November 18, 2019

The recent improvements in technology have aided almost every industry from education to defence. And clinical trials are no exception. Clinical trials are hugely based around data: data is needed to recruit patients, needs to be retrieved from patients during monitori...

November 4, 2019

Recruiting patients has proven to be a struggle for many trials, with 15-20% of sites being unable to recruit even 1 patient (Lo, 2014). In this situation, it is important to consider which factors are preventing people from joining clinical trials. So, here are 5 fact...

October 21, 2019

With 80% of clinical trials failing to meet patient recruitment deadlines, it is clear that many sites struggle to attract patients to clinical trials (Clintec, 2019). As a consequence, life-saving treatments are prevented from being developed and sites often face larg...

October 7, 2019

Before we tell you why to take part in a clinical trial, we should tell you what a clinical trial actually is. A clinical trial is used to test the effectiveness of a new drug/treatment for a particular illness. Everyday medicines like paracetamol and aspirin also had...

July 9, 2018

Research into Alzheimer’s has intensified over the last forty years, and it has given us a significant depth of knowledge and insight into the disease. Yet despite some incredible progress, Alzheimer’s remains without a cure or effective treatment, and clinical trials...

July 9, 2018

Site engagement is a true buzzword in clinical trials today, and rightly so! According to research in 2016 by the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI), some 40% of sites drop out of clinical trials. This is an alarming statistic, and even more shocking when...

July 3, 2018

The outcomes of a clinical trial are dependent on the clinicians who will enroll, treat and evaluate participants, and so selecting the right trial sites is paramount to a successful clinical trial, and something that must be carefully considered.

Careful consideration...

June 26, 2018

Patient-centricity has become something of a buzzword in our industry. Making clinical trials more patient-centered isn’t a new idea, but it is something that is being increasingly noticed and strived for by sites, with new and innovative ways of increasing patient cen...

June 26, 2018

Recruiting senior citizens presents no shortage of challenges to clinical trials organisers. Several studies have found that the over-65 age group is significantly underrepresented in clinical trial participation. This contrasts worryingly with the increasing importanc...

June 26, 2018

Without IRB approval, a clinical trial is, of course, unable to go ahead and so understanding what the review board is looking for and ensuring compliance should be considered of paramount importance to investigators, sites and sponsors.

The role of the IRB is simply to...

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