Staff Q&A: Carlos Martinez, clinical research project manager, Center for Translational Metabolism and Health
Carlos Martinez is a clinical research project manager at the Center for Translational Metabolism and Health.
Read a Q&A with Martinez below.
Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.
What is your educational background?
I attended to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and minor in sociology.
Please tell us about your professional background.
I volunteered at the UIC InTouch Crisis Hotline during my undergraduate education and for some time afterward. I started working as a research assistant at UIC in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition. I then worked as a clinical research coordinator for Apex Medical Research, just before coming to Northwestern in 2015. Aside from functioning as a clinical research project manager and core navigator for NU-GoKidney’s Core C, I also volunteer on NU institutional review board (IRB) panel A as a reviewer and as an NMHC Access Program Liaison.
Why do you enjoy working at Northwestern?
I enjoy working at NU because I work with a really great team. The research assistants, coordinators, investigators and clinic staff get along very well. I also enjoy contributing to something that is bigger than myself; research that helps chronically ill patients and research that helps further establish investigators.
How do you help scientists and or research students at the medical school?
I help by providing feedback on study design and implementation logistics. I help with initial submissions and modifications of study protocols, consent forms and other study-related documents to IRBs. I also help with communication to Sponsors, providing feedback on clinical trial agreements, patient recruitment, completion of study visits, data entry, ordering supplies, onboarding and training others. I like to be flexible and helpful, so I am also always open to helping in other ways.
What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is meeting new study participants and enrolling them in our research studies. I get to develop relationships with patients who have diverse personalities and medical backgrounds. It is very fulfilling to work on projects that may lead to a breakthrough in medicine or projects that help secure prominence or funding for investigators. It is especially nice when you get to see drugs or interventions move from research to real world application outside of research.
What exciting projects are you working on?
I think all of the projects I am working on are exciting in their own way. However, I think one of the most exciting projects I am working on currently is our EMPA-KIDNEY clinical trial, because the study medication (Empagliflozin) appears to have some promising results for patients with chronic kidney disease. I also like the idea of being able to expand the population that is able to receive a medication that can help improve health outcomes.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with family and those I care about. I like to learn more about news relevant to clinical research. I also like to learn more about financial independence and take steps toward building wealth. I also love to draw and play guitar.
Anything else we should know about you?
The only things I think others should know is that I am friendly and an open book, so I welcome anyone and everyone to say hello and see how we can help each other and others.