One and Done PIs

Is Certification Key to Stemming the PI ‘One and Done’ Phenomenon?

“I’m really shocked” at the chronic lack of certification requirements in the clinical trial industry, says Randall R. Stoltz, MD, CPI, a medical director with Covance. “There are certifications for other healthcare workers and different information technology roles, for example, but you don’t have to be a certified clinical trial practitioner even though your work impacts […]

Engaged Patient Perspective Key to Expanding Clinical Trial Success

“As an industry, we have to find more efficient ways to get exciting new, safe, and efficacious therapies into the hands of physicians,” says Jamie Macdonald, chief executive officer at PAREXEL International and a recognized clinical trial thought leader. It’s not about any lack of innovation, he stresses. Instead, an increasingly challenging environment with more […]

Public Skepticism on Vaccines, Healthcare Industry Affects Trials, Too

As clinical trials grow ever more complex, practitioners increasingly struggle to communicate clearly with participants before, during, and after the long process. The problem is only getting worse, says Jennifer Cook, MPH, a senior medical writer with the Duke Clinical Research Institute. “The gulf between research and the public is widening constantly, and you only […]

Human Factor Key to Successful Clinical Trial Operations

Cynical, cigar-chomping baseball managers or jaded political campaign hacks might disagree, but nice guys (and women) definitely don’t finish last when it comes to working on clinical trials. Fresh off a survey of 23 active enrolling sites, that message is coming through loud and clear to Mary Sophy Yohannan, MBBS, CCRC, a clinical research associate […]