018, Wenora was featured in the Patient Resource magazine and the CONQUER Cancer Research magazine, sharing her cancer journey. She yearly submits the “Blue Star” Proclamation for the state of Illinois (Governor recognizing the month of March as Colon Cancer Awareness) and staffed healthcare booths to encourage FIT and Colonoscopy testing. She continues to stay current with the latest information about clinical trials, patient advocacy, healthcare coverage and finances by completing webinars, surveys, workshops and seminars in various states and attending ASCO conferences. Wenora works in administration in the greater Chicagoland area and enjoys reading and traveling with her family.