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Kate Ryan

National Women's Health Network

Kate Ryan is a Program Coordinator at the National Women’s Health Network, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of all women by supporting informed health care decision-making and influencing health policy. She helps to develop and implement a program of legislative and regulatory advocacy that focuses on reducing women’s exposure to unnecessary drug and medical treatment risks. Prior to joining the NWHN, Kate worked in the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA), where she worked on the women’s issues portfolio and managed a variety of constituent services programs. She also previously volunteered in Ghana with the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights to monitor and assess availability of, and access to, women’s sexual and reproductive health services. Kate received her MPA in International Public & Non-Profit Management and Policy Analysis with a focus on women’s rights from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

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Analysis Human Rights

From Tuskegee to Transparency: An Evolution in the Ethics and Accountability of Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects

Kate Ryan & Anna Forbes

People who participate in clinical trials take the enormous step of volunteering to test a product that may be useful and, sometimes, life-saving if it turns out to be effective. They play an irreplaceable role in research to prevent, treat, and sometimes cure illness – as well as to find other ways to improve people’s health and lives.