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Faces of Baseline: Phyllis

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Emily Ford

Communications, Duke University School of Medicine

Duke team member Cheryl Robinson (left) with Project Baseline study participant Phyllis Perry (right).

Goodbye 2017, hello 2018! Phyllis Perry (pictured above on right), 63, was one of the last participants in 2017 to enroll in and complete her initial onsite visit for the Project Baseline study. Phyllis heard about the study at a senior center in Durham, North Carolina, where she enrolled at the Duke University School of Medicine.

"Studies don't always include a group of diverse people, but researchers need people from all kinds of backgrounds," she said. "I want to help people, and if I can help someone in the future not get sick, or help find treatments for disease, that's what I want to do."

To help eliminate health disparities caused by low representation of African American, Latino, and Asian populations in clinical research studies, the Project Baseline team has focused from the beginning on achieving a sample that reflects the diversity captured in U.S. census data.

Phyllis said she has wanted to join a research study for years but could not find one that accommodated her busy schedule as a nanny. The Project Baseline study enrollment fit her schedule, she said, and Duke team members including research aide Cheryl Robinson (pictured above on left), who accompanied her throughout the enrollment, were "delightful."

"It was a wonderful experience," she said. We look forward to continuing to enroll enthusiastic participants like Phyllis in 2018!

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