Research Staff

Each member of our research staff has the extensive experience and people skills to prepare and guide our patients through the process of participating in a clinical trial. They also fulfill the important function of liaison between the practice and the research sponsors, handling all of the administrative responsibilities of the clinical trials, from developmental phase to study completion.

Research Coordinators

Irene Fanous

Irene graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature, and further pursued undergraduate and graduate courses in Biology and Psychology. She has had extensive research experience from the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she worked from clinical research assistant to research coordinator on numerous projects. She has been immersed in team-coordinated studies, and has held responsibilities that cover all facets of the clinical research process. Irene also has expertise in quality assurance, and brings a diverse set of technical skills. She brings us over four years of coordinator experience, and will be based at our Fairfax, Virginia office.

Maya Talatory

A combination of hands-on patient work and research experience provided the necessary preparation for Maya to serve as one of the practice’s Clinical Research Coordinators. She handles each and every aspect of clinical trials, recruiting & enrolling patients, dispensing & monitoring investigational drugs, recording physical findings & laboratory data and assisting in ophthalmic procedures as permitted by protocols. Her years as an Ophthalmic Technician at RGW saw her perform retinal imaging and other procedures and obtain patient readings on various tests. A graduate of George Mason University, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research at George Washington University.

Margaret Cashion

The scope of Margaret’s professional work experience is matched by an equally impressive educational background, both of which make her particularly well qualified to handle all that she does in her position as a Research Coordinator. After graduating with a B.S. in Biological Sciences–and a minor in Medicine & Society–from Virginia Tech, she joined RGW and spent several years as an Ophthalmic Technician, with responsibilities for everything from screening patients to scribing to achieving a proficiency in office instrumentation and testing. In her current coordinator role, she assists the Clinical Research team and investigating physicians in coordinating patient participation in clinical trials, maintains regulatory protocols and records physical findings, laboratory data and all other information essential to each study.