Dawn Richards

President, Five02 Labs Inc.; Patient Advocate, Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance

Why Plain Language Summaries?

“There is a need for us to get research evidence in to the hands of those who: have helped contribute to; can benefit from; and, use this knowledge. Plain language summaries represent one of these efforts that is helping ‘democratize’ access to research results and information.”


Dawn Richards lives with rheumatoid arthritis and is an analytical chemist by training (PhD in 2000). Through her consulting firm, Five02 Labs, she provides services and advice related to strategy development, project management, writing, and the incorporation of the patient perspective. She keenly believes in and advocates for the inclusion of patients in decision-making and as research collaborators.