Karriem Watson is a research manager in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Watson has more than 13 years' experience in clinical research, having worked as a clinical research associate, project manager and coordinator in both academic and industry settings. His research focuses on community engagement in clinical trials and capacity building of community partners, and addresses issues of importance regarding enrollment of diverse populations in clinical trials. He is also co-founder and co-president of AcaMED Clinical Research Associates, LLC where he focuses on training investigators and clinical research staff on successful protocol design, execution and recruitment. Watson completed his medical doctorate at St. Luke School of Medicine in Monrovia, Liberia and completed an MS in basic medical sciences at Wayne State University College of Medicine. He also holds an MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health.