It takes about 14 years for a medicine discovery to make its way from the lab and into your pharmacy. One of the biggest slowdowns is a lack of participants in the clinical trials that required first. The Trial Recruitment and Innovation Office (TRIO) works to speed up that timeline by providing tailored, user-centered design consulting to researchers who are having trouble reaching potential participants for their studies. The ITM’s local office feeds into a national Trial Innovation Network that offers consultations and services for multi-center clinical trials and studies.

  • Raj Shah, MD

    Trial, Recruitment, and Innovation Office (TRIO) Core Leader

Raj Shah
ITM Trial, Recruitment, and Innovation Office (TRIO) Core

Raj Shah, MD, is leads the ITM’s Trial, Recruitment, and Innovation Office (TRIO) core, where he accelerates the process of recruiting to clinical trials and conducting multi-center research studies.

Shah’s work focuses on the design and execution of community-based clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of age-related conditions, such as memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Shah is Rush’s principal investigator for the Chicago Area Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN), a group of academic health systems and other partners that develop strategies to improve care and health equity for diverse Chicago populations. He is also Rush’s principal investigator for the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program, and he oversees recruitment and community engagement for the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Shah serves as an associate professor of family medicine and co-director of Rush’s Center for Community Health Equity. He is also an active mentor for students interested in the health sciences.

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Core Site Leaders
  • Santosh Basapur
    Illinois Tech

    Lecturer, Human Factors and Systems Design

  • Keiichi Sato, PhD
    Illinois Tech

    Charles Owen Professor