“Justin is a bright student with a strong future in research ahead of him. He plans on pursuing epidemiology in grad school as soon as possible.” -Sophie Switzer, assistant director, engaged learning and career preparation, College of Public Health
Hometown: Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
Faculty mentor/advisor: Mary Teresi, PharmD
What is your degree program and expected graduate date? public health BS, minor in global health studies, Graduation: fall ’22 (December)
Please describe your research: I work at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, specifically in the pediatric pulmonary division. We work with pharmaceutical companies and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to facilitate clinical research studies pertaining to cystic fibrosis. Recently I have been working on an independent project called “Building Trust in Cystic Fibrosis Research”. The quality improvement project aims to find ways to gauge trust and communication pathways between researchers and subjects.
In simple terms, why does this research matter? “Building Trust in Cystic Fibrosis Research” aims to ensure that researchers and subjects are in the best possible position as many phase I trials begin to make their way down the pipelines. Phase I trials are testing treatments for the first time in humans. Without safety information, subjects may be more hesitant to participate, so researchers must adapt, and learn how create relationships with subjects that foster trust and communication effectively.
How soon after starting at the University of Iowa were you able to participate in research? The summer before my second year.
How has being involved in research made you more successful at the University of Iowa? Involvement in research has allowed me to meet new people that have opened doors to new opportunities, allowed me to discover a passion for clinical and translation science and improve the lives of others all while studying for my undergraduate degree.
What are your career goals and/or plans after graduation? After graduation I plan to obtain my master’s degree in epidemiology.
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