Ms. Morgan is a registered pharmacist, currently working part-time managing a birth defects prevention program in Western North Carolina that she developed and implemented.
Ms. Morgan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005. Within 35 days of diagnosis, she had researched and founded the first clinical trial in which she was to participate, the beginning of her work in clinical research advocacy. Since then she has participated in 15 trials varying from a blood draw and exam to a weeklong inpatient trial at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is a research advocate with PDF’s Parkinson’s Advocates in Research (PAIR) program, having graduated from the inaugural Clinical Research Learning Institute (CRLI) in 2008. As an advocate for participation in clinical trials, she has spoken on the subject at regional and national as well as local Parkinson’s disease venues. On the same subject, she has been quoted in Time Magazine as well as the Wall Street Journal.
Ms. Morgan has served on the Parkinson’s Association of the Carolinas Board of Directors and is actively involved in several non-profit organizations. Currently, she is on the program planning committee of the 2011 Southeastern Parkinson Disease Conference as well as the Third World Parkinson Congress to be held in Montreal, Canada in 2013.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later earned a Master in Business Administration from Western Carolina University.