Our Recruitment & Retention experts assist researchers in achieving study recruitment goals, from feasibility to final visit completed.

Recruitment & Retention Team

Michael Kappelman, MD, MPH

Michael Kappelman, MD, MPH

Program Director
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
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Michael Kappelman, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics and an experienced trialist, Dr. Kappelman has expertise in recruitment science gained from conducting numerous successful trials, including one of the largest pediatric Crohn's trials in history—and from creating a patient-powered research network that uses electronic recruitment and data collection to study disease course through the eyes of patients and caregivers.

Emily Olsson, CCRP

Emily Olsson, CCRP

Program Manager
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Emily Olsson, CCRP

Emily brings a passion for the value of research participation and over 13 years of clinical research experience to this role. With first-hand experience managing and executing studies in a variety of therapeutic areas, Emily is well versed in all aspects of clinical trial recruitment and operations.

Focused on research education and integration, participant-centered design, communication strategies, and tailored recruitment approaches, she loves working with study teams to optimize projects and build participant relationships to meet accrual goals.

A Missouri native and UNC-Chapel Hill alumna, Emily currently lives in Pittsboro with her husband, two young boys, and a rescue dog.

Anna Sarnelli, MA

Anna Sarnelli, MA

Project Manager, Research Communication and Integration
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Anna Sarnelli, MA

Anna enjoys assisting teams in the development of messaging and design strategies for clinical research studies. With experience in health communication and public relations, Anna not only views clinical research from a patient-focused perspective, but also with a marketing lens.

As the Research for Me project manager, she is also passionate about spreading the word about research at UNC throughout the state of North Carolina and beyond.

In her free time, Anna enjoys listening to podcasts and spending time with her dog, Sammy.

Summer Choudhury, MPH

Summer Choudhury, MPH

Project Manager, Participant Engagement and Accrual
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Summer Choudhury, MPH

With over a decade of research experience, Summer's background in high-intensity clinical settings and in public health allows her to operationalize practical recruitment and retention strategies with both the investigator and research participant in mind.

Summer is committed to developing evidence-based, multi-modal recruitment plans rooted in creativity, inclusivity, and care. Her research interest and publications focus on patient experiences, communication, and research consent practices.

Summer lives in Durham and enjoys audiobooks, local coffee shops, and contemporary art.

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