• We Need a People-First Approach to Clinical Trial Technology

    Apr 19 | Clinical Research News | The proliferation of mobile technology—including multiple generations of progressively smarter phones, tablets, watches, and other devices—has set the stage for similar types of eClinical innovation. However, the two types of technologies have not progressed at the same pace. This is unfortunate for all clinical trial stakeholders and, most notably, patients. More
  • EEG Monitoring Concerningly Underutilized In Clinical Trials

    Apr 16 | Clinical Research News | Study sponsors making choices about if, when, and how to include brain monitoring in their clinical studies do not often ground those choices in science or optimize for subject safety and trial de-risking.The key problem is a lack of electroencephalogram (EEG) expertise with no guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to mitigate the situation. More
  • Bridging Beyond Infectious Diseases: A Shift in Focus for African Clinical Sites

    Apr 12 | Clinical Research News | Africa faces a dual healthcare challenge with the persisting burden of infectious diseases and the escalating prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This shifting paradigm underscores the urgent need for African research sites to broaden their focus beyond infectious diseases and engage more robustly in NCD clinical research, with sponsors playing a pivotal role in actively ensuring clinical site participation. More
  • Citizen-Driven Research Aids Development Of Digital Biomarkers For ALS

    Apr 10 | Clinical Research News | When it comes to research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), every stakeholder—most especially patients—knows time is of the essence. From diagnosis to death, life expectancy from the debilitating neuromuscular disease can be two years or less. More
  • Trial Begins For ‘Probabilistic Approach’ To Diagnosing Ovarian Cancer

    Apr 09 | Clinical Research News | Scientists in the Georgia Tech Integrated Cancer Research Center (ICRC) are proposing a new, more realistic approach to diagnosing cancer that provides a probabilistic statement about the likelihood of developing it, much like how cholesterol tests are used to assess heart disease risk. Probabilities are based on an individual’s metabolic profile and the first population group to be targeted are women at high risk for ovarian cancer. More
  • Biology-Based Diagnostic Criteria For Parkinson’s Disease Research

    Apr 04 | Clinical Research News | Scientists from a trio of countries are calling for a new, more comprehensive way of classifying Parkinson’s disease for diagnostic research purposes that considers an individual’s biology. The disorder might thereby be detected before patients have any symptoms, as is now the case for cancer and diabetes. More
  • Proteomics Approach Working Its Way To The Clinic For Stubborn Cancers

    Apr 02 | Clinical Research News | For roughly half of patients with recurrence of often-deadly glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), their tumors are characterized by cells that look a lot like healthy neurons. The mimicry trick was discovered by proteomics, which has opened a view to tumor alterations unavailable through genetics alone. More
  • ‘Fragmentomics’ Approach Catches Cancers Earlier In The Blood

    Mar 28 | Clinical Research News | A machine learning method dubbed A-PLUS (Alu Profile Learning Using Sequencing) recently demonstrated its ability to pick up cancers earlier and with smaller blood draws than is required for whole genome sequencing. This makes possible a future where people might get annual blood draws to check for cancer based on the “fragmentation pattern” of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) circulating in their blood. More
  • SEQSTER Selected By MSAA, Owkin Expands Collaboration With Sanofi, Thermo Fisher Scientific Launches New Clinical Registry, More

    Mar 27 | Clinical Research News | SEQSTER has been selected by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) for its patient-centricity, 1-Click Records, and cutting-edge longitudinal health record; Owkin adds immunology to Sanofi collaboration; Thermo Fisher Scientific launches a new CorEvitas syndicated clinical registry in generalized pustular psoriasis; and more. More
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