ChristianaCare Contact:

Megan McGuriman, 215-264-0583

The Franklin Institute Contact:

Stefanie Santo, 215-448-1152

Media Advisory

DETV to air live panel discussion on

Building Trust: Eliminating Disparities in Clinical Trials

Thursday, May 13, 7-8:30 p.m.

The Franklin Institute and ChristianaCare’s Gene Editing Institute event discusses ethics and explores solutions to improve racial and ethnic diversity in clinical trials

What:             Experts discuss the key issues on how to build trust to improve racial and ethnic                                  diversity in clinical trials.

                           New life-saving medical treatments and therapies are being developed for diseases from cancer to COVID. However, a major barrier to helping everyone is that clinical trials – the process by which these new treatments are tested to make sure they are safe and effective – do not involve everyone. Improving racial and ethnic diversity in clinical trials would help us discover better medicines for more people, yet there are many real challenges to doing so. How can we, as a community, work together to fix this moral, medical, and scientific problem?

Note: Watch a pre-recorded interview here: Jayatri Das, Ph.D., chief bioscientist at The Franklin Institute, with Ivan Thomas of DETV discuss how to build trust to eliminate disparities in clinical trials.

Who:             Jayatri Das, Ph.D., Chief Bioscientist, The Franklin Institute

Ivan Thomas, Founder, DETV

Eric Kmiec, Ph.D., Director of the Gene Editing Institute at ChristianaCare 

Jacqueline Crawford, RN, patient/participant in a breast cancer clinical trial 

Anya Harry, M.D., Ph.D., Global Lead Clinical Trial Diversity, GlaxoSmithKline

Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBioethics, John Russell Dickson, M.D., Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


When:            Thursday, May 13, 7-8:30 p.m.

Where            Watch DETV for a live panel discussion with scientists, experts, and community members.


Interviews with speakers available upon request. Please reach out to media contacts.