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Jackie, Manager of the JCCTP

Meet the Team

Jackie Foster, Anna DeSalvo and Brenna O'Brien are a mighty team of three, helping patients through their clinical trials journeys. 

Jackie Foster, MPH, RN, OCN is the Manager of Be The Match Jason Carter Clinical Trials Search & Support (CTSS). Jackie manages the day-to-day operations of the program, plans and develops clinical trial patient education resources, and builds relationships with partner organizations. Jackie has been a BMT and oncology nurse since 2005. Her expertise is in patient education and program development.  

She received a B.A. in nursing and Hispanic studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and completed the Master of Public Health program focused on community health education at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. 

Clinical Trials Search & Support has 2 Clinical Trial Navigators. In addition to keeping the CTSS clinical trial search tool up-to-date and creating educational content, they regularly assist patients in any part of the clinical trial search process. 
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Anna, Clinical Trials Navigator

Anna DeSalvo, MS, CGC
Before joining CTSS, Anna worked in multiple different clinical settings as a certified genetic counselor. During her most recent clinical position, she was part of the oncology care team ordering and interpreting genetic test results in order to choose the most effective treatment options or to prevent cancer from occurring. She also has experience with many different rare genetic conditions, including hemoglobinopathies and inborn errors of metabolism, among others. 

Anna received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY and is a board certified and licensed genetic counselor. 
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Brenna, Clinical Trials Navigator

Brenna O'Brien, MPH, RN, ONN-CG
Before joining CTSS, Brenna was a BMT Patient Navigator in the Be The Match Patient Support Center. She also worked as an inpatient RN on the adult Blood and Marrow Transplant unit at the University of Minnesota. 

She has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is also certified as an oncology nurse navigator. 

We’re here to help. Our first priority is to help patients find and join clinical trials. If you have trouble finding a trial, have any questions about a specific trial or the process of joining a trial, do not hesitate to reach out. 

Phone: 1-888-814-8610
Or, fill out our Contact Us form 

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This Program Provides...

Clinical Trial Search

An easy-to-use web-based search tool to find, share and save clinical trials relevant to patients.

Patient Specialist

A Clinical Trial Patient Education Specialist to provide one-on-one support for patients and families.

Educational Resources

Educational resources to help patients and families learn about and find clinical trials.