Clinical research blog
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Keeping participants engaged in clinical research can be difficult. Here, we let the statistics tell the story:
Genetic data is at the heart of precision medicine. Understanding the influence of genetics on health has helped us to recognise risk factors for disease, predict how patients might respond to treatments, and develop targeted treatments. But how does this knowledge connect to phenotypic data – the expression of the interaction between genes and the environment?
DPharm 2023 has come to a close, and as we reflect on the sessions and insights shared, two themes clearly stood out this year: The participant experience and incentives for participants. In this blog, we’ll dive deeper into these central areas of discussion.
As COVID-19 continues to affect us all, it has become evident that our fight against the virus is not just about developing vaccines and therapeutics. Equally crucial is our ability to track the virus’s mutations and adaptations. Enter genomic sequencing – a technology that has taken centre stage in our ongoing battle against the pandemic. Here, we explore how genomic sequencing has been instrumental in tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants and its implications for future pandemics.
In this blog, we're exploring whether ALS can be caught early, including the tests that may be used in order to diagnose ALS, and if there are any measures that can be put in place to stop it early.
In the constantly evolving pharmaceutical and biotech industries, the search for new drug targets is an ongoing effort. Clinical operations professionals play a pivotal role in this endeavour, and one of the most promising tools at their disposal is genetic data. In this blog, we will explore how genetic data is harnessed to identify drug targets, and what this means for the drug development process.
Long COVID, affecting nearly 28% of COVID-19 survivors, is a multifaceted condition that extends well beyond its initial impact. Typical include fatigue, concentration difficulties, and shortness of breath – but researchers have identified more than 200 symptoms associated with long COVID. It remains a global health puzzle, but research is paving the way for a deeper understanding and improved treatments.
In the ever-evolving landscape of clinical trial recruitment, an omnichannel approach is becoming increasingly crucial to ensure a diverse and engaged participant pool. This approach involves the integration of various outreach methods to reach potential participants through traditional methods, digital channels, patient advocacy groups, patient databases, and more. Each of these approaches has its pros and cons, offering unique opportunities and challenges to recruit participants effectively. Understanding these benefits and disadvantages can help researchers put together a perfectly blended omnichannel approach.
When a person undergoes genetic testing, they often expect to find definitive answers about their genes. However, around 20% of genetic tests identify variants of uncertain significance (VUS). These enigmatic genetic mutations often leave researchers and patients with more questions than answers. Unlike harmful mutations that may cause cancers or benign ones that aren't linked to illness, researchers lack sufficient information about VUS to determine their association with any conditions. Here, we'll outline what VUS actually are, their significance in clinical trials, and some effective strategies to manage them.
Back in 2015, a study published in Nature suggested that by harnessing genetic data to support the selection of candidate drugs, researchers could double their success rates. Considering that only around 10% of clinical programs ultimately result in an approved drug, using genetic data can be game-changing for drug development. Patient registries serve as repositories of genetic information that can be used during precision medicine trials to help us better understand medical conditions and why people react to treatments differently. In this blog, we’ll define genetic patient registries and discuss how they support research and what to keep in mind if you're considering making use of one.