Staff Spotlight: Lynnea Nicholls
Job Title: Phase 0 Navigator
Hometown: Ventura, CA
What motivated you to get into the medical field?
I have been motivated to enter the medical field since high school, but recently became interested in clinical research during an internship for my Master’s Degree. The doctors I worked with were investigating cryptogenic stroke patients with atrial cardiopathy and comparing the effectiveness of apixaban to aspirin in treating these patients. After witnessing the consent process, I decided I wanted to pursue a new side of medicine through clinical research.
What made you want to work for the Ivy Brain Tumor Center?
I was inspired by the mission of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center to make improvements for patients with glioblastoma where the survival rate has not changed in 30 years.
Have you ever been personally impacted by brain cancer?
My best friend’s mother passed away from glioblastoma. It was heartbreaking to watch my friend struggle with the loss of her mother to this disease.
What is it like to know that you’re playing an integral role in identifying new therapies that will contribute to a cure for brain cancer?
It makes me very proud and motivated to come to work every day knowing that I play a role in this cause.
What is your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part about my job is interacting with the patients and hopefully being able to relieve some of their stress by helping to navigate them through the details of the trials.