Meghan Brennan, R.N., O.N.P., Ph.D., is an oncology nurse practitioner whose professional career has spanned clinical, industry and academic based research programs and practices. Throughout her professional career, she has focused on developing and defining operational processes in the management and execution of oncology clinical trials, and provided her expertise in study development, management and data analysis. She currently oversees and manages all research activities for the Translational Research in Oncology-U.S. (TRIO-US) Network at UCLA and the research program for the Department of Medicine, Hematology-Oncology Division, at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Meghan earned her B.S. in Nursing at Georgetown University, and completed her M.S.N. in Oncology at UCLA. She earned her Ph.D. in Nursing Science at UCLA, with an area of expertise in oncology and patient participation in interventional clinical trials.
In 2010, Brennan was named Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she developed and initiated standard processes and procedures. In this capacity, she successfully executed and oversaw the administration of more than 250 adult interventional oncology clinical trials annually, and coordinated operations between the JCCC Clinical Research Unit, the TRIO-US Network and community oncology practices across the United States. In collaboration with JCCC Informatics, Dr. Brennan provided significant subject matter expertise for the full implementation and utilization of a new Clinical Research Management System for all cancer-related studies at UCLA, and served as liaison with industry partners and institutions to assist the development of potential new studies and research collaborations.
Prior to her becoming the Senior Director of Oncology Clinical Research at the Jonsson Cancer Center, her previous professional and administrative activities include appointments to the Cornell University Coalition of Specialty Nurses Involved with Research (2001), the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Breast Committee (1999–2001) and Program Coordinator Committee (1999–2000), and the Georgetown University Medical Center Division of Pediatrics and Perinatal Q I/A Committee (Chair, 1994–1995).
Brennan is currently a member of the National Oncology Nursing Society, Association of Clinical Research Professionals, National Oncology Nursing Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She is the recipient of the Reynolds Estate Scholarship and the Mosley Scholarship from UCLA.