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Navigating rare disease patient recruitment

Rare diseases may impact a small portion of the population, yet their significance is profound. And while rare disease patient recruitment might seem similar to recruitment for more prevalent conditions, it's a puzzle of its own. Conditions affecting a fraction of the population present complex obstacles. From the intricate challenge of participant scarcity, where the rarity of these conditions presents a unique hurdle, to the multi-faceted complexities of engagement, the world of rare disease trials demands innovative strategies that reframe the way we approach research.

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How does genetics impact enrolment planning for clinical trials?

In recent years, it's been discovered that genetics can play a big role in developing a condition and even affect how a patient might respond to treatment. Because our genes can have such an impact on our health, genetic screening has become an important part of many clinical trials. With precision medicine research coming to the fore, how can researchers and their teams plan ahead to incorporate genetics into their enrolment planning? 

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Hope and progress: Light the Way at the ENCALS meeting

Last month, our team had the pleasure of attending the European Network to Cure ALS (ENCALS) meeting, an annual gathering that brings together some of the brightest minds in the field of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research and treatment. Each year, the ENCALS meeting reaffirms the commitment of the scientific community to ending ALS and brings renewed hope to patients and their families. While our team enjoyed networking with attendees and catching up on the latest research in ALS, this year they were also focused on Sano’s poster presentation for an initiative we are calling Light the Way.

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£330K grant awarded to support and engage patients at risk of MND/ALS

£330K grant awarded to support and engage patients at risk of MND/ALS, and track the psychological impact of genetic testing.

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Connecting for success: The power of purposeful participant engagement

This webinar, featuring Sano Genetics team members Ross Rounsevell and George Bowley, highlights the importance of purposeful participant engagement in research studies. The discussion centres around meaningful research participant engagement, its significance in research, strategies for effective engagement, and the future developments enabling better study design. 

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AATD insights report: Exploring impact, challenges, and genetic components

Our latest insights report focuses on Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (AATD), a rare genetic disorder with significant implications for lung and liver health. AATD arises from a deficiency of the alpha-1 antitrypsin protein, which safeguards the lungs from damage. However, with this protein in short supply, the lungs become susceptible to inflammation, potentially leading to conditions like emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Webinar recap: International perspectives on genetic testing in ALS

This webinar, hosted by Paul Wicks and featuring a panel of experts in ALS and genetics, focuses on the challenges and variability in genetic testing and counselling for ALS. The experts highlight that while genetic testing is a critical component of ALS research and treatment, key challenges include making the test available to everyone who needs it and ensuring consistency among tests.

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A dozen powerful allies in clinical trial design and protocol development

The process of clinical trial design and protocol development is a multifaceted and often complex task, demanding an intricate understanding of various elements – from disease pathology and drug characteristics to patient demographics. Add the challenge of integrating genetic research and prioritising patient engagement, and it becomes a sophisticated puzzle. However, such complexity is the engine that drives the evolution of precision medicine. Today, we explore twelve companies shaping the landscape of precision medicine by applying unique approaches to overcome design and protocol development challenges.

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Webinar recap: Does the age of onset in SOD1-mediated ALS affect the speed of progression?

In this webinar, Dr. Sarah Opie-Martin and Dr. Paul Wicks discuss the latest research on SOD1 gene variants and their association with ALS. The webinar explores the implications of these findings for the diagnosis and treatment of ALS, and discusses potential avenues for future research.

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Navigating smooth clinical trials: Tips for pharma and biotech sponsors to avoid study rescue

Clinical trials play a crucial role in the development of pharmaceutical and biotech products. However, unforeseen challenges can arise during the trial process, potentially jeopardising the integrity and outcomes of the study. As a recent Applied Clinical Trial article noted, “while drug discovery is mostly about science, drug development is rich with, and risked by, human drama.”

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