Clinical Trial Recruitment Lab

The Clinical Trial Recruitment Lab (CTRL) is an interdisciplinary hub for piloting and evaluating innovative ideas with the potential to increase access to clinical trials and expand diversity in clinical trial populations. CTRL’s goal is to coordinate the resources and expertise necessary to conduct pilot projects that test novel trial recruitment strategies, disseminate findings and share best practices to speed the pace of drug development. CTRL brings together stakeholders from academia, industry and philanthropy to create a platform through which innovative ideas can be piloted and tested in the real world.

Program Leadership

  • Desi Peneva

    Research Program Lead, USC Schaeffer Center

  • Dana Goldman, PhD

    Dean and C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
    Co-Director, USC Schaeffer Center
    Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Pharmacy, and Economics, USC

  • Director, Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute
    Professor of Neurology, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Featured Research and Perspectives


2023 Clinical Trial Recruitment Lab (CTRL) Request for Pilot Project Proposals

CTRL is seeking proposals for pilot projects that test strategies and solutions designed to address barriers to recruitment for Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials.
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2023 Alzheimer’s Trial Recruitment Innovation Lab Fellowship Program — Application Open

The University of Southern California (USC) announces an opening for a fellow to join the Alzheimer’s Trial Recruitment Innovation Lab (ATRIL) fellowship program in the fall of 2023.
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Ongoing Studies

Alzheimer’s Trial Recruitment Innovation Lab

The Alzheimer’s Trial Recruitment Innovation Lab (ATRIL) seeks to diversify participant recruitment and accelerate the process of enrolling a representative population in preclinical and prodromal Alzheimer’s clinical trials through evidence-based science, community engagement and training.
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