South Texas Research Institute (STRI) is proud of our exceptional team who shares our passion for hope and our goal to help those in need. This month, we feature our Director of Clinical Research Operations, Margaret Leal, in our Employee Spotlight blog series. Read on to learn more about Margaret (Maggie) Leal and what motivates her clinical research career.
Question: Tell us a little bit about your role. What motivates you to participate in clinical research?
Margaret: As Director of Clinical Research Operations, I work closely with the Clinical Research team to make sure all aspects of our clinical trials are running smoothly. I help train and guide our coordinators and assistants on best practices and help further their knowledge in clinical research. I am also a direct liaison between STRI and pharmaceuticals sponsors, clinical research organizations, local vendors, etc.
Our team works extremely hard every day to create an experience where both patients and research organizations choose to come back and be part of our journey. My motivation to participate in clinical research is to help increase diversity in clinical research, especially in the Hispanic population.
Question: What is one work-related thing you want to accomplish in the next year?
Margaret: To help others learn more about careers in clinical research and become a better leader.
Question: If you could bring back any fashion trend, what would it be?
Margaret: I heard skinny jeans are not in fashion, so skinny jeans.
Question: What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?
Margaret: Simply seeing my family proud of my accomplishments, no matter how big or small. My husband, son, parents, and sister are my motivation to continue progressing.
Question: What are your three favorite foods?
Margaret: 1. Tacos 2. Steak and Mashed Potatoes 3. Hawaiian Pizza (Yes, pineapple belongs on pizza)
Question: What is the thing you like most about your job?
Margaret: Listening to our patient’s testimonials and success stories.
Our team at South Texas Research Institute is dedicated to our community’s health and well-being and finding treatments for common liver conditions. We also strive to increase awareness of clinical trial options amongst Hispanics where liver disease is a leading cause of death. To learn more about our enrolling studies, call (956) 284-6353 or visit our website.