Behtash Bahador

Associate Director, Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP)

Why Plain Language Summaries?

“PLS of study results fulfill an ethical research mandate and are a critical tool in supporting positive study participant experiences and building public trust through improved transparency and clinical research literacy. They also present an important opportunity to strengthen engagement with the patient, advocate, and medical provider community in all stages of planning, development and dissemination.”


Behtash Bahador is an Associate Director at the non-profit organization CISCRP, and holds a Master of Science in Health Communication from the Tufts University School of Medicine. Since 2014, he has collaborated with a range of stakeholder groups to establish and implement patient- and public-centric initiatives across the life-cycle of drug and treatment development. This has included supporting the development of regulatory and cross-disciplinary best practice guidelines, operationalizing key elements of evidence-based public health programing into research engagement activities, and always keeping the needs of patients, participants and the public at the forefront of his work.