Tag Archive: patient recruitment

Aug 29 2012

Biomarkers: Where are We Today?

The 06 August 2012 announcement by researchers from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital reporting the identification of a blood biomarker that could lead to earlier diagnoses and perhaps an actual treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, was of great interest to me.  First, my brother-in-law, at the peak of his very …

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Jun 25 2012

Clinical Trials in the Facebook Age

On 07 Jun 2011, Pfizer initiated a clinical trial pilot to assess safety and efficacy of Detrol LA, which is a treatment for overactive bladder (OAB).  The trial, REMOTE (Research on Electronic Monitoring of OAB Treatment Experience), was the first completely “virtual” trial ever designed.   The trial was set-up to compare if a completely virtual …

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Jul 20 2011

Choose Canada for Your Next Clinical Trial

When it comes to the state of the life science industry in Canada, the critics are numerous.  The past two to three years have been difficult and those that lie ahead are still quite uncertain.  With the growing competition at various levels from emerging countries, it is crucial to not only assess our weaknesses but …

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May 05 2011

Diabetes Research Strategic Plan

The media continually alerts us to the epidemic of diabetes in the world.  Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death.  Worldwide in 2007 there were 246 million people diagnosed with diabetes, and an additional 79 million people are at risk of developing diabetes in the near future.  According to the National Institutes of Health …

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Mar 30 2011

Social Media in Clinical Trials: Increasing Patient Recruitment

Sources used to access health and wellness information

When you become sick with a virus or are seeking information about a diet, where’s the first place that you turn to for help? Is it the doctor’s office or the internet? A recent study showed that the percentage of American adults that had access to the internet rose from 46% in 2000 to 74% …

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Mar 03 2011

Google Insights – A Tool for Smarter Clinical Site Selection

Influenza Like Illness Percentage

Every year, epidemics of the seasonal flu cause major health concerns and numerous deaths around the world.  Vaccines are made in massive quantities and extra precautions are taken, such as hand washing of children in schools, in an effort to reduce the spread and scope of flu outbreaks.  However, these precautions are often not enough …

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Jun 28 2010

Novel Approaches to Clinical Trial Recruitment

Traditional patient recruitment strategies like print, television and radio ads are relatively expensive and much less effective than targeted online advertisement.  Eighty percent of Americans who are online are now searching for health information (Allison, 2009), including avenues to participate in clinical trials.  Biotech and Pharmaceutical companies are taking advantage of the rise in social …

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