Bridgette Kaul, RN, BSN, will work with patients who are participating in a study led by Charles Schuler, MD, one of the clinic physicians.
Ms. Kaul, a familiar presence at the clinic, will collect samples such as blood and saliva from people who are undergoing oral food challenges – where they ingest potential allergens under medical supervision. She’ll be responsible for documenting the process and entering samples into the laboratory system.
Dr. Schuler, the recipient of a pilot grant from the MHWFAC, is studying patient samples taken just before and after oral food challenges – looking for biomarkers that may lead to accurate, non-invasive ways to diagnose food allergy.
“Research is complicated and intense – I’m very excited to learn this facet of it,” said Ms. Kaul. “I love the department and I love my patients, so this really is the best of both worlds.”