Mark Vermette, Principal Consultant, Halloran Consulting Group Inc.

Clinical Trial Sites Using Metrics as Competitive Tool

Shrinking patient populations and the demand for more trials assessing drugs for such conditions as orphan diseases or chronic pain are making metrics more and more important as a competitive tool, says Mark Vermette, principal consultant at Halloran Consulting Group Inc. “In 25 years, I’ve never seen things moving as fast as I have in […]

Daniel Eisenman, PhD, RBP, SM (NRCM), CBSP, Director of Biosafety Services, Schulman IRB

Rise in Gene Therapy Research Offers Risks, Opportunities

As exciting new approaches to gene therapy enter the research mainstream, some of these advancements may lead to revolutionary treatments of disease, according to Daniel Eisenman, PhD, RBP, SM (NRCM), CBSP, director of biosafety services at Schulman IRB. “The field is no longer considered science fiction, as countries in North America, Europe, and Asia have […]

The Avoca Group

ACRP and The Avoca Group Announce Strategic Partnership to Drive Quality and Collaboration in Clinical Research

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and The Avoca Group today announce a new strategic partnership aimed at driving quality, standardization, and collaboration in clinical research. The Avoca Group, whose clients include top five pharmaceutical companies and global contract research organizations (CROs), is a driving force behind the continuous improvement of outsourced clinical research […]

Robert Jeanfreau, MD, CPI, Owner/Medical Director, MedPharmics, LLC

Physician Advocates New Way to Report Adverse Events

It’s time for clinical researchers to work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address the bias inherent in the current definitions used to inform adverse event (AE) reporting, argues Robert Jeanfreau, MD, CPI, owner/medical director at MedPharmics, LLC. “At the outset, the term ‘adverse event’ in and of itself bespeaks a certain […]

Experts Say Sophisticated Metrics Key to Improved Patient Recruitment, Retention

Solid Metrics Add Up to Improved Patient Recruitment

Increased usage of more sophisticated metrics can boost patient recruitment and satisfaction scores, a number of experts in the field report. “Metrics are important to track in so many aspects of a clinical trials operation, including recruitment,” says Shirley Trainor-Thomas, MHSA, chief marketing officer with GuideStar Clinical Trials Management. “A clear understanding of how study volunteers […]