MDIBL presents Virtual MDI Science Cafe with Clifford Rosen, M.D.
What impact does access to clinical research have on the health of those living in rural communities? That is one question Clifford J. Rosen, M.D. is striving to answer as he seeks to address health equity and disparities encountered by at-risk populations. Dr. Rosen, along with the Northern New England Clinical & Translational Research Network (NNE-CTR), collaborated to establish a set of research cores to support clinical and translational research in Northern New England, with one focus being the engagement of rural providers and practices in research. Some of the pilot projects that researchers developed, such as using telemedicine to quickly identify newborns at rural hospitals who need treatment with therapeutic hypothermia, have now become standards of care in Maine. “In just a few years, we are seeing the impact that access to clinical research has on rural communities,” Dr. Rosen said. Once the COVID-19 pandemic became a threat to health throughout the region, the NNE-CTR also supported the NIH-funded RECOVER study of long COVID, a study of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, as well as the National COVID Cohort Collaborative registry that shares clinical data as a part of national COVID research. Join us online for our first Science Café of 2023 on January 9 at 5:00 pm to hear more about Dr. Rosen’s goal to promote health equality and improve access to care across all of Maine’s communities.