Panel Discussion: Clinical Trial Design for Microbiome-based Products

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Duration: 24 min

Abstract: Our Clinical Research team meets together to respond to some of the main questions on how to design a human clinical study for microbiome based-products.  


SHAUNA CUSACK | Sales Executive at Atlantia Clinical Trials

Shauna Cusack joined Atlantia Clinical Trials in 2018 as a Sales Executive. She has a B.Sc in Food Science from UCD and has worked in the food industry for over 10 years in both research and development and technical sales. Prior to Atlantia, she was living and working for 6 years in the USA, gaining invaluable experience. She now resides back in Ireland working with Atlantia’s dynamic sales team.


SUSZIE TYREE | Scientific Officer at Atlantia Clinical Trials

Suszie Tyree is a Medical Writer for Atlantia Clinical Trials with a background in scientific research. Suszie received her Master’s degree from Otago University (New Zealand) studying the role of high-fat diet and dietary hormones on brain functions related to anxiety. Following that, Suszie gained her PhD from the University of Potsdam (Germany) in collaboration with the German Institute of Human Nutrition studying food choice behaviours and neural processing of taste information. Prior to joining the team at Atlantia, Suszie also spent three years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University (California, USA). At Atlantia Suszie develops research protocols and ethics application documents for clinical trials testing food and microbiome-based products on a range of health measures including cognition, microbiome analysis, glucose-response, bone-health, etc. Suszie is also involved in developing clinical study reports to present findings from the studies carried out at Atlantia.

GILLIAN DUNNGALVIN | Statistician at Atlantia Clinical Trials

Gillian works as the statistician for Atlantia Clinical Food trials, which provides clinical trial expertise for the food, beverage and supplements sector. We conduct studies in functional ingredients, nutraceuticals, medical foods and dietary supplements, providing an end to end service. Her background is in psychological medicine and consumer/patient perspectives, primarily in chronic illness and nutrition. As a psychologist and statistician, Gillian has the unique perspective of understanding the interplay between physiological and psycho-social factors within clinical trial research.

Data integrity and multi-disciplinary collaboration are a central part of her work. She teaches research methodology and statistics at third-level and has published in the health field. In addition to her PhD research in chronic illness management, she is part of multi-disciplinary international team which validated ED05 dose of peanut, published in 2018. Currently she is the scientific communications manager for the EU COST Action ‘Core Outcome Measures for Food Allergy’. This project addresses the Societal Challenges in Health by improving our understanding of health and our ability to reliably monitor health outcomes, and demonstrates new options for healthcare delivery. The outcomes will help improve the quality of clinical trials, and the Action will advance the career of young researchers, strengthening Europe's leading position in pharmaceutical sciences.

ONTHATILE SEREHETE | Medical Study Manager at Atlantia Clinical Trials

Onthatile Serehete is a Clinical Research Doctor with a background in global pharmaceutical and nutraceutical research trials in both Ireland and South Africa. She obtained her primary medical qualification from the University of the Free State and worked as a junior doctor before completing her Masters in International Health and Tropical Medicine from the University of Oxford in 2017. She worked in both public and private healthcare before moving into clinical research where she worked as an Investigator across several therapeutic subject areas including HIV, NASH, Diabetes, and Osteoarthritis. In addition to her full-time role at Atlantia Food Clinical Trials as a Study Doctor, she is busy with her Royal College of Physicians MRCPI exams.

ALICE EGGLESTON | Clinical Research Investigator at Atlantia Clinical Trials

Alice Eggleston is a certified Physician Assistant at Atlantia Clinical Trials with nine years of clinical research experience in various fields. Her first role after completing her undergraduate studies at Saint Louis University was as a Research Assistant at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, which sparked her interest in clinical research and epidemiology. She later attended George Washington University to complete a dual Masters's program in Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health, with a focus in Community Oriented Primary Care. She practiced primary care in Washington, DC at a federally qualified health center, and also served as Clinical Research Manager and sub-investigator for infectious disease studies, implementing primarily HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials. She joined Atlantia in Chicago in November 2020 and functions as the primary study clinician for participants in trials related to functional food, nutraceutical, and microbiome investigations.

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