Jodi Black

NIH Promises Stronger Clinical Trial Oversight

Jodi Black, deputy director of the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), introduced an acronym probably new to many ACRP 2018 attendees: SCT, or “small crappy trials.” Turns out, NIH was funding a lot of them, she said. After being “scolded” by Congress and the Government Accounting Office (GAO) a […]

Sue McHale

Listening to Patient Voices Will Lead to Better Trial Registries

When a recent global survey with more than 3,000 participants found that more than 70% of U.S. respondents are interested in the possibility of volunteering for a clinical trial, but even more are not aware of any trials being available for their (or the person’s they are caring for) condition, the obvious question was “So, […]

Marcus Stone

Sponsors Often Judge Sites on How They Treat CRCs

Some of the clinical research coordinators (CRCs) were doing their work sitting on the floor. Others were reduced to conducting their monitoring in a stairwell. As a sponsor, Jane M. Jacob, PhD and VP, research and clinical affairs with device-maker Orthofix, Inc., wasn’t exactly impressed. “I passed them by,” she said. Sites that don’t have […]

Industry Leaders Praise Role of CRC in Clinical Trial Improvement

“You are the engine of clinical trials,” Dr. Pamela Tenaerts, MD, MBA, executive director of the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI), told attendees at the kickoff session of ACRP 2018 today (April 28). “You are truly making a difference,” said Jim Kremidas, executive director of ACRP and part of a panel at the “Signature Series […]

Fabian Sandoval

Are You Giving Patients a Compelling Reason to Stay in Your Trial?

Looking for better ways to recruit and retain patients? “Connect from the beginning,” Fabian Sandoval, CEO and research director with the Emerson Clinical Research Institute, told attendees of the ACRP-Avoca Quality Consortium 2018 Quality Congress at National Harbor, Md., April 27. As part of his successful efforts, Sandoval works to pair potential trial participants with […]