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Splash at Northwestern: Spring Splash May 27th, 2023!

NU Splash Biography

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KARA FERRACUTI, NU clinical trials regulatory specialist

College: Northwestern University

Major: Law / Cancer

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

My name is Kara, and I am a regulatory specialist working at Northwestern's medical school. My job is to ensure that the rules and regulations associated with cancer clinical trials are being followed. I completed my undergrad at Northwestern, with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. I am currently a part-time master's degree student at the law school, where I am studying topics in regulation and business law as applied to STEM fields. I am passionate about drawing connections between disciplines, from science and technology to law and the humanities.

My hobbies include: playing the piano and clarinet, attending concerts and shows (orchestra, musicals, theater, ballet), staying active (walking outdoors, biking, swimming, kayaking, cross-country skiing), traveling, cooking, and reading. I also enjoy volunteering and teaching, so am very excited to connect and share my love of clinical trials with all of you!

Past Classes

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S528: Introduction to Clinical Trials in Splash 2020 Fall (Online) (Nov. 14, 2020)
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve probably heard about clinical trials in the news lately. But clinical trials are nothing new; they’ve been conducted long before COVID-19 and are invaluable to the development of new treatments. This class will provide an introduction to clinical trials, with a focus on cancer. What does it take to get approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an experimental drug? What are the “phases” of a trial? We will then delve into some interesting questions related to the conduct of clinical trials. Topics may include: How does research differ from clinical practice? How do patients consent to participate in a clinical trial? How are they protected? What kind of oversight and regulations are there? Who pays for the costs of a clinical trial? Finally, you will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about what it’s like to work in this industry. What else can you do besides being a doctor? How do clinical research professionals in various roles work together to support medical advances?